Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology
Sc.D., 1992, Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Santangelo is a genetic epidemiologist, educated at Wellesley College, Yale University and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her graduate training was supervised by Drs. Ming Tsuang, David Pauls, and Neil Risch.
Since March, 2002 she has been a member of the faculty at HMS, and the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she directs the PNGU Statistical Genetics Lab.
She has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH since 1994, and served as Co-Director of the Training Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at HSPH from 2002 – 2007.
Her work involves determining the genetic architecture underlying various psychiatric disorders and other disorders with complex inheritance. She has studied Tourette’s syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, smoking and nicotine addiction, age-related macular degeneration, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Her current research efforts focus on autism, schizophrenia, and endophenotypes associated with schizophrenia.