John W. Newcomer, M.D., Executive Vice Dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, has been appointed Interim Vice President for Research by Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gary Perry, Ph.D. Dr. Newcomer, who is also a Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, currently oversees the development and implementation of the College’s research and graduate programs. In that role, Dr. Newcomer provides leadership in areas that include research infrastructure development and support, faculty development, collaboration with biotechnology-industry partners, and growth of sponsored research. He works closely with the College’s affiliated research organizations, affiliated hospitals and community business partners, and has served as the liaison for the College to FAU’s Division of Research, working collaboratively to ensure oversight and productivity for sponsored projects, regulatory compliance, and technology transfer and commercialization. In his new role as Interim Vice President for Research, Dr. Newcomer will bring his leadership experience to FAU's Division of Research.
Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Newcomer was a principal investigator on research grants funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 20 years, and has held a series of research leadership positions at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Miami in Florida. Dr. Newcomer received his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1985 and completed his residency and a research fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, prior to joining the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1990. Over his 20 years there, he became the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Medicine, Medical Director of the Center for Clinical Studies, as well as Director of Regulatory Support and Co-director of the Center for Applied Research Science within the NIH‐funded Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences. At the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami from 2011‐2012, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Newcomer has received a number of honors and awards, including an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and a Gerald L. Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). In 2014, he was named to Thomson Reuters New List of Highly Cited Researchers. Dr. Newcomer has served as a reviewer for the NIH and other funding agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served on a number of editorial boards, including Schizophrenia Bulletin, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology and Obesity. In the public sector, Dr. Newcomer chaired the Missouri Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for 14 years.