Staff Susan Swedo, M.D., Section Chief Susan Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She is a board-certified pediatrician, who trained at Northwestern University's Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Swedo has authored/co-authored over 100 research publications since joining the NIMH in 1986. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham's chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Swedo and colleagues were the first to describe a post-infectious etiology for OCD and define criteria identifying the PANDAS subgroup (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections). Current research efforts are directed at identifying biological causes for behavioral syndromes and developing new and more effective therapies. Learn more about Dr. Swedo. Paul Grant, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Paul Grant, M.D. is board-certified in adult and in child and adolescent psychiatry and has several years of experience in clinical child psychiatry (and more than twenty years of prior experience in clinical medicine). He has previously participated in child psychiatry research at an academic institution, and since 2003 has served as clinician in the research protocols of the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics. David I. Driver, M.D., Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist David I. Driver, MD is a contracted medical officer in the Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH. He received his MD from Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in Sint Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles; his General Adult Psychiatry training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC; and research training through a fellowship at the NIMH. Dr. Driver is board certified both in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. His primary interest is in understanding the clinical phenomenology and neurodevelopmental underpinnings of severe mental illness. Jessica Vaughan, DNP, CRNP Jessica Vaughan is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, who trained at Vanderbilt University and the University of South Florida. She has experience caring for pediatric patients in primary and specialty care settings, and she has previously participated in maternal child health research. She serves as a clinician in the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics. Margaret Pekar, M.A., Research Coordinator Margaret Pekar, M.A., received her degree in 1999 from Marymount University. She has been with the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics since 1996.