Ned Kalin, MD, Hedberg Professor and chair of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will become editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry on January 1, 2019.

The American Journal of Psychiatry is the premier journal of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world.

Kalin is among the most accomplished biological psychiatrists in the nation, whose work has advanced understanding of the physiological bases of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. He came to Madison in 1976 for a residency in psychiatry, and after completing a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, returned in 1981 to join the UW-Madison faculty. He has served as department chair since 1991.

A consistently funded and widely published researcher, Kalin is a co-founder and co-director of the HealthEmotions Research Institute and director of the Lane Neuroimaging Laboratory, both at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

A member of the National Academy of Medicine and the editorial board of Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry, Kalin is principal investigator on several research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and has served on the APA Council on Research. Kalin has received several international honors, including the Anna-Monika Prize for outstanding work in understanding affective disorders.

“This is a wonderful and well-deserved opportunity for Ned, as well as a prestigious honor for him, his department, and our school,” said Robert Golden, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health. “Dr. Kalin has elevated our department of psychiatry and the HealthEmotions Institute to the forefront of the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry. His groundbreaking work will continue to have an important impact in the lives of millions of people with psychiatric disorders. This new national leadership role will dramatically expand his impact on the future of patient care, research, and the training of the next generation of psychiatrists.”

Kalin will succeed the current editor, Robert Freedman, MD, when his term ends December 31, 2018.

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,800 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.