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David Axelson, MD
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David  Axelson, MD

​Dr. Axelson’s research focuses on the phenomenology, course and treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar spectrum disorders.  He received a career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health and is currently a Principal Investigator on two multisite NIMH-funded treatment studies of bipolar youth.  He is also a co-Principal Investigator for studies examining the phenomenology of pediatric bipolar disorder and the longitudinal course of offspring of bipolar parents. 

Dr. Axelson is a recognized expert in the field of child psychiatry and bipolar disorder, and has been featured on the PBS Frontline special, “The Medicated Child.”  He has also been quoted in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Constitution-Journal and iVillage.

Dr. Axelson is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and serves as a reviewer for the Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the Bipolar Disorder journal.  He received a B.A. in 1987 from Brown University and his M.D. in 1992 from the Duke University School of Medicine.  He completed a combined General – Child Psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 1997 and a post-doctoral research fellowship in child and adolescent mood disorders at the Pitts School of Medicine.


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