Mary E. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Chair of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, MMS is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School. He has been repeatedly listed among the Best Doctor's in America as well as the most Highly Cited for Psychiatry.
Dr. Rasmussen was a member of the second graduating class of the PLME program and received his MMS and MD from Brown Medical School in 1977. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale in 1983. Following a two year obligation with the National Health Services Corps in North Kingdom Vermont, Dr. Rasmussen joined the Brown faculty and Butler Hospital in 1983. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and was previously the Medical Director at Butler Hospital from 1998 - 2012. Dr. Rasmussen is an internationally recognized expert in the course and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). More recently his primary research interest has been in neurosurgical approaches to intractable OCD and depression and the neurocircuitry of OCD. He is currently funded by four R01's from the NIMH including studies of the longitudinal course of OCD, neurosurgical approaches to treatment, understanding the neurocircuitry underlying DBS effects in OCD, and a genome wide association study of OCD. He is the author or coauthor of over 100 peer reviewed publications and has given many invited presentations on the subject of OCD around the world. He has been a leader in developing bridges between campus-based and hospital-based brain science faculty at Brown University.

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