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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.
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).
Dr. Lama Bazzi completed her training in adult psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She then pursued further training in Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. During her fellowship she developed an interest in the role a forensic expert plays in educating judges and lawyers on the complexities of mental illness.
Dr. Bazzi then moved back to the New York area where she served as the Director of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program in Suffolk County It was in this capacity that she evaluated, treated, and testified on hundreds of cases involving respondents with extensive criminal histories, co-occurring substance use disorders, and severe mental illnesses.
Dr. Bazzi currently serves as the Inpatient Unit Director at Maimonides Medical Center, a Community Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, New York. She works as a Forensic Psychiatrist, where she serves as a court appointed expert in civil and criminal cases.
In addition, she is a Medical Review Officer and treats patients with Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Bazzi serves as an expert witness in several courts in New York City, as well as in federal and national cases. Dr. Bazzi has been active in the American Psychiatric Association since she was a resident. She served as an APA Leadership Fellow and sat on the Council for Psychiatry and the Law as well as the Board of Trustees as a nonvoting member during that time. She served a three-year term as the APA Early Career Psychiatry Trustee at Large. She is passionate about advocacy, education, increasing awareness, and improving the relationships between the justice system and the mental health system to better serve patients.
Gregory W. Dalack is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He began work at the University of Michigan in 1992 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the Mental Health Service at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System through 2005.
From 2005-2016, he was Associate Chair for Education and Academic Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, from 2006-2007, he was Vice Chair of the department, then served as Interim Chair until his appointment as Chair in 2010.
Dr. Dalack has had research interests in the treatment of chronic and persistent mental illnesses, particularly focusing on schizophrenia. He has conducted studies examining nicotine addiction and smoking cessation interventions in schizophrenia, health behaviors in schizophrenia, and metabolic effects of second-generation antipsychotic medications in severe mental illness. More recently, he has been involved in developing collaborative care programs to provide psychiatric and behavioral health expertise within primary care clinics at UMHS, the local community, and throughout the State of Michigan.
Dr. Dalack received his B.S. in Chemistry at Yale University, and received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his internship in Medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York and his Psychiatry Residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Also at Columbia and NYSPI, he completed a fellowship in Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Dalack previously served on the APA Council on Quality Care, chaired the APA Workgroup to Establish a Psychiatry Registry (2014-2015), and serves on the APA Registry Oversight Committee (2016-present).
Dr. Durham is the Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, the Associate Director for the Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at BUSM/BMC and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at BUSM. She is a Diplomate of the ABPN in the Specialty of Psychiatry and the Subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
She received her M.D. from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, La., completed her residency training at BMC/BUSM and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Ga.
Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. under the leadership of Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General.
Dr. Durham’s interests lie in advocacy, mental health care integration into the pediatric primary care setting, health disparities among minority populations and training/education. She provides consultation to school based health centers in Boston high schools and is the consulting psychiatrist for the BMC TEAM UP Initiative to bring integrated care to pediatrics in urban based community health centers.
She is involved at the state and national level in the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to improve the standard of care for children and adolescents. For her contributions and dedication to the field of psychiatry, Dr. Durham has been appointed a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
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:
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.
Eleni Greenwood Jaswa, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.O.G., received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with Distinction from Stanford University simultaneously in 2007. She worked briefly as a healthcare investment banking analyst before attending medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where she received numerous awards for academic excellence.
Dr. Jaswa completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), followed by her Fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCSF, and she now serves on the Faculty at UCSF as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Jaswa has authored numerous research publications and actively presents her work at national and international conferences. Her research interests include mental health, wellness, fertility preservation, polycystic ovary syndrome, oocyte cryopreservation, and fertility biomarkers. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, and personally enjoys running, travel, drums, biking, and reading about physics and human behavior.
Dr. Kimberly Gordon-Achebe is a physician who specializes in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane School of Medicine, where she and was creator of A Novel Curriculum Guide for Addressing Cultural Competency for Child Psychiatry Fellows and later Pediatric Residents.
She is lead author of the Origins of Racism in American Medicine and Psychiatry In: Medlock et. al book, Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions. During her tenure as President on the executive board of the Caucus of Black Psychiatrists of the American Psychiatric Association, she strengthened connections with local and national mental health communities including the Maryland/D.C. area where she now practices. She has planned CME events and spoken at multiple conferences and mental health audiences around mental health disparities for children and adolescents and historically marginalized community’s aka BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color).
Dr. Gordon-Achebe is Medical Director of Intensive Services at Hope Health Systems, Inc., a Baltimore-based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation. She was also Medical Director and Volunteer Faculty at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, where she was responsible for providing expert care and consultation to both public and private mental health sectors, in the form of residential treatment for adolescents, juvenile justice, school based treatment, community and inpatient care.
Dr. Gordon-Achebe graduated Cum Laude from Xavier University of Louisiana, where she was awarded early acceptance into Tulane University School of Medicine. After graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine, and surviving Hurricane Katrina as a New Orleans native, she elected to complete her general psychiatry and child psychiatry fellowship at Tulane University of School Medicine and further explore the dualities of her identity as a black women and psychiatrist through and with the cultural lens of living in New Orleans Post-Katrina. She is recognized as the first Tulane Alumna to be awarded a $30,000 federal grant with the SAMHSA/APA Minority Fellowship Program to promote research and career development as an expert in the field of cultural and mental health disparities. During her child psychiatry fellowship training with this grant she received additional and specialized training in addiction, trauma, cultural psychiatry and mental health disparities and became the first Tulane black psychiatrists to hold a position on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and also become Chair of the Minority Fellowship Program. Upon post graduate training, she was recruited and elected to maintain her connections to the South and Tulane by becoming clinical faculty in Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science where she is recognized for her leadership as a clinician and educator.
Dr. Gordon-Achebe is the immediate past President of the Caucus of Black Psychiatrist and Vice Chair for the Council on Children Adolescents and Their Families of the American Psychiatric Association and the past Southern Regional Rep. for the Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc. Her leadership has been instrumental in providing mentorship, sponsorship and leverage for many BIPOC psychiatrists to develop educational resources, networks and supports to advance the cause of dismantling oppression and racism in medicine. She has been a speaker at national conferences including the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Psych Sign, American Psychiatric Association; IPS and Annual Meeting, Black Psychiatrists of America, and AADPRT. Dr. Gordon-Achebe was offered and accepted a position as Program Director of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program to begin in March 2021.
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:
He has also been awarded by the following organizations:
Edmond H. Pi, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California Los Angeles. He previously served as Executive Vice Chair, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Director of Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at different medical schools in the U.S.
Dr. Pi is certified in the specialty Board of Psychiatry (1980- ) and Psychosomatic Medicine (2008-2018). Dr. Pi is former Medical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), State of California. Professor Pi is an accomplished researcher in the fields of clinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology, particularly ethnic and cross-cultural aspects.
Dr. Pi is a Distinguished Life Fellow of American Psychiatric Association (APA). He has been very active on both the national and international scenes in organized psychiatry in the past 30 years, including President of the Association of Chinese American Psychiatrists, Vice President and Treasurer of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, Chairperson of the Committee of Asian American Psychiatrists, Chair of the Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Groups, and Member of the Executive Committee of the APA Assembly. Also, Dr. Pi served on the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) of the APA during the past 20 year, including Vice Chair of the SPC of APA's 2019 and 2020 Annual Meetings. He received the SPC Overachiever Award, APA Annual Meeting, 2019. Dr. Pi is an Honorary Fellow of WPA. He served as the Representative for Zone 2 – USA within the WPA Board (2014-2020), most recently, elected to the WPA Executive Board as the Secretary for Scientific Meetings (2020- ). Among his many honors, Dr. PI is the recipient of APA's 2009 Kun-po Soo Award and 2021 George Tarjan Award. Dr. Pi is listed among the Best Doctors in America (Psychiatry) and America’s Top Doctors (Psychiatry).
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, retired from the Supreme Court of Ohio after 23 years in the judiciary to pursue criminal justice reforms, particularly as they relate to mental health, juveniles, and veterans.
She came to the bench by a very different route. Born to missionary parents in Bangkok, Thailand, Stratton spent her childhood in Southeast Asia. She attended boarding school in South Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War and later in Malaysia, visiting America on occasion with her parents. At age 18, she returned to America alone with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket. Working her way through school, she earned a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.
She began her legal career as a trial lawyer in the courtrooms of Central Ohio. In 1989, she was the first woman to be elected Judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, where she became known as “The Velvet Hammer” for her approach to sentencing in serious felony cases. Her success on the trial bench led to an appointment in 1996 to the Supreme Court of Ohio, where she was elected to a third term in 2008. She retired in 2012.
Justice Stratton believes that the courts, in partnership with the mental health system, can affect positive change in the lives of many defendants whose mental illness has led to criminal activity. For 8 years, she and former Attorney General Mike DeWine served as co-chairs of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Mental Illness and Criminal Justice, who are law enforcement and criminal justice professionals dedicated to mental health initiatives in the court system. She has now been appointed to now Governor DeWine’s Ohio Recovery Advisory Council, which will advise the governor on addiction and mental health policy issues.
Nationally, Stratton is a co-founder and former co-chair of the Judges’ Leadership Initiative, a professional association that supports cooperative mental health programs in the criminal justice system. She also works in Ohio and nationally on establishing veteran’s courts, to help those returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues, whose problems may lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. She also currently serves as Ohio’s Project Director of Stepping Up, a national collaborative effort to reduce the number of mentally ill in the jail system and to connect them with mental health and other services.
Since retiring from the bench, she works through EStratton Consulting, LLC on criminal justice reforms. She is also Of Counsel to a major Ohio law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where she provides trial and appellate guidance to lawyers, using her years of experience on the trial court and Supreme Court of Ohio to assist attorneys and their clients in their litigation matters. She was recently named to the Best Lawyers in American Appellate Division, 2017. Eve is also a member of Vorys’ drone and autonomous vehicle working group, with a focus on government and insurance.
Among her many honors are the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Angels Award, as well as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Adoption Excellence Award.
Additionally, in May 2008, Stratton received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a ceremony in New York City. Established in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Ranking among the nation’s most prestigious awards, recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.
Justice Stratton is the wife of John A. Lundberg III, and the mother of two adult sons. She enjoys painting, Thai cooking, and fly fishing with her husband. But surely her most interesting accomplishment was her first-place finish in a college Stampede Girls Goat Tying Competition — a talent she later put to good use as a trial lawyer.
Ben Zobrist began playing baseball at eight years old but never envisioned a professional career in the sport. Zobrist had a successful career at Olivet Nazarene for his first three collegiate years and transferred to Dallas Baptist University for his senior year where he graduated with a degree in Communications. Zobrist has established himself as one of the most versatile players in the league, having started at every position on the field except for pitcher and catcher.
Given that Ben Zobrist’s resume reflects his career as a professional baseball player, he also provided this personal statement about his background and interest in mental health awareness:
“Hello, my name is Ben Zobrist. I’m 38 yrs. of age with a wife and three young children and currently unemployed thankfully by choice! I’m known to most people as a former Major League Baseball player, 3x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, And World Series MVP for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. In the baseball world, people know me as one of the first Super-utility players in the game.
Those who know me personally know that I’m just a small town midwestern kid who had a passion for sports and blue-collar work ethic combined with competitive focus that has driven me to succeed at the highest levels of professional sport. Throughout my playing career, I actively pursued public speaking engagements to youth and faith communities. I have always loved to inspire people toward change in areas of personal and community health, healing and growth. More recently, mental and emotional health have become a research passion of mine due to my own personal struggles with a high-profile career filled with daily performance pressure.
In the last few years of my playing career, I launched a charitable non-profit called Patriot Forward that existed to help young minor league baseball families navigate the pressure of the performance life. We have been helping mentor around 25 young players and their families through a very transitional time of life.
I am entering into my first official year of retirement from baseball since I was 5 years old so I’m in quite the transition myself right now, but so far I’m excited about what’s next! I look forward to becoming more educated in the areas of mental, emotional, and relational health in the near future and I plan to use that education to continue speaking for the purpose of inspiring generations of people toward a more healthy and balanced life! In my downtime, I enjoy working out, reading, listening to podcasts, deep conversations, jumping on the trampoline with my kids, flying my drone, and generally re-organizing my life after being on the road for the last 15 years.”
Richard F. Summers, MD is Senior Residency Advisor and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Co-Director of Residency Training at Penn from 1998 to 2017.
Dr. Summers is a nationally recognized educator, author and clinician. He is a member of the ACGME Psychiatry Residency Review Committee, and a Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT). He is currently Chair of the APA Workgroup on Psychiatrist Wellbeing and Burnout.
Dr. Summers has written on psychodynamic therapy training, therapeutic alliance, psychodynamic formulation, positive psychology and psychiatry residency training. His book, Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence Based Practice, co-authored with Jacques Barber, is currently used in over thirty training programs. Summers and Barber’s second book, Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook was published in 2014, and Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook, edited with Dilip V. Jeste, MD, is forthcoming.
Dr. Summers was awarded the Earl Bond Outstanding Teacher Award of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn in 2000, the Robert Dunning Dripps Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Psychiatric Educator of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society in 2007. He was Teacher of the Year at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in 2008, and Outpatient Teacher of the Year Award in 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2017 in the Penn Department of Psychiatry. Most recently, he received the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014. He is a Philadelphia Magazine Top Doc.
Dr. Summers’ clinical interests focus on psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and adult lifecycle development. His research interests include the contemporary revision of the theory and technique of psychodynamic psychotherapy and new approaches to psychotherapy training and education. He is an Associate Editor of Psychiatry, 4th Ed., eds. Tasman, Kay, Lieberman, First and Maj.
Dr. Summers received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1979, graduating magna cum laude in sociology, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following psychiatry residency at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Summers completed psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, on whose faculty he currently serves.
Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. is the Immediate Past-President of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Geller is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and recently served as Medical Director of the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, a 290 bed public psychiatric hospital serving adults and adolescents. Prior to taking this position, Dr Geller spent 25 years as the Director of Public Sector Psychiatry at UMMS.
Prior to taking this position, Dr Geller spent 25 years as the Director of Public Sector Psychiatry at UMMS.
Dr. Geller is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to assuming his position on the APA Board of Trustees as President-Elect, Dr. Geller spent 11 of the past 13 years on the Board as Area 1 Trustee or APA Vice President. Dr. Geller has served in the APA Assembly in various roles, including on the Assembly Executive Committee, for 18 of the past 25 years. He has been the Personal Accounts column editor for Psychiatric Services since the inception of this column in 1994. He has also as well been a Psychiatric Services last Book Review Editor. Dr. Geller has served on multiple components of the APA, most particularly those focusing on public sector psychiatry and global psychiatry.
Dr. Geller has served as a consultant to 26 states and a number of foreign countries. He is the author of over 125 referred journal articles and coauthor of the book, Women of the Asylum. In the Clinton health reform era, Dr, Geller served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in the US Senate. Currently Dr. Geller serves on the SAMHSA National Advisory Council as well as on the boards of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, Clubhouse International, Genesis Club, Treatment Advocacy Center and World Federation for Mental Health. He has been a leader, nationally and internationally, in making the provision of care and treatment to persons in the public sector with serious mental illness a respectable and respected specialization.
Dr. Geller is the recipient of many awards and honors including:
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel M.D., J.D., is President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Brendel is Director of the Master of Bioethics Program and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.
She bases her clinical and forensic psychiatry practice at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is Director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brendel is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She is past Medical Director of the One Fund Center for Boston Marathon bombing survivors at Massachusetts General Hospital and past Clinical Director of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for returning veterans and their families.
Dr. Brendel is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA. Prior to assuming her position on the APA Board of Trustees, Dr. Brendel served as Chair of the APA Ethics Committee from 2019 to 2021. She has previously served as Parliamentarian to the APA Board of Trustees, Chair of the APA Ad Hoc Workgroup on Ethics (2014-2015), member of the APA-AMA Delegation, and Chair of the APA Bylaws Committee. She is a fellow and past president of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (2018-2019), of which she served on the Board from 2010 to 2020. Dr. Brendel is incoming Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Ethics, Grievances, and Professional Standards and an appointed member of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA).
Dr. Brendel is a past Councilor and Ethics Committee Member of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. She has also served on the Massachusetts Bar Association Health Law Section Council and Mental Health Law Committee and in consultative roles to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, the One Fund Boston, and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Informed by her medical, legal, and ethics training and experience, Dr. Brendel writes, teaches, sits on journal editorial boards, and lectures nationally and internationally on critical topics at the intersection of psychiatry, ethics, human rights, and law.
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