Joseph S. Goveas, MD

Joseph Goveas, MDAssociate Professor

Training Director, MCW Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Dr. Goveas completed his medical training at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago, and the geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) ACGME-accredited Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program.

Clinical interests

  • Evaluation and management of memory disorders, including mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Behavioral disturbances secondary to dementia
  • Delirium
  • Late-Life Depression
  • Late-life Anxiety disorders
  • Complications of grief and bereavement
  • Late-life psychotic disorders
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders at long-term care facilities
  • Geriatric psychopharmacology
  • Psychiatric disorders in frail older adults with complex and multiple medical illnesses
  • Second-opinion geriatric psychiatry consultations

Dr. Goveas sees patients at the Senior Health Memory and Mood Disorders Clinics (Geriatric Psychiatry) at the Froedtert Health and The Medical College of Wisconsin North Hills Health Center (262) 253-5400 or (414) 805-3666 (central scheduling).


Dr. Goveas’ research focuses on understanding the complex relationship between late-life depression and cognitive impairment, and has received funding from the 2008 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator, the Extendicare Foundation and from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to MCW. He is also the recipient of a New Investigator award from the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant program to utilize multimodal imaging to study brain networks in depressed adults at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Goveas also served as a co-investigator for the NIH-funded Women’s Health Initiative Memory MRI-2 study at the Milwaukee Field Center.

He is an invited reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, has received several awards including the Golden Apple teaching award from psychiatry residents, junior faculty award from Academic Psychiatry, has been selected every year since 2009 as Best Doctors in America and is elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He was a participant of the NIMH-supported summer research institute in geriatric psychiatry, and was a MCW NIH-funded K30 program clinical scholar, was selected as one of the 16 promising junior investigators in Alzheimer’s disease by the 2012-2013 Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, is the recipient of the 2011 Investigator of the year award by the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, and is a current scholar of the NIMH/Weill Cornell Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health. He has several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and has given local, national and international presentations related to geriatric depression, and preclinical and clinical Alzheimer’s disease and associated behavioral disturbances.

Current Projects

Multimodal Brain Imaging Research in Late-Life Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease
In collaboration with the MCW Center for Imaging Research physicists, Dr. Goveas’ current research focuses on utilizing clinical and multimodal brain imaging to enhance the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms that link depression with Alzheimer’s disease.

View information about the Goveas Laboratory

If you are interested in becoming a participant in one of Dr. Goveas’ studies, please contact the study coordinator, Stacy Claesges, at (414) 955-8970 or via email at

Retinal Imaging Research
In collaboration with the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at the Froedtert/MCW Eye Institute we are using novel eye imaging techniques to study changes in the retina. The ultimate goal is to develop an early diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease. We are enrolling volunteers with mild Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, as well as older healthy volunteers. For more information, please contact Stacy Claesges, at (414) 955-8970 or via email at

For a complete CV and publications, please see Joseph S. Goveas MD from the Faculty Collaborative Database