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Special Lecture Series | 2013

A Stellar Century, Johns Hopkins' Impact on American Psychiatry
To celebrate a century of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, this special lecture series highlights people, ideas, and work that distinguish and define the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


Dr. Kay Jamison

November 21, 2013

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center
Author of ‘An Unquiet Mind’

Jerome Frank and Psychotherapy at Johns Hopkins

Jerome Frank was a giant in the field of psychotherapy research who studied some of the big questions in psychiatry: What is psychotherapy? Who does it help? What makes it work? In his acclaimed book, Persuasion and Healing, he lays out the science beneath the seeming magic of psychotherapy in the healing relationship between patient and therapist.

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Biographical Sketch - Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing Was the SameDr. Jamison has written more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with manic-depressive illness, was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into twenty–five languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009. Dr. Jamison is the recipient of numerous national and international literary and scientific prizes, including the Lewis Thomas Prize and a MacArthur Award.


Dr. Gerald P. Smith

October 16, 2013  

Gerard P. Smith, M.D.

Professor Emeritus
Weill Cornell Medical College

The Improbable Couple

Curt Richter was Hopkins' pioneering psychobiologist who introduced the concept of the 'biological clock' in 1927. His long tenure in the Department overlapped significantly with founding director Adolf Meyer and served to ground his psychobiology idea with experimental research. Dr. Smith knew Curt Richter personally.

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Biographical Sketch - Gerard P. Smith, M.D.

Gerard P. Smith, M.D. is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience in Psychiatry Emeritus at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is known for his work on the role of gut hormones, especially cholecystokinin, in the control of meal size in rodents and humans.  In addition to his research, he has published on topics in the history of science including Pavlov’s Nobel Prize-winning-work on digestion, Walter Cannon and homeostasis, and the scientific practice of Curt Richter.  He visited Richter frequently in the late 1970s and early 1980s to discuss research.  At the departmental memorial meeting for Richter in May, 1989, he recalled how when he walked through the door of Richter’s lab the first time, he felt like Alice walking through the mirror.

Dr. Robert Findling

June 6, 2013 

Robert L. Findling, M.D., M.B.A.

Director, Division of Child and Adolesecent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The Gift of Child Psychiatry

Leo Kanner is credited with establishing child psychiatry as a distinct field while working at Johns Hopkins as the founding director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was a clinician, educator, researcher, and child advocate. Dr. Findling will discuss his legacy as well as consider the wide-ranging implications of having a specialty dedicated to psychiatric difficulties in young people.

Biographical Sketch - Robert L. Findling, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Findling's Faculty Profile

Dr. Findling attended The Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate studies and then the Medical College of Virginia for medical school. He completed his training in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He subsequently earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the London School of Economics.

Before returning to Baltimore in 2012 to become Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Findling held the Rocco L. Motto, M.D. Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and was Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He is now also the Vice President for Psychiatry Services and Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Findling has achieved international recognition as a clinician and an educator. His investigative endeavors have focused on pediatric psychopharmacology and serious psychiatric disorders in the young. Dr. Findling has authored over 300 scientific articles as well as several books.  His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, and the pharmaceutical industry.

George Koob

March 27, 2013 

George F. Koob, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, The Scripps Research Institute
Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, San Diego

THE DARK SIDE OF DRUG ADDICTION The Horsley Gantt to Joseph Brady Connection

A leading authority on drug addiction and stress and an alumnus of Johns Hopkins (Ph.D.’72), Dr. Koob will discuss the contributions of two of Hopkins most prominent behaviorists, W. Horsley Gantt and Joseph Brady to his work and to the field of behavioral neuroscience.    

Dr. Koob's Faculty Profile at The Scripps Institute

As an authority on drug addiction and stress, he has contributed to our understanding of the neurocircuitry associated with the acute reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse and the neuroadaptations of the reward and stress circuits associated with the transition to dependence. Dr. Koob has published over 600 peer reviewed scientific papers. In collaboration with Dr. Michel Le Moal, he wrote the acclaimed book Neurobiology of Addiction (Elsevier, 2006). He has received continuous funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He is Director of the NIAAA Alcohol Research Center at The Scripps Research Institute, Consortium Coordinator for NIAAA's multi-center Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism, and Co-Director of the Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research.  He has trained 73 postdoctoral fellows and 11 predoctoral fellows and is director of the NIAAA Neuropsychopharmacoloy multidisciplinary training grant. Dr. Koob is Editor-in-Chief USA for the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior and Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Addiction Medicine. He won the Daniel Efron Award for excellence in research from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, was honored as a Highly Cited Researcher from the Institute for Scientific Information, was presented with the Distinguished Investigator Award and Marlatt Mentorship Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, and won the Mark Keller Award from NIAAA.

Dr. Paul McHugh

 January 30, 2013

Paul McHugh, M.D.

University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry
Former Henry Phipps Professor and Chairman
Former Psychiatrist-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Achievement and Influence in Psychiatry

 Biographical Sketch - Paul R. McHugh, M.D.

Dr. McHugh's Faculty Profile

Paul R. McHugh was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School with further training at the Peter Bent Brigham (now Brigham and Women’s) Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, and in the Division of Neuropsychiatry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. After his training, he was eventually and successively Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University School of Medicine, Clinical Director and Director of Residency Education at the New York Hospital Westchester Division; Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences Center. He was Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975-2001. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine named him University Distinguished Service Professor in 1998.

Dr. McHugh was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 1992.  In 2001, he was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics and in 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. Above and beyond his professional publications, he has written articles for the public on psychiatry published in The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Chronicles of Higher Education, and The Baltimore Sun. 

His career has three interrelated themes. First: To create a model department of academic psychiatry by rendering explicit the conceptual structure of psychiatry and by demonstrating what this structure implies for patient care, education and research. Second: Teach how the brain-mind problem is embedded in these concepts and how it affects the thought and actions of psychiatrists. Third: Investigate the “motivated” behaviors, such as hunger, thirst, sex, and sleep that are open in this era to multiple levels of analysis from molecular biology to social science.