About the Journal Watch Psychiatry Editorial Board
Peter Roy-Byrne, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Peter Roy-Byrne, MD, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions Mental Illness and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP) at Harborview Medical Center. His research emphasizes health-service outcomes within both academic and community care environments, especially services at the conjunction of general medicine and psychiatry. Current investigations include primary-care multimodal interventions for panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress and substance use disorders; treatments for disadvantaged depressed and anxious patients seen in public-sector healthcare settings; and genetic predictors of both risk for anxiety disorders and response to anxiety-disorder treatment. His past research has focused on the phenomenology and neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders, especially the role of the benzodiazepine receptor in mood and anxiety disorders. Clinically, Dr. Roy-Byrne specializes in the evaluation, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy of patients with complex and treatment-refractory mood and anxiety disorders, with a focus on panic disorder, PTSD, major depression, and bipolar II patients. He is Past President of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, Editor-in-Chief of Depression and Anxiety, Co-editor-in-Chief, UpToDate Psychiatry, and the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Roy-Byrne served as Deputy Editor of Journal Watch Psychiatry since its inception in 1995, through 2003, and became Editor-in-Chief in 2004.
Deborah Cowley, MD, Associate Editor
Deborah Cowley, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. Her clinical and research interests include panic and anxiety disorders, psychiatric education, genetic and familial risk for alcoholism, and women's mental health. She is a former president of the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry and is Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Dr. Cowley has been writing for Journal Watch Psychiatry since January 2005.
Steven Dubovsky, MD, Associate Editor
Steven Dubovsky, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He also holds the position of Adjoint Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Dubovsky's research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders, psychopharmacology, interactions between medical and psychiatric illnesses, and medical education. He was the first to demonstrate increased intracellular calcium-ion signaling in bipolar mood disorders and has published more than 175 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Dubovsky has an active clinical practice, in which he consults on treatment-refractory psychiatric disorders. Dr. Dubovsky has written for Journal Watch Psychiatry since its inception in 1995.
Barbara Geller, MD, Associate Editor
Barbara Geller, MD, is Professor Emerita of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. She is internationally recognized for research into pediatric bipolar disorders and was principal investigator on multiple NIMH-funded grants. Among her awards were the Cummings Special Research Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Dr. Geller served on numerous federal advisory committees and published more than 130 articles on childhood manic-depressive disorders. She has been writing for Journal Watch Psychiatry since 1997, specializing in articles on child psychiatry and neuroscience.
Jonathan Silver, MD, Associate Editor
As Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, Jonathan Silver, MD, pursues clinical and research interests in neuropsychiatric problems after traumatic brain injury and their pharmacologic treatment. He is a Past President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, a Diplomate in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, and senior editor of the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury. An active researcher and lecturer, Dr. Silver has worked on professional task forces on neurobehavioral problems in TBI and has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1993. Dr. Silver has written for Journal Watch Psychiatry since January 2004.
Joel Yager, MD, Associate Editor
Joel Yager, MD, is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Colorado. He also holds Emeritus Professor positions in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Yager's clinical and research interests include eating disorders, psychiatric education, health services, and other aspects of general psychiatry. He has received the Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Medical Association, the Vestermark Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education from the American Psychiatric Association and the NIMH, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Yager has been writing for Journal Watch Psychiatry since its inception in 1995.
M. Katherine Shear, MD, Contributing Editor
M. Katherine Shear, MD, is Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical and research focus is on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Her extensive NIMH-funded research includes treatment-effectiveness studies using pharmacotherapy and various psychotherapy methods (e.g., psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Rogerian reflective listening, interpersonal psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing) and has been conducted in primary care settings as well as in urban and rural community mental health clinics and academic medical centers. Her clinical and teaching interests include anxiety disorders and bereavement-related problems. She recently developed a novel psychotherapy for complicated grief and showed it to be efficacious. She joined Journal Watch Psychiatry in March 2007.
EDITORS WHO HAVE LEFT THE BOARD SINCE JANUARY 2007
Michael W. Otto, PhD, Associate Editor 2000-2007
Dr. Otto specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of patients with anxiety and mood disorders. He has developed clinical-research programs for treating panic disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and substance dependence, and for assisting medication discontinuation in patients with panic disorder. A particular research interest of Dr. Otto involves the combination of pharmacologic and cognitive-behavioral strategies for treatment-refractory and substance-abusing patients. President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Otto wrote for Journal Watch Psychiatry from 2000 to 2007.