Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.


Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology
in Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of
Public Health
Columbia University
Chief, Division of Epidemiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Weissman’s research focuses on understanding the rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders using methods of epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging and the application of these findings to develop empirically-based treatments and preventive intervention. She directs a three-generation study of families at high and low risk for depression and directs a multi-center study to determine the impact of maternal remission from depression on offspring. Dr. Weissman is one of the principal investigators in a multi-centered study to find biomarkers of response to the treatment of depression and was one of the developers of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidenced-based treatment for depression.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Dr. Weissman was a Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine and Director of the Depression Research Unit.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 1991, 2000 and 2005

Foundation Prizes: 1994 Selo Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)