Dr. David H. Strauss is the director of research at the Austen Riggs Center. He is a psychiatrist with nearly 30 years of experience in assessment, pharmacologic treatment, and psychotherapy with individuals with anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders. Prior to joining the staff at Austen Riggs, Dr. Strauss was full-time faculty at Columbia University and held a series of clinical and research executive positions in the Department of Psychiatry and the NYS Psychiatric Institute, including: chief of the Schizophrenia Research Unit; clinical director; chair of the Institutional Review Board/director of human subject research; vice chairman for research, ethics and policy; and director of research operations. At Columbia Psychiatry, Dr. Strauss developed and taught courses and seminars on research and professional ethics for faculty, trainees, and students.
Dr. Strauss is currently a special lecturer at Columbia University. As a consultant to the NYS Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Strauss co-leads the Ethics Unit and serves on the steering committee of a federally funded center grant entitled, “Optimizing and Personalizing Interventions for People with Schizophrenia Across the Lifespan.” As senior advisor to the Multiregional Clinical Trials Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard, Dr. Strauss co-leads a project aimed at promoting diversity in clinical trials. Dr. Strauss is a member of the executive counsel of the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.
Dr. Strauss maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and teaches, lectures, and consults widely on matters of human subjects protections and applied research and professional ethics.