Dr. Amir A. Levine directs the Levine Research Lab and is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Amir Levine's research focuses on the gene regulation of various mental states with a special interest in the molecular processes that are unique to the developing brain. He is especially interested in how experiences during development shape the adult phenotype. Dr. Levine is among a handful of child psychiatrists who are trained both in clinical as well as molecular and biochemical approaches to study normal and pathological human development. He has a special interest in how changes in the brain during adolescence pose greater risk for the development of addiction and mood disorders. His findings have been patented and may lead to new approaches in the treatment of addiction and mood disorders in both adolescents and adults.
Dr. Levine is also the co-author of a popular science book titled Attached, The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love, which has been translated into 11 languages.