Maria A. Oquendo, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair, Columbia University; Research Psychiatrist and Residency Training Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chair at Columbia University and Research Psychiatrist and Residency Training Director at New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and past President of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatrists. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment, and neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression with a special emphasis on suicidal behavior and Cross Cultural Psychiatry. Dr. Oquendo is principal investigator on a NIMH funded prospective study of suicidal behavior in affective disorder and of a NIMH grant to fund a research track for translational neuroscience in the residency-training program. She has authored or co-authored over 220 peer-reviewed articles and numerous chapters and editorials.

Dr. Oquendo has received several awards, most recently, the National Hispanic Medical Association Hispanic Health Leadership Award (2009), the Sociedad Espanola de Psiquiatria’s Miembro de Honor (2009), the Simon Bolivar Award, APA (2010), the Rafael Tavares Award, Association of Hispanic Mental Health Providers (2010) and she was recently named Honorary Professor at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru (2011).

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