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William T. Carpenter, Jr., MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland

William T. Carpenter, Jr., MD
Director, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland


William T. Carpenter, Jr., MD, is a Professor of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and past Director (1977-2013) of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. He obtained his medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After an internship at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, he undertook postgraduate training at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Carpenter began his research career with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program in 1966, using neuroendocrine strategies to study the psychobiology of affective disorders. He has also been a collaborating investigator with the World Health Organization’s International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia. Dr. Carpenter is the Editor-in-Chief for Schizophrenia Bulletin and has served on the editorial boards of the Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychiatry Research, SchizophreniaBulletin, Schizophrenia Research, Current Psychiatry Reports, The Asian Journal of Psychiatry and The Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, and has authored over 400 publications. Dr. Carpenter is Past-President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and participated in the founding of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and chairs the scientific program committee.

Dr. Carpenter’s major professional interest has been severe mental illness, especially schizophrenia, including phenomenology of the psychoses, the etiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, and treatment of schizophrenia. He has made original and fundamental contributions in psychopathology, assessment methodology, testing of new treatments, and research ethics. His special professional assignments include service on the NIMH Intramural Research Program Board of Scientific Counselors and as a consultant and reviewer for NIMH and National Institutes of Health on many topics. He chaired the NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Committee and the NIMH National Schizophrenia Plan Committee on Treatment Research.

Dr. Carpenter has served as Principle Investigator on five NIMH-funded center grants and three NARSAD Distinguished Investigator awards. He provided expert testimony in the case of the United States Government v. John Hinckley and in 1989 was a member of the State Department delegation to inspect the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. He chaired the work group responsible for psychotic disorders in the preparation of DSM-5. He has been the recipient of numerous national and international honorific research awards beginning with the 1979 Stanley R. Dean Award for Psychiatric Research, including the Lieber Prize from NARSAD in 2000, the 2009 NAMI Mind of America Scientific Research Award and in 2013, the Menninger Award from the American College of Physicians and the Adolph Meyer from the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Carpenter was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998.



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