Dr. Mani Pavuluri, MD., PhD., is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the Founding Director of the nationally recognized Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, that has pediatric mood disorders clinic (one of the largest in the nation) and pediatric translational research in affective neuroscience. This is the first university-based research and clinical model of its kind in the Mid-west. She is board certified in general psychiatry and child psychiatry in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She obtained her F.R.A.N.Z.C.P. from the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatry and her Ph.D. in developmental psychopathology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She completed her child psychiatry fellowship training both at the University of Melbourne and Royal Childrens Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago.
Dr. Pavuluri’s achievements include the Distinguished Klingentsein Foundation Third Generation Award for the Best Paper in Mood Disorders and Suicide for 2009 from The American Academy of Child and Adult Psychiatry. She is the chair of the professional advisory council of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adult Psychiatry and the national research work group of the AACAP. She reviews for several journals, including the Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, NeuroImage. She holds several grants from such institutions as NICHD, NIMH, NARSAD, the DANA Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Marshall Reynolds Foundation.
Her main focus of research is the development of brain function and medication effects on brain function in pediatric bipolar disorder. The uniqueness of her research is her investment in studying the interface between cognition and emotion and mapping the relevant brain circuits using multi-modal imaging, such as functional magnetic neuroimaging and diffusion tensor imaging in disorder models such as bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She is a highly sought after speaker at national and international conferences. She has published widely in many major journals in Psychiatry.