Outstanding Faculty Members: UMass Depression Center

Faculty members have extensive experience in national networks for research, training, and service. They have been active leaders in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (Yale, UPenn/RWJMS, and McLean nodes); the UMass Department of Psychiatry’s Mental Health Agency Research Network; the NICHD lithium study; the NIMH ED-SAFE study (suicide assessment in emergency rooms); the Stanley Center Projects in bipolar disorder; the Veterans Administration study of homeless veterans; the Central Massachusetts Addiction Consortium; the National Children’s Study; and, previously, in the NIMH CATIE Study; the NIMH STEP-BD study; and the NIMH Study of the Pharmacotherapy of Psychotic Depression (STOP-PD).

The UMass Depression Center’s key faculty members are also leaders within the Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division – the consulting arm for the medical school throughout Massachusetts and in 20 other states in the nation.

UMass Depression Center Faculty:

Anthony J. Rothschild, MD
Director, UMass Depression Center
Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment
Program Director, Depression Specialty Clinic
Research Focus: psychotic depression; treatment-resistant depression

F. Alexander Blount, EdD
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Psychiatry Director, Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health (the leading national training program teaching mental health and substance abuse clinicians to function successfully as primary care behavioral health clinicians).
Department of Family Medicine
Research Focus: primary care in mental health

Edwin D. Boudreaux, PhD
Professor and Director of Research, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry
Research Focus: screening for suicide risk in the Emergency Room setting

Maryann Davis, PhD
Director of Transitional Age Youth NIDDR Center
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Research Focus: transition age youth

Kristina Deligiannidis, MD
Assistant Professor and Director, Depression Specialty Clinic
Psychiatrist, Women’s Mental Health Specialty Clinic
Research Focus: depression in women

Barry Feldman, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Psychiatry Services in Public Safety
Research Focus: suicide risk and prevention

Marianne Felice, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Research Focus: evaluation and treatment of depression in children and adolescents

William Fisher, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: people who suffer from mood disorders and the criminal justice system

Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Research Focus: suicide attempts among Latina adolescents

Jean Frazier, MD
Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Vice Chair and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Research Focus: early onset bipolar disorder

Gerardo Gonzalez, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and Addiction Psychopharmacology Research
Research Focus: pharmacotherapy treatment of cocaine dependence in methadone-treated patients

Jean King, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: Imaging awake animals, behavioral pharmacology

Monica Kolodziej, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: substance dependence and bipolar disorder

Wendy Marsh, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Depression Specialty Clinic
Psychiatrist, Women’s Mental Health Specialty Clinic
Research Focus: bipolar disorder and reproductive endocrinology

Thomas McLaughlin, ScD
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Department of Pediatrics
Research Focus: major depressive disorder in chronically medically ill patients and adolescents with mood disorders; developing models for prediction of onset of major affective disorders in pediatric populations that are based upon genetic vulnerability and environmental factors like stress; development of quality indicators for depression

Haley Melikian, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: antidepressant targets in the brain

Constance Moore, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: neuroimaging in the etiology of bipolar disorder

Joanne Nicholson, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and of Family Medicine
Research Focus: parenting and mental illness

Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Research Focus: diabetes and depression

Tatyana Shteinlukht, MD
Medical Director, ECT Service, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Research Focus: ECT, Veterans Mental Health

David Smelson, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Director of Translational Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Research Focus: pharmacological and behavioral treatment of addiction

Eric G. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
Clinical & Research Psychiatrist, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital & the Center for Health Quality Outcomes & Economic Research, Bedford, MA
Research Focus: suicide prevention

Rosalie Torres Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director, Multicultural Competency Workgroup
Research Focus: depression among non-Hispanic whites, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans

Carol Upshur, EdD
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Research Focus: depression in Primary Care- Co-PI of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Linda Weinreb, MD
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Pediatrics
Vice-Chair of Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Research Focus: depression in primary care; primary care depression management for homeless mothers; primary care management of alcohol abuse in homeless mothers

Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman
UMass Department of Psychiatry
Research Focus: co-occurring mood disorders and addiction, including tobacco