Jordan W. Smoller

Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.

Jordan Smoller is an associate member of the Broad Institute and senior scientist in the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. Smoller serves as associate vice chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry where he is also director of the psychiatric genetics division. Smoller is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is the director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research. Smoller also serves as co-director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the MGH Clinical Research Program. At Harvard Medical School, he was the director of the Translational Genetics and Bioinformatics Program of the Harvard Catalyst. He is also the science director of the Science of Health and Development Initiative at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

Smoller’s work centers on identifying the genetic determinants of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. Smoller has studied the genetic underpinnings of anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia. Smoller and his colleagues also seek to identify genetic predictors of a patient’s response to treatment and are interested in the ways in which advances in genetics may impact the clinical practice of psychiatry. 

Smoller earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital. Smoller received his masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the National Institute of Mental Health Training Program in Psychiatric Genetics.