Davangere P. Devanand, MD
Davangere P. Devanand, M.D., is Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center. He is also Co-Director of the Memory Disorders Center, and Co-Director of the Late Life Depression Clinic, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.<br><br>Dr. Devanand completed medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and psychiatry residency training at NIMHANS, Bangalore, India, S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, and Yale University School of Medicine. After completing a clinical research fellowship at Columbia University he has remained on its faculty since 1987.<br><br> His research helped to define the clinical features and treatment response in elderly patients with dysthymic disorder, a chronic depressive illness. He pioneered studies on the interface between depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly, and is well-known for his research into early diagnostic markers of Alzheimerâ€™s disease and the treatment of psychosis and agitation in this disorder. He has published research articles in major journals including a landmark study on antipsychotic discontinuation in Alzheimer’s disease in the New England Journal of Medicine, and articles in JAMA, Annals of Neurology, Neurology, Archives of General Psychiatry, and American Journal of Psychiatry. He has been Principal Investigator on research grants from the National Institute of Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, Alzheimerâ€™s Association, NARSAD, and the Dana Foundation. He has been Chair of the Research Committee of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has received the International Psychogeriatrics Association Research Award, the Indo-American Psychiatric Association scientific research award, and the American Psychiatric Association Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry.<br><br>Dr. Devanand has over 250 research publications, and is the author of three books, including The Memory Program.