Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Wade Berrettini, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Berrettini is the Karl E. Rickels Professor of Psychiatry, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his MD (1977) degree and PhD degree (Pharmacology, 1979) from Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). After completing residency training in Psychiatry, he studied genetics of behavioral disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health for ten years. Since 1997, Dr. Berrettini has served as the Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, a group of interdisciplinary scientists studying genetic and biologic influences on brain disorders and behavior. The author of more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications, his research interests include genetics of addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders and epilepsy.

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