Dr. Bedard Receives Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

High Honors: Anne-Claude Bedard, PhD, receives 2012 Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Anne-Claude Bedard, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai, is the recipient of the 2012 Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Her research focuses on impaired cognition in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, with the ultimate goal of developing interventions that will improve cognitive performance.

Dr. Bedard works in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry under the mentorship of Jeffrey Newcorn, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Jeffrey Halperin, PhD, Professorial Lecturer in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. During her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Bedard assessed the impact of long-acting stimulant and non-stimulant medications on cognitive function in children with ADHD. One of her primary research interests is in the area of working memory, which is impaired in many individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Impairments in working memory have been linked to difficulties in psychopathology and academics, and are associated with diminished quality of life.

“Dr. Bedard is a promising young scientist who will help us better understand the neural impairments that exist in patients with ADHD,” says John H. Morrison, PhD, Dean of Basic Sciences and the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at Mount Sinai. “I am delighted she is receiving this award and will be able to continue her research in this critical area of psychiatry.”

Dr. Bedard is the third recipient of the Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, which is designed to encourage and support female research scientists at Mount Sinai. She will receive a stipend of $25,000 for her research.

“I am very grateful to be receiving this award, which will allow me to launch an independent research career in child and adolescent psychopathology, and finish the line of research I have begun during my postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai,” says Dr. Bedard.

The Award was established in 2010 through a generous gift from Robin Chemers Neustein, a member of Mount Sinai’s Boards of Trustees. Recipients are senior postdoctoral scientists who intend to complete their training within two years, have demonstrated high-impact accomplishments in the biomedical sciences, and have the potential for a successful independent scientific career.