"The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching was established in 1988 to recognize teaching excellence and commitment to medical student teaching in the basic sciences. One or more Dean’s Awards are given annually, the recipients being selected on the advice of a committee comprised of faculty and students. This year there are two recipients.
Daniel Wolf grew up in Los Angeles, completed undergraduate work at Harvard College, his MD and PhD training at Yale University, a psychiatry residency at MGH-McLean, and a neuropsychiatry fellowship at Penn. He is an associate professor in the neurodevelopment and psychosis section of the PSOM psychiatry department, where he is devoted to a wide range of teaching and mentoring roles. As an outpatient attending psychiatrist, he teaches residents and medical students how to provide longitudinal care to individuals with psychotic disorders. As head of the Laboratory for Motivation in Psychiatry and associate director of the Psychosis T32 Training Program, he provides research supervision and career development mentorship to trainees studying the pathophysiology of psychosis and of motivation impairment. He lectures on the neurobiology of psychosis in the Brain and Behavior course for medical students, as well as in didactic courses for psychiatry residents, psychology graduate students, and nursing students. As director of the Clinical Neurosciences Training Program (CNST), he organizes seminars and mentoring programs for medical and graduate students interested in translating between basic neuroscience research and clinical care. In 2020 he chaired a psychiatry department task force that reviewed and recommended changes across the spectrum of undergraduate medical education efforts in the department. A medical student wrote: “Dr. Wolf has been instrumental toward mine and countless other medical students’ professional development and engagement with the neurosciences. Dr. Wolf inspires me on a near-daily basis with his genuine enthusiasm for the neurosciences and his unwavering commitment to teaching. His clear, engaging lectures on the neurobiology underlying psychosis turned a particularly challenging topic into one of the highlights of the medical school didactic material. Dr. Wolf’s multifold service to students at the Perelman School of Medicine is second to none."
A well-deserved honor! Congrats Dan!