J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D. is a University Distinguished Service Professor and Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has been an active clinician, teacher, researcher throughout his 39 years on the Johns Hopkins faculty. He founded the Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic in 1977 and grew it into a multifaceted program that led patient care, teaching and research on depression and bipolar disorder at Johns Hopkins. Dr. DePaulo was the Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Psychiatrist in Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2002 until 2016.
Dr. DePaulo’s research interests focus on clinical assessment, diagnosis, causes and treatments of mood disorders. His research group led several early genetic studies of bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles and mentored outstanding clinician scientists (notably Francis J. McMahon, M.D. of the Genetic Basis of Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit at NIMH; James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Department Head of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; and Melvin G. McInnis, M.D., Upjohn-Woodworth Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan). Dr. DePaulo worked with Dr. Karen Swartz who leads the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), which developed, teaches and studies a model curriculum on depression for high schools. He has partnered with Dr. Kay Jamison in research, education and advocacy efforts for patients and families.
Dr. DePaulo is now the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC.org). He has served on several foundation boards of directors and scientific advisory boards related to mood disorders. Dr. DePaulo has authored two books on depressive illnesses for patients and families (Understanding Depression and How to Cope with Depression). He has won a number of national awards for clinical leadership, teaching, and research in depression and bipolar disorder. He has twice been named a Forum Fellow at the World Economic Forum held annually in Davos, Switzerland.