B. Timothy Walsh, MD

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Academic Appointments

  • William and Joy Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., a graduate of Princeton University and of Harvard Medical School, joined the staff of Columbia University Medical Center in 1979 and established the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Walsh is currently the Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Walsh's research group has examined biological and psychological abnormalities which contribute to the development and perpetuation of disturbances in eating behavior, and investigated both psychological and pharmacological treatments for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Walsh was a member of the DSM-5 Task Force and chaired the Eating Disorders Workgroup for DSM-5. He is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

Research

Grants

LONGITUDINAL ASSESSMENT OF NEURAL CIRCUITS IN ADOLESCENTS WITH ANOREXIA NERVOSA (Federal Gov)

Apr 7 2017 - Mar 31 2022

FUNCTIONAL IMAGING AND EATING BEHAVIOR AMONG FTO GENOTYPES IN PRE-OBESES CHILDREN (Federal Gov)

Sep 18 2013 - Aug 31 2018

ATTAINING AND MAINTAINING WELLNESS IN OCD (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Jul 31 2018

ATTAINING AND MAINTAINING WELLNESS IN OCD (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Jul 31 2017

ATTAINING AND MAINTAINING WELLNESS IN OCD (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Jul 31 2016

A LONGITUDINAL MULTIMODAL MRI STUDY OF ADOLESCENTS WITH BULIMIA NERVOSA (Federal Gov)

Jan 1 2012 - May 31 2016

OLANZAPINE VERSUS PLACEBO FOR OUTPAITENTS WITH ANOREXIA NERVOSA (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2010 - May 31 2016

ATTAINING AND MAINTAINING WELLNESS IN OCD (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Apr 30 2016

MULTIMODAL IMAGING OF THE MESOCORTICAL SYSTEM I ANOREXIA NERVOSA (Federal Gov)

Jan 13 2014 - Dec 31 2015

ANOREXIA NERVOSA AND THE COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE OF HABIT (Private)

Oct 21 2013 - Oct 20 2015

OLANZAPINE VERSUS PLACEBO FOR OUTPAITENTS WITH ANOREXIA NERVOS (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2010 - May 31 2015

ATTAINING AND MAINTAINING WELLNESS IN OCD (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Apr 30 2015

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN ANOREXIA NERVOSA - CHARACTERISTICS AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE (Federal Gov)

Apr 10 2009 - Dec 31 2013

METABOLIC ADAPTATION AND CHANGES IN CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM CIRCUITRY IN WEIGHT-PERTURBED C57BL/6J MICE (Private)

Jun 16 2008 - Nov 30 2013

BODY COMPOSITION STUDIES AND EATING BEHAVIOR (Private)

Aug 22 2013 - Nov 21 2013

WEIGHT SUPPRESSION, DIETING AND BULIMIA NERVOSA: A BIOBEHAVIORAL STUDY (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2012 - Sep 30 2013

IMAGING OF DOPAMINE SYSTEMS IN BULIMIA NERVOSA (Private)

Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2011

EFFECTS OF MIFEPRISTONE IN THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA (Private)

Jul 1 2007 - Dec 30 2010

IS EXCESSIVE EXERCISE A FORM OF "SELF-MEDICATION" FOR DEPRESSION IN ANOREXIA NERVOSA (Private)

Jul 1 2004 - Dec 31 2007

Selected Publications

  • Walsh BT: The Enigmatic Persistence of Anorexia Nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry 2013
  • Walsh BT, Attia E: Eating Disorders. In: Longo DL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Jameson JL, Loscalzo J (eds): Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (18th edition). , McGraw Hill, NY, 2011
  • Walsh BT: The importance of eating behavior in eating disorders. Physiology and Behavior 2011;104: 525-529
  • Attia E, Walsh BT: The Behavioral Management of Anorexia Nervosa. New England Journal of Medicine 2009;360: 500-506
  • Walsh BT, Kaplan AS, Attia E, Olmsted M, Parides M, Carter JC, Pike KM, Devlin MJ, Woodside B, Roberto CA, Rockert W: Fluoxetine after weight restoration in anorexia nervosa: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2006;295: 2605-12