Visiting Professor Lecture Series: Mobile Technologies in Children’s Mental Health – Kathleen Merikangas, PhD
About the Professor
Kathleen Merikangas, PhD
- Senior Investigator, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health
- Adjunct Professor, John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Merikangas is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, and of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in experimental psychology and music from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree supported by NIAAA for training in clinical psychiatry, and a Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology in the psychiatric epidemiology training program from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. After postdoctoral training in population genetics/genetic epidemiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, she joined the faculty and became a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Psychiatry and Psychology, where she also directed a training and research program in psychiatric/genetic epidemiology. Dr. Merikangas is on the scientific advisory board or council of several national and international programs including the Synaptic Basis of Mental Disease Program in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Brain-Behavior Foundation in New York, NY, the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression in Toronto, Canada, the Child Mind Institute in New York, NY and the Scientific Advisory Council for Sleep Research for the Klarman Family Foundation. She has authored more than 300 scientific publications and has presented lectures throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries.
Dr. Merikangas directs a joint training program between the NIMH Intramural Program and the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Merikangas has received many awards for her contributions to research and training including the the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association of which she was recently elected president, and the highly prestigious Rema Lapouse Award, for Contributions to Mental Health Research from the American Public Health Association, the John Graham Distinguished Investigator Award, from the Graham Headache Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School for her work on the epidemiology, familial aggregation and comorbidity of migraine. She was also designated as a Distinguished Alumna of the Yale University School of Public Health where she was on the faculty for twenty years. She won the NIMH IRP Outstanding Mentor Award in 2015 in recognition of her devotion to supervision and mentorship of trainees at all levels.
Dr. Merikangas’ current research program at the NIMH Intramural Research Program focuses on: (1) population based studies of mental and physical disorders in adults and youth; (2) multigenerational family studies designed to identify the core features and biomarkers of genetic and environmental factors underlying the familial transmission of bipolar spectrum disorders: and (3) the application of mobile technologies to examine patterns of motor activity, mood and sleep in mood disorders. The branch is currently collaborating on a large population- based cohort study of physical-mental comorbidity in Lausanne, Switzerland, coordinating a collaborative network examining motor activity and health, with a particular focus on mood disorders, the Motor Activity Research Consortium on Health (mMARCH), and leading a multi-site international study on the spectrum of depression in youth.
The Child Mind Institute Visiting Professor Lecture Series invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These lectures are open to the public and are available live via webinar, but are not available for viewing after the event. Continuing medical education credits (CME) are offered for medical professionals through our partnership with Northwell Health.