Wayne Fenton

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Wayne Fenton (March 24, 1953 – September 3, 2006)[1] was an American psychiatrist, well known for his academic contributions to the study of schizophrenia including key contributions to the classification of subtypes.[2][3]

In 2006 he was killed at his office in Bethesda, Maryland, by a 19-year-old patient.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Dr Fenton obtained his medical qualification from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1979 and psychiatric qualification from Yale[6] and was a staff member at Chestnut Lodge for more than 15 years.[7]

He worked for the National Institute of Mental Health as researcher and academic, writing a chapter on therapy for schizophrenia in a leading psychiatry textbook[8] and had a significant impact on his clinical profession.[9][10]


  1. ^ Wayne Fenton (1953-2006), Social Security Death Index
  2. ^ Fenton WS, McGlashan TH (November 1991). "Natural history of schizophrenia subtypes. I. Longitudinal study of paranoid, hebephrenic, and undifferentiated schizophrenia". Arch. Gen. Psychiatry. 48 (11): 969–77. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1991.01810350009002. PMID 1747020. 
  3. ^ Fenton WS, McGlashan TH (November 1991). "Natural history of schizophrenia subtypes. II. Positive and negative symptoms and long-term course". Arch. Gen. Psychiatry. 48 (11): 978–86. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1991.01810350018003. PMID 1747021. 
  4. ^ Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, "NIMH Administrator Wayne S. Fenton, 53", The Washington Post, September 5, 2006, Page B06
  5. ^ "Patient vs. Doctor", Newsweek website, February 15, 2008
  6. ^ "NIMH Administrator Wayne S. Fenton, 53". The Washington Post. September 5, 2006. 
  7. ^ McGlashan TH, Carpenter WT (September 2007). "Identifying Unmet Therapeutic Domains in Schizophrenia Patients: The Early Contributions of Wayne Fenton From Chestnut Lodge". Schizophr Bull. 33 (5): 1086–92. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbm082. PMC 2632345free to read. PMID 17634414. 
  8. ^ Fenton, Wayne S. (2000). "Schizophrenia: individual psychotherapy". In Benjamin J. Sadock; Virginia A. Sadock. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (7th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 1217–1231. ISBN 9780683301281. 
  9. ^ Heinssen RK (September 2007). "Person-Centered Psychiatric Care: A Tribute to Wayne S. Fenton, MD". Schizophr Bull. 33 (5): 1149–50. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbm075. PMC 2632343free to read. PMID 17615141. 
  10. ^ Breier A, Alphs L, Binneman B (September 2007). "Commentary: Wayne Fenton's Impact on Industry". Schizophr Bull. 33 (5): 1154–5. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbm068. PMC 2632349free to read. PMID 17562696.