Dr. Ostacher is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he is the Associate Director of the Bipolar and Depression Research Program. After graduating with Honors in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Dr. Ostacher received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He trained in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Hospital.. He has a Masters in Public Health in Health Care Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health, and received a Masters in Medical Sciences as part of the Scholars in Clinic Science Program at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ostacher's major research interest is bipolar disorder and comorbid substance abuse, and received a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) to study substance abuse and mood while the Associate Medical Director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ostacher won National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Awards in 2005 and 2009 to study cognition in patients with bipolar disorder and substance abuse, and received a New Investigator Award in 2004 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and is faculty for the University of Pittsburgh/NIMH Bipolar Career Development Institute. He was the principal investigator at MGH for BALANCE, a multinational study of maintenance treatments for bipolar disorder at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and was the Site PI for the NIMH Bipolar Trials Network at MGH. He is an Associate Editor of Evidence-Based Mental Health and is on the editorial boards of Bipolar Disorders and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.