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Robert N. Golden, MD

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UW School of Medicine and Public Health
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Patricia Martin
(608) 263-4910

Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership

Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health

Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs


Dean Robert Golden

Robert N. Golden, MD, received his bachelor of arts degree cum laude with honors in psychology from Yale University in 1975, and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1979.


He completed an internship, residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC).


From 1983 to 1985, Golden was a medical staff (research) fellow in the Clinical Pharmacology Section of the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.


He returned to the UNC School of Medicine in 1985, where he served as the founding director of both the Clinical Psychobiology/Pharmacology Research Training Program and the ECT Service, and as associate director of both the General Clinical Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center.


From 1994 through 2005, Golden served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. During his tenure, the department grew to include 85 full-time faculty, 62 residents and an annual budget of nearly $47 million. Since 1994, the department’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) research portfolio grew from approximately $3 million to more than $29 million, placing it in the top 10 psychiatry departments in terms of NIH competitive awards.


In 2004, Golden assumed the additional role of vice dean for the UNC School of Medicine, with responsibilities for the school’s research and educational programs, faculty development and academic affairs, and Area Health Education Centers.


In July 2006, Golden became the ninth dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin-Madison vice chancellor for medical affairs. He also holds an appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry.


Golden's research and clinical interests are focused on psychobiological and psychopharmacologic aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has published more than 175 papers and chapters and more than 185 research abstracts. He has served on several editorial boards, review panels and advisory committees, and as field editor for Clinical Psychobiology for Neuropsychopharmacology. He is currently associate editor for Psychosomatic Medicine.


He has been selected as a Ginsburg Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, a Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Jefferson Pilot Fellow in Academic Medicine; received the 2003 Mood Disorders Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists and the 1993 Eugene Hargrove Mental Health Research Award; was appointed as the inaugural Stuart Bondurant Distinguished Professor at the UNC at Chapel Hill; and for several years has been listed in The Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Robert N. Golden, MD

Last updated: 12/28/2015
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