Announcing McLean’s Chief Scientific Officer

Posted: October 3rd, 2013

Joseph T. Coyle, MD, will assume the role of Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for McLean Hospital, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Dr. Coyle will play the principal leadership role with regard to McLean’s research mission. Dr. Coyle’s leadership experience and extensive academic accomplishments make him a superb choice to serve as the CSO. His leadership will help to provide critical support and mentorship for young researchers, and enable us to even more effectively recruit and retain tomorrow’s leaders in psychiatry and neuroscience research. Importantly, the CSO will also oversee research administration at McLean, working closely with Director, Raquel Espinosa, and play a critical role at the interface with Partners Health Care and Harvard Medical School, along with McLean's CAO, Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH.

Dr. Coyle has played a prominent roll in the field of neuroscience research. His research has focused on the neurological basis of schizophrenia, the efficacy of anti-psychotic medications, and the structure of the dopamine pathway in the brain.

Dr. Coyle also has a proven track record in top-level leadership roles, including as past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society for Neuroscience. As Chair of the Consolidated Department of Psychiatry from 1991 until 2001, Psychiatry became the only academically unified major clinical department at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Coyle is uniformly respected for his ability to bring together diverse members of an organization to develop a cohesive team that strives to achieve common goals.

While serving as CSO, Dr. Coyle will continue to direct the Molecular Psychiatry Research Laboratory, and to serve as the Chief of the Basic Neuroscience Division at McLean, as well as holding the Eben S. Draper Chair in Psychiatry and Neuroscience at HMS. In addition, he will continue as the Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Psychiatry and as a member of the Institute of Medicine.

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