David J. Miklowitz, PhD

David J. Miklowitz, PhD

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Dr. Miklowitz is Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute, and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University. He completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral (1979-1985) and postdoctoral (1985-1988) work at UCLA. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.

Dr. Miklowitz received the Joseph Gengerelli Dissertation Award from UCLA (1986), Young Investigator Awards from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (1987) and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD; 1987), a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD (2001), the 2005 Mogens Schou Award for Research from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, the 2008 Clinical Researcher of the Year award from Emory University, and the 2008 Monica Fooks Lectureship from Oxford University. He also won the 2009 Gerald L. Klerman Senior Research Investigator Award from the Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance, the 2011 Bipolar Mood Disorder Research Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the 2017-18 Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Distinguished Scientist Award.

Dr. Miklowitz has received multiple grants for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Robert Sutherland Foundation, the Attias Family Foundation, the Deutsch, Kayne, & Knapp Foundations, and the Danny Alberts Foundation. Dr. Miklowitz has published over 300 research articles and 8 books. His book with Michael Goldstein, Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. His book "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" is currently in its third edition and is an international best seller, with over 275,000 copies in print. His most recent book is co-authored with Michael Gitlin, the "Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder: Integrating Pharmacology and Psychotherapy" (New York: Guilford Press).





Psychology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1988


Clinical Psychology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 1983


PhD, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1985


West Los Angeles

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry| Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



  1. Miklowitz, D. J. (2016). Evidence-based psychotherapies for adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77 Suppl E1, e5, 1-8.
  2. Sylvia, L. G., Salcedo, S., Peters, A. T., Magalhães, P. V. S., Frank, E., Miklowitz, D., Otto, M. W., Berk, M., Nierenberg, A. A., & Deckersbach, T. (2016). Do sleep disturbances predict or moderate the response to psychotherapy in bipolar disorder? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Gitlin, M. J. & Miklowitz, D. J. (2016). The difficult lives of bipolar patients: contributors to functional outcome and implications for treatment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 209, 147-154.
  4. Hooley, J. M. & Miklowitz, D. J. (2017). Perceived criticism in the treatment of a high-risk adolescent. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Jan. 13, Epub ahead of print.
  5. Lee, J., Rizzo, S., Altshuler, L., Glahn, D. C., Miklowitz, D. J., Sugar, C. A., Wynn, J. K., & Green, M.F. (2017). Deconstructing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: how well does a cluster analysis respect diagnostic boundaries? Journal of Affective Disorders, 209, 71-79.
  6. O'Donnell, L., Axelson, D., Kowatch, R., Schneck, C. D., Sugar, C. A., & Miklowitz, D. J. (2017). Enhancing quality of life among adolescents with bipolar disorder: a randomized trial of two psychosocial interventions. Journal of Affective Disorders, 219, 201-208.
  7. McKnight, R., Bilderbeck, A., Miklowitz, D., Hinds, C., Goodwin, G., & Geddes, J. (2017). Longitudinal mood monitoring in bipolar disorder: course of illness as revealed through a short messaging service. Journal of Affective Disorders, July 10, Epub ahead of print.
  8. Miklowitz, D. J., Schneck, C. D., Walshaw, P. D., Singh, M. K., Garrett, A., Sugar, C., & Chang, K. D. (2017). Early intervention for youth at high risk for bipolar disorder: a multisite randomized trial of family-focused treatment. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Aug. 4, Epub ahead of print.
  9. Schneck, C. D., Chang, K. D., Singh, M. K., Delbello, M. P., & Miklowitz, D. J. (2017). A pharmacological algorithm for youth who are at high risk for bipolar disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Jul 21. Epub ahead of print.
  10. Weintraub, M J.. Van de Loo, M. M., Gitlin, M. J., & Miklowitz, D. J. (2017). Self-harm, affective traits, and psychosocial functioning in adults with depressive and bipolar disorders. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(11), 896-899.


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