Axelson_David_724x840Professor-Clinical, Psychiatry
Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital 

College of Medicine
Wexner Medical Center

Office Location
1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

General Research

Dr. Axelson’s research has focused on the phenomenology and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. His treatment research encompasses both psychosocial and psychopharmacological approaches. Dr. Axelson’s phenomenological work has focused on the longitudinal course of pediatric bipolar disorder and the role of subthreshold symptoms of mania in the developmental progression of bipolar disorder.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Child and adolescent mood disorders
  • Irritability in youth

Current Research Projects

  • Consultant to the Pittsburgh Bipolar Offspring Study

Selected Publications

Axelson D, Goldstein B, Goldstein T, et al. Diagnostic Precursors to Bipolar Disorder in Offspring of Parents With Bipolar Disorder: A Longitudinal Study. The American Journal Of Psychiatry 2015;172(7):638-46.

Axelson D, Findling RL, Fristad MA, et al. Examining the proposed disruptive mood dysregulation disorder diagnosis in children in the Longitudinal Assessment of Manic Symptoms study. The Journal Of Clinical Psychiatry 2012;73(10):1342-50.

Axelson DA, Birmaher B, Strober MA, et al. Course of subthreshold bipolar disorder in youth: diagnostic progression from bipolar disorder not otherwise specified. Journal Of The American Academy Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry 2011;50(10):1001-16.e3

PubMed articles


MD: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: Internship and Residency in Combined General and Child Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, WPIC 
Fellowship: NIMH Clinical Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, National Institutes of Health


Editorial Activities

  • 2000–2003, 2009–present, Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2000–present, Reviewer, Bipolar Disorders
  • 2002–present, Reviewer, Biological Psychiatry
  • 2002–present, Reviewer, American Journal of Psychiatry
  • 2005, Reviewer, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorder Practice Parameters
  • 2003–2009, Editorial Board, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2005, Reviewer, NIH Center for Scientific Review Study Section CSR ZRG1-F12B (7/8-7/9/05)
  • 2006, Reviewer, Journal of Family Psychology
  • 2007, Reviewer, Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) for NIMH Centers for Pediatric Mental Health ZMH1-ERB-A (05) (6/21/07)
  • 2007–present, Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
  • 2008, Reviewer, Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) for NIMH Centers for Pediatric Mental Health ZMH1-SRC (99) (7/10/08)
  • 2008–present, Reviewer, Archives of General Psychiatry / JAMA Psychiatry
  • 2007–present, Reviewer, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
  • 2011, Ad hoc Reviewer, Ontario Mental Health Foundation
  • 2013–present, Reviewer, Pediatric Neurology
  • 2014–present, Reviewer, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Professional Memberships

  • 1993 – present, American Psychiatric Association
  • 1994 – present, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 1997 – present, American Medical Association

Clinical profile