Hector Bird, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Private Practice of Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry,
Hector R. Bird, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1960 and his medical degree from Yale Medical School in 1965. Dr. Bird served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-68. From 1968-1972 he trained in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at N.Y. State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia University.
Dr. Bird was Deputy Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia University. Besides his administrative tasks in the Division, Dr. Bird conducted epidemiologic research in child psychiatry and actively participated in the child psychiatry residency training program. He was principal investigator in several NIMH funded research studies. These included an island-wide epidemiologic survey of mental disorders in children in the island of Puerto Rico, a study to develop methodologies for child epidemiologic surveys (the MECA Study), and more recently, a study of the development of antisocial behavior among Puerto Rican children. He has distinguished himself in methodology and developed instruments for assessment of psychiatric impairment in children widely used in research.
Dr. Bird is on the editorial boards of the the Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and is a reviewer for various other prestigious publications. He has participated in several NIMH IRG’s and is author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Dr. Bird received the Professional Achievement Award from Boricua College in New York in 1987 and in 2001, the Wilfred C. Hulse Memorial Award from the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for outstanding contributions to the field and the Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Aolescent Psychiatry in 2007. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. Presently Dr. Bird has retired from his administrative and academic positions and was made Professor Emeritus in 2006. He is actively involved in private practice.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.A., 1960
Medical School: Yale Medical School, M.D., 1965
Internship: San Juan City Hospital, Rotating, 1965 - 1966
Residency: New York State Psychiatric Institute, General & Child Psychiatry, 1968 - 1972
Fellowship: William A. White Institute, Psychoanalysis, 1969 - 1977
Board Certifications: General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Subspeciality Certifications: Child Psychiatry
• ADHD, Childhood Depression, OCD, Behavior Disorders, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• Borderline and other personality disorders
• Depression and bipolar disorder
1300 Luchetti St. (Apt. 4)
Horizon House Cond.
San Juan, PR 00907-1923
Research on psychiatric epidemiology
1. Bird HR, Shrout PE, Duarte CS, Shen S, Bauermeister JJ, Canino G : Longitudinal mental health service and medication use for ADHD among Puerto Rican youth in two contexts. J. Amer. Acad. Child & Adolesc. Psychiatry 2008;47(8): 879-889
1. Bird HR, Shrout P, Davies M, Canino GJ, Duarte Shen S, Loeber R : Longitudinal development of antisocial behavior in young and early adolescent Puerto Rican children at two sites . Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis 2007;46(1):: 5-14
1. Bird HR, Davies M, Duarte Shen S, Loeber R, Canino GJ : A study of disruptive behavior disorders in Puerto Rican youth: II. Baseline prevalence, comorbidity and correlates in two sites. J. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2007;45(9): 1042-1053
1. Bird H: Role of Culture, Race and Ethnicity in Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry. , Am. Psychiatric Press., Washington, D.C., , USA, 2004
1. Bird HR, Canino G, Davies M, Ramírez R, Chávez L, Duarte C, Shen S: The Brief Impairment Scale (BIS): A multidimensional scale of functional
impairment for children and adolescents.. J. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2005;44: 699-707