Michael J. Devlin, MD

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Dr. Devlin is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Associate Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. He attended medical school at Columbia and completed his psychiatry residency at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia-Presbyterian. Following his residency, he joined the Eating Disorders Research Unit at NYSPI under the direction of Dr.Tim Walsh, and he has worked with patients with eating disorders and conducted clinical research there since that time.

His major academic interest is in the treatment of patients with eating disorders, and he recently completed work on an NIMH-funded study of psychotherapy and medication treatment for overweight patients with binge eating disorder. An additional area of interest is in the relationship between eating disorders and the outcome of surgery for obesity. In addition to research, he is active in medical student education and in training and supervision of psychiatry residents, particularly in cognitive behavioral therapy. He served on the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline Work Group on Eating Disorders. He is an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is a past President of that organization.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • General Psychiatry
  • Insomnia
  • Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Residency: New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Fellowship: New York State Psychiatric Institute

Committees, Societies, Councils

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychopathological Association

The Obesity Society

Academy for Eating Disorders (Board of Directors, 1999-2006, President 2004-2005)

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry

Honors & Awards

Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy, 2008-present

Columbia University Department of Psychiatry MacKinnon Teacher of the Year, Columbia Psychiatry Residency Class of 2002

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Distinguished Teacher Award for the Classes of 2011, 2013, and 2014


Dr. Devlin's primary research interest is in the treatment of eating disorders, particularly disorders associated with obesity, such as binge eating.

In addition to being an active collaborator on several of the clinical and psychobiological studies in progress on the Eating Disorders Research Unit, Dr. Devlin is the site PI on projects involving bariatric surgery in adults and adolescents. Studies examine psychological and behavioral predictors of outcome and changes following surgery, as well as eating behavior and psychopathology prior to and following surgery.

Research Interests

  • Eating Disorders

Selected Publications

  • Devlin MJ, Cutler JL, Harper OL: Taking it personally: Exploring students' emotional responses and professional roles during the psychiatry clerkship. Academic Psychiatry 2012;36: 243-245
  • Devlin MJ, Kissileff HR, Zimmeril EJ, Samuels F, Chen BE, Brown AJ, Geliebter A, Walsh BT: Gastric emptying and symptoms of bulimia nervosa: effect of a prokinetic agent. Physiology & Behavior 2012;106: 238-242
  • Devlin MJ, Goldfein JA, Petkova E, Liu L, Walsh BT: Cognitive behavioral therapy and fluoxetine for binge eating disorder: two-year follow-up.. Obesity 2007;15: 1702-1709
  • Devlin MJ, Goldfein J, Petkova E, Jiang H, Raizman PS, Wolk S, Mayer L, Carino J, Bellace D, Kamenetz C, Dobrow I, Walsh BT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Fluoxetine as Adjuncts to Group Behavioral Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder. Obesity Research 2005;13: 1077-1088
  • Devlin MJ, Goldfein JA, Dobrow I: What is this thing called BED?: Current status of binge eating disorder nosology. International Journal of Eating Disorders 2003;34: S2-S18

Global Health Activities

2013-present: Medical Director/Faculty Advisor for Columbia Human Rights Initiative

Member, Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network