James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H.

James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H.

Scientific Council Member

Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department Director and Psychiatrist-in-Chief

Johns Hopkins Medicine

2000, 2008 Young Investigator Grantee

Dr. Potash became Director of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins in 2017. Prior to that he was Chair and Department Executive Officer of University of Iowa Psychiatry from 2011-17. He is a graduate of Yale College. Following graduation, he served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He completed his master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins, as well as his medical school and residency training. He served on the faculty at Hopkins for 13 years before moving to Iowa. Dr. Potash’s work has focused on research regarding the genetic and epigenetic basis of mood disorders—depression and bipolar disorder. These efforts have resulted in over 170 publications. In addition to his research endeavors, Dr. Potash is also an active clinician who sees mood disorders patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Nationally, he co-leads the Bipolar Sequencing Consortium, and is a member of the Council on Research for the American Psychiatric Association.

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