Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Joshua Gordon, Director of the NIMH


Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Neuroscience Education for Columbia’s Psychiatric Residency Training Program
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University


NIH names Dr. Joshua Gordon director of the National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Gordon, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, studies the effects of genes that predispose to psychiatric illness through brain function and behavior in animal models. A major effort in his laboratory involves recording neural activity from mice carrying induced mutations in genes or chromosomal regions that predispose to schizophrenia. Another major effort is aimed at identifying the effects of a deletion in the serotonin 1A-receptor (5-HT1AR) that leads to a phenotype of increased anxiety-related behavior.

Dr. Gordon received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Francisco, prior to completing a residency in psychiatry and a Research Fellowship with Dr. Rene Hen at Columbia.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 2001 and 2003