Jonathan E. Posner, MD

Board Certifications: 
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry
Treats Children
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Jonathan E. Posner, M.D. is a researcher, clinician, and educator within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry/Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and is the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Professor of Psychiatry at CUIMC. Dr. Posner received his medical degree from the State University of New York. After medical school, he completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Posner is the Co-Director of the Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) which focuses on understanding the effects of adversity across generations and its impact on mental health. Dr. Posner also directs a pediatric neuroimaging laboratory that studies brain mechanisms underlying psychiatric impairment in children. Additionally, Dr. Posner teaches and supervises psychiatric residents, and mentors NIMH T32 research fellows and junior faculty.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Mental Health
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Academic Appointments

  • Suzanne Crosby Murphy Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • State University of New York - Downstate Health Sciences Center
  • Residency: New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Oregon Health Sciences University

Board Certifications

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Honors & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honors Society

Outstanding General Psychiatry Research Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Outreach Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Campaign for America’s Kids Award, Awarded by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for innovative research aimed at advancing children’s mental health

NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Recipient

Gerald L. Klerman Award, Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance


Dr. Posner's research has been supported by several organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Edwin S. Webster Foundation, and the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation.

Research Interests

  • ADHD
  • Depression


Maternal adversity, inflammation, and neurodevelopment: How intergenerational processes perpetuate disadvantage in a low-resource setting (R01MH121070) Mar 2020 - Dec 2024

Effects of prenatal maternal depression and antidepressant exposures on offspring neurodevelopmental trajectories: A birth cohort study (R01 MH119510) Mar 2019 - Jan 2024

Longitudinal Assessment of Neural Circuits in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (R01MH110445) Apr 2017 - Feb 2022

Three generations at high and low risk for depression followed longitudinally (R01MH036197) Apr 2017 - Feb 2021

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage: Neurodevelopment among Puerto Rican children (UH3 OD023328) Sept 2016 - Aug 2023

Selected Publications

  • Posner J, Polanczyk GV, Sonuga-Barke E. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Lancet, Feb 2020
  • Duarte CS, Monk C, Weissman MM, Posner J. Intergenerational psychiatry: a new look at a powerful perspective. World Psychiatry, June 2020
  • Wang Y, Bernanke J, Peterson BS, McGrath P, Stewart J, Chen Y, Lee S, Wall M, Bastidas V, Hong S, Rutherford BR; Hellerstein DJ, Posner J. The association between antidepressant treatment and brain connectivity in two double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials: A treatment mechanism study. Lancet Psychiatry, 2019
  • Posner J. The Role of Precision Medicine in Child Psychiatry: What Can We Expect and When? J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. Nov 2018
  • Lugo-Candelas C, Cha J, Hong S, Bastidas V, Weissman M, Fifer WP, Myers M, Talati A, Bansal R, Peterson BS, Monk C, Gingrich J, Posner J. Brain structure and connectivity in infants exposed to serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy, JAMA Pediatrics, Apr 2018
  • Lugo-Candelas C, Monk C, Duarte CS, Lee S, Posner J. Shared genetic factors, fetal programming, and the transmission of depression. Lancet Psychiatry, 2018 Oct
  • Gallo E, Posner J. Moving towards causality in ADHD: Overview of neural and genetic mechanisms. Lancet Psychiatry, 2016 June 3.
  • Posner J, Cha J, Wang Z, Talati A, Warner V, Gerber A, Peterson BS, Weissman MM. Increased default mode network connectivity in individuals at high familial risk for depression, Neuropsychopharmacology, 2015 Nov 23
  • Cha J, Fekete T, Siciliano F, Biezonski D, Greenhill LL, Pliszka S, Blader J, Roy A, Leibenluft E, Posner J. Neural correlates of aggression in medication naive children with ADHD: Multivariate Analysis of Morphometry and Tractography, Neuropsychopharmacology, 2015 Mar; 40: 1717-1725
  • Posner J, Hellerstein DJ, Gat I, Mechling A, Klahr K, Wang Z, McGrath P, Stewart JW, Peterson B. Antidepressants normalize the default mode network in patients with dysthymia. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Apr;70(4):373-82. PMCID: PMC3935731.
  • Posner J, Nagel BJ, Maia TV, Mechling A, Oh M, Wang Z, Peterson BS. Abnormal amygdalar activation and connectivity in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity-disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011;50:828-837
  • Fair D, Posner J, Nagel BJ, Bathula Da, Costa Dias T, Mills K, Blythe M, Giwa A, Schmitt C, Nigg J. Atypical default network connectivity in youth with ADHD. Biological Psychiatry. 2010;68(12):1084-1091. PMCID: PMC2997893
  • Posner J, Russell J, Peterson BS. The circumplex model of affect: an integrative approach to affective neuroscience, cognitive development, and psychopathology. Dev Psychopathol. 2005;17:715-734