Steven Szabo
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Szabo received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth and earned his PhD in Neurosciences at McGill University.  He completed postdoctoral training in Psychopharmacology at the University of Florida and in Mood and Anxiety Disorders at NIMH before earning his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas.  He completed his psychiatry residency training at Duke before joining the faculty in 2013.  As a substance abuse counselor, Dr. Szabo first observed the high prevalence of anxiety disorders among the chemically dependent and later investigated the neurobiological relationships between anxiety and withdrawal states to drugs of abuse. His training as both a neuroscientist and psychiatrist and his longstanding interest in psychopharmacology and experimental therapeutics have solidified his bench to bedside approach to research. Dr. Szabo conducts government and industry-funded clinical trials and is currently an investigator for the NIMH sponsored Fast-Fail Trials (FAST-MAS), which is a flagship NIMH contract study employing an experimental therapeutic and biomarker approach to early phase treatment studies in patients with mood and anxiety disorders.  He has published more than 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and continues to gain support from the NIMH and NIEHS. He is also passionate about psychiatry resident education and is the course master for biological psychiatry.



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