Joshua Berman, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Program in Experimental Brain Stimulation in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics,
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Dr. Berman is Director for the Program in Experimental Brain Stimulation, a component of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics in the department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his undergraduate education at Yale University and his MD and PhD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, prior to research fellowships there in Affective Disorders and Substance Abuse. He has been recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and a K08 Award from NIDA, studying striatal mechanisms for integration of hedonic drive and stress in rodent models with emphasis on systems affected by both nicotine and stress. Recently he has focused on how such mechanisms may be involved in the antidepressant efficacy, of brain stimulation treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Other interests include understanding biological factors that influence the latency of response and duration of efficacy of brain stimulation treatments and identifying points of synergy between brain stimulation and other modes of treatment. He has been credentialed at Columbia in ECT, rTMS, and other brain stimulation techniques, and has served as Medical Director for the Brain and Behavior Clinic and Brain Stimulation Service Outpatient Clinic.
Undergraduate: Yale University, A.B., 1987
Medical School: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, M.D., 2000
Doctoral Degree: City University of New York, Ph.D., 1996
Internship: NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Psychiatry/Medicine Internship, 1996 - 1997
Residency: NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Psychiatry Residency, 1997 - 2000
Fellowship: New York State Psychiatric Institute/NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, Affective Disorders Fellowship, 2000 - 2004
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
• ECT, rTMS, other brain stimulation techniques
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room Pardes 5210 Unit/Box:21
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212 543 6805
Dr. Berman studies the safety, efficacy, mechanisms of action, and predictors of response for brain stimulation treatments using electromagnetic energy to modulate connectivity and activity of targeted brain regions in psychiatric illness.
1. Robinson LA, Penzner JB, Arkow S, Kahn DA, Berman JA.: Electroconvulsive therapy for the treatment of refractory mania.. J Psychiatr Pract 2011;17(1): 61-66
2. Berman JA Talmage DA Role LW: Cholinergic circuits and signaling in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Int Rev Neurobiol 2007;78: 193-223
3. Laje, PR, Berman JA, and Glassman, AH: Depression and Nicotine: Preclinical and Clinical Evidence for Common Mechanisms. Current Psychiatry Reports 2001;3: 470-474