DePaulo to step down as director of Psychiatry

Raymond DePaulo will retire as director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on June 30, 2016. Since February 2002, he has been the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry, director of the department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The announcement was made to the Johns Hopkins Medicine community on Oct. 9 by Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

DePaulo will continue as a professor in the department, returning to the area of mood disorders, which has been the focus of his career since he joined the faculty in 1977.

The first Johns Hopkins psychiatrist-in-chief to have been educated at the university, DePaulo is a leader in the clinical care of mood disorders, psychiatric genetics research, and the education of students, psychiatrists in training, patients, and families. He has received several national awards for his research on the genetics of bipolar disorder and for public education.

"As director, Ray greatly expanded the department's role at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and established joint faculty recruits with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development," Rothman and Peterson wrote in their announcement email. "Early in his tenure, he worked with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center leadership to recruit Dr. Constantine Lyketsos to link Psychiatry's work on that campus with Johns Hopkins Bayview's geriatric medicine, neurology, and National Institute on Aging programs."

During DePaulo's nearly 14 years as director, the department added 10 endowed chairs, most funded by families grateful for the care they received in Psychiatry. A number of his mentees hold important positions in American psychiatry at other centers.

Along with continuing as a professor in the department, DePaulo plans on having more time for clinical care, public education, and mentoring, Rothman and Peterson said. He has accepted the nomination to become chair of the board of directors of the National Network of Depression Centers beginning in February.

Lyketsos, director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Bayview, will serve as interim director of the department, starting in July, while a search is conducted for DePaulo's successor.

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