David Miklowitz, PhD

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David Miklowitz


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic appointment

Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University


Dr. Miklowitz’s research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatment for adult- and childhood-onset bipolar disorder and psychosis-risk syndromes. He has won Young Investigator (1987) and Distinguished Investigator Awards (2001) from NARSAD, the 2008 Monica Fooks Lectureship from Oxford University, the 2010 Gerald Klerman Senior Investigator Award from the Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance, the 2011 Bipolar Mood Disorder Research Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the 2017-18 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), and the 2020 American College of Psychiatrists’ Mood Disorders Award. Dr. Miklowitz has published over 300 research articles and book chapters on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and eight books. His book “Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach” (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, and is now in its second edition. His book for consumers and family members, the Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide (now in a third edition), is an international best-seller with over 300,000 copies sold.  He has been funded by NIMH and by several private foundations since 1989.

What I do when I'm not working

Writing, biking, playing guitar in a band, traveling, and reading good novels. My wife Mary is an artist; my daughter Ariana lives in Virginia and is building a bed and breakfast hotel. When at conferences, I like to spill cucumber gin fizz drinks on other CREST.BD members.



Social media/website

Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program


UCLA School of Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza, RM A8-256, Los Angeles, CA 90095