John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S.

  • September 11, 2018
  • NPSP25 Team

I currently serve as Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Previously, I served as Professor of Psychiatry and as the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair in Personality Disorders. I have had the privilege of serving as president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and of the American College of Psychiatrists. I’ve also headed the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders and the Association for Research on Personality Disorders, and I am an editor of several journals, including the Journal of Personality Disorders.

Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine are my alma maters. I pursued my psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Later I served as chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health and was named the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and the Law at Columbia. Before returning to Baylor, I served as professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and executive director of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. I came to Baylor as senior vice president and chief of staff of the Menninger Clinic.

Throughout my career, in my academic work and in my clinical practice, I have had an abiding special interest in the field of personality styles, types, and disorders. Recently, for the APA, I served as co-chair of the Work Group on Personality and Personality Disorders for the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which developed an Alternative Model for DSM-5 Personality Disorders, now published in Section III of DSM-5.