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Joseph Biederman, MD

Director, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit

Department of Psychiatry


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Psychiatry
Clinical Interests
Attention deficit hyperactivity in children and adolescents
Juvenile mood and anxiety disorders
Juvenile obsessive-compulsive disorders
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine
Residency, Hadassah University Hospital
Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
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Dr. Biederman is Chief of the Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Biederman is Board Certified in General and Child Psychiatry. He has been the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Blanche Ittelson Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatric Research, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Charlotte Norbert Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement. He has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame. Dr Biederman has also been selected every year since its inception into the The Best Doctors in America compilation of the best physicians in the country.

In 2000, Dr. Biederman pioneered and established a Stanley Foundation Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to the treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder.Dr. Biederman was the recipient of the 1998 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist award. He was also the recipient of the 2002 NARSAD Senior Investigator award.Since 2002 Dr. Biederman has been Associate Editor and from 2005-2006 Deputy Editor for Child Psychiatry in Biological Psychiatry, ranked as the third most impactful scientific journal in Psychiatry. In 2005 Dr. Biederman was appointed Chair of the section on ADHD at the World Psychiatric Association. He was also recently selected by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Awards committee as the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Research. In 2007, Dr. Biederman received the Excellence in Research Award from the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also awarded the Mentorship Award from the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in September.In 2008, the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry awarded him the William A. Schonfeld Award for outstanding achievement, excellence and dedication throughout his career in Psychiatry.


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