Wade H. Berrettini, MD, PhD

Karl E. Rickels Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry Faculty Bio 

Dr. Wade 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 (Pharmacology, 1979) from Thomas Jefferson University. After completing residency training in Psychiatry, he studied genetics of behavioral disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health. For the past decade, Dr. Berrettini has been 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 200 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, his research interests include genetics and pharmacogenetics of mood disorders, addictions, epilepsy and eating disorders. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of Neuropsychopharmacology, Molecular Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry, he has acted as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, J&J, Wyeth, Lilly, Novartis and Astra-Zeneca.


Areas of Investigation

  • Addictions
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Gene Mapping
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Psychiatric Genetics

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