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David Strauss

Senior Advisor, MRCT Center

Special Lecturer, Columbia University

David Strauss

Dr. Strauss is Special Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Senior Advisor to the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center (MRCT) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard.  He received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and completed his psychiatric training at Columbia University Medical Center and the NYS Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Strauss’s interests and expertise involve the ethics and regulation of clinical research with vulnerable populations, and psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders.  At the MRCT, Dr. Strauss is a member of the leadership team of a multi-stakeholder group working to promote , equity, and inclusion in clinical research. At Columbia, Dr. Strauss co-leads the ethics unit of a federally funded center grant entitled “Optimizing and Personalizing Interventions for People with Schizophrenia Across the Lifespan.” He is a former member of SACHRP and co-chaired its Subcommittee on the Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-making in Research. He currently serves on a SACHRP subcommittee charged with developing recommendations to enhance Subpart A or the “Common Rule.” Dr. Strauss has been a member of the Ethics Advisory Council at Takeda Pharmaceuticals since 2016, and serves as faculty at Fordham University’s Research Ethics Training Institute.

Until 2018, Dr. Strauss held a series of clinical and research leadership positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and the NYS Psychiatric Institute, including Vice Chair for Research Administration, Ethics and Policy, Director of Research Operations and Compliance, and Chairman of the IRB. Dr. Strauss co-chaired Columbia University’s Standing Committee on the Conduct of Research, and was co-director of the Ethics, Public Policy, and Human Rights Core of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies.

Dr. Strauss practices psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in NYC. He teaches, lectures, and consults widely on matters of human subjects protections and applied research and professional ethics.