Bennett Leventhal, MD


Dr. Bennett Leventhal is a psychiatrist who specializes in autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior disorders. As an advocate for children's mental health, he is devoted to enhancing the lives of children and families not only through patient care but also through working to influence policy and practice.

Leventhal has directed a number of initiatives to advance cutting-edge translational research – translating study findings into treatments and prevention – on psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. His research focuses on disruptions in brain development that interfere with social functioning, including the molecular genetics of autism and the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders. His endeavors include developing research programs in integrated pediatric mental health services, pediatric psychopharmacology, bullying and epidemiology.

Leventhal earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as the American Psychiatric Association, a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Psychiatrists, South Florida Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Florida Psychiatric Society, Society for Research in Child Development and Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

STAR Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-3500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

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Louisiana State University School of Medicine, MD 1974


Duke Health, 1978


Duke Health, 1977

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Hirota T, So R, Kim YS, Leventhal B, Epstein RA. A systematic review of screening tools in non-young children and adults for autism spectrum disorder. Res Dev Disabil. 2018 Jun 04; 80:1-12.
  2. Hwang S, Kim YS, Koh YJ, Leventhal BL. Autism Spectrum Disorder and School Bullying: Who is the Victim? Who is the Perpetrator? J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Jan; 48(1):225-238.
  3. Alexander LM, Escalera J, Ai L, Andreotti C, Febre K, Mangone A, Vega-Potler N, Langer N, Alexander A, Kovacs M, Litke S, O'Hagan B, Andersen J, Bronstein B, Bui A, Bushey M, Butler H, Castagna V, Camacho N, Chan E, Citera D, Clucas J, Cohen S, Dufek S, Eaves M, Fradera B, Gardner J, Grant-Villegas N, Green G, Gregory C, Hart E, Harris S, Horton M, Kahn D, Kabotyanski K, Karmel B, Kelly SP, Kleinman K, Koo B, Kramer E, Lennon E, Lord C, Mantello G, Margolis A, Merikangas KR, Milham J, Minniti G, Neuhaus R, Levine A, Osman Y, Parra LC, Pugh KR, Racanello A, Restrepo A, Saltzman T, Septimus B, Tobe R, Waltz R, Williams A, Yeo A, Castellanos FX, Klein A, Paus T, Leventhal BL, Craddock RC, Koplewicz HS, Milham MP. An open resource for transdiagnostic research in pediatric mental health and learning disorders. Sci Data. 2017 12 19; 4:170181.
  4. Kim B, Lee J, Kim EY, Hyun Kim S, Ha K, Shin Kim Y, Leventhal BL, Min Ahn Y. Sex difference in risk period for completed suicide following prior attempts: Korea National Suicide Survey (KNSS). J Affect Disord. 2018 02; 227:861-868.
  5. Ness SL, Manyakov NV, Bangerter A, Lewin D, Jagannatha S, Boice M, Skalkin A, Dawson G, Janvier YM, Goodwin MS, Hendren R, Leventhal B, Shic F, Cioccia W, Pandina G. JAKE® Multimodal Data Capture System: Insights from an Observational Study of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11:517.
  6. Bangerter A, Ness S, Aman MG, Esbensen AJ, Goodwin MS, Dawson G, Hendren R, Leventhal B, Khan A, Opler M, Harris A, Pandina G. Autism Behavior Inventory: A Novel Tool for Assessing Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2017 Nov; 27(9):814-822.
  7. Koposov R, Fossum S, Frodl T, Nytrø Ø, Leventhal B, Sourander A, Quaglini S, Molteni M, de la Iglesia Vayá M, Prokosch HU, Barbarini N, Milham MP, Castellanos FX, Skokauskas N. Clinical decision support systems in child and adolescent psychiatry: a systematic review. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 Nov; 26(11):1309-1317.
  8. Hwang S, Kim YS, Koh YJ, Bishop S, Leventhal BL. Discrepancy in perception of bullying experiences and later internalizing and externalizing behavior: A prospective study. Aggress Behav. 2017 Sep; 43(5):493-502.
  9. Di Martino A, O'Connor D, Chen B, Alaerts K, Anderson JS, Assaf M, Balsters JH, Baxter L, Beggiato A, Bernaerts S, Blanken LM, Bookheimer SY, Braden BB, Byrge L, Castellanos FX, Dapretto M, Delorme R, Fair DA, Fishman I, Fitzgerald J, Gallagher L, Keehn RJ, Kennedy DP, Lainhart JE, Luna B, Mostofsky SH, Müller RA, Nebel MB, Nigg JT, O'Hearn K, Solomon M, Toro R, Vaidya CJ, Wenderoth N, White T, Craddock RC, Lord C, Leventhal B, Milham MP. Enhancing studies of the connectome in autism using the autism brain imaging data exchange II. Sci Data. 2017 03 14; 4:170010.
  10. Song J, Leventhal BL, Koh YJ, Cheon KA, Hong HJ, Kim YK, Cho K, Lim EC, Park JI, Kim YS. Cross-Cultural Aspect of Behavior Assessment System for Children-2, Parent Rating Scale-Child: Standardization in Korean Children. Yonsei Med J. 2017 Mar; 58(2):439-448.
  11. McDonald AR, Muraskin J, Dam NTV, Froehlich C, Puccio B, Pellman J, Bauer CCC, Akeyson A, Breland MM, Calhoun VD, Carter S, Chang TP, Gessner C, Gianonne A, Giavasis S, Glass J, Homann S, King M, Kramer M, Landis D, Lieval A, Lisinski J, Mackay-Brandt A, Miller B, Panek L, Reed H, Santiago C, Schoell E, Sinnig R, Sital M, Taverna E, Tobe R, Trautman K, Varghese B, Walden L, Wang R, Waters AB, Wood DC, Castellanos FX, Leventhal B, Colcombe SJ, LaConte S, Milham MP, Craddock RC. The real-time fMRI neurofeedback based stratification of Default Network Regulation Neuroimaging data repository. Neuroimage. 2017 Feb 01; 146:157-170.
  12. Cheon KA, Park JI, Koh YJ, Song J, Hong HJ, Kim YK, Lim EC, Kwon H, Ha M, Lim MH, Paik KC, Constantino JN, Leventhal B, Kim YS. The social responsiveness scale in relation to DSM IV and DSM5 ASD in Korean children. Autism Res. 2016 Sep; 9(9):970-80.
  13. Abdulkadir M, Tischfield JA, King RA, Fernandez TV, Brown LW, Cheon KA, Coffey BJ, de Bruijn SF, Elzerman L, Garcia-Delgar B, Gilbert DL, Grice DE, Hagstrøm J, Hedderly T, Heyman I, Hong HJ, Huyser C, Ibanez-Gomez L, Kim YK, Kim YS, Koh YJ, Kook S, Kuperman S, Lamerz A, Leventhal B, Ludolph AG, Madruga-Garrido M, Maras A, Messchendorp MD, Mir P, Morer A, Münchau A, Murphy TL, Openneer TJ, Plessen KJ, Rath JJ, Roessner V, Fründt O, Shin EY, Sival DA, Song DH, Song J, Stolte AM, Tübing J, van den Ban E, Visscher F, Wanderer S, Woods M, Zinner SH, State MW, Heiman GA, Hoekstra PJ, Dietrich A. Pre- and perinatal complications in relation to Tourette syndrome and co-occurring obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Psychiatr Res. 2016 11; 82:126-35.
  14. Van Dam NT, O'Connor D, Marcelle ET, Ho EJ, Cameron Craddock R, Tobe RH, Gabbay V, Hudziak JJ, Xavier Castellanos F, Leventhal BL, Milham MP. Data-Driven Phenotypic Categorization for Neurobiological Analyses: Beyond DSM-5 Labels. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 03 15; 81(6):484-494.
  15. Kim SH, Kim YS, Koh YJ, Lim EC, Kim SJ, Leventhal BL. Often Asked but Rarely Answered: Can Asians Meet DSM-5/ICD-10 Autism Spectrum Disorder Criteria? J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Nov; 26(9):835-842.
  16. Tobe RH, Corcoran CM, Breland M, MacKay-Brandt A, Klim C, Colcombe SJ, Leventhal BL, Javitt DC. Differential profiles in auditory social cognition deficits between adults with autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A preliminary analysis. J Psychiatr Res. 2016 08; 79:21-27.
  17. Rimmele U, Lackovic SF, Tobe RH, Leventhal BL, Phelps EA. Beta-adrenergic Blockade at Memory Encoding, but Not Retrieval, Decreases the Subjective Sense of Recollection. J Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Jun; 28(6):895-907.
  18. Koyama MS, Di Martino A, Castellanos FX, Ho EJ, Marcelle E, Leventhal B, Milham MP. Imaging the "At-Risk" Brain: Future Directions. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016 Feb; 22(2):164-79.
  19. Srabstein JC, Leventhal BL. Medical recognition of bullying and its related morbidity. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015 Oct; 2(10):858-9.
  20. Joshi PT, Leventhal BL, Fuentes J. Partnering for the World's Children: Why Collaborations Are Important. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2015 Oct; 24(4):659-77.

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