Daniel J. Pilowsky, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Dr. Pilowsky has done research in the following areas: HIV-related psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents (K award), Children of depressed parents with emphasis on the impact on children of a remission of parental depression, and epidemiology of substance use disorders.
1. Remission of Parental depression: A study examining the impact on children of a remission of parental major depression. At baseline all parents are depressed (major depression), and they enter treatment shortly after the baseline evaluation. Children are evaluated at baseline and periodically thereafter. Comparisons are made between children of remitting and non-remitting parents (i.e., children of parents that remain depressed are compared to children of parents who experience a remission of major depression). The main hypothesis is that decreases in parental depression are associated with decreases in the number of children's psychiatric symptoms, and with improved child social functioning.
2. Epidemiology of substance abuse: Using publicly available databases, Dr. Pilowsky and colleagues are studying distribution of substance use disorders in several populations, and risk factors for these disorders, with emphasis on childhood psychopathology, and childhood adversities as risk factors for adult substance use disorders.