Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. is a Professor and the Constance and Stephen Lieber Chair in Psychiatry at the Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Throughout his forty-year career he has focused on research and clinical care of patients with serious mental illness. In addition to his academic and clinical activities, Dr. Lieberman has played a significant role influencing government and social policy, educating health care providers and the public in an effort to reduce stigma and improve access to and quality of mental health care.
Dr. Lieberman’s research on the neurobiology, pharmacology and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders has advanced our understanding and treatment of mental illness and led to the transformative mental health care strategy for the early detection and prevention of schizophrenia.
Dr. Lieberman has authored or co-authored over 800 articles published in scientific literature and wrote or edited 17 books on mental illness, psychopharmacology and psychiatry. He is the recipient of many awards including the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD (BBRF), the Adolf Meyer Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) the Research Award from the National Alliance of Mental Illness among others. Dr. Lieberman is or has been a member of the Advisory committee for Neuropharmacologic and Psychopharmacologic Drugs of the FDA, the Planning Board for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, Chair of the Committee on Research on Psychiatric Treatments of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the APA Work Group for the Development of Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines.
In 2000 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, in 2010 fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and served as President of the American Psychiatric Association in 2013 and 2014. For his innovative public mental health initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was named to the Power 50 in Mental Health by New York City and New York State in 2021.
Dr. Lieberman’s work has extended beyond biomedical research and clinical psychiatry into public policy and advocacy for improving mental health care, enhancing awareness and diminishing the stigma of mental illness. In this context, Dr. Lieberman actively contributed to government policy and legislation including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and has been a frequent public spokesperson in the media on mental illness and psychiatry. This motivated him to write the critically acclaimed book Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (Little Brown 2015) for general audiences and deliver a TED Talk on Stigma and Mental Illness. Shrinks inspired the production of a four-part series, titled Mysteries of Mental Illness, that was nationally broadcast on PBS June 22 and 24, 2022.
His new book, Malady of the Mind: Schizophrenia and the Path to Prevention was published by Charles A. Scribner’s of Simon and Shuster in February 2023.
- Professor and Constance and Stephen Lieber Chair in Psychiatry, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Attending Psychiatrist, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Awards & Recognition
- Adolf Meyer Award, American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2007
- Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), 2006
- Scientific Research Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2011
- Lilly Neuroscience Award, The Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum, 2002
- Stanley Dean Award, Schizophrenia Research, American College of Psychiatry, 2000
- Distinguished Service Award, American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2017
- And more
Professional Memberships & Leadership Positions
- National Academy of Medicine, Member
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow
- American Psychiatric Association (APA), President (2013-2014), Distinguished Fellow
- American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Fellow
- Society for Biological Psychiatry, President (2002), Fellow
- American Psychopathological Association, President (2006), Fellow
- Society for Neuroscience, Member
- Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI), Member
- American College of Psychiatrists, Fellow
- Collegium Internationale NeuroPsychopharmacologicum (C.I.N.P.), President North America (2001), Member
- New York Academy of Science, Member
Dr. Lieberman’s research has focused on the neurobiology, pharmacology and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. In this context, his work has advanced our understanding of the natural history and pathophysiology of schizophrenia, as well as the pharmacology and clinical effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs; and his work has been instrumental in the development of novel drugs and therapeutic strategies for the treatment of people with schizophrenia. He served as Principal Investigator of the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) research program sponsored by NIMH, and as Principal Investigator on the NIMH research initiative, Recovery After An Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE), testing a newly-developed evidence-based strategic intervention for early psychosis to demonstrate how treatment at the onset of symptoms can prevent the debilitating effects of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Learn more.
- Lieberman JA. Back to the Future – The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelic Drugs. N Engl J Med. 2021 Apr 15;384(15):1460-1461. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe2102835
- Lieberman JA, Dixon LB, Goldman HH: Early detection and intervention in schizophrenia: a new therapeutic model. JAMA 2013; 310(7):689-690.
- Lieberman JA, First MB. Psychotic Disorders. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jul 19;379(3):270-280. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1801490
- Lieberman JA, Drake RE, Sederer LI, Belger A, Keefe R, Perkins D, Stroup TS: Science and recovery in schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services 2008; 59:487-496.
- Lieberman JA, Tollefson GD, Charles C, Zipursky R, Sharma T, Kahn RS, Keefe RS, Green AI, Gur RE, McEvoy J, Perkins D, Hamer RM, Gu H, Tohen M: Antipsychotic drug effects on brain morphology in first-episode psychosis. Archives of General Psychiatry 2005; 62(4):361-370.