Jonathan Posner Appointed the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Jonathan Posner Appointed the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Jonathan Posner, MD, has been appointed the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Associate Professor of Psychiatry, effective April 1, 2017. This endowed chair, funded by the Crosby Murphy family, was created in 2001 to advance neuropsychiatric research, study, and instruction of the causes and mechanisms of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, with the ultimate goal of expanding evidence-based treatments for such disorders.

Dr. Posner joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Working in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Posner directs the Posner Lab, a neuroimaging research laboratory that studies brain mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders in children. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Posner also teaches and supervises psychiatric residents and practices as a clinician with ColumbiaDoctors Tarrytown | CUCARD Westchester.

“I am so pleased Dr. Posner has received this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Moira Rynn. “His research into childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly in the area of disruptive behavior disorders and emotional regulation, has been exemplary; and we look forward to his ongoing contributions to translational research, clinical care, and mentoring junior colleagues within the department and throughout the Columbia University Medical Center.” Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele concurred: “The funding from the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Chair will allow the Posner Lab to apply cutting-edge, multimodal neuroimaging techniques to better understand the roots of pediatric mental illness.”

Dr. Posner expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to expand research into the underlying causes of psychiatric disorders, so as to be able to provide more refined and targeted treatments for those suffering from such disorders. “I’m so grateful to this division, the medical center, and—of course—the Crosby Murphy family,” said Dr. Posner. “This chair provides me with the opportunity to support and mentor the next generation of developmental neuroscientists through collaborative projects and the generation of innovative ideas.”