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The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

Leadership

The NKI executive team provides leadership and strategic planning for the Institute, and is responsible for the management and oversight of NKI’s diverse research portfolio.
  • Donald C. Goff, M.D.

    Director

    Donald C. Goff, MD, is the fourth Director in the 60+ year history of NKI, having assumed this position on February 13, 2012. Dr. Goff is also Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the New York University Langone Medical Center.

    Donald Goff came to NKI from Boston where he had been Director of the Schizophrenia Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a native Californian who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree at UCLA. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and his residency in Psychiatry at MGH. Following his medical residency, Dr. Goff completed a research fellowship in psychopharmacology at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

    At MGH, Dr. Goff built a translational research program consisting of 16 investigators with expertise in pharmacology, genetics, imaging, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive behavioral therapy. His group has done pioneering work in the areas of functional imaging, metabolic effects of second generation antipsychotics, and glutamatergic agents. Dr. Goff has been the principal investigator for many studies concerning the treatment and management of schizophrenia.

    Dr. Goff has published over 200 articles concerning schizophrenia and related topics. He was the recipient of the Kempf Award for Mentorship in Biological Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association; the Wayne Fenton, MD, Award for Exceptional Clinical Care; and the Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia from the American College of Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

  • Antonio Convit, M.D.

    Deputy Director

    Antonio Convit, MD, has been a member of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research since 1991 and is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Radiology at the NYU School of Medicine. Antonio is a native Venezuelan, who earned his undergraduate degree in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and his medical degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York Medical Center and has been part of the NYS OMH and NYU School of Medicine his whole career.

    Dr. Convit has had a wide array of scientific interests and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health in three separate areas. Early in his research career he concentrated on studies of psychiatric violence, particularly among forensic patients. As he became interested in more direct brain assessments, and by interacting with other researchers utilizing MRI and PET imaging tools, his research interests shifted to understanding the medical mechanisms that were associated with non-degenerative cognitive dysfunction in older age. As the logical extension of this previous work, more recently he has focused on the impact of obesity and obesity-associated metabolic dysregulation, including type 2 diabetes, on cognitive functions and brain structural integrity.

    Dr. Convit has published over 130 articles, the last 60 of which have focused on the impact of obesity and associated metabolic disease on brain health, an area where he is a nationally recognized authority. Dr. Convit’s current work seeks to better understand brain health in the context of physical health. This is in keeping with current health trends where the goal is to treat individuals more holistically, recognizing that medical health affects brain health and vice versa. Having demonstrated that obesity affects the ability of adolescents to learn and do well in school, Dr. Convit started the Banishing Obesity and Diabetes (BODY) Project, which is a public heath outreach program where adolescents in public schools, after consent from the parents, get evaluated medically and then receive an easy-to-understand summary of their medical numbers together with lifestyle advice as to how to improve those medical numbers. This program has been very successful and conducted nearly four thousand evaluations.

  • Thomas O. O'Hara, M.B.A.

    Deputy Director, Institute Administration
    Thomas O. O'Hara

    Thomas O'Hara began his tenure at the Nathan Kline Institute in 1982 as a Fiscal Administrator for the Institute's Information Sciences Division (ISD). He progressed through successively more responsible positions before being named ISD's Deputy Director in 1987. In 1999, he was appointed as NKI's Deputy Director for Institute Administration. In this capacity he is responsible for the functional areas of sponsored research administration, business office operations, human resource management and the NKI's physical plant and facilities.

    Mr. O'Hara received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and his M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He serves as Deputy Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. and is a member of the Society of Research Administrators and the National Council of University Research Administrators.

  • Michael Kohn, Ph.D.

    Head of Research Support
    Michael Kohn, Ph.D.

    Dr. Michael Kohn received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in l974 from the New York University School of Engineering. He joined the Nathan Kline Institute in 1957, as a member of the Biocybernetic laboratory. In 1970, he became head of the bioengineering laboratory and in 1982, he was appointed as Chief of the Research Support Division, a position which he holds at present. Dr. Kohn was a member of the Executive Board of the Council of Research Scientists and is a Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Research Foundation of Mental Hygiene since 1978. During his past 60 years of service, he has served on a number of different ad hoc committees of OMH representing NKI and the research community as a whole. Dr. Kohn has over 30 publications in various scientific journals and holds an academic appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University.