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National Institute of Mental Health : Biographical Sketch of NIMH Director


Steven E. Hyman, M.D.

Dr. Hyman was appointed NIMH director in April 1996. Born on July 25, 1952, in New York City, he received a B.A. from Yale in 1974, an M.A. from the University of Cambridge in 1976, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1980. He was a medical intern at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a psychiatric resident at McLean Hospital, and a clinical fellow in medicine and neurology at MGH. He also had 4 years of postdoctoral training in molecular biology at MGH.

Prior to his NIMH appointment, he was associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and director of psychiatry research at MGH. He also was director of Harvard University’s interfaculty initiative in mind/brain/behavior. This program represents an attempt to bring together faculty from Harvard’s diverse schools to focus on pressing problems related to behavior in the light of modern brain research.

Dr. Hyman’s research has focused on how drugs of abuse, neurotransmitters, and cytokines produce long-term changes in brain function by activating or suppressing the expression of genes within nerve cells. In recent years his main focus has been on brain regions involved in the control of motivated behavior.

He has published numerous scientific papers and a textbook on molecular biology, and has authored and edited several clinical textbooks. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

Directors of NIMH

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
From
To
Robert H. Felix
1904
1949
1964
Stanley F. Yolles
1919
1964
1970
Bertram S. Brown
1931
1970
1977
Herbert Pardes
1934
1978
1984
Shervert H. Frazier
1921
1984
1986
Lewis L. Judd
1930
1988
1992
Frederick K. Goodwin
1936
1992
1994
Rex William Cowdry (Actg)
1947
1994
1996
Steven E. Hyman
1952
1996
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