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Center for Psychiatric Research

The Center for Psychiatric Research, part of Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Spring Harbor Hospital, is a participant in mental health research projects, many of which are unique not only in Maine, but also in the nation.

Susan Santangelo, ScDSusan Santangelo, ScD appointed to the Director of Psychiatric Research

Dr. Susan Santangelo joined Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Center Research Institute in February 2013 as the Director of Psychiatric Research. She is trained in both psychiatric epidemiology and genetic epidemiology and received her Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She then undertook her postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Prior to joining MMC/MMCRI, Dr. Santangelo was with Tufts University and New England Medical Center, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she directed the Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory in the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit within the Center for Human Genetic Research. She remains on the faculty at Harvard Medical School (in Psychiatry) and the Harvard School of Public Health (in Epidemiology), where she has been extremely active in education and mentorship, including serving as a core faculty member and Associate Director of the Training Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Dr. Santangelo is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on the genetics of autism and has conducted research on autism spectrum disorders for over 18 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Alliance for Autism Research, the March of Dimes, Autism Speaks, and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Boston-based Autism Consortium where she led the Phenotype Working Group and was Principal Investigator of a study entitled ‘Phenotypic and Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders,' that enrolled and characterized over 500 families in three years.

Dr. Santangelo is a member of the Autism Working Group and the Cross-Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), involving investigators from 19 countries, which recently published the largest genetic study of mental illness to date. Investigators in the Cross-Disorder group of the PGC analyzed genetic data from more than 33,000 patients with one of five disorders (ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia) and compared them with nearly 28,000 people without mental illness. They found four regions of the genome where variation was linked to all five disorders.

Dr. Santangelo co-authored the paper which was published in the Lancet.


Susan L. Santangelo, Sc.D.
Director, Psychiatric Research
Maine Medical Center and
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
932 Congress Street, Room 224
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 662-2208
Direct: (207) 662-3544
FAX: (207) 662-3863


Maine Medical Center Research Institute 81 Research Dr Scarborough, ME 04074 (207)396-8100

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