Bruce D. Miller MD

Bruce Miller

Bruce D. Miller

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology

Department of Psychiatry

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Contact Information
Women and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7645
Fax: (716) 888-3935

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Professional Summary:

Dr. Miller is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. He supervises child psychiatry fellows in consultation-liaison psychiatry and child and family psychotherapy. He is an internationally recognized physician-scientist focusing on psychobiologic mechanisms by which child/adolescent stress and depression affects physical illness and somatization in children. His translational research program takes place in the Center for Child and Family Asthma Studies, (Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo) of which he is founder and co-director.

Education and Training:

  • MD, Child Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1972)
  • BA, Biology, Lafayette College (1968)


  • Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Psychiatry, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995-present)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1990–1995)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine (1981–1990)

Awards and Honors:

  • Lecturship (2010)
  • Outstanding Research Award (2004)
  • Simon Wile Award (2004)
  • President's Recognition Award (2002)
  • Visiting Scholar Awardee (1999)
  • President (1989)
  • International Task Force on Asthma Mortality (1986)
  • Ehrman Fellow (1981)
  • International Fellow (1971)
  • Sigma Xi Honorary Society (1968)
  • Honors Degree in Biology (1968)
  • Undergraduate Academic Scholarship (1964)

Research Expertise:

  • Mind-Body Pathways: The trajectory of my research program has been to examine psychobiologic mechanisms by which stress and emotions impact asthma in children and adolescents. In carrying out this research, we study high risk, medically and emotionally vulnerable children with asthma. Specifically we measure social and family stress, child emotional and psychological conditions, asthma related mind-body pathways (autonomic, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal, beta adrenergic), pulmonary function, and asthma disease activity/control. We use longitudinal linear modeling techniques to test ANS, HPA, and beta adrenergic mechanisms by which stress and depressive symptoms influence asthma disease activity over time. In addition, I have developed a laboratory stress provocation paradigm which enables us to examine proximal mechanisms by which stress and depressive symptoms alter stress responsivity and airway function in asthmatic patients. I am trained as a pediatric psychiatry clinician/researcher and have extensive research training and experience in developmental psychobiology. After my post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, I joined the faculty at the University of Colorado. Early in my tenure I developed the “Psychophysiologic Treatment/Research Unit” at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center (n