Biederman, Joseph, MD

Chief, Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD
Director, Bressler Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Biederman is Chief of the Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Biederman is Board Certified in General and Child Psychiatry. 

He has been the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Blanche Ittelson Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatric Research, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Charlotte Norbert Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement. He has been inducted into the CHADD “Hall of Fame”.  Dr Biederman has also been selected every year since its inception into the “The Best Doctors in America” compilation of the best physicians in the country. 

Dr. Biederman has been a mentor to more than 15 junior investigators in the field.  He is on the editorial board of multiple journals, a reviewer for most of the Psychiatric journals, and has served as a grant reviewer in the Child Psychopathology and Treatment Review Committee of the NIMH.  Dr. Biederman is the author and co-author over 600 scientific articles, 650 scientific abstracts, and 70 book chapters. 

In 2000, Dr. Biederman pioneered and established a Stanley Foundation Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to the treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder.  Dr. Biederman was the recipient of the 1998 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist award.  He was also the recipient of the 2002 NARSAD Senior Investigator award.  Since 2002 Dr. Biederman has been Associate Editor and from 2005-2006 Deputy Editor for Child Psychiatry in Biological Psychiatry, ranked as the third most impactful scientific journal in Psychiatry.  In 2005 Dr. Biederman was appointed Chair of the section on ADHD at the World Psychiatric Association. He was also recently selected by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Awards committee as the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Research. In 2007, Dr. Biederman received the Excellence in Research Award from the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also awarded the Mentorship Award from the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in September.  In 2008, the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry awarded him the William A. Schonfeld Award for outstanding achievement, excellence and dedication throughout his career in Psychiatry.

In October 2007, Dr. Biederman was ranked as the second highest producer of high-impact papers in psychiatry overall throughout the world with 229 papers cited a total of 6769 times over the past 10 years as determined by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).  The same organization ranked Dr. Biederman at #1 in terms of total citations to his papers published on ADD/ADHD in the past decade.   Dr. Biederman's work is supported by multiple federal and pharmaceutical industry grants. In 2009, Dr. Biederman received a Distinguished Service Award for dedication to the optimal care of children with psychiatric disorders and devotion to residency education, awarded by the MGH/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency


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