Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; President, Child Mind Institute
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD is one of the nation's leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, a strong advocate for child mental health and a master clinician. He has been repeatedly recognized in America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and
New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.” He is also the founding president of the
Child Mind Institute.
Dr. Koplewicz was director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) from 2006 to 2011, the third person and the first child and adolescent psychiatrist to hold that position since the institution's founding in 1952. At NKI he expanded the research portfolio to include child and adolescent research, established the Emotional Brain Institute, recruited new investigators, improved transparency and efficiency, and launched a capital program to enhance the Institute's ability to garner federal funding. During Dr. Koplewicz's tenure, the annual average federal research funding was $16.6 million, compared to an annual average of $10.6 million for the previous 10 years.
Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and served as its director for 12 years. He was the first Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2006, the NYU Child Study Center was established as the second independent department of child and adolescent psychiatry in the country, and Dr. Koplewicz was appointed as its first chair. Under his leadership, the NYU Child Study Center made tremendous contributions to the field through expert clinical care, a robust research portfolio, and advocacy for child mental health.
A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Koplewicz completed his psychiatric residency at New York Hospital Westchester Division, a fellowship in child psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an NIMH research fellowship in child psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Executive Program in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Koplewicz has served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Youth, Crime and Violence and Reform of the Juvenile Justice System. Since 1997 he has been the editor-in-chief of the
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He has also served as a member of the working group organized by the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the effects of terrorism on children’s mental health.
An internationally respected psychiatrist, Dr. Koplewicz is the recipient of many awards, including the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill; the 1998 Reiger Service Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in recognition of his work in the development of school-based mental health programs; the 1999 Humanitarian Award from Marymount Manhattan College; the 2000 American Grand Hope Award from the Aprica Childcare Institute; the 2002 Catcher in the Rye Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and the 2009 American Psychiatric Association McAlpin Award for lifetime contributions to child psychiatry.