Director Pediatric Mood, Imaging and Neurodevelopment Research

Daniel Dickstein, MD, is the director of Bradley Hospital's Pediatric Mood, Imaging and Neurodevelopment Program (Pedi-MIND). Board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child/adolescent psychiatry, he is also an associate professor of both psychiatry and human behavior as well as pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He was previously an assistant clinical investigator with the pediatric and developmental neuropsychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dickstein earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, and is a graduate of the school's triple board program, a combined residency in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry, that leads to board eligibility in all three specialties after five years of training.

Dickstein leads Bradley's Pedi-MIND research program, which uses brain imaging techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and behavioral measures to identify biological markers of psychiatric illness, including bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Such markers could help physicians make more accurate diagnoses. Dickstein also treats outpatients at Bradley on a limited basis.


In 2009, Dickstein received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Bio-behavioral Research Award For Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS Award), one of only seven awarded in the program's inaugural year. Dickstein is the recipient of numerous additional awards, including the NIMH's Richard J. Wyatt, MD, Memorial Fellowship Training Award for outstanding scientific accomplishment, NIMH's Mentor of the Year Award, National Institutes of Health Fellows' Award for Research Excellence, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding Resident Award. 

Selected Publications

A Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dickstein has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Frías Á, Dickstein DP, Merranko J, Gill MK, Goldstein TR, Goldstein BI, Hower H, Yen S, Hafeman DM, Liao F, Diler R, Axelson D, Strober M, Hunt JI, Ryan ND, Keller MB, Birmaher B. "Longitudinal cognitive trajectories and associated clinical variables in youth with bipolar disorder." Bipolar Disord. 2017 Jun;19(4):273-284.

Wegbreit E, Cushman GK, Weissman AB, Bojanek E, Kim KL, Leibenluft E, Dickstein DP. "Reversal-learning deficits in childhood-onset bipolar disorder across the transition from childhood to young adulthood." J Affect Disord. 2016 Oct;203:46-54.

Dickstein DP, Axelson D, Weissman AB, Yen S, Hunt JI, Goldstein BI, Goldstein TR, Liao F, Gill MK, Hower H, Frazier TW, Diler RS, Youngstrom EA, Fristad MA, Arnold LE, Findling RL, Horwitz SM, Kowatch RA, Ryan ND, Strober M, Birmaher B, Keller MB. "Cognitive flexibility and performance in children and adolescents with threshold and sub-threshold bipolar disorder." Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;25(6):625-38. 

Dickstein DP, Puzia ME, Cushman GK, Weissman AB, Wegbreit E, Kim KL, Nock MK, Spirito A J Child Psychol Psychiatry. "Self-injurious implicit attitudes among adolescent suicide attempters versus those engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury." 2015 Oct;56(10):1127-36.

Dickstein DP, Pescosolido MF, Reidy BL, Galvan T, Kim KL, Seymour KE, Laird AR, Di Martino A, Barrett RP. "Developmental meta-analysis of the functional neural correlates of autism spectrum disorders." J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Mar;52(3):279-289.e16. 

Dickstein DP, Finger EC, Skup M, Pine DS, Blair JR, Leibenluft E. "Altered neural function in pediatric bipolar disorder during reversal learning." Bipolar Disord. 2010 Nov;12(7):707-19.


Pediatric Psychiatry

Areas of Expertise

Anxiety Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Bipolar Disorders
Child & Family Psychiatry
Mood Disorders

Hospital Affiliations


Medical School:The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency:Bradley Hospital
Fellowship:Bradley Hospital