David Saunders, MD, PhD

David Saunders

David Saunders, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. David Saunders, MD, PhD, is a child psychiatrist and researcher. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and obtained a PhD at Emory, focusing on Buddhist Studies. He completed adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale, in the Solnit Integrated Training Program. At Yale, under Drs. Hedy Kober and James Leckman, he designed and is presently conducting an RCT of Mindfulness-Based ADHD Treatment for Children (R34 AT009887). At Columbia, he is conducting an RCT of a mindfulness-based intervention for substance use disorder in adolescents within the Boricua Youth Study, assessing feasibility and acceptability of the intervention, and examining behavioral and neural mechanisms of cognitive control with task-based fMRI.