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F. Xavier Castellanos, MD

Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Professor of Radiology, Physiology and Neuroscience; Director, Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Senior Research Scientist, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
F. Xavier Castellanos, MD

Specialty Areas: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Tics and Tourette's.

F. Xavier Castellanos, MD, is director of the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Child Study Center. He is also the Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and professor of Radiology and of Physiology and Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Castellanos is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and was previously board certified in general pediatrics.

Dr. Castellanos' research focusing on neuroimaging, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and the genetics of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences, among others.

Dr. Castellanos received his AB in linguistics from Vassar College cum laude, his MS in experimental psychology from the University of New Orleans and his MD from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dr. Castellanos completed a combined residency in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He completed a research fellowship in child psychiatry at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Castellanos worked at the NIMH for 10 years, serving as a staff physician and chief of the ADHD Research Unit, Child Psychiatry Branch. Dr. Castellanos served as permanent member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review Initial Review Group on Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disorders from 2002 to 2007, and served as chair between 2005 and 2007.

Dr. Castellanos is a member of the NIH Council of Councils. He also co-chaired the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and was a voting member of the DSM-5 Task Force. Dr. Castellanos received the 2006 Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association for excellence in research in child and adolescent psychiatry, the 2008 Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a member of the CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) ‘Hall of Fame.'