Lawrence (Larry) Maayan did his undergraduate studies at Columbia College where he received an award for outstanding contribution to student life for his work on Nightline- the student run peer counseling phone hotline. He did his medical school training at The University of Pittsburgh where he helped found the Association for Medical Students interested in Psychiatry and his psychiatry residency training at NYU/ Bellevue where, as a Chief Resident he helped coordinate the psychiatry resident response in the aftermath of 9/11. He was a fellow at the Yale Child Study Center where he received the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry pilot research award studying aggression in inpatient youth and afterwards was an attending on the Child Psychiatry Inpatient Service at Yale /New Haven Hospital. He then started a private practice and worked for close to a decade supporting clinical research in ADHD, eating behavior and psychosis first as Medical Director of the Children’s Day Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where he was on the faculty council of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and then as the Director of Outpatient Research at the the Nathan Kline Institute where he served on the IRB, mentored aspiring mental health professionals from high School through fellowship and designed a research rotation for the NYU Child Psychiatry Fellows. He has won the New Investigator Award from the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit of NIMH as well as the Child Intervention Prevention and Services Research Institute Award from the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
He has also worked as an attending at the Bronx VA Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and most recently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he helped re-design the psychopharmacology curriculum and teach and supervise medical students, residents and fellows. He is a member of American Association for Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, The Obesity Society, the Society for Neuroscience. The Schizophrenia International Research Society and the Society for Biological Psychiatry and has presented on eating behavior, brain function and serious mental illness both nationally and internationally.