Steven A. Kushner completed his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania, completing an honors thesis with Prof. dr. Hank F. Kung (1997). He studied medicine and neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health - Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (2005). At the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, he received clinical training as a psychiatrist including board certification. In 2009, he was appointed as the Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry at the Erasmus MC.
The underlying neurobiology of psychiatric disorders remains largely enigmatic, owing to a combination of the complexity of the central nervous system as well as technical limitations in studying the brain. However, emerging scientific advances in neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and cell biology have created unique opportunities for understanding normal brain function and the psychopathological consequences of its dysfunction. Our approach has been to establish a research program where clinicians and clinical researchers are working side-by-side with neuroscientists, geneticists, and epidemiologists to study neuropsychiatric illnesses and neurobiological circuit mechanisms from their cellular and genetic basis to social and cognitive function.