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Dr. Harold Koplewicz
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Harold S. Koplewicz, MD is one of the nation's leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, a strong advocate for child mental health and a master clinician. He has been repeatedly recognized in America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.” He is also the founding president of the Child Mind Institute.

Dr. Koplewicz was director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) from 2006 to 2011, the third person and the first child and adolescent psychiatrist to hold that position since the institution's founding in 1952. At NKI he expanded the research portfolio to include child and adolescent research, established the Emotional Brain Institute, recruited new investigators, improved transparency and efficiency, and launched a capital program to enhance the Institute's ability to garner federal funding. During Dr. Koplewicz's tenure, the annual average federal research funding was $16.6 million, compared to an annual average of $10.6 million for the previous 10 years.

Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and served as its director for 12 years. He was the first Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2006, the NYU Child Study Center was established as the second independent department of child and adolescent psychiatry in the country, and Dr. Koplewicz was appointed as its first chair. Under his leadership, the NYU Child Study Center made tremendous contributions to the field through expert clinical care, a robust research portfolio, and advocacy for child mental health.

A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Koplewicz completed his psychiatric residency at New York Hospital Westchester Division, a fellowship in child psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an NIMH research fellowship in child psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Executive Program in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Koplewicz has served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Youth, Crime and Violence and Reform of the Juvenile Justice System. Since 1997 he has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He has also served as a member of the working group organized by the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the effects of terrorism on children’s mental health.

An internationally respected psychiatrist, Dr. Koplewicz is the recipient of many awards, including the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill; the 1998 Reiger Service Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in recognition of his work in the development of school-based mental health programs; the 1999 Humanitarian Award from Marymount Manhattan College; the 2000 American Grand Hope Award from the Aprica Childcare Institute; the 2002 Catcher in the Rye Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and the 2009 American Psychiatric Association McAlpin Award for lifetime contributions to child psychiatry.

He has been at the forefront of public education to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding children and adolescents living with psychiatric disorders. He has appeared on "The Today Show," "CBS News," "The Oprah Show," CNN and "Anderson Cooper 360," and he is quoted regularly in The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including the textbook "Depression in Children and Adolescents"; "It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents," which received the Parent’s Choice Award and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; "Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery & Hope"; and his most recent work on adolescent depression, "More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression."

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Mental Health Focus on Campaign Trail Is a Major Step

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:30 PM

Last night at a Town Hall in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush answered a question about drug use and abuse with a broader appeal. "We ought to have a focus on the brain," he said. "You think about the challenges that play out in our society, all of...

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Breaking Through the Silence of Children's Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:51 PM

On February 17, the Duchess of Cambridge will guest edit Huffington Post UK, and we're delighted that the Duchess has chosen to focus her public service on behavioral and emotional problems in children. She has spoken eloquently about the need to bring down the barriers of stigma and misunderstanding that...

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Every Family Should Have Access to Mental Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 3:26 PM

This post first appeared in The Hill.

The most disturbing response to the mass shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has been the powerless shrug. The one that says "I wish things were different, but what are you going to do?"

As an American,...

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I Applaud Former NBA Player Larry Sanders for Speaking Up About Mental Health

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 8:22 PM

Two weeks ago, former NBA player Larry Sanders spoke out about his struggles with anxiety and depression and his exit from the league. While mental illness is quite common, it is rarely discussed. I hope Sanders' openness will make it easier for others -- particularly the young people he is...

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Robin Williams and the Perils of Depression

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:55 AM

When someone like Robin Williams takes his own life, it's a stunning reminder of how powerful emotional anguish can be. It's a reminder that profound emotional pain can occur in the talented, the successful, the admired, the well-loved. And it's a reminder of how difficult it can be to reach...

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What Kids Actually Think About Sheryl Sandberg, Leaning In, and 'Ban Bossy'

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Most of us have heard of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" campaign to encourage women in all professions to follow their ambitions and transform the idea of a woman's character and capabilities. Now, with the Girl Scouts, she has launched a new initiative: "Ban Bossy." The aim? Correcting a...

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Antipsychotics and Kids: What Parents Should Know

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Recently, The Wall Street Journal broke the story of a federal investigation into the exceptionally high rates of antipsychotic prescriptions for young people in the Medicaid system. According to the article, children who receive care through Medicaid are about four times more likely to be prescribed an antipsychotic...

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Short Term 12

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:51 PM

I recently attended a screening of Short Term 12, a wonderful movie about a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers in Los Angeles, told through the eyes of a twentysomething mental health director, Grace. It was inspired by the real experience of the writer-director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who worked in...

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The NIMH Declares Independence From the DSM-5

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:56 PM

For a long time now there has been a debate about what the release of the American Psychiatric Association's new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual -- the DSM-5 -- will do to the field of mental health care. This debate has spread to all quarters -- psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians,...

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The Barriers to Mental Health Care for Kids and How to Overcome Them

(12) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:52 PM

For us here at Child Mind Institute and many other mental health organizations across the country May means National Mental Health Awareness Month, and the beginning of the Speak Up for Kids campaign. I thought I would take this moment to reflect on what we're doing together, and...

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Defending Psychiatrists and the DSM

(64) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In Jon Ronson's rather entertaining TEDTalk, he has a little fun at the expense of psychiatrists. That's fair, but let's look at what he says. He...

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Silver Linings Playbook: An Irreverent But Real Look at Mental Illness

(18) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Movie critics writing about Silver Linings Playbook have had a field day with the "crazy" jokes: "Psycho-comedy." "It's crazy good." "A crazy-boy-meets-wacky-girl romance." "Crazed but uncrazy lovers." "Certifiably nuts."

This is, of course, because this romantic comedy, nominated for eight Academy Awards, is not just about cute screwball behavior (though...

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Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

(47) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:20 PM

As we struggle to come to terms with the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., the hardest thing to grasp is why anyone would be moved to kill small children and the teachers trying heroically to protect them. We search for clues that would make this horrific act understandable, and we...

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Tips for Parents on Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 1:50 PM

I would like to say that I was shocked when I read the New York Times Magazine piece this past weekend by Amos Kamil detailing allegations of decades-old sexual abuse and impropriety by teachers at Horace Mann, one of the top private prep schools in the city. But...

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Speak Up for Kids Mental Health This Week

(19) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 2:28 PM

This is it: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is this week (May 6-12), and we want to make as big a noise as we can, letting as many people as possible know that we think kids' mental health is as important as their physical health. I hope you'll join...

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Overstating the Placebo Effect

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Psychotropic medications are no stranger to controversy, but lately there has been a surge in attacks on their efficacy. The latest comes from Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., of the Placebo Studies Program at Harvard Medical School, who shared his highly-debatable theory that antidepressant medications are no more effective than placebos on...

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Extremely Loud and the Incredible Courage of Parents

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 4:23 PM

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" isn't exactly a favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, but it's my personal favorite for a film that shows not only the courage of children but the courage of parents.

In the movie, based on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel, an...

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Why "Ritalin Gone Wrong" Is Wrong

(11) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 3:29 PM

On Sunday, Jan. 29th, the New York Times fired a shot across the bow of every parent of a child who's taking stimulant medications for ADHD. A piece in the Times' Sunday Review section claimed that there is no evidence that medication helps kids with ADHD after an...

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Wimpy Kid: Why 'The Ugly Truth' Is So Appealing

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 8:14 AM

You will not be surprised to hear that Walter Isaacson's biography of the hugely admired and widely mourned Steve Jobs is a runaway bestseller, breaking this year's record by selling 379,000 copies its first week out. But you might be surprised to hear that it didn't match the record set...

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How to Help Young Men? Start When They're Children

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 1:09 PM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced an ambitious project to help the more than a quarter million young black and Latino men in our city who seem to be slipping into a kind of dysfunctional parallel universe: failing in school, finding no jobs, and landing, in appalling numbers,...

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