BIOGRAPHY: David J. Kupfer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s and M.D. degrees from Yale University. Following completion of an internship, Dr. Kupfer continued his postgraduate clinical and research training at the Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In 1970, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kupfer joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1973.
From 1983 and 2009, Dr. Kupfer served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director of Research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Under Dr. Kupfer’s direction, WPIC became one of the nation’s preeminent university-based psychiatric research centers.
Dr. Kupfer’s own research has focused primarily on long-term treatment strategies for recurrent mood disorders including both psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic treatments, the pathogenesis of depression, and the relationship between biomarkers and depression. A prolific writer, Dr. Kupfer has authored or co-authored a combination of more than 1,000 articles, books, and book chapters.
Dr. Kupfer was the founding president of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. He is internationally recognized for his role as Chair of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force for DSM-5. In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Kupfer has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including his 1990 election to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).