Michael E. Thase, MD, a member of the Editorial Board of Simple and Practical Mental Health, is internationally renowned as a leading expert on the psychopharmacology of Mood Disorders and in particular, treatment-resistant depression.
Dr. Thase is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders section of the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. In addition, he also directs the Mood Disorders Research studies at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
Previously, Dr. Thase spent more than 27 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He is an expert not only on biological treatments of mood disorders but on cognitive therapy as well.
Dr. Thase is the President of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2017 to 2019). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Vice Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Dr. Thase has been elected to the membership of the American College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Dr. Thase’s research, which has been continuously funded by the Institutes of the NIH for nearly 30 years, focuses on the assessment and treatment of mood disorders, including studies of the differential therapeutics of both depression and bipolar affective disorder.
Recent research projects have included studies of novel ketamine-like compounds, a multicenter study of the efficacy of rTMS for depressed veterans (funded as a cooperative study by the VHA), a multicenter trial comparing the effectiveness and tolerability of lithium and quetiapine for bipolar depression (funded by AHRQ and conducted as part of the Bipolar Treatment Network), and a large scale noninferiority trial comparing a novel computer-administered form of Cognitive Therapy versus the conventional 20 session/16 week model of treatment (two center trial funded by NIMH, with J. Wright of University of Louisville).
Dr. Thase has authored or co-authored more than 700 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as 16 books.
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