Cathy L. Budman, MD

Investigator, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Director, National Tourette Center of Excellence, North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health

Director, Movement Disorders Program, Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital

Professor of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Phone: (516) 562-3223

About the Investigator

Dr. Budman is an internationally recognized specialist in Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders, a professor of Psychiatry at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, director of the newly designated National Tourette Center of Excellence at Northwell Health and director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry at Northwell Health.

Dr. Budman is also a founding member of the New York State Centers of Excellence Consortium for Tourette syndrome, a member of the TS International Consortium for Genetics, a member of the Tourette Syndrome Study Group (TSSG), a member of the Tourette Association of America Clinical Trials Consortium, and a member of the International Tic Consortium. She was selected and served as a member of the Tourette Association of America’s Medical Advisory Board for 15 years and remains a member of the Medical Advisory Board for LI Tourette Association and Long Island Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Dr. Budman is a founding member of the Northwell Health multidisciplinary team that evaluates patients for potential Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Budman’s clinical activities include evaluation and treatment of children, adults, and families affected by Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders. She teaches and supervises staff, lectures internationally and nationwide on Tourette syndrome and its associated disorders to health care professionals, educators, families, and members of the community, and conducts Phases II-IV clinical trials for both children and adults with Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders. She has been a leader in the investigation of explosive outbursts in Tourette syndrome and a longstanding site investigator for several National Institute of Health-funded genetic studies of Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders.

Research Focus
Dr. Budman is part of the Northwell Health multidisciplinary team that evaluates patients for potential Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. She has published widely on Tourette Syndrome and related conditions, and has made professional presentations worldwide.

Dr. Budman is actively involved in clinical research treatment studies in the field of TS. Her particular areas of clinical research have focused on explosive outbursts in children and adults with TS and associated psychiatric disorders. She has also been a longstanding co-investigator on several National Institute of Health-funded grants studying the genetics of Tourette Syndrome. Currently, Dr. Budman follows more than 300 adults and children with TS and associated disorders and is in the unique position of being able to fully and accurately characterize the different phenotypes, as well as to recruit and track participants over time.

Brown University, Providence, RI
Degree: Sc. B cum Laude
Field of Study: Biology

State University of NY School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
Degree: MD
Field of Study: Medicine

Awards & Honors
2000 Florida Chapter TSA, Award for Clinical Excellence
2001 Fellow, Nassau Academy of Medicine
2001 Best Physicians in NY Metropolitan Area, Castle Connelly
2001 Top Doctors in NY Metropolitan Area, Castle Connelly
2003 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
2004 Fellow, New York Medical Society
2004 Consumers’ Research Council of America – Guide to America’s Top Doctors
2005 Best Doctors in America
2007-2008 Best Doctors in America
2010 America’s Top Psychiatrists
2011 Nominated Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report
2013-present Selected to participate in BRANY Preferred Investigator Network Program
2013-present TS/OCD Working Group Member, Psychiatric Genomics Consortium
2014-present Founding Member, New York State Consortium for Tourette Syndrome
2015 Opencare Patients’ Choice Award Winner

  1. Davis LK, Yu D, Keenan CL, Gamazon ER, Konkashbaev AI, et al. “Partitioning the Heritability of Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Reveals Differences in Genetic Architecture.” PLoS Genet, 2013; 9(10): e1003864. doi:1371/journal.pgen.1003864
  2. Scharf, J.M., Yu, D., Mathews, C.A., Neale, B.M., et al. “Genome-wide association study of Tourette’s syndrome.” Mol Psychiatry, 2013; 18(6): 721–728.
  3. Chen K, Budman C, Herrera L.D, Witkin J.E, Weiss N, Lowe T.L., Freimer B., Reus, V.I., Matthews C.A. “Prevalence and Clinical correlates of Explosive Outbursts in Tourette Syndrome.” Psychiatric Research Journal. 2013: 205(3):269-75.
  4. Conelea C, Busch D, Catanzaro M, Budman C. “Tic Related Activity as a Predictor of Emotional Functioning and Quality of Life.” Comp Psychiatry 2014: 55(1): 123-129.
  5. Gilbert D, Budman, C, Singer H, Kurlan R, Chipkin R. “A D1 Receptor Antagonist, Ecopipam, for Treatment of Tics in Tourette Syndrome.” Clinical Neuropharm 2014; 37(1):26-30
  6. Budman C. “The Role of Atypical Neuroleptics in Treatment of Tourette Syndrome.” Drugs 2014; 74(11):1177-93.
  7. McGrath LM, Yu D, Marshall C, Davis LK, Thiruvahindrapuram B, et al. “Copy Number Variation in Obsessive-compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome: A Cross-Disorder Study.” J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2014; 53(8):910-9.
  8. Paschou P, Yu D, Gerber G, Evans P, Tsetsos F, et al. “Genetic Association Signal Near NTN4 in Tourette Syndrome.” Ann Neurol. 2014; 76(2):310-5.
  9. Yu D, Mathews CA, Scharf JM, Neale BM, Davis LK, et al. “Cross-disorder Genome-wide Analyses Suggest a Complex Genetic Relationship Between Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD.” Am J Psychiatry. 2015; 172(1):82-93.
  10. Hirschtritt ME, Lee PC, Pauls DL, Dion Y, Grados MA, et al. “Lifetime Prevalence, Age of Risk, and Genetic Relationships of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Tourette Syndrome.” JAMA Psychiatry. 2015; 72(4):325-33.

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