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Joe Bienvenu, III, M.D., Ph.D.

Oscar Joseph Bienvenu, III, M.D., Ph.D.

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Director, Psychiatry Residents' Outpatient Continuity Clinic

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychosomatic Medicine more

Research Interests: psychiatric morbidity in survivors of critical illnesses and intensive care

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O. Joseph Bienvenu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Broadway Campus. He completed his psychiatric training at Johns Hopkins in 1996, having served as chief resident in his final year.

Dr. Bienvenu joined the faculty full-time in 1999 after completing a research fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology and a doctorate through the Johns Hopkins Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation. His area of particular research interest involves the interface of personality traits and anxiety and depressive disorders, and he currently has a federal grant to expand his expertise in the genetic underpinnings of these characteristics. Dr. Bienvenu directs the academic program for resident education in the anxiety disorders and teaches medical students about these common conditions. more


  • Director, Psychiatry Residents' Outpatient Continuity Clinic
  • Director, General Hospital Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Louisiana State University (1992)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Psychiatry-General (1999)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Bienvenu OJ, Davydow DS, Kendler KS. Psychiatric ‘diseases' and behavioral disorders: do they differ in degree of genetic influence? Psychological Medicine. 2011; 41 (1): 33-40.

Bienvenu OJ, Samuels JF, Wuyek LA, Liang KY, Wang Y, Grados MA, Cullen BA, Riddle MA, Greenberg BD, Rasmussen SA, Fyer AJ, Pinto A, Rauch SL, Pauls DL, McCracken JT, Piacentini J, Murphy DL, Knowles JA, Nestadt G. Is obsessive-compulsive disorder an anxiety disorder, and what, if any, are spectrum conditions? A family study perspective. Psychological Medicine. 2012; 42 (1): 1-13

Bienvenu OJ, Colantuoni E, Mendez-Tellez PA, Dinglas VD, Shanholz C, Husain N, Dennison CR, Herridge MS, Pronovost PJ, Needham DM. Depressive symptoms and impaired physical function after acute lung injury: a 2-year longitudinal study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 185 (5): 517-524.

Bienvenu OJ, Neufeld KN, Needham DM. Treatment of four psychiatric emergencies in the ICU. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40 (9): 2662-2670

Bienvenu OJ, Gellar J, Althouse BM, Colantuoni E, Sricharoenchai T, Mendez-Tellez PA, Shanholtz C, Dennison CR, Pronovost PJ, Needham DM. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after acute lung injury: a 2-year prospective longitudinal study. Psychological Medicine. 2013; 43 (12): 2657-2671

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