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VISN 4 MIRECC Philadelphia Investigators and Mentors - Michael Thase, M.D.

Michael Thase, M.D.
MIRECC Role(s): Investigator, Fellowship Primary Mentor
Bio: Dr. Thase is a 1979 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, 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 is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Section at the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Interests: Dr. Thase’s research focuses on the assessment and treatment of mood disorders, including studies of the differential therapeutics of both depression and bipolar affective disorder. His current projects include the following:
1) A study evaluating the adjunctive utility of lithium in patients receiving newer medications for bipolar study;
2) A study evaluating the neurotrophic effects of lithium and cognitive therapy during treatment of bipolar depression;
3) A study examining the long-term outcome of patients with recurrent major depressive disorder following treatment with cognitive therapy.