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Barry D. Lebowitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: (858) 534-8963
FAX #: (858) 534-5475


Dr. Barry Lebowitz is Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego.  He moved to UCSD in 2005 after a nearly 30-year career at the National Institute of Mental Health where he served as Chief of the Geriatrics Research Branch.  A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Lebowitz is a graduate of McGill University and Cornell University.  He was elected a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.  The recipient of a number of awards, Dr. Lebowitz was most recently honored with the M. Powell Lawton Award of the Gerontological Society of America.

Research Focus
I have broad interests in clinical and translational studies and gene x brain x environment interactions in the course and outcome of the mental disorders of late life.  The focus of much of this work has been in late-life depression.  I also have had substantial experience in the design and operations of large-scale, public health oriented clinical trials and in research training and research career development.

Clinical Focus

Selected Publications
Lebowitz, B.D.  The M. Powell Lawton Award Lecture.  Clinical trials in late life: new science in old paradigms.  The Gerontologist. 44:452-458, 2004..

Lieberman, J.A., Stroup S. T., McEvoy J. P., Swartz M. S., Rosenheck R. A.., Perkins D. O., Keefe R. S., Davis S. M., Davis Clarence E., Lebowitz B. D., Severe J., and Hsiao J. K., for the Clinical Antipyschotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) Investigators. Effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs in patients with chronic schizophrenia. The New England Journal of Medicine. 353:1209-23, 2005.

Alexopoulos, G.S., Schultz, S. K., Lebowitz, B.D. Late-life depression: a model for mechanism-based classification. DSM-V White paper. Biological Psychiatry, 58:283-289, 2005

Trivedi, M. H., Rush, J. A., Wisniewski, S. R., Nierenberg, A. A., Warden, D., Ritz, L., Norquist, G., Howland, R. H., Lebowitz, B. D., McGrath, P. J., Shores-Wilson, Biggs, M. M., Balasubramani, G. K., Fava, M. For the STAR*D Study Team. Outcomes with citalopram for depression using measurement-based care in STAR*D: implications for clinical research and practice. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163: 28-40, 2006

Trivedi, M.H., Fava, M., Wisniewski, S.R., Thase, M.E., Quitkin, F., Warden, D., Ritz, L., Nierenberg, A.A., Lebowitz, B.D., Biggs, M.M., Luther, J.F., Shores-Wilson, K., Rush, A.J. for the STAR*D Team. Medication augmentation after the failure of SSRIs for depression. New England Journal of Medicine. 354: 1243-1252, 2006


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