Joseph Coyle is the chair of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his clinical research and patient care, he has extensive experience with rodent models of neuropsychiatric disorders to develop more effective treatments. During his junior year of college, he worked as an orderly in a psychiatric ward. When a friend's brother was admitted with schizophrenia, he became interested in studying psychiatry. He wanted to know more about how drugs affect the brain, so after receiving his degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1969, he started doing scientific research in that area. Coyle joined Harvard as a faculty member in 1975. He continues to run a research lab alongside his medical practice.
Joseph T. Coyle holds the Eben S. Draper Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. From 1991 to 2001, he served as chairman of the consolidated department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, which included the nine hospital programs of psychiatry affiliated with the medical school. After graduating from Holy Cross College, he received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1969. Following an internship in pediatrics, he spent three years at NIH as a research fellow in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod. Coyle returned to Hopkins in 1973 to complete his psychiatric residency, an area in which he is board certified, and joined the Harvard faculty in 1975. In 1980, he was promoted to professor of neuroscience, pharmacology and psychiatry; and in 1982 he assumed the directorship of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry, being named a distinguished service professor in 1985. In addition to his clinical research and patient care, Coyle has extensive experience in working on rodent models of neuropsychiatric disorders to develop more effective treatments. Coyle is a past president of the Society for Neuroscience.