Dr. Weissman is Chief of the Division of Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Her current research is on understanding the rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders using methods of epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging, and the application of these findings to develop and test empirically based treatments and prevention intervention. She directs a 3-generation study of families at high and low risk for depression who have been studied clinically for up to 25 years and who are participating in genetic and imaging studies. She directs a multi-center study to determine the impact of maternal remission from depression on offspring. She is participating in several studies of the genetics of mood and anxiety disorder. She directs a study of psychiatric disorders in a poor minority patient population in primary care. Along with her late husband, Gerald Klerman, she developed and tested interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Her book outlining the method has been translated into 5 languages. An international society of researchers and clinicians using IPT was formed several years ago. Her current interest is in bringing psychiatric epidemiology closer to translational studies in the neurosciences and genetics.
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Select Urban Health Activities
Survey of Primary Care Clinic in Manhattan: Dr. Weissman has studied the rates of psychiatric disorders and their detection and treatment in a primary care clinic serving a large Hispanic immigrant population.
genetics of mood and anxiety disorders: Dr. Weissman has several NIMH grants studying the genetics of depression,panic and/or social anxiety disorders .Two of the studies include MRI
Select Global Activities
Treatment of depression in Uganda , Uganda: Dr. Weissman has trained lay therapists in Uganda. She also developed a manual, treatment protocol, and was involved in conducting a successful clinical trial on treatment of depression.
Cross National Rates of Psychiatric Disorders : Dr. Weissman completed an epidemiological comparison of rates of psychiatric disorders in 10 countries (US, Canada, Puerto Rico, France, West Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Taiwan, Korea, and New Zealand).
Weissman MM, Verdeli H, Gameroff MJ, Bledsoe SE, Betts K, Mufson L, Fitterling H, Wickramaratne P. A National Survey of Psychotherapy Training In Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work. Archives of General Psychiarty 63 923-934 2006
Weissman MM, Pilowsky DJ, Wickramaratne P, Talati A, Wisniewski SR, Fava M, Hughes CW, Garber J, Malloy E, King C, Cerda G, Sood B, Alpert JE, Trivedi MH, Rush J. Remission of Maternal Depression is Associated with Reductions in Psychopathology in their Children: A Star*D-Child Report. Journal of the American Medical Association 12 1389-1398 2006
Weissman MM, Wickramartne P, NomuraY, WarnerV, Pilowsky D, Verdeli H. Offspring of depressed parents: 20 years later. American Journal of Psychiatry 163 1001-1008 2006
Weissman MM, Wickaramartne PJ, Nomura Y, Warner V, Verdeli H, Pilowsky DJ, Grillon C, Bruder G. Families at high and low risk for depression: A three generation study. Archives of General Psychiatry 62 29-36 2005
Weissman MM , Gross R , Fyer AJ, Heiman GA, Gameroff MJ, Hodge SE, Kaufman D, Kaplan SA, Wickramaratne PJ Interstitial cystitis and panic disorder: a potential genetic syndrome Arch Gen Psychiatry 61 273-279 2004
Bolton P, Bass J, Neugebauer R, Clougherty KF, Verdeli H, Wickramaratne PJ, Ndogoni L, Speelman L, Weissman MM Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda. A randomized controlled trial JAMA 289 3117-3124 2003
Weissman MM, Markowitz JC, Klerman GL Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy Basic Books New York, NY 2000