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Bradley Peterson, MD, is the inaugural Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind (IDM) at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He is also serving as Interim Director of the Saban Research Institute. He came to CHLA in July 2014 after 13 years at Columbia University.

A physician in the Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families within the Department of Pediatrics at CHLA, Dr. Peterson also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), where he is director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

His research involves the development and use of neuroimaging technologies to identify the brain bases of childhood psychiatric disorders and the mechanisms of therapeutic response. Specific disease processes that he studies include Autism, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, eating disorders, stuttering, premature birth, and the effects of environmental toxins on brain development.

Dr. Peterson was a faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center until 2001, where he was awarded a named professorship in 1996 and where he served as director of Neuroimaging. In 2001, he moved to Columbia University, where he was founding director of their MRI research program. He was appointed full professor with tenure in 2005, served as the director of the Division of Child Psychiatry from 2008 to 2012, and subsequently directed the Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry.

He is Board-certified in both general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, with 210 as first or senior author, as well as numerous books and chapters. He has mentored more than 46 postdoctoral fellows and 26 assistant professors.

Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1987. He then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1990, a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in 1992, and a clinical fellowship in child psychiatry at Yale University in 1994. He also trained in adult and child psychoanalysis at Yale and Columbia from 1996-2008.

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