Brendon Watson, M.D., Ph.D.

Adult Psychiatry
Brendon Watson

Brendon O. Watson, M.D. is an Instructor in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry.  His practice focuses on a combination of pharmacologic therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy for a range of disorders and difficulties


Dr. Watson has M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University and completed his psychiatry residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center.  He continues to actively pursue research topics related to emotional processing in animal models and has a related clinical focus in affective disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders.

His clinical approach uses a combination of medication therapy and psychodynamically-oriented talk therapy.  Dr. Watson has also had specialized training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy and has special interest in patients with narcissistic personality structures and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Dr. Watson has received numerous awards and recognitions both from his department and from national organizations including the Samuel W. Perry III Distinguished Award for Psychiatric Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association-Lilly Research Fellowship for 2013 and the National Institute of Mental Health's Outstanding Resident Award.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


1)  Watson, B., Meng, F., and Akil, H. (1996).    A chimeric analysis of the opioid receptor domains critical for the binding selectivity of mu opioid ligands. Neurobiology of Disease, 3:87–96, 1996.

2)  Watson, B.O., Vilinsky, I., and Deitcher, D.L. (2001).  Generation of a semi-dominant mutation with temperature sensitive effects on both locomotion and phototransduction in Drosophila melanogaster.  Journal of Neurogenetics, 15: 75-95.

3)  Rao S.S., Stewart B.A., Rivlin P.K., Vilinsky I., Watson B.O., Lang C., Boulianne G.,  Salpeter M.M., Deitcher D.L. (2001).  Two distinct effects on neurotransmission in a temperature-sensitive SNAP-25 mutant.  EMBO Journal, 20(23) 6761-71.

4)  Fernandez, J.M., Watson, B., and Qian, N. (2002).  Computing relief structure from motion with a distributed velocity and disparity representation.  Vision Research, 42: 883-898. 

5)  MacLean, J.N., Watson, B.O., Aaron, G.B., and Yuste, R. (2005).  Internal dynamics determine the cortical response to thalamic stimulation.  Neuron, 48: 811-823. 

6)  MacLean, J.N., Fenstermaker, V., Watson, B.O., and Yuste, R. (2006).  A visual thalamocortical slice.  Nature Methods, 3: 129-34. 

7)  Trevelyan, A.J.,  Sussillo, D.,  Watson, B.O., and Yuste R (2006).  Modular propagation of epileptiform activity: Evidence for an inhibitory veto in neocortex.  Journal of Neuroscience
2006 Nov 29;26(48):12447-55.

8)  Watson, B.O., MacLean, J.N., and Yuste, R.. (2008).  UP states protect cortical dynamics from thalamic inputs.  PLoS One 3(12):e3971. Epub 2008 Dec 18.

9)  Nikolenko, V., Watson B.O., Araya, R., Woodruff, A., Peterka, D.S., and Yuste, R. (2008).  SLM Microscopy: Scanless Two-photon Imaging and Photostimulation with Spatial Light Modulators.  Frontiers in Neural Circuits. 2:5. Epub 2008 Dec 19.

10)  Vogelstein, J., Watson, B.O., Packer, A.M., Yuste, R., Jedyank, B. and Paninski, L. (2009).   Spike inference from calcium imaging using sequential Monte Carlo methods.  Biophysical Journal 97(2):636-55.

11)  Watson, B.O., Nikolenko, V., Yuste, R. (2009).  Two photon imaging with diffractive optical elements.  Frontiers in Neural Circuits 3:6. Epub 2009 Jul 6.

12)  Watson, B.O., Nikolenko, V., Araya, , R., Peterka, D.S., Yuste, R (2010).  Two-photon microscopy with diffractive optical elements and spatial light modulators.  Front. Neurosci 15;4. pii: 29.

13) Vandecasteele, M., Royer, S., Belluscio, M., Diba, K., Fujisawa, S., Grosmark, A., Mao, D,. Mizuseki, K., Patel, J., Stark, E., Sullivan, D., Watson, B., Buzsaki, G. (2012).  Large-scale Recording of Neurons by Movable Silicon Probes in Behaving Rodents.  J Vis Exp 61 pii: 3568. doi: 10.3791/3568.

14) Buzsaki, G., Watson, B.O. (2012).  Brain rhythms and neural syntax: implications for  efficient coding of cognitive content and neuropsychiatric disease.  Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 14(4):345-67.

Honors and Awards

2014-5: NARSAD Young Investigator Awardee


2013-4: American Psychiatric Association- Eli LIlly Psychiatric Research Fellow


2013: Samuel W. Perry III, M.D. Distinguished Award in Psychiatric Medicine

2013: Invited participant in American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

2012: Invited Attendee to Fourth Annual National Institute of Mental Health Brain Camp 2012

2011: Outstanding Resident Award – National Institute of Mental Health