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Joan Busner, Ph.D.

Clinical Vice President

Dr. Busner has over 35 years of experience as an academic clinical psychiatric researcher. She has served as the Principal Investigator for 49 industry-sponsored psychiatric clinical trials and Sub-Investigator for 35 additional clinical trials. She has served continuously on University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for the 20 years that preceded her move to Signant Health. Dr. Busner is an active contributor to the psychopharmacology literature and has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles and national or international scientific presentations. Prior to Signant, Dr. Busner directed the psychiatric clinical trials units of two major medical schools. Dr. Busner has held medical school faculty appointments since 1985 and is currently Affiliate Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves as Signant’s Expert Presenter and Scientific Lead for US and multinational studies of pediatrics, rare and orphan diseases, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and all child and adolescent psychiatric indications. She has trained thousands of psychiatric clinical trial investigators across the globe and lectures frequently on the application of objective rating scales in the assessment of diagnosis and efficacy in psychopharmacology, ethics in psychiatric research, the placebo effect in psychiatric research and techniques for its minimization, the role of IRBs and clinical trial methodology. Dr. Busner received her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology and her MA in General Psychology from Adelphi University. She is licensed to practice psychology in Pennsylvania, Missouri and New York.