David Pauls, Ph.D., Retired

Board Member

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Pauls is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry (Genetics) and Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to the Harvard Medical School in September 2001, he was the Professor of Psychiatric and Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Child Study Center at Yale University, where he was the director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit from September 2001–2011.

Over the past 25 years, his research focused primarily on the genetics of child neuropsychiatric disorders. Research under his direction has led to a better understanding of the inheritance of GTS, OCD, and dyslexia. At the present time he leads an international consortium of investigators devoted to finding genes for GTS and related conditions.

Dr. Pauls completed his Ph.D. in genetics and cell biology at the University of Minnesota with a focus on human population genetics. His Ph.D., research examined the genetics of mental retardation and giftedness. After completing his Ph.D., he was a post-doctoral fellow in psychiatric genetics in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, and psychiatric genetic epidemiology in the Department of Human Genetics at Yale School of Medicine.