Joshua A. Berman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
Dr. Berman is Director for the Program in Experimental Brain Stimulation, a component of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics in the department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his undergraduate education at Yale University and his MD and PhD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
He completed his residency in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, prior to research fellowships there in Affective Disorders and Substance Abuse. He has been recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and a K08 Award from NIDA, studying striatal mechanisms for integration of hedonic drive and stress in rodent models with emphasis on systems affected by both nicotine and stress.
Recently he has focused on how such mechanisms may be involved in the antidepressant efficacy, of brain stimulation treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Other interests include understanding biological factors that influence the latency of response and duration of efficacy of brain stimulation treatments and identifying points of synergy between brain stimulation and other modes of treatment. He has been credentialed at Columbia in ECT, rTMS, and other brain stimulation techniques, and has served as Medical Director for the Brain and Behavior Clinic and Brain Stimulation Service Outpatient Clinic.
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Dr. Berman studies the safety, efficacy, mechanisms of action, and predictors of response for brain stimulation treatments using electromagnetic energy to modulate connectivity and activity of targeted brain regions in psychiatric illness.
Current research includes clinical studies in deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation in treatment of mood disorders.