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William T. Carpenter, MD

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P.O. Box 21247, Baltimore, MD 21228

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(410) 402-7101

Education and Training

- Wofford College, BS 1958

- Wake Forest University School of Medicine, MD, 1962

- Wofford College, Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa),1994

- Medical Intern, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, 1962-1963

- Postgrad training Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1963-1966


1967-1975       Candidate, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, DC (Graduate, 1982)


William T. Carpenter, Jr., MD, is a Professor of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and past Director (1977-2013) of the MarylandPsychiatricResearchCenter. He obtained his medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After an internship at the North CarolinaBaptistHospital, he undertook postgraduate training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He began his research career with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program in 1966, using neuroendocrine strategies to study the psychobiology of affective disorders. He has also been a collaborating investigator with the World Health Organization’s International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia.  Dr. Carpenter is the Editor-in-Chief for Schizophrenia Bulletin and has served on the editorial boards of the Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychiatry Research, SchizophreniaBulletin, Schizophrenia Research, Current Psychiatry Reports, The Asian Journal of Psychiatry and The Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, and has authored over 400 publications.  Dr. Carpenter is Past-President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and participated in the founding of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), now Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and chairs the scientific program committee.

Dr. Carpenter’s major professional interest has been severe mental illness, especially schizophrenia, including phenomenology, etiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, and treatment. He has made original and fundamental contributions in psychopathology, assessment methodology, testing of novel treatments, and research ethics. Special professional assignments include service on the NIMH Intramural Research Program Board of Scientific Counselors and as a consultant and reviewer for NIMH and National Institutes of Health on many topics. He chaired the NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Committee and the NIMH National Schizophrenia Plan Committee on Treatment Research. Dr. Carpenter has served as Principle Investigator on five NIMH-funded center grants and three NARSAD Distinguished Investigator awards. He provided expert testimony in the case of the United States Government v. John Hinckley and in 1989 was a member of the State Department delegation to inspect the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. He chaired the work group responsible for psychotic disorders in the preparation of DSM-5.  He has been the recipient of numerous national and international honorific awards beginning with the 1979 Stanley R. Dean Award for Psychiatric Research, including the Lieber Prize from NARSAD in 2000, the 2009 NAMI Mind of America Scientific Research Award and in 2013, the Menninger Award from the American College of Physicians and the Adolph Meyer Award from the American Psychiatric Association.   Dr. Carpenter was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and in 2013 was awarded The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the Institute of Medicine.  In 2019 he was awarded the SIRS Lifetime Achievement Award (Schizophrenia International Research Society) and the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health (Brain and Behavior Research Foundation).

Research/Clinical Keywords

Psychoses, Schizophrenia, Psychopathology, Therapeutics, Ethics

Highlighted Publications

Fusar-Poli P, Carpenter WT, Woods SW, McGlashan, TH.    Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome: Ready for DSM-5.1?  Annu Rev Clin Psychol.   Mar 28;10:155-92, 2014.

Carpenter WT.  The schizophrenia paradigm: A hundred-year challenge [Editorial].   The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(9):639-643, 2006.

Kirkpatrick B, Buchanan RW, Ross DE and Carpenter WT.  A separate disease within the syndrome of schizophrenia.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 58:165-171, 2001. (translated into Spanish by E. Fernandez Egea and revised by C. Arango for the book:  Esquizofrenia Negativa, (Ed., Eduard Parellada Rodon), Aula Medica, Madrid, pp.13-31, 2002.

Carpenter WT, Buchanan RW, Kirkpatrick B, TammingaCA, Wood F.  Strong inference, theory falsification, and the neuroanatomy of schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psychiatry 50:825-831, 1993.

Carpenter WT, Strauss JS, Bartko JJ.  A flexible system for the identification of schizophrenia.  A report from the International  Pilot Study of Schizophrenia.  Science, 182:1275-1278, 1973.