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John F. Greden, M.D.

John F. Greden

Dr. John Greden is Executive Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, the Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences in the Department of Psychiatry, and Research Professor in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute. He joined the faculty at the Medical School in 1974 and served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1985 to 2007.

Dr. Greden’s clinical and research activities have emphasized the study of the longitudinal course of depression, linkages between stress hormones and depressive recurrences, and clinical strategies for preventing such recurrences. He has published more than 268 scientific papers, edited a number of scientific books including “Treatment of Recurrent Depression,” and has been acknowledged in various listings of the “The Best Doctors” and the “Top 100 Psychiatrists” in America. He has been a devoted educator, having delivered more than 300 invited presentations on depression and other topics nationally and internationally and was twice acknowledged as “Teacher of the Year” at the University of Michigan Medical School.

On a national level, Dr. Greden has been a leader in major scientific organizations, having served as past president of both the Psychiatric Research Society and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research from 1993-1999, and Senior Editor of Scientific Publications for the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) from 1998-2001. In 2000, he was appointed Chair of the Council on Research for the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and in 2002 was elected Chair of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. He currently serves as Board President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has started or led several unique training initiatives for the American Psychiatric Association Young Investigators Colloquium, the Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award, the NIMH-APA Task Force on Young Investigator Training, and the Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholars Depression Program for young academicians at Michigan. He has personally mentored scores of young investigators in NIMH “K” awards, Veterans Administration Career Development Awards, or NARSAD Young Investigator awards.

In 1999, Dr. Greden proposed establishment of the University of Michigan Depression Center. The Regents of The University of Michigan endorsed the concept in 2001 and the Center has made major strides in becoming a multidisciplinary national prototype for integrated research, clinical care, education and public policy formulation. Under Dr. Greden’s leadership, the National Network of Depression Centers, catalyzed in 2007, has integrated more than 20 member institutions to transform the field of mood disorders nationwide, and Dr. Greden serves as the NNDC’s founding chair.

Dr. Greden received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, completed an internship at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Los Angeles, and was a resident in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, he served as Director of Psychiatry Research at Walter Reed.