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Christopher Schneck, MD

Associate Professor

Contact Info:
Email: Dr. Schneck
Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Schneck is interested in bipolar disorder research and treatment.
Stanford University, BA 1983

University of Colorado School of Medicine, MD 1990

David J Miklowitz, Ph.D.; David A Axelson, M.D.; Elizabeth L George, Ph.D.; Dawn O Taylor, Ph.D.; Christopher D Schneck, M.D.; Aimee E Sullivan; L. M Dickinson, Ph.D.; Boris Birmaher, M.D.  Expressed Emotion Moderates the Effects of Family-Focused Treatment for Bipolar Adolescents.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (in press), 2009.


Schneck, CD.  Mixed depression: the importance of re-discovering sub-types of mixed mood states.  Editorial, Am J Psych 166 (2): 127-130, 2009.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ & Allen MH.  Response letter to Dr. Bhattacharyya and colleagues.  Am J Psych 166 (3): pp 370-371, 2009.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ & Allen MH.  Response letter to Drs. Benazzi and Goldberg. Am J Psych 165(8): 1049, 2008.


Miklowitz DJ, Axelson DA, Birmaher B, George EL, Taylor DO, Schneck CD, Beresford CA, Dickinson M, Craighead WE & Brent DA.  Family-focused treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder: results of a 2-year randomized trial.  Archives of General Psychiatry, vol 65 (no. 9): 1053-1061, 2008.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ, Miyahara S, Araga M, Wisniewski SR, Gyulai L, Allen MH, Thase ME, Sachs GS.  The Prospective Course of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder.  Am J Psych, vol 165(3): 370-77,  2008.


Schneck CD.  STEP-BD—A Clinical View.  Treatment of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder.  J Clin Psych.  67; Supplement  11; pp22-27 2006


Altman LS and Schneck CD.  Draw a bead on rapid cycling with specific therapies.  Current Psychiatry. November, 2004 Vol. 3, no. 11, pp 13-22


Schneck CD, Allen MH, Shelton MD, Calabrese JR.  Current concepts in rapid cycling bipolar disorder.  Current Psychosis and Therapeutics Reports: Bipolar disorders.  December, Vol. 1 (2), 2003: pp 72-8.


David J. Miklowitz, Elizabeth L. George, David A. Axelson, Eunice Y. Kim, Boris Birmaher, Christopher Schneck, Carol Beresford, W. Edward Craighead, and David A. Brent. Family-Focused Treatment for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. (J Affective Disorders 2004 82S; S113-S128)


Christopher D. Schneck, M.D., David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Michael H Allen, M.D., Marshall R Thomas, M.D., Stephen R. Wisniewski, Ph.D., Sachiko Miyahara MS, Melvin D Shelton, M.D., Ph.D., Terrence A. Ketter, M.D., Joseph F. Goldberg, M.D., Charles L. Bowden, M.D., and Gary S. Sachs, M.D.  Phenomenology of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder:  Data from the First 500 Participants in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry. October, vol 161, no. 10, pp 1902-1908.


Schneck CD.  Bipolar disorder in neurological illness. In Current Treatment Options in Neurology.  Volume 4 (6), November 2002; pp477-486.


Schneck CD, Thomas MT, Gundersen D. Sexual side effects from valproate: a report of 4 cases.  Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, vol 22, No. 5, 2002; pp 532-534.


Schneck CD, Buzan R.  Mood disorders in Neurological Illness.  In Current Treatment Options in Neurology, vol 2, No. 2, March 2000; pp 151-168.


Buzan RD, Shore JH, O’Brein C, Schneck CD.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourrette’s Syndrome. .  In Current Treatment Options in Neurology, vol 2, No. 2, March 2000; pp 125-139..


Schneck CD.  St. John’s Wort  and hypomania.  J Clin Psychiatry 1998; 59:12; p 689.


Thomas MT, Schneck CD.  Treatment resistant depression.  In Psychiatric Secrets, 2nd edition.  Jacobsen and Jacobsen, eds.  Hanley and Belfus, Inc, Philadelphia, 2000.

Funded Grants:


Bristol-Myers Squibb

$5,000 unrestricted educational grant


2001 – 2005

(Miklowitz, PI; Schneck Co-PI) Psychiatrist for Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents

NIMH R21-MH62555-02


2001 – 2005     

 (PI: David Miklowitz; Schneck Co-PI)                                       

Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents. NIMH R21-MH62555-02

Directed costs awarded, $375,000


2001 – 2005     

(Investigator) Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program         for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD) National Institute of Mental Health N01MH800001 & NIMH Grant MH62555


2003 - 2006

(Co-Investigator) Genetics repository for STEP-BD participants. NIMH


2004 – 2007

(Co-Investigator), Genetic determinants of bipolar disorder. STEP-BD, NIMH


2007 – 2010     

Family-Focused Therapy as Early Treatment for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder.

Principal Investigator: David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. 1-R34 MH077856-01

2005 – Present

(PI: David Miklowitz ) Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents 3-site randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of family-focused treatment (FFT) and medications versus brief psychoeducation (enhanced care, or EC) and medications for adolescent bipolar disorder R01-MH073871-01