Joseph Piven, M.D
Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph Piven, M.D. received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1981 and completed training in general and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He continued in research training in the genetics of neurobehavioral disorders, during a postdoctoral Merck Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa from 1990 through 1999. Dr. Piven is currently Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, a comprehensive institute for services, research and training relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Piven is an active clinician. He directs an NIH-funded postdoctoral research training program in neurodevelopmental disorders at UNC, and is Director of an NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence Network study of brain development in infants at risk for autism. He is founding Editor of the Journal of Neurodevelomental Disorders (start date March 2009 Springer Publishing). His research is focused on: (1) the pathogenesis of autism related disorders (such as Fragile X Syndrome) and includes studies on the molecular genetics of autism, the neuropsychological basis of autism and the broad autism phenotype, and magnetic resonance imaging of early brain development; and, (2) clinical studies describing characteristics of older adults with autism.