Joseph Piven, M.D.

Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology; Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)


Joseph Piven, M.D.


Phone: (919) 843-8641


B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland
M.D., Medicine, University of Maryland
26 credits towards M.S. in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
Internship, Internal Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona
Residency, Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Registrar to Professor Michael Rutter, Children’s Dept, Maudsley Hospital, London, England
Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship, Psychiatric Genetics, John Merck Scholars Program in Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Research Interests:

Dr.  Piven is a child/adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the clinical care of individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He is Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, a comprehensive program of services, research and training in neurodevelopmental disorders. He has been continually funded to conduct research since starting his academic career. His research has emphasized interdisciplinary collaborations in imaging (MRI/DTI), behavioral-family and molecular genetics (linkage and association) studies aimed at elucidating the pathogenesis of autistic syndromes. He has been the principal investigator of two large-scale research centers on autism—an NIH STAART Center and NIH ACE Network; as well as an NICHDfunded P30 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and a T32 post-doctoral research training grant. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications on neuropsychological mechanisms, brain morphology/mechanisms and the genetics of autism and Fragile X Syndrome. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Springer, 2009), the aim of which is to promote interdisciplinary research on the pathogenesis of a range of neurodevelopment disorders.

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