Clinical Director, Otter Creek Associates, 1987- ♦ APA
Trustee-at-Large, 2002- ♦ Representative, Vermont Psychiatric
Association, APA Assembly, 1990-96 ♦ Chair, APA Council on Children,
Adolescents, and Their Families, 1997-02 ♦ Clinical Professor of
Psychiatry, University of Vermont, 1994- ♦ Vice Chair, AMA Section
Council on Psychiatry, 1997- ♦ Green Ribbon Award for Advocacy and
Public Education, Mental Health America, 2000
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vt. I am
also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College
of Medicine. On a local level, I serve as the treasurer of the Vermont
Psychiatric Association and as president of the Vermont Association of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry.
It has been an honor to serve as trustee-at-large for the past six years.
In this capacity, Ive tried to focus on advocating for our members and our
patients. I have served as a spokesperson for APA on a wide variety of
clinical and research issues, including children and medication, emotional
reactions to war and terrorism, the juvenile death penalty, and enhancing
access to data from clinical trials. I have also testified on our behalf
before the FDA and several congressional committees. As vice chair of our
delegation to the AMA House of Delegates, I've helped secure support for our
positions on parity, SCHIP, and psychologist prescribing. I also offered a
resolution on the accuracy, validity, and reliability of scientific research.
This resolution led the AMA to call for the development of a national registry
of clinical trials, an initiative which quickly gained widespread support.
As a member of the APA Board, I chaired our Task Force on Parity, which was
actively involved in supporting our advocacy efforts at both the state and
federal levels. I also co-chaired a presidential initiative which helped focus
attention on the incidence of psychiatric disorders on college campuses and
the challenges associated with providing appropriate consultation and
treatment services in such settings. As a trustee-at-large, I've also tried to
enhance the collaboration and coordination between APA and other allied and
advocacy organizations. In particular, I have worked with APA to develop joint
testimony, amicus briefs, and position statements with the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the
Law, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Adolescent
Psychiatry, Mental Health America, and the National Alliance on Mental
Illness. I believe that such partnerships and joint efforts enhance our
ability to achieve our larger goals and objectives.
My current priorities for APA are as follows:
I also believe it's entirely appropriate for APA to become involved with
the larger social and political issues which face our society. I was
particularly proud to watch and participate in the thoughtful dialogue and
decision making process in both the Assembly and at the Board on the issue of
physician involvement with interrogations. And I was pleased that our action
formed the basis of the position subsequently adopted by the AMA.
I have very much enjoyed serving on the Board of APA. I believe I've been a
consistent and effective spokesperson and advocate for the organization. I am
honored to be running for the position of secretary/treasurer, and I'd welcome
the opportunity to continue my efforts on behalf of our members, our patients,
and our profession.