Gail Bernstein, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Gail Bernstein

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9721

Fax 612-273-9779

Office Address:
Gail Bernstein, M.D.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Minnesota
F256/2B West
2450 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Lois Laitinen

Administrative Email

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


Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Minnesota Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


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 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 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.