Career Development Institute for Psychiatry
Dedicated to Launching and Maintaining Careers in Mental Health Research

David J. Kupfer, MD

Dr. Kupfer's research has focused primarily on the conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders. He has promoted widespread collaborations between clinical investigators in psychiatry and basic neurosciences, and the resulting studies encompass virtually every psychiatric disorder in every age group. Past research studies have focused on sleep disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and insomnia. He currently chairs the DSM-5 Task Force and leads the Career Development Institutes for Psychiatry and for Bipolar Disorder, both of which support scientists committed to a career in research.


  • Thomas Detre Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Professor of Neuroscience and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Education & Training

  • MD, 1965, Yale University, Medicine