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David Miklowitz, PhD

Dr. David Miklowitz is Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute, a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University, and a consultant with PCH Treatment Center in West Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral (1979-1985) and posdivoctoral (1985-1988) work at UCLA, where he was a classmate of Dr. Jeff Ball. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psycho-educational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.

Dr. Miklowitz has received numerous awards for his research and writings. He is the current awardee of the Bipolar Mood Disorder Research Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. He has received multiple grants for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Sutherland Foundation, and the Danny Alberts Foundation. Dr. Miklowitz has published 240 research articles and six books. His articles have appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His book with Michael Goldstein, Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. His book The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide is currently the best-selling book on bipolar disorder, with over 225,000 copies are in print.

Dr. Miklowitz also runs The Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) at The UCLA Semel Institute. CHAMP provides diagnostic evaluations, second opinion consultation, and short-term treatments (medication management and various forms of psychotherapy) for youth who have symptoms of significant and impairing mood disorders and their families. The Program’s focus is on pediatric bipolar disorder (extreme high and low moods). We will see children from age 7 years to 17 yrs, 11 mos.

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