Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.

Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.


Titus H. Harris Chair
Harry K. Davis, M.D. Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Dr. Hirschfeld’s research has significantly contributed to understanding the classifications of depression and bipolar disorders; their clinical course, relationship to personality and personality disorders and treatment with medication and psychotherapy. He and his colleagues developed the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, the most widely used screening instrument for bipolar disorder.

Dr. Hirschfeld chaired the original and revised versions of the American Psychiatric Association’s working group to develop practice guidelines for treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. He was Chief of the Mood, Anxiety and Personality Disorders Research Branch and Clinical Director of the Depression Awareness, Recognition and Treatment (D/ART) Program of the NIMH.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 2002

Foundation Prizes: 2003 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)