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Institute Names Acting Deputy Director

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Wayne S. Fenton, M.D., has been appointed Acting Deputy Director of the NIMH. A research psychiatrist, he has been serving as Deputy Director for Clinical Affairs, NIMH Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research & AIDS, since joining the Institute in 1999.

Fenton has conducted clinical trials of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia, authoring textbook chapters and more than 50 scientific papers on diagnosis, treatment, outcome, and service delivery for this most disabling mental illness. He also serves as Deputy Editor of Schizophrenia Bulletin, and has served as a consultant to the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

As NIMH's liaison to the American Psychiatric Association and World Psychiatric Association, Fenton has helped to develop a research agenda for the forthcoming DSM-V diagnostic manual. He has also worked to enhance training opportunities in patient-oriented research for psychiatrists, to develop a neuroscience middle school curriculum, and to launch new NIMH treatment development initiatives.

Fenton previously directed research at Chestnut Lodge Hospital, Rockville, MD, where he also served as Medical Director. After earning a BA at Bard College and an M.D. at George Washington University, Fenton completed a psychiatric residency and fellowship in social and policy studies at Yale University.


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