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Members in the News
‘Imaginative and Intuitive’
Psychiatric News
Volume 37 Number 16 page 9-9

To give APA members a glimpse into the life and challenges of an early career researcher, Psychiatric News spent an afternoon with John O’Reardon, M.D., on his home turf during APA’s 2002 annual meeting in Philadelphia. O’Reardon came to Psychiatric News’s attention as a grantee of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

At first O’Reardon was somewhat uncomfortable about the request for an interview, but after he was told the purpose of the feature, he appeared to feel more at ease and graciously agreed to talk with a Psychiatric News reporter and show her his lab.

Two research colleagues with whom O’Reardon has collaborated agreed that O’Reardon has earned his turn in the spotlight: Albert Stunkard, M.D., a former chair of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Moira Rynn, M.D., a child psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania.

"John is very imaginative, very intuitive, and enormously entrepreneurial," Stunkard explained in a phone interview. "He also gets to the point quickly, and he is able to work very fast. Since he has worked as a general practitioner in Ireland, he is also very good at handling general medical issues that come up in the course of seeing patients."

"Yes, John is very intuitive about what clinical questions need to be answered," Rynn agreed. "And he is expanding into an area that is very cutting edge—trying to find out how cognitive therapy affects the brains of severely depressed subjects in his imaging research. It is a fascinating area and very much needed. He is really one of the few people doing that."

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