Mental Health Director Dr. Joshua Gordon Departs from NIMH

On February 29, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli announced the departure of Director Dr. Joshua Gordon from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). As previously reported by COSSA, Director Gordon joined NIMH in August 2016 after previously serving as an associate professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and as a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Dr. Gordon will return to Columbia as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital campus at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He will also return to NYSPI to serve as director.

As NIH searches for the next Director of NIMH, Deputy Director Shelli Avenevoli will serve as Acting Director. Deputy Director Avenevoli joined NIMH in 2001 and received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University. Avenevoli also completed a NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine prior to joining the agency.

The full announcement can be found here

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