FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – A recently released study shows that scientists, after analyzing the DNA of approximately 150,000 people, can pinpoint the genetic roots of schizophrenia. This is a debilitating disease that causes people to have difficulty separating reality from fantasy.

If you are looking for an expert to provide insight and comment on schizophrenia for follow-up stories on the release of this new study, which was published in the Journal Nature, Nova Southeastern University has a Subject Matter Expert just for you.

William I. Dorfman, Ph.D., ABPP, a professor at Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies. He is also the Center's associate director of Clinical Training and is formerly the executive director of NSU’s Community Mental Health Center and Chief Psychologist of its APA-approved Internship in Clinical Psychology.

Prior to coming to NSU's Center for Psychological Studies, Dorfman was executive director of the Rockbridge Area Community Mental Health Center in Lexington, Virginia. From 1972-1977, while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, he was director of training of an APA-approved community-clinical internship at Fort Ord, California.

Dorfman received his Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Scranton and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Psychology from the Ohio State University. He is a licensed psychologist in Florida and held active licenses in Virginia and California, a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dorfman is active in the education and training of professional psychologists and has published his work in professional journals and books and presented at scientific meetings in the areas of assessment of personality, treatment of the seriously mentally ill and their families, psychopathology, clinical interviewing and the evaluation of trainees’ attitudes toward managed health care systems and brief therapy. He has made numerous radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, discussing mental health issues.


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