July 2002


Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D., is Research Professor of Psychiatry at The George Washington University and Director of the University’s Psychopharmacology Research Center where he conducts research on manic-depressive illness. He also directs the Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society at the George Washington University Medical Center. At the Center, Dr. Goodwin’s policy studies focus on the impact of changing patterns of health care on quality and innovation in medicine.

Dr. Goodwin is the former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the largest research and research training institution in the world dedicated to the application of biological, behavioral, and social science to the treatment and prevention of mental illness and refinement of mental health services. Prior to that, he held a Presidential appointment as head of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. A physician-scientist specializing in psychiatry and psychopharmacology, Dr. Goodwin served from 1981 to 1988 as NIMH Scientific Director and chief of Intramural Research. He joined the NIMH in 1965 and has become an internationally recognized authority in the research and treatment of major depression and manic-depressive illness. For example, he was first to report the antidepressant effects of lithium in a controlled study.

A graduate of Georgetown Univ., Dr. Goodwin received his M.D. from St. Louis Univ., and took his psychiatric residency at the Univ. of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the ACNP. He serves on the editorial boards of key scientific journals, including the Archives of General Psychiatry, The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology and is a founder of Psychiatry Research.

Dr. Goodwin is a recipient of the major research awards in his field including the Hofheimer Prize from the American Psychiatric Association, the International Anna-Monika Prize for Research in Depression, the Edward A. Strecker Award, the Lieber Prize from NARSAD, the McAlpin Award, the Distinguished Service Award from NAMI, and the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was the first recipient of the Psychiatrist of the Year from Psychiatric Times, and the Fawcett Humanitarian Award of the NDMDA. In 1998 he was elected and served as President of the Psychiatric Research Society.

The author of over 430 publications, Dr. Goodwin (with K. R. Jamison, Ph.D.) wrote Manic-Depressive Illness, the first psychiatric text to win the Best Medical Book award from the Association of American Publishers. He is one of five psychiatrists on the Current Contents list of the most frequently cited scientists in the world and one of twelve psychiatrists listed in The Best Doctors in the U.S.

In addition to his work at The George Washington University Medical Center and his private practice, Dr. Goodwin is the host of the award winning The Infinite Mind radio show. This one hour national weekly public radio program is dedicated to issues relating to the mind, the brain, and mental illness. The program is now carried in more than 170 markets. It's estimated 500,000 + listeners make it the most popular health show in public radio.