David J. Kupfer studied medicine at Yale. In 1973, he joined the University of Pittsburgh and in 1983 he became Director of the Department of Psychiatry. During his tenure he facilitated the coordination and expansion of exchanges with over 200 universities. He is the founding President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders and internationally known for his role as Director of the DSM-V Task Force.

He is a member of numerous societies including The Institute of Medicine, The National Academy of Sciences, the Academic Psychiatry Consortium, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American PSychosomatic Society and the American Psychiatric Association. Professor Kupfer’s bibliography includes over 1000 articles, books and chapters. His main areas of research are sleep disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and insomnia.

In association with Prof. Ellen Frank, he is currently studying a treatment aimed at reducing the risk of cardiometabolic diseases (obesity, diabetes) in patients with bipolar disorders.