University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Neurological Sciences

Bio for Deborah Black, M.D., FRCP(C)

Deborah Black, M.D., FRCP(C)

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Neurology

Contact Information
Office Location:
University of Vermont, College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given C 225, Burlington, Vermont 05405


1987:  MSc, Neurogenetics, McGill University Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Thesis: Familial Leukoencephalopathy in Chisasibi, Nouveau Québec: Clinical, Epidemiological, and Genetic Aspects
1980-1983:  Residency in Neurology, Montreal Neurological Institute
1979-1980:  Internship in Internal Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montréal.  Elective in Neuro Ophthalmology, Montreal Neurological Institute
1979:  MDCM, McGill University. Electives in Neurology at National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London and University of Dundee
1974-1976:  Université de Montréal.  Research under Drs André Barbeau and Nico van Gelder:  The role of taurine and intracellular calcium in experimental epilepsy
1973:  BA, Vassar College.  Research on effect of taurine on cobalt induced epileptic seizures in rats
1983:  Fellowship qualification in Neurology, Royal College of Physicians (Canada)

Awards and Honors

1997:  Nominated for the Prix Reconnaissance by the Association of Residents in Psychiatry Université de Montréal for your pedagogical talent: the uniqueness of your approach, your intellectual rigor, your capacity to transmit your knowledge.
1987:  Dean's List, McGill University for MSc Thesis
1976:  University Scholar, Faculty of Medicine
1973:  BA with General and Departmental Honors


Poulin S, Black DN. Neurobiology and functional neuroimaging of depersonalization, conversion, and dissociative identity disorder. Psychiatric Times. 2006;(in press)

Lefson M, Black DN. Cree encephalopathies Part 2: The hunt for the gene, a fascinating cross-cultural collaboration. Parkhurst Exchange. 2005;13:23

Black DN, Althoff RR, Daye K, Pelletier CA. Lethal obesity associated with sodium valproate in a brain-injured patient. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. 2005;18:98-101

Black DN. Cree encephalopathies Part I: Clusters of childhood deaths run in families. Parkhurst Exchange. 2005;13:25

Stip E, Bigras M-J, Mancini-Marië A et al. Long-term effect of prefrontal lobotomy on verbal fluency in patients with schizophrenia. Brain and Cognition. 2004;55:466-469

To see more of Dr. Black's publications, please visit PubMed.