HENRY PHIPPS PROFESSORSHIP IN PSYCHIATRY
Established in 1925 by the University in honor of Henry Phipps

Hospital trustee HENRY PHIPPS, along with his wife, supported the establishment at Hopkins of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, the nation's first inpatient facility for the mentally ill constructed as part of an acute care hospital. In 1908 the Pittsburgh industrialist offered to fund construction of a clinic and to create a professorship in psychiatry. In 1913 the Phipps Clinic opened, and in 1923 Mr. and Mrs. Phipps gave a substantial gift to endow the clinic, stipulating that their gift was to be matched by other sources. In 1925 Adolph Meyer, psychiatrist-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, was designated as the first Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Meyer, who was originally trained in neurology, guided his department toward research in the biological foundations of mental disease and trained many leaders in academic psychiatry. The emergence of Hopkins as the preeminent location for the scientific study of psychiatry was due in large part to the leadership of Dr. Meyer and the generosity of Mr. Phipps, who died in 1930.

 

"Winston Churchill, who had bipolar disorder with severe depressions of great severity, once said, 'Never, never, never quit!' That's our motto."
J. Raymond DePaulo

 

J. RAYMOND DE PAULO, Med 1972, the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is one of the world's foremost investigators into the genetic bases of affective disorders, such as manic depressive and depressive disorders. A member of the faculty since 1977 and founding director of Hopkins' Affective Disorders Clinic, he is the author of two books and more than 90 scientific articles and six educational videos on depressive illness. Dr. DePaulo's ongoing research includes genetic studies of bipolar disorder and unipolar disorder, and combined brain imaging and genetic studies of bipolar families. In addition to his numerous awards for research in depression and bipolar disorder, he was invited to address the World Economic Forum in 2000 and again in 2001 about the burden of psychiatric disease on national and global economies.