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Steven Southwick, MD


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This section is about our Mission, Vision, Staff, and Press Room

Steven Southwick, MD

Steven Southwick, MD

Deputy Director

Clinical Neurosciences Division

See staff directory for contact information.

Academic Appointment

  • Yale University School of Medicine, Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry
  • Yale Child Study Center, Professor of Psychiatry
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry


  • MA, Honorary Degree, Yale University, 1998
  • MD, George Washington Medical School, 1980
  • BA, Yale University, 1974

Expertise and Interests

  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD
  • Neurobiology of PTSD and resilience

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Institute of Medicine
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Board of Directors, Viktor Frankel International Society for Logotherapy

Awards and Honors

  • Inaugural Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Joseph B. Fabry Founders Award, International Viktor Frankl Society

Selected Publications

Southwick, S. M., & Charney, D. S. (2012). The science of resilience: Implications for the prevention and treatment of depression. Science, 338, 79-82. doi:10.1126/science.1222942

Pietrzak, R. H. & Southwick, S. M. (2011).Psychological resilience in OEF-OIF veterans: Application of a novel classification approach and examination of demographic and psychosocial correlates. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 560-568. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.04.028

Southwick, S. M. & Charney, D. S. (2012). Resilience: The science of mastering life's greatest challenges. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Southwick, S. M., Pietrzak, R. & White, G. (2011). Interventions to enhance resilience-related construction in adults. In S. Southwick, B. T. Litz, D. Charney, M. J. & Friedman (Eds), Resilience and mental health: Challenges across the lifespan (pp. 289-306). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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