Leonard R Derogatis received his Ph.D. from Catholic University in 1965, and began his academic career at the Biometrics Laboratory of George Washington University, where he was involved in the design and analysis for NIH-sponsored clinical drug trials.
He subsequently accepted a position at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he was on the faculty for 21 years, 12 of them as Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, and Chief Psychologist of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Hopkins, Dr Derogatis became involved with sexual medicine as one of the early faculty attending in the Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit.
Dr Derogatis has authored more than a dozen psychological test instruments, and over 120 scientific papers. He has been the recipient of numerous federal grant awards, and has served as principal investigator on many multi-center clinical drug trials in the treatment of male and female sexual dysfunctions. In 2003, Dr Derogatis returned to Johns Hopkins to direct the new Centre for Sexual Medicine, and most recently in 2006, moved the Centre to Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore County.
His personal research is currently primarily in the area of sexual medicine, where he is doing sponsored research on the screening, diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders.