Dr. Daniel Mamah.
2021 Excellence in Mental Health Awardee
Dr. Daniel Mamah, the 2021 Excellence in Mental Health Awardee, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis and the Founding Director of the Washington Early Recognition Center (WERC) at Washington University, the only early-psychosis clinic in Missouri. WERC provides no-cost (free), coordinated specialty services for St. Louis area adolescents and young adults with schizophrenia and related conditions, and those at risk for developing psychosis.
Dr. Mamah completed his psychiatry residency and Masters of Psychiatric Epidemiology (MPE) at Washington University, and medical school at the Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary. He has served as the principal investigator (PI) on several NIH and privately funded studies, including the “Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)” from the NIMH. Dr. Mamah’s neuroimaging studies involve utilizing multi-modal imaging modalities to investigate individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder and those at risk. His work has involved developing assessment tools for early identification psychosis, including the WERCAP Screen. His studies in Kenyan and Rwandan youth pioneered psychosis-risk research in Africa, and his group remains the only one in the continent studying this population.
Dr. Mamah is the Founding President of the Missouri Psychiatric Association and a past President of the Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society. He was on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5) Task Force, overseeing the development of DSM-5, the most widely used psychiatric manual. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.