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.
Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, M.D., M.Sc., Secretary
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.
Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, M.D., M.S., was born in San Jose, CA, and was raised by her parents and maternal grandmother, who fled Vietnam at the fall of Saigon in 1975. 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.
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 and completed both her general psychiatry residency training and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During her geriatric psychiatry fellowship, she audited the UCSF Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Fluent in Vietnamese, she has conducted research on the cultural adaptation of problem-solving therapy for Vietnamese-speaking patients.
While at UCSF as a resident, Dr. Quang-Dang led the effort to found the Cultural Psychiatry Area of Distinction in the residency program and co-founded the UCSF Geriatric Psychiatry Interest Group. Her professional interests include geriatric psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, teaching and mentorship, and advocacy.
Among Dr. Quang-Dang's awards are the American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellowship, the American College of Psychiatrists' Laughlin Fellowship (including a second year awarded to 1 of 10 Fellows), the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholar Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, and the Edwin F. Alston Award for Leadership from UCSF. As Chair of the American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellowship for 2013-2014, she was a non-voting member of the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees.
She has served on the APA Council on Geriatric Psychiatry (2012-2014), the APA Council on International Psychiatry (since 2014-2019, the APA Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Meeting (2016- 2019), and the APA Mentorship Advisory Committee (since 2017). In 2017, Dr. Quang-Dang saw a gap and thus developed a new program for the APA Annual Meeting through combining her work on both the Scientific Program Committee and the Council on International Psychiatry: the APA International Poster Engagement Program, which provides concrete feedback and networking opportunities to international poster presenters attending the Annual Meeting.
One of her favorite commitments to the APA is her work with the APA Foundation, where she has served as a Board member since 2015. She has served on numerous committees including the Legacy Fund, Helping Hands grant, Advancing Minority Mental Health Award, and the APA Psychiatric Research Award. She sees tremendous opportunities as well as momentum for the APA Foundation to lead the United States in making mental health a top priority in local communities in the years ahead.
Dr. Quang-Dang is passionate about advancing the field of psychiatry by promoting the involvement and leadership of younger psychiatrists, women, and other minorities in organized psychiatry through mentorship and advocacy within the APA. Outside of psychiatry, she is passionate about education, and since 2013 has served as a Board member of VietHope, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization she co-founded in 2002 as an undergraduate at Harvard College, which to date has provided over 5,000 scholarships, as well as leadership training programs, for disadvantaged students from rural areas of Vietnam. .
Louis J. Kraus, M.D., DFAPA, FAACAP, Treasurer
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.
Lama Bazzi, M.D.
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, M.D.
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).
- Yale University, B.S. in Chemistry
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, M.D.
- Presbyterian Hospital New York City, Internship in Medicine
- New York State Psychiatric Institute, Residency in Psychiatry
- New York State Psychiatric Institution & Columbia University, Fellowship in Psychopharmacology
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.
Eleni Greenwood-Jaswa, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.O.G.
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.
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
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).
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.
Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired
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.
2016 World Series MVP with the Chicago Cubs
Back-to-back World Series champion (2016, 2015)
Drove in game-winning run in the 10th inning during Game 7 of the 2016 World Series
Led the Cubs in hits (10) during 2016 World Series
Ranked first in 2015 MLB post-season for runs (15)
Ranked third in the 2015 AL post season for batting average (.303)
Three-time All-Star (2016. 2013, 2009)
Selected to play for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic H
Ranked top 10 in the American League for doubles during the 2011 and 2012 seasons
Awarded Player of the Week in May 2011
Baseball Writers Association of America (Tampa Bay Chapter) named Zobrist as the 2009 MVP of the Rays
Rays honored Zobrist with the Heart and Hustle award in 2011 and 2012
Played in his first World Series with the Rays in 2008
Received INT Player of the Week in August 2008
Drafted in the 6th round in the 2004 MLB draft by the Houston Astros and was traded to the Rays in July of 2006
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 3 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 Summer, M.D., Ex-Officio, APA Treasurer
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.
Bruce Schwartz, M.D, Ex-Officio, APA Immediate Past-President
Dr. Schwartz is Professor, Deputy Chair and Clinical Director of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also serves as the President of the Montefiore Behavioral Care IPA and is the Medical Director and founding member of University Behavioral Associates, a not-for-profit behavioral health management services organization.
Dr. Schwartz is the Past Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and Program Director for the Chief Residents Leadership Conference ("Tarrytown" Conference).
Dr. Schwartz a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to having served as APA Treasurer, Dr. Schwartz has held several positions including chair of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing and the Committee on Reimbursement for Psychiatric Care. He has served in the APA Assembly Representative and was an officer in the New York State Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Schwartz is active in many professional organizations including the American College of Psychiatrists, New York Psychiatric Society, Greater New York Hospital Association's Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services Committee, New York Academy of Medicine's Committee on Admission and Membership. He was chair of the American Hospital Association's Governing Council of the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Schwartz is chair of the Mental Health Association of New York City's (MHA-NYC) Professional Advisory Board and member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Schwartz is regularly selected by Castle Connolly's Top Doctors and by New York Magazine as a Best Doctor.
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
Vivian Pender, M.D., Ex-Officio, APA President-Elect
Vivian B. Pender, M.D. is the President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pender is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and a Training Psychoanalyst at Columbia University.
At the UN she represents the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Until 2011, she chaired the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. She is the current Chair of the NGO Committee on Mental Health, and a volunteer Asylum Evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights. She is the author of journal articles and a book chapter on affect, motivation, pregnancy, female psychology and women’s health. She produced four documentaries of conferences at the United Nations on mental health, human rights and violence.
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