Thomas V Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center

Psychiatry: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group


Thomas Fernandez, MD, was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry in July 2013. Tom is a child psychiatrist, psychiatric geneticist and a graduate of the Solnit Integrated Residency Program in 2011. Tom's research efforts include the following investigations into developmental neuropsychiatric disorders: (1) discovering genetic mutations in Tourette syndrome, motor stereotypies, and obsessive-compulsive disorder using next generation DNA sequencing (whole genome and exome), and using these discoveries to identify treatment targets; (2) discovering epigenetic markers; and (3) clinical trials of new medications. Tom is the recent recipient of a NIMH K08 Career Development Award to study Tourette syndrome and a Simons Foundation grant to study motor stereotypies. Tom’s research program has been one of those benefited by the generous gift from The Allison Family Foundation to support the Psychiatry Research Scholars Program in Child Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. Tom also works clinically as a child psychiatrist in ongoing clinical trials for children with Tourette syndrome and as an attending in the Tourette/OCD Clinic.

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)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2012)

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 Grant National 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)

Professional Service

  • Program Committee American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008)

  • 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 (2008)

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Contact Info

Thomas V 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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