Dr. Bermanzohn has been the Medical Director of Queens Day Center, Jamaica, New York, a continuing day treatment program for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses, since 1990. He is also Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Over the years, Dr. Bermanzohn has worked to integrate research with his clinical work. The result has been that Queens Day Center, although just a small program, has had an unusually high integration of research and clinical care, with many of the staff members actively participating in research. Dr. Bermanzohn has tried to develop Queens Day Center into not only a high-quality day treatment program, but also a living laboratory in which to study schizophrenia.
Dr. Bermanzohn's research has centered on the study of associated psychiatric syndromes in schizophrenia. He is especially interested in panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression in schizophrenia, which he considers to be the "neglected syndromes in schizophrenia." Dr. Bermanzohn has published many articles and has presented his work at numerous professional meetings.
In 1994, Dr. Bermanzohn received a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) to pursue this work. This work received a citation for the best clinical research from the American Association of Partial Hospitals in 1995.
In August 2000, Dr. Bermanzohn convened the first international meeting on associated psychiatric syndromes. His first book. Schizophrenia With Comorbid Conditions, coedited with Michael Y. Hwang, MD, will be published by the American Psychiatric Press early next year.