Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.

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"If we could influence the future, if we could give this child a happy adulthood, that would be a tremendous accomplishment."

Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., was one of two winners of the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research in 2012. Dr. Wagner is the Marie B. Gale Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. An internationally recognized expert in the treatment of childhood mood disorders, Dr. Wagner has pioneered studies of childhood bipolar and unipolar mood disorders. Her work has helped in the development and implementation of the most optimal approaches to childhood bipolar disorder, increasingly recognized as a common, difficult to treat and often highly disabling disorder.

“My research focus has been on determining what medications can treat children that have depress and children that have bipolar disorder.”

Dr. Wagner was recognized for her career of work at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation National Awards Dinner in New York City in October, 2012 with the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research.