August 19, 2022

Stephan F. Taylor, M.D., named the inaugural Albert J. Silverman, M.D., C.M., Research Professor of Psychiatric Disorders

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Stephan F. Taylor, M.D., as the inaugural Albert J. Silverman, M.D., C.M., Research Professor of Psychiatric Disorders, Medical School, effective July 1, 2022 through August 31, 2027.

The Albert J. Silverman, M.D., C.M., Research Professorship of Psychiatric Disorders was established through a generous gift from Halina W. Silverman, wife of the late Albert J. Silverman, M.D, C.M., chair of this department from 1970 to 1981. It is intended to support translational research by a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. We are incredibly grateful to Halina Silverman for deciding to honor her husband’s legacy in this way.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to be the recipient of this professorship," says Dr. Taylor. "Al Silverman was one of my teachers in residency, and his legacy as department chair endures in events like the annual Silverman Research Conference.  I am especially grateful to Halina Silverman for making the generous donation of the professorship. It’s a wonderful way to continue Professor Silverman’s legacy, and I look forward to extending that legacy."

Dr. Taylor received his M.D. degree in 1988 from Washington University. He completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship at the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan and was appointed as a lecturer in psychiatry in 1993. Dr. Taylor rose through the ranks to professor in psychiatry and adjunct professor in psychology in 2010.

Dr. Taylor has established a successful, cutting-edge neuromodulation and neuroimaging research program that has been well received by the scientific community, as attested by his recent election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This selection is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community. His research has been well funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, institutional and foundation grants. Dr. Taylor has published 160 peer-reviewed articles and has been invited to present his research regionally, nationally and internationally.

At the University of Michigan, Dr. Taylor has served as a vice chair of the Institutional Review Board and is the co-chair of the Behavioral Health Clinical Trials Support Unit. He is well versed in the understanding of research regulations, participant safety and research study integrity. He initiated the Program for Research in Early Psychosis (PREP) and continues to successfully lead that team. He has been an active participant and supporter of the Psychiatry Department’s DEIA committee activities, including periodic talking circles and annual retreats. In addition, he has served as the associate chair for Research and Regulatory Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry since 2015.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Taylor.

Gregory W. Dalack, M.D.
Daniel E. Offutt, III Professor & Chair
Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan