Gail Bernstein, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Gail Bernstein

Contact Info

berns001@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-273-9721

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Molly Jokimaki

Administrative Email
jokim004@umn.edu

MD, University of Minnesota - School of Minnesota, 1977

Residency, Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, 1977-78

Residency, Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, 1978-81

Residency, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, 1981-82

Residency, Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, 1983-84

Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1984 - 1985

BA, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Summary

I received a BA in Psychology from Tufts University in Massachusetts and completed medical school and a postdoctoral research fellowship in child psychiatry here at the University of Minnesota. I completed my residency in general psychiatry, a residency in pediatrics, and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and focus on anxiety and mood disorders. I am board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the American Board of Pediatrics. I also hold an Endowed Professorship in Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders. I have an h-index of 34 with close to 3,500 citations, and in most of my peer-reviewed articles, I am first or last author.

I supervise psychiatry residents, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and psychology interns doing evaluations and treatment in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders Clinic. I also serve as a Grand Rounds committee member within the department.

I am on the editorial board of several scientific journals and serve as an Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. I have been included in the Best Doctors in America database from 1996-2014, and was selected as a Top Doctor in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

Expertise

  • Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota

  • Endowed Professorship in Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders 2002-present

Clinical Care

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, selected by active physicians and 2000, 2013-2019
  • Best Doctors in America®, Selected by peers to be included in Best 1996-2016

Professional Associations

  • Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM), 2016-present
    Minnesota Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1993-present
    Minnesota Psychiatry Society, 1993-present
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1984-present

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Bernstein’s primary research interests include anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) in children and adolescents. She is currently completing an investigation of brain imaging in adolescents with OCD and healthy controls. Dr. Bernstein is the recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Norbert and Charlotte Reiger Award for Scientific Achievement for the most outstanding research paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in 2005. Dr. Bernstein is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and serves as an Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health.

We have completed an NIMH funded neuroimaging and sertraline treatment study for children and adolescents with OCD and are currently in data analysis. Sertraline is FDA approved for the treatment of pediatric OCD. 

Teaching

Teaching Areas

Dr. Bernstein provides supervision to psychiatry residents, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and psychology interns doing evaluations and treatment in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders Clinic.

Clinical

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bernstein is tripled-boarded (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, and Pediatrics). She joined the University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry in 1985. Dr. Bernstein has been included in the Best Doctors in America database from 1996-2014, and was selected as a Top Doctor in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine in 2013, 2014 & 2016.