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Davangere Devanand, M.D.

Dr. D. P. Devanand is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He completed medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in India, and trained in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. 

He began psychiatry residency training at S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, and completed it at Yale University School of Medicine. He then did a clinical research fellowship in Biological Psychiatry at Columbia University, and has continued on the faculty at Columbia University since 1987. 

Currently, he is Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Memory Disorders Center, and Co-Director of the Adult and Late Life Depression Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research studies involve Alzheimer’s disease, geriatric depression and electroconvulsive therapy. His research has helped define the clinical features and treatment response in elderly patients with chronic mild to moderate depression, or dysthymic disorder. 

He pioneered studies on the interface between depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly, and he is also known for his research into early diagnostic markers of Alzheimer’s disease and the treatment of psychosis and agitation in Alzheimer’s disease. He has been principal investigator on several research grants from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has also been funded by the Alzheimer’s Association, NARSAD, the Dana Foundation, and the Department of Defense. 

He has published over 225 research papers and articles, and is the author of three books, including The Memory Program.


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