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Jordan Smoller, MD, ScDJordan Smoller, MD, ScD, is the Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is Associate Vice-Chair of the MGH Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Smoller is co-Director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the MGH Clinical Research Program and Director of the Harvard Catalyst Translational Genetics and Bioinformatics Consortium. He is also Science Director of the Science of Health and Development Initiative at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Dr. Smoller is an associate member of the Broad Institute and Senior Scientist at the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.

Dr. Smoller is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health (ScD, Epidemiology). He completed his residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital and trained as a fellow and postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH Training Program in Psychiatric Genetics. Dr. Smoller’s research is focused on the identification of genetic determinants of psychiatric disorders. He also has a strong interest in phenotype definition and has been investigating the genetic relationships among mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. A related series of studies have focused on the genetic basis of temperament profiles that may be intermediate phenotypes for anxiety disorders, mood disorders and ADHD. Dr. Smoller and colleagues are also examining pharmacogenetic predictors of response to antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.

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