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Jan Fawcett, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

Jan Fawcett, MD
Professor of Psychiatry  
University of New Mexico 
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Dr. Fawcett, a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, after thirty years of service as the Stanley Harris, Sr. Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Dr. Fawcett has pursued a career of research in the treatment of affective disorders and the prevention of suicide since completing his fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Center in 1964. Dr Fawcett has been awarded the Dr. Jan Fawcett Humanitarian Award by the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (now the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), and lifetime research awards by the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was also presented the Menninger award by the American College of Physicians for his research in mental health in 2000.

In 2005, Dr Fawcett shared the Falcone Prize for affective disorders research from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). He is currently a principal investigator of the “Recurrent Depression Prevention with Medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” project, a five year study funded by NIMH at Rush Medical Center in collaboration with investigators at Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-author of the APA Practice Guidelines on the assessment and management of suicidal patients and is the chairperson of the DSM-5 Mood Disorders Task Force from 2007-2012.

Dr. Fawcett has always maintained an active clinical practice focusing on patients with treatment-resistant major affective disorders and continues to do so in his work as a Professor at the University of  New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

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