David J. Hellerstein, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
Director of Medical Communications, Columbia U. Department of Psychiatry,
Columbia University Medical Center
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dr. David J. Hellerstein is Director of Medical Communications at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. He is a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University.
He was formerly the Clinical Director of the Institute. He specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on the medication treatment of persistent depressive disorder, or chronic depression.
Dr. Hellerstein is also Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program in New York, part of the Depression Evaluation Service, which conducts studies on the medication treatment of chronic depression.
He has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on subjects including the treatment of dysthymic disorder (persistent depressive disorder), supportive psychotherapy, and the use of new media in psychiatry.
Dr. Hellerstein has also received national recognition for his literary writing, and has been awarded the Pushcart Prize and several MacDowell Colony Fellowships. His books include Battles of Life and Death (essays about medical training), Loving Touches (a novel), and A Family of Doctors (a memoir of five generations of doctors in one family). His journalism has been published in magazines including Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine.
His book, Heal Your Brain: How the New Neuropsychiatry Can Help You Go From Better to Well, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has served as President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association.
He has a private practice in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. He has a blog on Psychologytoday.com at: Heal Your Brain
He discussed his research on Blogtalk Radio: Depression and Brain Circuits
Undergraduate: Harvard College, A.B. , 1976
Medical School: Stanford University Medical School, M.D., 1980
Internship: New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Psychiatry, 1980 - 1981
Residency: New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Psychiatry, 1981 - 1984
Fellowship: NY State Psychiatric Institute , Public Psychiatry , 1984 - 1985
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)
• Psychopharmacology of chronic depression
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 3308 Unit/Box:#51
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
1) Medication treatment of persistent depressive disorder disorder (chronic depression)
2) 2) Brain structure, function and connectivity in chronic depression, assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
3)Research on supportive psychotherapy as an active treatment modality
1. Hellerstein David J: Heal Your Brain: How the New Neuropsychiatry Can Help You Go From Better to Well , Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2011
2. Posner J, Hellerstein DJ, Peterson B: Antidepressants normalize the default mode network in patients with dysthymia. JAMA Psychiatry 2013;70
3. Hellerstein David: A Family of Doctors, Hill & Wang (hardcover), Ivy Books (paperback)., New York, NY, 1994/1995
4. Hellerstein DJ, Skodol AE, Petkova E, Xie H, Markowitz JC, Yen S, Gunderson J, Grilo C, Daversa MT, McGlashan TH. : The impact of comorbid dysthymic disorder on outcome in personality disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry 2010;51: 449-457
5. Hellerstein DJ, Agosti V, Bosi M, Black SR: Impairment in psychosocial functioning associated with dysthymic disorder in the NESARC study. Journal of Affective Disorders 2010;doi:10.1016/j.jad.2010.04.013