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Jonathan Posner

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry


Dr. Jonathan Posner, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, joined Duke University in 2021 as the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Prior to coming to Duke, Dr. Posner directed a pediatric brain imaging laboratory at Columbia University, where he was the Suzanne Crosby Murphy Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Posner completed his adult psychiatry training at Columbia University and his child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Oregon Health & Sciences University.

Dr. Posner’s research focuses on neurodevelopment with an emphasis on MRI approaches to studying neurobiological correlates of mental illness and cognitive development. He is a principal investigator on three longitudinal, family-based studies aimed at understanding the influence of family history, psychosocial adversity and prenatal exposures on the development of neural circuits involved in executive functions and emotion regulation. 

His work has been published in several leading journals including JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Psychiatry and the Lancet.  Dr. Posner also has extensive experience as an educator and has served as a mentor to numerous junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatric residents and medical students. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences · 2023 - Present Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Vice-Chair for Research in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences · 2021 - Present Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center · 2001 M.D.