Dolores Malaspina, MD, MSPH

Director

Dolores Malaspina

Dolores Malaspina is the Anita Steckler and Joseph Steckler Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and the director of InSPIRES, the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives (Research, Education and Services).

Formerly the Chairman of the NYU Bellevue Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Malaspina led the NYU Department through a historic transition in structure and mission; increasing its NIH grant support, opening a new Consultation Liaison Psychiatry program at Tisch Hospital, recruiting new leadership for the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatry Department and refocusing the department on clinical research and career development.

Dr. Malaspina completed her Psychiatry Residency at NY State Psychiatric Institute where she served as chief resident and winning its Horowitz Award for clinical excellence. Also at Columbia University she completed a Clinical Research Fellowship and earned a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health.She had earlier received a BA in Environmental Biology at Boston University and an MS in Zoology from Rutgers University before graduating from NJ Medical School in 1983.

Prior to her arrival at NYU in 2006 Dr. Malaspina was a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. There she was the founding chief of the NY State Psychiatric Institute Schizophrenia Research Unit where she established the prodromal schizophrenia research clinic where she was the training director for the schizophrenia fellowship program and mentor to numerous beginning investigators.

Dr. Malaspina’s research approach is “translate” research findings from large population studies and animal behavior into the human interface, to understand human behavior, emotional functioning and mental diseases.She has had continuous NIH funding throughout her career. She currently serves as Principal Investigator of two NIMH R01 grants (“Jerusalem Perinatal Cohort Schizophrenia Study” and for “Olfaction and Social Function in Schizophrenia”) and on a 10 year NIMH K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award to train the Next Generation of Translational Psychiatry Researchers.

In 1990, she received an NIMH Schizophrenia Academic Award which included training for future academic and administrative leadership roles. She now mentors 7 funded NIH K awardees, research fellows, medical students, residents and young faculty members. She has been recognized for her mentoring abilities by the American Psychiatric Association, receiving its Kempf Fund Award for Research and Mentoring in Psychobiological Psychiatry. She has received several research awards from NARSAD (National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders), including its Distinguished Investigator Award and a dozen NARSAD awards on which she served as the mentor. Other honors include the Research Award from the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecturer Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Distinguished Alumni award from the Columbia and Cornell Psychiatry Departments and other awards.

She has authored more than 200 scientific publications on her research reviews and she actively reviews grant applications for the National Institute of Health and reviews papers for numerous scientific publications. She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the new York Academy of Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is active in other professional organizations. She has served on numerous leadership committees at NYU and on the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, Conflict of Interest Committees, the Faculty Council and Dean’s Committee on Women Faculty, among other institutional roles.

An active educator of the general public on mental health issues, she has been named an "Exemplary Psychiatrist" by the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI). She is currently a weekly host of the two hour “Psychiatry Show” on the Sirius 114 “Doctor Radio” channel, taking questions and teaching the general public about important issues in behavior, health and psychiatry. She also remains 'at the bedside', as an active clinician devoted to improving the lives of her patients.