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Research Interests

Dr. Csernansky serves as the Lizzie Gilman Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research interests include in vivo neuroimaging of neuropsychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia and Alzheimer disease, clinical trials of cognition-enhancing drugs, and the development of valid animal models for neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Csernansky has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, and has also authored several chapters and books, and his research program has received grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as several foundations and pharmaceutical companies. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member and officer of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He has served as an Associate Editor of Schizophrenia Bulletin and on the Editorial Board of Schizophrenia Research and Neuropsychopharmacology.

Certifications and Licenses


Training Experience

1980Internship, Stanford University Medical Center
1983Residency, Stanford University School of Medicine

Education/Academic qualification

MD, New York University

… → 1979

Research interests

  • Clinical Trial Methodology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dementia
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Schizophrenia

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Grants 2008 2024

Behavioral Symptoms
Alzheimer Disease
Sex Characteristics
Alzheimer Disease
Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone
Transgenic Mice
Multimodal Imaging
Frontotemporal Dementia
Alzheimer Disease
Differential Diagnosis

Research Output 1975 2020

Editorial: Stress and its impact on Alzheimer's Disease

Dong, H. & Csernansky, J. G., Feb 1 2019, In : Neurobiology of Stress. 10, 100167.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Alzheimer Disease

Improving the Evaluation of Adult Mental Disorders in the Criminal Justice System With Computerized Adaptive Testing

Gibbons, R. D., Smith, J. D., Brown, C. H., Sajdak, M., Tapia, N. J., Kulik, A., Epperson, M. W. & Csernansky, J., Nov 1 2019, In : Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 70, 11, p. 1040-1043 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Criminal Law
Mental Disorders
Mental Health
1 Citation (Scopus)

Monthly Extended-Release Risperidone (RBP-7000) in the Treatment of Schizophrenia: Results from the Phase 3 Program

Andorn, A., Graham, J., Csernansky, J., Newcomer, J. W., Shinde, S., Muma, G., Heidbreder, C. & Fava, M., Sep 1 2019, In : Journal of clinical psychopharmacology. 39, 5, p. 428-433 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vital Signs

The characteristics of cognitive neuroscience tests in a schizophrenia cognition clinical trial: Psychometric properties and correlations with standard measures

Kraus, M. S., Gold, J. M., Barch, D. M., Walker, T. M., Chun, C. A., Buchanan, R. W., Csernansky, J. G., Goff, D. C., Green, M. F., Jarskog, L. F., Javitt, D. C., Kimhy, D., Lieberman, J. A., McEvoy, J. P., Mesholam-Gately, R. I., Seidman, L. J., Ball, M. P., Kern, R. S., McMahon, R. P., Robinson, J. & 2 others, Marder, S. R. & Keefe, R. S. E., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Schizophrenia Research: Cognition. 19, 100161.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Clinical Trials
Neuropsychological Tests

Characterization of CNTNAP2 nanostructures on interneuronal dendrites

Gao, R., Piguel, N. H., Melendez-Zaidi, A. E., Martin-de-Saavedra, M. D., Yoon, S., Forrest, M. P., Myczek, K., Zhang, G., Russell, T. A., Csernansky, J. G., Surmeier Jr, D. J. & Penzes, P., Sep 1 2018, In : Molecular Psychiatry. 23, 9, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle