Thomas Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Fernandez Lab | Tic Disorder & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program

Psychiatry: Fernandez Lab | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic

Center for Biomedical Data Science

Yale Medicine


Dr. Fernandez is a child psychiatrist and psychiatric geneticist who has an active clinical practice and research laboratory. Tom is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale School of Medicine, with additional research training at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed residency training in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry in the Solnit Integrated Residency Program at Yale. As a faculty member in Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry, Tom's research efforts include the following investigations into developmental neuropsychiatric disorders: (1) discovering genetic mutations in Tourette syndrome, motor stereotypies, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and anxiety disorders using next generation DNA sequencing (whole genome and exome), and using these discoveries to identify treatment targets; (2) discovering epigenetic marker variation in these disorders; and (3) clinical trials of new behavioral and medication treatments. Tom has received research funding from the NIMH (K08, R01), Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), Simons Foundation, and Allison Family Foundation. Additionally, Tom works clinically as an attending in the Tourette/OCD/ADHD Clinic at Yale Child Study Center.

Education & Training

MD Yale University School of Medicine (2005)
BA Princeton University, Psychology (1997)
Fellowship Yale Child Study Center
Residency Yale-New Haven Hospital
Residency Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (2011)

Honors & Recognition

  • Allison Family Foundation Psychiatric Research ScholarYale Department of Psychiatry and Child Study Center (2012)

  • Campaign for America’s Kids/ AACAP Annual Meeting Junior Scholar AwardAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2011)

  • Travel AwardAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2011)

  • National Research Service Award (NRSA) T32 Research Training GrantNational Institute of Mental Health (2010)

  • Seymour L. Lustman Award for Psychiatric ResearchYale University Department of Psychiatry (2010)

  • Pilot Research Award for Junior Faculty and Child Psychiatry Fellows (“Genetic Investigation of Childhood Movement Disorders”) American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008)

  • NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program (2007, 2017)

Professional Service

  • NIH Center for Scientific Review (2018 - Present) Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section (BGES) Member

  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2018 - Present) Program Committee

  • Yale University School of Medicine Dean's Faculty Advisory Council (2018 - Present) Member

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2017 - Present) Program Committee

  • NIH Center for Scientific Review (2017 - 2018) Early Career Reviewer Program

  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2016 - Present) Associate Member

  • International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2016 - Present) Member

  • Yale University School of Medicine Admissions Committee (2016 - Present) Committee Member

  • American Society of Human Genetics (2015 - Present) Member

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008 - Present) Member

  • Multiple Peer Review Journals (2008 - Present) Ad hoc reviewer for: Am J Hum Genet, Am J Med Genet, Autism Res Treat, Biol Psychiatry, Child Dev, Eur J Hum Genet, J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, J Autism Dev Disord, J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol, J Med Genet, Mental Illness, Mov Disord, Nat Rev Neurol, PLoS One, Psychiatr Genet, Cerebral Cortex, Neuron

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Thomas Fernandez, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Child Study CenterNieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
PO Box 207900
New Haven, CT 06520-7900

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