David C. Steffens, M.D.

Professor and Chairman, Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
Psychiatry
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410
Phone: 860-679-4282
Fax: 860-679-1296
Email: steffens@uchc.edu
Website(s): psychiatry.uchc.edu

Dr. Steffens became chair of UConn Psychiatry on July 1, 2012, after more than 20 years at Duke University School of Medicine, where he had served as a professor of psychiatry, vice chair for education and head, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Steffens is the president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and is the co-editor of the leading textbook in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Steffens also has considerable experience in medical education and mentoring aspiring physicians and junior faculty.

A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, Dr. Steffens moved to Duke in 1988, where he completed his internship and residency in psychiatry. His career has focused on mood and cognitive disorders in older adults since joining the faculty at Duke. Dr. Steffens received a Master’s of Health Science in Clinical Research from Duke in 2000. He currently holds an NIMH-supported Mid-Career Development Award, and his major research project, known as Neurocognitive Outcomes of Depression in the Elderly (NCODE), has been continuously supported by NIMH/NIH. At UConn, Dr. Steffens has continued his research pursuits with a new study focusing on stress and depression in older adults. He is developing a clinical geriatric mental health service that will focus on assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression and cognitive disorders in the elderly.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
M.H.Sc.Duke University Medical Center Health Sciences
M.D.University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonMedicine
B.A.Rice UniversityBiochemistry

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
ResidencyDuke University Medical CenterPsychiatry

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Geriatric Psychiatry Research AwardAmerican College of Psychiatrists
Invited Lecturer, Lawrence G. Raisz Lectureship in Clinical and Translational ResearchUConn Health Center
Annual Clinically Based Research Mentoring Award Duke University School of Medicine
Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator AwardDepression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Junior Investigator AwardAmerican Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Late life depression and cognitive disorders
Late life depression and cognitive disorders

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