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Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., Acting Director of NIMH

Dr. Bruce CuthbertDr. Bruce Cuthbert, Acting Deputy Director of the NIMH, has been named Acting Director of the Institute. Dr. Cuthbert has held a number of leadership positions at NIMH, most recently the Director of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) unit. Dr. Cuthbert served as the Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research from 2009 to 2014 before devoting his efforts full time to RDoC. A former Extramural Program staff member at NIMH from 1998 to 2005, Dr. Cuthbert served as Chief of the Emotion Process Program, Acting Chief of the Biobehavioral Regulation Program, and Chief of the Adult Psychopathology and Prevention Research Branch. He left NIMH in 2005 to join the University of Minnesota as a professor of Clinical Psychology, returning to NIMH in 2009 to lead the coordination of RDoC.

Dr. Cuthbert received both his BA (with honors) and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in Psychology and Clinical Psychology, respectively. In addition to NIMH and the University of Minnesota, he previously served for 11 years as an investigator in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps and for 17 years on the faculty at the University of Florida; he also held guest professorships at the University of Giessen and the University of Tübingen in Germany. Dr. Cuthbert is active in the field, serving as associate editor for Biological Psychiatry and Current Opinion in Psychiatry, and publishing over 100 articles, book chapters or reviews, in addition to extensive participation in NIH study sections. His accomplishments and contributions were recognized by his colleagues, who elected him as President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in 2004 and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2009.