Dr. McElroy is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Chief Research Officer at Lindner Center of HOPE. She completed her MD at Cornell University Medical College in 1983. She is internationally known for her research in bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obesity, impulse control disorders and pharmacology. She is the author of over 350 scientific papers in leading medical journals and was the 8th most cited scientist in the world published in the fields of psychiatry and psychology since 1996. She has also authored over 130 reviews and chapters in major psychiatric textbooks. Dr. McElroy is the editor of 4 scientific books and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
As Chief Research Officer she currently oversees multiple ongoing studies in mood, anxiety, eating and impulse control disorders, genetics and psychopharmacology. Her major research interests include the phenomenology, epidemiology, biology and treatment of eating disorders, bipolar disorder, kleptomania, intermittent explosive disorder and pathological gambling as well as the relationship among eating disorders, major mood disorders and obesity. She has received funding for her research from the National Institute of Mental Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Stanley Foundation, and industry.
Dr. McElroy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being recognized among the Best Mental Health Experts by Good Housekeeping Magazine; Best Doctors in America, a directory of the top one percent of physicians in the United States as rated by their peers; Top Doctors in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine; Best Doctors in Dayton by the Dayton Business Courier; and, as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists, by the Consumer Research Council. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Phillip L. Isenberg Teaching Award for dedication and excellence in the education of residents, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School; the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching of residents, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and a co-recipient of the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award of the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association.