Steven A. Rasmussen, MD

Steven Rasmussen
Department Chair


Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Rasmussen was a member of the second graduating class of the Medical Education Program at Brown and received his MMS and MD from Brown in 1977. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale in 1983. Following a two year obligation with the National Health Services Corps in North Kingdom, Vermont, Dr. Rasmussen joined the Brown faculty and Butler Hospital in 1983. 

Dr. Rasmussen is an internationally recognized expert in the course and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). More recently his primary research interest has been in neurosurgical approaches to intractable OCD and depression and the neurocircuitry of OCD. He is currently funded by four R0-1s from the NIMH, including studies of the longitudinal course of OCD, neurosurgical approaches to treatment, understanding the neurocircuitry underlying DBS effects in OCD, and a genome-wide association study of OCD.  He is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has given many invited presentations on the subject of OCD around the world. He has been a leader in developing bridges between campus-based neuroscience faculty and hospital-based brain science faculty at Brown.