Dr. Stuart C. Yudofsky
Director of the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Stuart C. Yudofsky is Director of the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Yudofsky is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In January, 2016 Dr. Yudofsky retired as the Distinguished Service Professor, with tenure, and Chairman and the Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Presidential Chair in Neuropsychiatry of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Baylor College of Medicine; and as Chairman of the Psychiatry Department of Houston Methodist Hospital — positions he held for almost 25 years.
Prior to moving to Houston in 1991 with his wife Beth, who is also a psychiatrist, Dr. Yudofsky was tenured Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago and Chief of Psychiatric Services for The University of Chicago Hospital System. Previously, he was founding director of the psychiatry department of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and director of psychiatric research at the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute. For 14 years he was on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was Associate Professor, Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Director and Deputy Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Yudofsky’s research and clinical practice focus in two areas: psycho-pharmacology (the use of medications to treat mental illnesses) and neuropsychiatry (the treatment of mood and behavioural changes associated with brain disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury). For 28 years, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, the official journal of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and, since January 2016, has become Editor Emeritus.
He is the author/co-author of numerous scientific articles and more than 60 book chapters. Additionally, he is the author of or has edited/co-edited more than 50 medical books including the American Psychiatric Press’ Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry and its Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, two of the standard reference textbooks in this field, going into their Sixth Editions. Both books have been translated into several other languages — including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Italian, and are used extensively internationally.
Dr. Yudofsky also wrote What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs, a book for the general public about psychiatric medications and Fatal Flaws, a hybrid book about personality disorders for mental health professionals and for people in destructive relationships with people with these conditions. Fatal Flaws has been published in Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Korean. Fatal Pauses, Dr. Yudofsky’s second hybrid book for the general public and mental health professionals was published in 2015, and it focuses on how people become “stuck” in dysfunctional relationships and unhealthful behavioural patterns and habits and offers a structured method for getting “unstuck” using psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural principles.
Dr. Yudofsky has been elected to the membership of numerous national honorary societies in the United States including Phi Beta Kappa and to Fellowships in the New York Academy of Medicine, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Neuropsychiatric Association, and The American College of Psychiatrists. For many years he served as Vice Chairperson of the Council on Research and Chairman of the Committee on Research Awards of the American Psychiatric Association. He is past President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
In 2014, Dr. Yudofsky received the inaugural Gary J. Tucker, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award in Neuropsychiatry, the highest honour of the Association. In 2015, he was awarded the Alywn Lishman Award in Jerusalem, Israel by the International Neuropsychiatric Association, awarded biennially to one neuropsychiatrist “for international contributions to neuropsychiatry”.