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Javier I Escobar M.D., M.Sc.


Javier I Escobar, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Dean for Global Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey

Javier I Escobar M.D., M.Sc., is Associate Dean for Global Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA. He is currently a member of the Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association that guides and oversees the development of the new diagnostic system in psychiatry (DSM-V). He is Principal Investigator of the “MUPS in Primary Care Research Center” a P-20 grant from NIMH, and “Critical Research Issues on Latino Mental Health” a mentoring grant funded with an R-13 grant from NIMH.

A native of Colombia, South America, Dr. Escobar went to Medical School there and came to the United States to do his postgraduate training. He completed a psychiatry residency and a post-residency research fellowship and obtained a Master’s degree in Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of Minnesota. Following academic appointments at the Universities of Minnesota, Tennessee, UCLA and Connecticut, Dr. Escobar became interim chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine before he moved to New Jersey in 1994 to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UMDNJ-RWJMS, a position he held for almost 14 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Escobar has had many national and international assignments and has received many honors. He has been Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Member of NIMH’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, and Member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Advisory Committee on Psychiatric Drugs. He has been a Standing Member in numerous National Institute of Health (NIMH, NIDA, NIA) and Veterans Administration’s research review committees and other national task forces. He has been an active researcher in the areas of clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis and cross-cultural medicine and psychiatry. He has published over 225 scientific articles in national and international books and journals.

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