Dr. James J. Levitt

Brockton VA Medical Center, USA

Associate Professor



1979 M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine

1975 B.A., Harvard College


  1. Hirayasu Y, Potts GF, O'Donnell BF, Kwon JS, Arakaki H, Akdag SJ, Levitt JJ, Shenton ME, McCarley RW: Auditory mismatch negativity in schizophrenia: topographic evaluation with a high density recording montage. Am J Psychiatry 1998; 155: 1281-1284.
  2. Goff DC, Tsai G, Levitt JJ, Amico E, Manoach D, Schoenfeld DA, Hayden DL, McCarley RW, Coyle JT: A placebo-controlled trial of D-cycloserine added to conventional neuroleptics in patients with schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psych 1999; 56: 21-27.
  3. McCarley RW, Wible CG, Frumin M, Hirayasu Y, Levitt JJ, Fischer IA, Shenton ME: MRI Anatomy of Schizophrenia. Biol Pyschiatry 1999; 45: 1099-1119.
  4. Levitt JJ, McCarley RW, Nestor PG, Petrescu C, Donnino R, Hirayasu Y, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, Shenton ME: Quantitative volumetric MRI study of the cerebellum and vermis in schizophrenia: clinical and cognitive correlates. Am J Psychiatry 1999; 156: 1105-1107.
  5. Niznikiewicz M, Donnino R, McCarley RW, Nestor PG, Iosifescu DV, O’Donnell BF, Levitt JJ, Shenton ME: Abnormal Angular Gyrus Asymmetry in Schizophrenia. American J Psychiatry 2000; 157: 428-437.
  6. Budimirovic D, Levitt J, Garshick E: A case of treatment-resistant schizoaffective disorder bipolar type and sleep disordered breathing. Engrami 2000; 22: 127-152.
  7. Hirayasu Y, Tanaka S, Shenton ME, Salisbury DF, DeSantis MA, Levitt JJ, Wible CG, Yurgelun-Todd D, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW: Prefrontal gray matter volume reduction in first episode schizophrenia.Cerebral Cortex 2001; 11: 374-381.
  8. Wible CG, Anderson J, Shenton ME, Kricun A, Hirayasu Y, Tanaka S, Levitt JJ, O’Donnell BF, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW: Prefrontal cortex, negative symptoms, and schizophrenia: An MRI study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 2001; 108(2): 65-78.
  9. Levitt JJ, McCarley RW, Dickey CC, Voglmaier MM, Niznikiewicz MA, Seidman LJ, Hirayasu Y, Ciszewski AA, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, Shenton ME: MRI study of caudate nucleus volume and its cognitive correlates in neuroleptic-naive patients with schizotypal personality disorder. Am J Psychiatry 2002; 159: 1190-1197.
  10. Levitt JJ, Westin C-F, Nestor PG, Raul S.J. Estepar RSJ, Dickey CC, Voglmaier MM, Seidman LJ, Kiknis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW, Shenton, ME: The Shape of the Caudate Nucleus and its Cognitive Correlates in Neuroleptic-Naïve Schizotypal Personality Disorder. Biol Pyschiatry 2004; 55: 117-184.
  11. Wiegand LC, Warfield SK, Levitt JJ, Hirayasu Y, Salisbury DF, Dickey CC, Heckers S, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW, Shenton ME: Prefrontal cortical thickness in first episode psychosis: A magnetic resonance imaging study. Biol Psychiatry 2004; 55: 131-140.
  12. Park HJ, Levitt JJ, Shenton ME, Salisbury DF, Kubicki M, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW: An MRI study of spatial probability brain map differences between first-episode schizophrenia and normal controls. Neuroimage 2004; 22: 1231-46. [Featured on the Cover of NeuroImage.]
  13. Osser DN, Patterson RD, Levitt JJ: Guidelines, algorithms, and evidence-based psychopharmacology training for psychiatric residents. Academic Psychiatry 2004; 29: 180-186.
  14. Wiegand LC, Warfield SK, Levitt JJ, Hirayasu Y, Salisbury DF, Heckers S, Bouix S, Schwartz D, Spencer M, Dickey CC, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW, Shenton ME: An in vivo MRI study of prefrontal cortical complexity in first-episode psychosis. Am J Psychiatry 2005; 162: 65-70.
  15. Nierenberg J, Salisbury DF, Levitt JJ, David EA, Robert W. McCarley RW, Shenton ME: Reversed angular gyrus asymmetry in first-episode schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry 2005; 162: 1539-1541.
  16. Kubicki M, Park H, Westin CF, Mulkern RV, Maier SE, Niznikiewicz M, Connor EE, Levitt JJ, Frumin M, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, McCarley RW, Shenton ME: DTI and MTR Abnormalities in Schizophrenia: Analysis of White Matter Integrity. Neuroimage 2005; 26: 1109-1118.
  17. Kuroki N, Kubicki M, Nestor PG, Salisbury DF, Park HJ, Levitt JJ, Woolston S, Frumin M, Niznikiewicz M, Westin CF, Maier SE, McCarley RW, Shenton ME: Fornix integrity and hippocampal volume in male schizophrenic patients. Biol Psychiatry 2006; 60: 22-31.
  18. Haider H, Bouix S, Levitt JJ, Du Plessis A, McCarley RW, Shenton ME, Soul JS: Characterizing the shape of anatomical structures with Poisson’s equation. IEEE Trans on Med Imaging 2006; 25(10): 1249-1257.
  19. Koo MS, Levitt JJ, McCarley RW, Seidman LJ, Dickey CC, Niznikiewicz MA, Voglmaier MM, Zamani P, Long KL, Kim SS, Shenton ME: Reduction of caudate volume in neuroleptic-naive female subjects with schizotypal personality disorder. Biol Psychiatry 2006; 60: 40-48.
  20. Koo M-S, Dickey CC, Park H-J, Kubicki M, Ji NY, Bouix S, Pohl KM, Levitt JJ, Nakamura M, Shenton ME, McCarley RW: Smaller neocortical gray matter and larger sulcal CSF volumes in neuroleptic-naïve females with schizotypal personality disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2006; 63: 1090-1100.
  21. Levitt JJ, Chen QC, May FS, Gilbertson MW, Shenton ME, Pitman RK: Volume of cerebellar vermis in monozygotic twins discordant for combat exposure: Lack of relationship to post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 2006; 148: 143-149.
  22. Nakamura M, Nestor PG, McCarley RW, Levitt JJ, Hsu L, Kawashima T, Niznikiewicz M, Shenton ME: Altered Orbitofrontal Sulco-Gyral Pattern in Schizophrenia. Brain 2007; 130: 693-707.
  23. Nakamura, M, Nestor, PG, Levitt JJ, Cohen AS, Kawashima T, Shenton ME, McCarley RW: Orbitofrontal volume deficit in schizophrenia and thought disorder: Brain 2008; 131: 180-195.
  24. Koo M-S, Levitt JJ, Salisbury DF, Nakamura M, Shenton ME, McCarley RW: A cross-sectional and longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging study of cingulate gyrus gray mater volume abnormalities in first-episode schizophrenia and first-episode affective psychosis. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2008; 65: 746-760.
  25. Oh JS, Kubicki M, Rosenberger G, Bouix S, Levitt J, McCarley RW, Westin C-F, Shenton ME: Thalamofrontal white matter alterations in chronic schizophrenia: A quantitative diffusion tractography study. Human Brain Mapping (2009); 30: 3812–3825.

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