Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Janet Wozniak received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College where she graduated magna cum laude. During her medical school training at Cornell University Medical College, she earned a SmithKline Beckman Medical Perspectives Award for Outstanding Medical Students. Dr. Wozniak completed her adult and child psychiatry training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She has since received an Eli Lilly Pilot Research Award, the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award and Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award. At MGH, she is the director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program and the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Service. She is also the Quality and Safety Chair for the Department of Psychiatry. She has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Stanley Foundation, the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Heinz C. Prechter Fund for Manic Depression.
Dr. Wozniak’s research focuses on the characteristics, longitudinal course and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. She has addressed the frequent occurrence of pediatric bipolar disorder and its atypical presentation, and documented the high rates of comorbidity of pediatric bipolar disorder with other conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorders and autism, as well as the frequency of occurrence of these disorders within families. Dr. Wozniak has completed one of the few longitudinal course studies of pediatric bipolar disorder, documenting high rates of persistence and the largest family study of the disorder.
Her treatment studies include an open label trial of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) for mania in children and the use of topiramate to offset weight gain associated with olanzapine treatment of children with bipolar disorder. Her current studies address the treatment of young children with omega-3 fatty acids and the natural treatment inositol, as well as the treatment of bipolar youth with the natural treatment N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Dr. Wozniak is a member of the Professional Advisory Council of organizations advocating for individuals with pediatric onset bipolar disorder, including the Balanced Mind Foundation, STEP up For Kids, the Ryan Licht Sang Foundation, and Ariel’s Legacy. Dr. Wozniak presents widely at national meetings devoted to psychiatric research including the American Psychiatric Association and the Association of Biological Psychiatry.
Dr. Wozniak’s 1995 paper on childhood mania is one of the ten most cited papers ever to be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Widely regarded as a national expert on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Dr. Wozniak is the author of dozens of scientific articles. She cares for hundreds of children and adolescents with these conditions in her clinical practice at MGH. She is the co-author of a book for parents published by Bantam Books titled, “Is Your Child Bipolar? The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat and Thrive with a Bipolar Child.”