W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D., ABPP

Emory University
J. Rex Fuqua Endowed Chair, Professor and Vice Chair of Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Programs,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology

Dr. Craighead received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970. Beginning in 1970, he rose through the academic ranks to become Professor of Psychology in 1979 at Pennsylvania State University, where he served for many years as Director of Clinical Training. He became a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in 1986 and was also Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training. In 1995, he moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was Professor, Director of Clinical Training, and Department Chair (2003-2006). In 2006, he moved to Emory University where he is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. At Emory, he holds the J. Rex Fuqua Chair, is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP), and the Vice Chair of Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Division.

Dr. Craighead’s research, which focuses on mood disorders, has been funded for several years by NIMH and private Foundations. Over the past three decades, his work has focused on cognitive behavioral models of Major Depression and Bipolar Disorders. Currently, his primary work focuses on differential predictors of response and relapse among depressed patients being treated for the first time. In the adult studies, he is investigating patterns of neural connectivity, personality disorders, and several genetic markers as differential predictors of response and relapse following treatment with duloxetine, escitalopram, and cognitive behavior therapy. Similar work with depressed adolescents is comparing the differential prediction of acute treatment effects for cognitive therapy and behavioral activation. He continues to work on the prevention of the first episode of depression with his colleague Dr. Eirikur Arnarson in Iceland, they have just replicated the preventative effects in a similar prevention study in Portugal with Dr. Paula Matos, and currently have undertaken a similar project in Sweden. He and his colleague, David Miklowitz, and his wife, Linda Craighead who is an Emory Professor of Psychology, have recently published the third edition of their graduate level Psychopathology book.

“AIM has begun at a critical time in the promotion of mental health and well-being among youth. There is a tremendous national shortage in child and adolescent mental health providers, at the same time we are making tremendous progress in understanding, preventing, and treating problems of children and adolescents. Implementation of the mission of AIM will facilitate the training of providers in evidence-based treatment while providing support for creative and collaborative clinical research that will allow the field to advance especially in the development of treatments for the most complicated disorders that have resisted standard interventions. Support of this creative and novel clinical work will be a great accomplishment of AIM.”

W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D., ABPP