December 9, 2013
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center psychiatrist Robert Findling, M.D., MBA has been named the inaugural recipient of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Findling, an internationally recognized clinical investigator, focuses his research on children and adolescents suffering from serious psychiatric conditions as well as on pediatric psychopharmacology and drug metabolism. Some of his latest research involves studying lithium for treatment of pediatric mania, the cardio-metabolic effects of antipsychotic medications, the long-term outcomes of children with manic symptoms andtherapies for children with severe aggression.
“The Stulman Foundation is pleased to endow the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and is proud to welcome Dr. Robert Findling as the inaugural Stulman Professor,” says foundation trustee Shale Stiller. “The foundation is committed to improving the quality of mental health services for youth and increasing access to them, and we believe Dr. Findling will be instrumental in helping to accomplish these goals.”
The field of child psychiatry has made tremendous advances over the last decade toward understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie psychiatric disorders, Findling notes. However, some unanswered, significant challenges remain, including the unmet needs of certain young patients with mental illness, a shortage of clinicians and a scarcity of empirical evidence on the best ways to treat these children.
“Being named the inaugural Stulman Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which is also the first endowed professor in the division, is a remarkable honor,” Findling says. “This gift will help us make progress in reaching children and teenagers with emotional and behavioral difficulties, both locally and globally, through clinical service, educational endeavors and scientific investigation.”
Findling, a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., earned an undergraduate degree in biology from The Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He went on to complete a triple-board joint residency training program in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he was also a chief resident. Findling recently earned an M.B.A. through a joint program of the London School of Economics, New York University and the prestigious École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and has received both national and international recognition as a clinical investigator. Some of his awards include being named Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and receiving their “Catcher in the Rye” Award for outstanding contributions in advocacy on behalf of children and teens. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Monaco Against Autism, as well as of the prestigious American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Findling is a sought-after guest lecturer in childhood psychiatric disorders both domestically and internationally. He is also a member of the prestigious American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation was established by Leonard Stulman, a Baltimore businessman and philanthropist and Johns Hopkins alumnus, who died in 2000. During their lifetimes, Mr. Stulman and his wife, Helen R. Stulman, made generous gifts to the Jewish community, the arts, music, theater, and to Johns Hopkins. The Stulman Foundation supports work in the areas of mental health, health, and aging. In 2003 the Stulman Foundation endowed the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing to support a professor jointly appointed to the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.