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Dr D.P. Devanand is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University. He completed medical school at Christian Medical College Vellore in India and trained in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences Bangalore India. He completed psychiatry residency training at SUNY Upstate Medical Center Syracuse and Yale University School of Medicine. He then did a clinical research fellowship in Biological Psychiatry at Columbia University and has continued on the faculty at Columbia University since 1987. Currently he is CoDirector of the Memory Disorders Center and CoDirector of the Late Life Depression Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research studies involve Alzheimer disease geriatric depression and electroconvulsive therapy. His research has helped define the clinical features and treatment response in elderly patients with chronic mild to moderate depression or dysthymic disorder. He pioneered studies on the interface between depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly and he is also known for his research into early diagnostic markers of Alzheimer disease and the treatment of behavioral complications in Alzheimer disease. He has been principal investigator on several research grants from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health He has also been funded by the Alzheimer Association NARSAD and the Dana Foundation. He has published over 180 research papers and articles and is the author of three books.
Devanands research interests include treatment strategies for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, including treatment of psychosis and agitation in these disorders. Other interests include early diagnostic markers of Alzheimer's disease, and the interface between depression and cognitive impairment.
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