Donald W. Black, MD


Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Office: 2-126-B Medical Education Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
Office Phone: 319-353-4431



BA, Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
MD, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
MS, Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Fellowship, Psychiatric Epidemiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Residency, Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Licensure and Certifications

Psychiatry Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Research Summary

Dr. Black is a clinical and translational researcher with more than 300 publications. His work has focused on the course and treatment of severe personality disorders. This has included researching the effectiveness of the STEPPS program for borderline personality disorder. He also conducts family and follow up studies of behavioral addictions including gambling disorder.

Selected Publications

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Black D, Coryell W, Crowe R, McCormick B, Shaw M, Allen J.  A direct, controlled, blind family study of DSM-IV pathological gambling.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  2014. 75(3):215-21.

Black D, Grant J.  DSM-5 Guidebook: The Essential Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  American Psychiatric Publishing;  2014.

Black D, Andreasen N.  Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Sixth Edition.  American Psychiatric Publishing;  2014.

Black D, Stumpf A, McCormick B, Allen J, Blum N, Noyes R.  A blind re-analysis of the Iowa family study of obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Psychiatry Research.  2013 May. 

Black D.  Bad Boys, Bad Men - Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy), Revised and Updated.  Oxford University Press, New York;  2013.

Shanks C, Pfohl B, Blum N, Black D.  Can negative attitudes toward patients with borderline personality disorder be changed? The effect of attending a STEPPS workshop.  Journal of Personality Disorders.  2011 December. 25(6):806-12.

Pfohl B, Blum N, St John D, McCormick B, Allen J, Black D.  Reliability and validity of the Borderline Evaluation of Severity Over Time (BEST): a self-rated scale to measure severity and change in persons with borderline personality disorder.  J Pers Disord.  2009 June. 23(3):281-93.

Black D, Monahan P, Temkit M, Shaw M.  A family study of pathological gambling.  Psychiatry Res.  2006 March 30. 141(3):295-303.

Kronfol Z, Hamdan-Allen G, Black D.  Fever and leukocytosis: Physical manifestations of bipolar affective disorder?.  Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry.  1988. 12(6):887-91.

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