Binghamton University Professor honored with ‘distinguished’ rank


     Mark Lezenweger, professor of psychology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been promoted to distinguished professorship, a tenured University ranking that is conferred for consistently extraordinary accomplishment.

     The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced 11 such appointments last week. Recipients are nominated for this honor by their campus presidents for having achieved national or international prominence and an established reputation in their field of expertise.

     Lenzenweger, who joined Binghamton’s faculty in 2001, is a renowned researcher in the areas of schizophrenia as well as personality disorder.

     He established that schizophrenia can manifest itself in a dilute form, known as schizotypic psychopathology, through an extensive series of experimental laboratory studies. This work on schizotypic psychopathology in combination with innovative statistical approaches is charting new directions in the genomic study of schizophrenia.

     He concurrently has directed a landmark longitudinal study of personality disorder, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, that continues to push the frontiers of knowledge in this area. His finding that personality disorder features show substantial variability over time strikes at the heart of assumptions that dominated the area for 100 years.

     Lenzenweger, a prolific writer, has been the recipient or co-recipient of more than $15 million in grant funding for his research.  He is also an adjunct professor of psychology in psychiatry at the Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York City.

     Lenzenweger began his academic career at Cornell, where he was a member of the tenured faculty, and he moved on to a professorial post at Harvard.  He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in clinical psychology (experimental psychopathology) from Yeshiva University as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University.

     Last year, Lenzenweger received the State University of New York Award for Research and Scholarship as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

     He lives in Ithaca with his wife and three children.

Last Updated: 9/17/13