The content on this site has been developed with a multidisciplinary panel of Clinical Experts to explore the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder. Differentiating between major depressive episodes that are associated with bipolar disorder (bipolar depression) versus those that are a manifestation of major depressive disorder can be challenging. Appropriate screening and timely, accurate diagnosis have important therapeutic implications. Please join the Clinical Expert faculty as they discuss navigating these challenges and more.


Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA

Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Tohen, who was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, earned his medical degree from the National University of Mexico and his Doctorate in Public Health (epidemiology) from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1988. His postdoctoral training included a residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 1979 to 1982, where he also obtained a Doctorate in Psychotherapy (diploma) in psychiatric research, and a fellowship at McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in psychopharmacology from 1982 to 1985. Dr. Tohen also obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dr. Tohen’s research, supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), private foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry, has focused on the epidemiology, outcome, and treatment of bipolar disorders. He has authored close to 300 original publications and edited or coedited several books.

Dr. Tohen has received a National Service Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the NIMH and Harvard University, among others. He also received a FIRST award from NIMH, the Pope Award from McLean Hospital, and the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contribution to education, research, and overall achievement in psychiatry and leadership in Hispanic psychiatry. In 2014, Dr. Tohen was recognized in Thomson Reuter’s The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, 2014. Honorees were scientists who ranked in the top 1% by citations of their published work in 21 broad fields between 2002 and 2012. Dr. Tohen is 1 of 100 scientists worldwide recognized in the psychiatry/psychology category.