October 31, 2012

David Rosenberg, M.D., named chair of WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

David Rosenberg, M.D., of Franklin, Mich., has been appointed chair the Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences effective Nov. 1.

“His unparalleled passion for education and the clinical treatment of patients, combined with his staunch interest and participation in collaborations that result in cutting-edge research discoveries, makes Dr. Rosenberg the ideal person to lead the department and shape its future,” said School of Medicine Dean Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.BA.

The Miriam L. Hamburger Endowed Chair of Child Psychiatry and professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Rosenberg is a 15-year veteran of the School of Medicine faculty and the department. In addition to his role as psychiatrist-in-chief for the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Rosenberg also serves as the chief of Child Psychiatry and Psychology for the school of medicine and as director of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is the director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinical Research Program and the Child and Adolescent Research Division, as well as medical director for Behavioral Health Research and Development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to lead the department,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “We are well-positioned in this modern era of biological psychiatry with the unique infrastructure at Wayne State University to make important research, education and clinical contributions that will benefit the patients and families we serve. We plan to show people that the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne State is where the action is.”

A strongly funded and widely published researcher, Dr. Rosenberg is often sought out by national media as an expert on issues of child psychiatry. He wrote the first ever textbook on pediatric psychopharmacology, “Textbook of Pharmacotherapy for Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders,” now in its third edition. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology Research and Behavior Management, and Biological Psychiatry.

He has received numerous awards, including Best Teacher by WSU medical students performing their third-year psychiatry clerkship, the Dean’s Council Award for Leadership and Teaching in Continuing Medical Education, the Faculty Research Excellence Award and the Faculty Teaching Award from the WSU School of Medicine, and the Psychiatric Times Teacher of the Year Award. In 2004, he received the New Program of the Year Award from the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency for providing services for crisis intervention for children and adolescents. He was named by the WSU Board of Governors a Distinguished Faculty Fellow.

The mentor of numerous students and residents, Dr. Rosenberg has been recognized repeatedly as “Outstanding Mentor” by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His protégés have gone on to win many grants, recognitions and awards of their own.

Dr. Rosenberg has served as president of the Michigan Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Professionals Credentialing Committee, and the Honor Committee for Mental Illness Research Association. He serves on the Detroit Medical Center Advisory Committee, reviewing appointments and reappointments to the DMC medical and allied health staffs.

He was instrumental in Wayne State University’s OCD Clinical Research Program being recognized as among the top 10 treatment centers in the nation in 2011.

Dr. Rosenberg received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1988, followed by an internship and residency in general psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He completed a fellowship in Child Psychiatry as well as a National Institute of Mental Health research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, respectively.


Phil Van Hulle
Phone: (313) 577-6943
Email: pvanhulle@med.wayne.edu