Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., Chair
Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Chair of the APA Foundation Board of Directors, and Clinical Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Prior to assuming this role in October 2013, Dr. Levin led the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH). There, Dr. Levin was responsible for the health of the nation’s capital, including the primary care for everyone from infants to seniors on Medicaid and Medicare, DC-funded health care, HIV/AIDS, addictions, health professional licensing and regulation, policy, and planning. He was also responsible for health emergency preparedness, planning, and coordination alongside dozens of federal and local agencies—ensuring the public’s good health during major events such as President Obama’s second inauguration. Moreover, he promoted the development of a citywide health information exchange that connects health care providers, shares critical information to promote patient care, tracks outcomes, prepares for disasters, and provides for public health surveillance.
Dr. Levin also served on the D.C. Health Exchange Board and chaired the Essential Health Benefits Package Subcommittee, where he successfully led the effort to ensure that residents of the District of Columbia had access to a full range of substance abuse and mental health services. He also co-chaired the committee that oversaw the integration of substance abuse and mental health services into the new Department of Behavioral Health.
In 2012, Dr. Levin served briefly as Senior Deputy Director of DOH’s Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration. During his tenure, Dr. Levin promoted substance abuse prevention efforts in all eight wards of the city through the work of the Prevention and Access to Recovery teams, including implementation of over $20 million in federal grants for services, assessed and referred an increasing number of individuals into treatment services, and connected more clients to recovery support services.
Dr. Levin has long been involved in organized medicine and psychiatry. He served as Vice President for Science, Medicine, and Public Health at the American Medical Association. As VP, he oversaw programs related to evolving health delivery systems, such as in the areas of prevention and health care disparities. He also led efforts to improve the interface between clinical medicine and public health.
Among other positions Dr. Levin has held includes serving as a special expert appointee in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the initiative to integrate primary care, substance abuse, mental health, and HIV/AIDS response. While serving as President for Access Consulting International Inc., he worked with federal, state, and local governments and private companies to provide health policy, program, and research and evaluation services.
He is a former President and CEO of Medical Education for South African Blacks, an anti-apartheid education trust that provided scholarships to South African black students in health care. He helped award more than 11,000 scholarships to students studying to become physicians, nurses, substance abuse counselors, and other health care professionals.
In 1982, Dr. Levin received his M.B.B.Ch. (M.D.) from the University Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. In 1994, he received his master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – Edinburgh, and Clinical Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington DC.
Louis J. Kraus, M.D., DFAPA, FAACAP
Dr. Louis Kraus is the Women's Board Professor and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center and the Director of the Rush Autism Assessment, Research and Treatment Services Center.
Dr. Louis Kraus is board certified in child and adolescent, forensic and general psychiatry. He completed his general psychiatric residency at Northwestern University, and then went on to complete his child and adolescent fellowship at the University of Chicago. He was previously Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (North Shore University Health Systems) and since 2002 has been Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Kraus's career is focused on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. He has a particular interest in working as an expert in school systems in a variety of different context and venues. He does a significant amount of forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, primarily focusing on advocacy issues, including working on national and state issues, dealing with juvenile delinquency, and seeking out appropriate services for children. He has been the Medical Director for the Easter Seals Therapeutic Schools for the Chicago Metropolitan Easter Seals for the past 16 years. Much of Dr. Kraus's clinical and advocacy work centers on diagnosing, treating, and assisting in finding services for Autistic Spectrum children. Through his work at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kraus runs the psychiatric services at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (a residential school).
He works closely with a number of different high schools including: Evanston Township High School, New Trier High School, Niles West, and Niles North High Schools and numerous elementary school districts. He has co-edited two editions of the ScientificBasis of Child Custody Decisions and also co-edited a book from Cambridge University Press entitled The Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders. He has written and spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on numerous topics dealing with child and adolescent mental health needs.
Owen Garrick, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Owen Garrick is President & Chief Operating Officer at Bridge Clinical Research. He is responsible for managing the Clinical Trials and Investigator Training business units, and oversees all financial, administrative and legal aspects of the company.
Prior to Bridge Clinical Research, Dr. Garrick was the Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at McKesson Corporation. He pursued vertical integration opportunities with generic drug manufacturers and upstream product development. He also developed and launched the company's Drug Adherence Business focused on pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers.
He also served as Executive Director and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. In this position, he led all global M&A activity up to $5 billion. He specifically oversaw small and medium size company acquisitions, hybrid equity/license right deals, mature product divestments, and venture investments in biotechnology companies.
Previously, he spent four years at Goldman Sachs in New York, functioning as an investment advisor working with private healthcare companies as they sought to grow, raise capital, and perform initial public offerings.
Dr. Garrick earned his MD from the Yale School of Medicine and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He holds an AB in Psychology from Princeton University and continues to be an active alumnus, serving on the Alumni Council Executive Committee. He also serves on other boards and professional committees, including Quorum Review IRB, Samuel Merritt University, and Sutter Health Bay Area.
He is married to Dr. Jocelyn Garrick, a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco who also practices emergency medicine.
Dwight L. Evans, M.D.
Dwight L. Evans, M.D. is the Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Neuroscience for Perelman School of Medicine. He is also the Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Dr. Evans is a nationally recognized expert on depression and bipolar disorders and has more than 25 years of continuous grant funding from the NIH. He is currently Principal Investigator for the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center grant. His translational research focuses on the mechanistic role of serotonin, glucocorticoid, and neuropeptide pathways on neuroimmune function in mood disorders and medical illness.
Dr. Evans was Chair of the NIMH Mental Health/AIDS Immunology Research Study Section from 1991-1993; a member of the National Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program from 1994-1997; and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIMH from 2001-2003. Dr. Evans is Past President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), in office from 2005-2008, and served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Gulf War and Health from 2006-2007. He also served as President of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) from 2009-2010.
In 2013 Dr. Evans served on the NIH Office of AIDS Research Neuro-AIDS Research Review Committee. Dr. Evans currently chairs the APA’s Council on Research, and is a member of the Board of Directors of AFSP as well as the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).
Dr. Evans is also the recipient of numerous awards, including:
- The Klerman Award for the National Depression and Manic Depression Association (1997)
- The Beck Award (AFSP) (2003)
- The Mood Disorders Research Award (ACP) (2004)
- The American Psychiatric Association (APA) /AACDP Research Mentorship Award (2008)
- The Menninger Award from the American College of Physicians (2009)
- The APA Award for Research in Psychiatry (2009)
Karinn Glover, M.D., M.P.H.
As the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Glover teaches psychopharmacology and aspects of psychotherapy to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents. She is Director of the Mental Health Team for Montefiore Medical Group's CICERO program.
Born in the Bronx and raised in White Plains, New York, Dr. Karinn Glover has spent the greater part of her adult life following her interests in science, health, and improving life for the under-served.
Currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Glover teaches psychopharmacology and aspects of psychotherapy to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents. She is Director of the Mental Health Team for Montefiore Medical Group's CICERO program. In this position, she guides mental health initiatives and provides direct care to HIV patients who are fully-integrated into ten primary care clinics in the Bronx. Dr. Glover has authored a peer-reviewed article on mental disorders in primary care, contributed to a textbook on psychiatric treatment in primary care, and has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and substance abuse treatment. She is also the co-founder of the Thrive Mindfulness Project, which leads seminars, workshops, leadership retreats, and lectures on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques for individuals and organizations.
Dr. Glover has also contributed to various media outlets on a range of topics related to mental health and wellness. She uses mindfulness-based techniques in both her psychiatry practice as well as her career coaching for professional women. Dr. Glover is the director of the Minority Mentors Network for the New York County district branch of the APA. She is a past Vice President of the Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York and Associates.
After graduating from Howard University with a BA in History, Dr. Glover worked at Essence Magazine and then as an Account Executive for Verizon. She followed her curiosity about medicine and ultimately attended SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and obtained a Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health via the highly competitive Macy Scholars Program.
Maureen O'Gara Hackett
Maureen O'Gara Hackett has worked in the philanthropy sector for over 30 years, serving as Chairman of the Board of several non-profit organizations, an adviser to many, and an avid supporter of the community at-large.
Her experience in governance issues, strategic planning, development, community outreach, and board development has provided her with hands-on knowledge and experience on both a local and national level.
Maureen and her husband, Jim, have four adult children and three grandchildren, who together constitute the Hackett Family Foundation, a philanthropic team committed to their combined passions. As donors and community activists, their priority is to act as agents of change in the realm of behavioral and mental health with a focus on awareness and education, research and treatment, and the eradication of the stigma associated with mental health care. In addition to mental health awareness and advocacy, the Hackett family is dedicated to serving the interests that make up the heart of every strong community: family, faith, health, and education.
Current Boards, Affiliations & Accolades:
- President, Hackett Family Foundation
- Trustee, Advisory Board, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), University of Notre Dame
- Advisory Board, Behavioral and Developmental Collaborative at Texas Children's Hospital
- Member, Community Foundation Council at Greater Houston Community Foundation
- Board Member and Past Chair, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
- Member, Faculty and Community Advisory Board of The College Toolbox Project at IUPUI
- Board Member, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
- Member, MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors (Executive Committee)
- Board Member, The Menninger Clinic
- Chair, The Menninger Clinic Foundation
- Member, Women Moving Millions
- President, Mental Health Court Foundation (Harris County, Houston, TX)
- Honorary Board Member, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
- Past Chair, Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation
- Emeritus Advisory Council, St. Agnes Academy
- President’s Advisory Council, University of St. Thomas
- Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
- Philanthropy Ambassador, Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
- Recipient of the inaugural (2014) award for Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year from the National Association of Fundraising Professionals
- Recipient of the Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy
- Recipient of the Gary Levering Mental Health Impact Award
- Recipient of Mental Health America of Greater Houston's Ima Hogg Award
- Recipient of the Women's Philanthropy Institute's Shaw-Hardy Taylor Award
- Recipient of the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award
- Recipient of the AACAP Catchers in the Rye 2015 Humanitarian Award (with Jim)
- Recipient of the 2015 Indiana Conference on Women Leading the Way Award
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Dilip V. Jeste, MD is the Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, at University of California, San Diego.
He obtained his medical education in Pune, India, and psychiatry training in Mumbai, India. In the US, he completed his psychiatry residency at Cornell, and neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UC San Diego.
He created a Geriatric Psychiatry program at UC San Diego; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions in the world. Dr. Jeste has been Principal Investigator on a number of research and training grants. His main areas of research include schizophrenia, neuropsychiatric interventions, and successful aging. He has published 12 books, 600+ articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 125+ invited book chapters.
Dr. Jeste is also Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and Founding President of International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. Dr. Jeste is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of the NIMH Advisory Council and the NIH Council of Councils. Additionally, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Under his leadership the Journal grew from a modest-impact quarterly to a monthly with the highest impact factor among all Geriatric Psychiatry journals internationally. He was listed in "The Best Doctors in America" and in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the "world's most cited authors," comprising fewer than 0.5% percent of all publishing researchers of previous two decades.
Dr. Jeste has received an Honorary Fellowship, the highest honor it bestows, from UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, and an Honorary Professorship from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru. He was recently a TEDMED speaker, and his work has been cited in Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Public Radio International, NPR, and various other national and international media outlets.
Dr. Jeste has also received many awards, including:
- NIMH's MERIT Award
- Commendation for Dedicated Service from the Veterans Affairs
- Asian Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Research
He has also been awarded by the following organizations:
- Society of Biological Psychiatry
- Institute of Living
- American College of International Physicians
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders
- American College of Psychiatrists
- International Psychogeriatric Association
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Maryland
- Cornell University
Judge Steven Leifman
Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman currently chairs the Florida Supreme Court's Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court and the Mental Health Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Judge Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida from 2007 – 2010. In this capacity, Judge Leifman was responsible for chairing the Court's Mental Health Subcommittee which authored a ground-breaking report entitled, Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System.
Judge Leifman currently chairs the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court and the Mental Health Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida where he was responsible for creating the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project. This highly successful program diverts non-violent defendants with mental illnesses to appropriate mental health facilities and provides Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County. The program has substantially reduced recidivism, saved critical funds, and saved lives.
Due to his expertise, Judge Leifman has been appointed to several local, state, and national mental health initiatives, committees, and boards.
In recognition of his tireless efforts, Judge Leifman has received numerous awards including; the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. One of the nation’s highest judicial honors, the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. presented the award to Judge Leifman during a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2015.
Judge Leifman is also the first recipient to receive the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence (2015). Presented by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, this prestigious award honors a state trial court judges who exemplify judicial excellence, including strength of character, integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, sound judgment, professional ethics, intellectual courage, compassion, and decisiveness.
Judge Leifman has received numerous awards:
- 2014 American Psychiatric Association Presidential Commendation
- 2014 Spero Award from Weill Cornell Medical College
- Dade County Bar Association 2014 Justice Louis Brandeis Award
- 2014 Lawyers To The Rescue Humanitarian Award
- Dade County Bar Association 2013 Criminal Justice Award
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2012 Productive Lives Award
- Society of Biological Psychiatry 2012 Humanitarian Award
Judge Leifman has also been featured in many national and local television and radio programs regarding mental health and the criminal justice system, including:
- CBS News
- USA Today
- Anderson Cooper Special Report, CNN
- Special Investigations Unit, The Criminally Insane
- NBC Nightly News
- PBS: Minds on the Edge, Facing Mental Illness
- NPR: All Things Considered
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- Wall Street Journal
- Governing Magazine
- CBS4: The Forgotten Floor
- WPLG- TV10: This Week in South Florida
- Miami Herald and Miami Today
Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Quang-Dang worked for two years on leading the effort to found the Cultural Psychiatry Area of Distinction at UCSF in January 2014, and is also its inaugural graduate. Her career interests include mental health advocacy, geriatric psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy.
Dr. Quang-Dang was born in San Jose, CA and was raised by her parents and maternal grandmother who are Vietnamese refugees. She received her B.A. from Harvard College in 2002, graduating cum laude with honors in History and Science from the Department of the History of Science. For her summa cum laude undergraduate thesis, she received a grant to conduct field research in Vietnam’s psychiatric hospitals and studied how Vietnamese culture’s perception of mental illness shaped the psychiatric profession in Vietnam.
Dr. Quang-Dang received a Master's of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Population and International Health in 2005. Her summa cum laude graduate thesis focused on the creation of new gender equality & women's empowerment indicators for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which factored in sexual/reproductive health. Dr. Quang-Dang received her M.D. from New York Medical College in 2010 and completed her general adult psychiatry residency training at University of California, San Francisco in June 2014.
Upon graduation from UCSF, she received the Edwin F. Alston Award for Leadership in Psychiatry, which is awarded annually to a PGY-4 resident who is judged to be an outstanding psychiatric physician leader who exemplifies the integration and application of knowledge in the field of psychiatry, including excellent diagnostic ability, skillful and sensitive use of psychotherapies, sophisticated use of psychopharmacologic agents, and understanding of social and cultural issues and their impact on individual care.
Fluent in Vietnamese, she has conducted research on the cultural adaptation of problem-solving therapy for Vietnamese-speaking patients.
Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., M.P.A.
Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein is President Emeritus and former Chief Executive Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, where he worked for 30 years. He is also Clinical Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland.
A practicing clinician for more than 35 years, he is best known for his research and writing on the economics of private practice and public mental health policy.
Over a period of 13 years, Dr. Sharfstein held a variety of positions at the National Institute of Mental Health, including Director of Mental Health Service Programs, as well as positions in consultation/liaison psychiatry and research in behavioral medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. He has written on a wide variety of clinical and economic topics and has published more than 140 professional papers, 40 book chapters, and ten books. His published works include (as coauthor) Madness and Government: Who Cares for the Mentally Ill?, a history of the federal community mental health centers program. More recently, he was chief editor of Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston from 1969 to 1972. Dr. Sharfstein also received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in 1973 and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1991.
He was Secretary of the American Psychiatric Association from 1991-95, its Vice President from 2002-2004, and President from 2005-2006. Dr. Sharfstein also received the Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2007.
Francisco (Frank) Fernandez, M.D.
Francisco (Frank) Fernandez, M.D., recently joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as the Inaugural Dean of the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Vice President for Health Affairs, and Professor of Psychiatry.
In this role, he provides leadership for the School, and is responsible for its approval process through the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME). He will also be responsible for advancing and integrating its research, interdisciplinary education, and patient care missions.
Prior to his selection, Dr. Fernandez spent the last 12 years of his career as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Morsani College of Medicine and Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa Florida. Before his post at USF, he served as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago from 1997-2002.
Dr. Fernandez is no stranger to Texas, having served from 1986 to 1997 as Chief of Psychiatry at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. At Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), he also served as the Director of the HIV Psychiatry Clinic. Before joining the Baylor faculty, he was Director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic and Assistant Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1984-86. He also served on the faculty of the UTHSC-Houston from 1985-1997.
Dr. Fernandez earned an A.B., from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his medical degree was obtained from the Tuft's University School of Medicine. He served his residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine also at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Fernandez is nationally known for his scholarly work in psychiatric aspects of medical illnesses, having authored 131 peer-reviewed publications and editing one book on the Psychiatric Aspects of AIDS. He is the recipient of funding support, including multiple awards for clinical trials, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, SAMHSA, and foundations. Dr. Fernandez also serves as Director of the Institute for Research in Psychiatry and Neurosciences where he is principal investigator of the USF Memory Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Fernandez' clinical practice consists of consulting on patients with neurobehavioral disorders, psychiatric complications of cancer and AIDS, neuropsychiatric complications of TBI, psychological factors affecting medical illness and end of life decision making, psychopharmacology, somatoform disorders, attention deficit disorder, memory dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders. He is the founder of the USF Neurotherapies Clinic utilizing magnetic field or electrical currents to stimulate areas of the brain to assist with symptom improvement.
Dr. Fernandez has been very active in the education of medical students and residents. He served Editor in Chief of the American College of Psychiatrists' Psychiatric Resident in Training Examination (PRITE) and chaired the PRITE Commission. In 2010, he received the American College of Psychiatrists Bowis Award for distinguished service to the College. He is likewise committed to the education of mental health professionals in psychiatric complications of HIV infection and has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Mental Health Services funded American Psychiatric Association’s AIDS Education Project.
Dr. Fernandez also has extensive service in organized medicine, psychiatry, and in the community. Dr. Fernandez is Immediate Past President of the Florida Psychiatric Society and presently is the first vice-president of The American College of Psychiatrists. He has served as the Chair of the Committee on AIDS of the American Psychiatric Association as well as other leading HIV/AIDS organizations. In 2007, he received the American Psychiatric Association's Simon Bolivar Award for his work with Hispanics and AIDS and depression in Latino men. In Florida, he serves on the Executive Committee for the Florida Partners in Crisis, a group promoting state and community collaboration across the mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice systems to reduce contact of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders with the justice system and support their recovery. Since 2009, he served as the Chair of the Medical Committee of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Tampa Bay and since 2003 he serves on the Board of the Center for Victims of Torture.
Gabrielle Shapiro, M.D.
Dr. Gabrielle Shapiro is an Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health Systems. She is a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Dr. Shapiro's clinical focus is in depression, Adjustment Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Dr. Shapiro is very involved in the Medical Society of the State of New York, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the New York Psychiatric Society on advocacy issues for physicians affiliated with Mount Sinai Health Systems. She served as Secretary Treasurer of the Assembly of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 2010-2011.
After earning her Bachelors in Psychology from Vassar College, Dr. Shapiro received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed an internship in Psychiatry at University of California, Irvine and her residency at University of California, San Diego. This was followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital & Health Center of San Diego (now Rady Children's Hospital).
Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Schwartz is the Treasurer of the American Psychiatric Association, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Deputy Chair and Clinical Director of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center.
He also serves as the President of the Montefiore Behavioral Care Integrated Provider Association and is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Medical Director and founding member of University Behavioral Associates, a not-for-profit behavioral health management services organization.
Dr. Schwartz served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and serves as program director for the Tarrytown Chief Residents Leadership Conference.
In addition to serving as APA Treasurer, Dr. Schwartz has held several positions including, chair of the Committee on Reimbursement for Psychiatric Care, chair of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing, APA Assembly Representative and member of the Joint Reference Committee.
Dr. Schwartz is active in several professional organizations, including the Greater New York Hospital Association's Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services Committee, the New York Academy of Medicine's Committee on Admission and Membership, and the American Hospital Association's Governing Council of the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, and Mental Health Association of New York City’s Professional Advisory Board and Board of Directors.
- Doctor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical College
- Medical Resident, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Psychiatric Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
- Chief Resident, Psychiatric Inpatient Service, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D.
Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., is Immediate Past President of the American Psychiatric Association and served as President of APA from 2016 to 2017. Dr. Oquendo is Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
She previously served as Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Oquendo graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University in 1980 and received her M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1984. She completed her residency training at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Hospital Cornell. She received her Ph.D. in Psychiatry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2010.
Dr. Oquendo areas of expertise include the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment, and neurobiology of bipolar disorder and major depression, with a special focus on suicidal behavior and global mental health. Internationally known for neurobiological studies of suicidal behavior, Dr. Oquendo has used PET and MRI to map brain abnormalities in mood disorders and suicidal behavior and disambiguate common and divergent biological contributors to each. In 2003, when issues regarding antidepressants' potential risk for inducing suicidal behavior first arose, Dr. Oquendo and colleagues were commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a classification system to examine suicide-related events in the data. This system is endorsed by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now used worldwide. Oquendo first proposed suicidal behavior should be its own diagnostic category in 2008. Arguing it would facilitate tracking of high risk patients in medical records, she succeeded in adding it to DSM-5’s appendix in 2013. Critically, this conceptualization addresses the fact that suicidal behavior occurs in conditions from schizophrenia to autism—not only as a depressive symptom. Her research to support its validity and reliability as a diagnostic entity is ongoing. She has also authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed articles.
Oquendo has held several leadership roles at APA. She was secretary of the Board of Trustees and chaired APA's Conflict of Interest Committee. She also chaired APA's SAMHSA Fellowship Selection Committee and served as associate editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Oquendo also serves as president of the International Academy of Suicide Research, vice president of the Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is past president of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry, and serves on the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's Council and the National Institute of Mental Health’s National Advisory Mental Health Council.
Among Oquendo's priorities as APA President:
- Secure a key role for psychiatrists as health care reform is implemented, while ensuring high quality care for all, particularly persons with the most severe mental illnesses
- Pursue equitable reimbursement and true parity for psychiatric care
- Secure robust federal funding for education and research, coordinating efforts with advocacy groups
- Strengthen collaboration with psychiatric subspecialties and primary care
- Pursue active communication with all members.
Dr. Oquendo is the recipient of many awards, including:
- Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (1993)
- Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Commitment to Multicultural and Underserved Communities (2002)
- Gerald Klerman Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (2005)
- National Hispanic Medical Association Hispanic Health Leadership Award (2009)
- Sociedad Espanola de Psiquiatria, Miembro de Honor (2009)
- Simon Bolivar Award, APA (2010)
- Rafael Tavares Award, Association of Hispanic Mental Health Providers (2010)
- Named Honorary Professor, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, in 2011
- Stengel Award, International Academy of Suicide Research (2013)
- Sociedad Colombiana de Psiquiatria Biologica Honorary Member (2014)
- Virginia Kneeland Award (2016)
- Honorary Member of the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatria Biologica (2016)
Altha J. Stewart, M.D.
Dr. Stewart began her term as President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association at the end of the APA Annual Meeting in May, 2017. Dr. Stewart is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. link
Dr. Stewart has held several leadership roles at APA, including secretary of APA, past president of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, chair of the APA Conflict of Interest Committee, chair of the Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, member of APA Ad Hoc Workgroups on Real Estate and Strategic Planning, member of the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations and member of the APA Joint Reference Committee.
Dr. Stewart previously served as Executive Director for Just Care Family Network, Memphis’ federally funded System of Care program for children with serious emotional disorders and their families. Additionally, Dr. Stewart was Director of Systems of Care for the Shelby County Office of the Public Defender. Prior to this she served as Executive Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services funded National Leadership Council on African-American Behavioral Health. Earlier in her career, Dr. Stewart served as Executive Director of Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, one of the largest public mental health systems in the U.S. She worked for over a decade as CEO and Executive Director in large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania and New York, overseeing the management and development of programs for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.
Dr. Stewart is active in several professional organizations, having previously served as president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists and the Black Psychiatrists of America..
Dr. Stewart is the recipient of many awards and honors, including:
- 2006 Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, Doctor of Laws degree (honorary)
- 2006 American Psychiatric Association Alexandra Symonds Award
- 2003 Wayne State University Pathfinders in Medicine Award
- 2002 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
- 1999 White House Conference on Mental Health, Invited Participant
- 1999 University of Maryland, Dana African-American Visiting Professorship in Psychiatry
- Doctor of Medicine, Temple University Medical School (Philadelphia, PA)
- Residency in General Psychiatry, Hahnemann Medical College & Hospital (Philadelphia, PA), Chief Resident
- Certificate Program for Non-profit Administrators, LaSalle College and the Wharton School (Philadelphia, PA)
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