Dennis Charney, M.D. Dean This Emotional Life - PBS

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Awards and Credentials

  1. Efron Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  2. Anna Monika Foundation Award for Research in Affective Disorders
  3. Gold Medal Award and George Thompson Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry
  4. Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2000

Dennis Charney, M.D.


Dr. Charney is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Charney retains an active research program and is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has pioneered research related to the psychobiological mechanisms of depression, anxiety, and human resilience to stress, and the discovery of novel and more effective treatments for serious mood and anxiety disorders. His work on how people overcome trauma, which has identified a number of resilient traits, such as optimism and having a role model, has led to a better understanding of how to serve patients.

Dr. Charney has published over 600 original papers and chapters. He has edited several major textbooks, including Neurobiology of Mental Illness, the leading textbook on the biological basis of mental illness. Dr. Charney was the editor of the journal Biological Psychiatry from 1997 to 2006. The Institute of Scientific Information listed Dr. Charney among the top three most highly cited authors of psychiatric research in the decade 1990-2000. Since 1992, Dr. Charney has been listed in every edition of the “Best Doctors in America."