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Irene H. Richard, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Office: (585) 341-7569

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After graduating from Cornell University in 1987 and receiving her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in1991, Dr. Richard completed neurology residency at the University of Rochester in 1995, followed by the NIH-funded fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics in 1997. She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1997 and has been an integral part of the Department of Neurology's missions in clinical care, research and education. The recipient of the Senior Faculty Award in 2013, Dr. Richard is a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Dr. Richard provides neurological care for patients with Parkinson's disease and related conditions and her research program focuses on the psychiatric aspects of these illnesses. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, editorials and book chapters and has been the recipient of career development awards and research grants, including one from NIH to lead a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the treatment of depression in PD. Dr. Richard serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and served as a member of the NIH Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study as well as chair for several research grant review committee meetings for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's disease Research. She served as the Senior Medical Advisor for MJFF, is a member of the scientific advisory board and was the recipient of the 2011 Langtson Award for her valued contributions to the foundation. She has given lectures and chaired workshops and symposia at national meetings including the American Academy of Neurology and The World Parkinson Congress. Dr. Richard's efforts have brought new clinical and research attention to the previously overlooked area of mood disturbances in PD.
Dr. Richard is dedicated to medical education at every level of training and serves as a member of the medical student clerkship grading committee, a faculty preceptor for the neurology resident longitudinal care clinic, director of the psychiatry resident neurology lecture series and director of the movement disorders fellowship program.


Dr. Richard's clinical research is aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of and developing effective treatments (medical and surgical) through clinical trials for neurological and psychiatric aspects of movement disorders, with a particular emphasis on depression in Parkinson's disease.



  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Yale University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1995 - 06/30/1997
Fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Rochester Medical Center

70/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology

Department of Neurology Senior Faculty Award

Langston Award, Michael J. Fox Foundation

Elected Member, American Neurological Association

Rock Sleyster Scholar (Psychiatry)

Presidential Scholar, Cornell University

Cornell University, ALS Honor Society, President

Cornell University, First Place, Public Speaking Competition

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

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Journal Articles

Pontone GM, Dissanayka N, Apostolova L, Brown RG, Dobkin R, Dujardin K, Friedman JH, Leentjens AFG, Lenze EJ, Marsh L, Mari L, Monchi O, Richard IH, Schrag A, Strafella AP, Vernaleo B, Weintraub D, Mari Z. "Report from a multidisciplinary meeting on anxiety as a non-motor manifestation of Parkinson's disease." NPJ Parkinson's disease.. 2019 5:30. Epub 2019 Dec 11.

Schneider RB, Iourinets J, Richard IH. "Parkinson's disease psychosis: presentation, diagnosis and management." Neurodegenerative disease management.. 2017 Dec 0; 7(6):365-376. Epub 2017 Nov 21.

Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Dorsey ER, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Aldred J, Carter J, Fraser A, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Reichwein S, Mari Z, Dunlop B, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih LC, Singer C, Vargas-Parra S, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Dhall R, Hassan A, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Achey MA, Elson MJ, Goldenthal S, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W, . "National randomized controlled trial of virtual house calls for Parkinson disease." Neurology.. 2017 Sep 12; 89(11):1152-1161. Epub 2017 Aug 16.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Parkinson's Disease
Book Title: Geriatric Rehabilitation: From Bedside to Curbside
Author List: Beimiller Rachel and Richard IH
Edited By: Poduri KR
Published By: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida

Chapter Title: Depression in PD
Book Title: Parkinson's Disease: Non-Motor and Non-Dopaminergic Features
Author List: Voss T and Richard IH
Edited By: Olanow CW, Stocchi F and Lang A (eds)
Published By: Wiley Blackwell 2011 in West Sussex, England

Chapter Title: Cognitive Impairment in Depression
Book Title: Secondary Dementias
Author List: Richard, I.H.
Edited By: Kurlan, R.
Published By: Taylor & Francis 2006 in New York




Depression and Parkinson's Disease


Irene Richard, M.D.