Leonard R. Derogatis received his PhD in psychology from Catholic University in 1965. After that, he began his academic career at the Biometrics Laboratory of George Washington University, where he worked on the design and analysis of NIMH-sponsored clinical drug trials.
He subsequently accepted a position at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969 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. In 2003, Dr. Derogatis became Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Sexual Medicine, which was moved to the Center to Sheppard Pratt Hospital and Health System in Baltimore, Maryland in 2006. In 2012, Dr. Derogatis became the Director of the Maryland Center for Sexual Health.
Over the past several decades, Dr. Derogatis has authored and published more than a dozen psychological test instruments, and has created over 125 scientific papers. He has been the recipient of federal grant awards, including grants from NIMH and NCI, and has frequently served as principal investigator on industry sponsored multicenter clinical drug trials. His personal research is currently in the area of sexual medicine, where he is doing sponsored research on the screening, diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders.