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Fred Goodwin, MD, Research Professor of Psychiatry, The George Washington University

Frederick Goodwin MD

Research Professor of Psychiatry

The George Washington University

Washington, D C


Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The George Washington University and Director of the University’s Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society. Dr. Goodwin’s research focuses on bipolar disorder, major depression and suicide. His policy interests include the impact of changing patterns of health care on quality and innovation in medicine.

Dr. Goodwin is a former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).   Prior to that, he held a Presidential appointment as head of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.  A physician-scientist specializing in psychiatry and psychopharmacology, Dr. Goodwin served from 1981 to 1988 as NIMH Scientific Director and chief of Intramural Research.  He joined the NIMH in 1965 and has become an internationally recognized authority in the research and treatment of major depression and bipolar illness.  For example, he was first to report the antidepressant effects of lithium in a controlled study.

 A graduate of Georgetown Univ., Dr. Goodwin received his M.D. from St. Louis Univ., and took his psychiatric residency at the Univ. of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the ACNP.  He serves or has served on the editorial boards of key scientific journals, including the Archives of General Psychiatry, The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Bipolar Disorders, The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, and was a founder and co-editor in chief of Psychiatry Research.


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