FIG1 Currently I am professor of
psychiatry (emeritus) at the University of Michigan and very active. I am
director of forensic psychiatry. Most of my professional life has been spent
in academia; it has been a base from which I branched out in many directions.
I am a distinguished life fellow of APA and a diplomate of ABPN.
I started out in hospital psychiatry; I was analyzed, did dynamic
outpatient psychotherapy, and still do psychotherapy with and without
medications. I became director of a community mental health center and took a
sabbatical to be a consultant to the Peace Corps. I am a firm believer in the
integration of psychiatry with the rest of medicine, have been president of
the county medical society, and have done considerable consultation/liaison
work. As concurrent chair of the legislative committees of the Michigan
Psychiatric Society (MPS) and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), I have
lobbied for mental health throughout Michigan.
Within the broad base of forensic psychiatry, I have become very interested
in ethics and in workplace issues, which center around returning to work as
well as disability issues. I have been a consultant to the Powertrain Division
of General Motors since 1972. I was one of the founders and first chair of the
U-M Hospital Ethics Committee and am still on the committee. I was appointed
to the Michigan State Board of Medicine, was a member for eight years,
including chair for two years. I am chair of the Licensing and Discipline
Committee of the MSMS.
I have spent half of the last 23 years as a Michigan Assembly
representative, have been on the Board of Trustees, did a stint as secretary,
and have been on many APA components. I am on the Audit Committee and a
consultant to the Membership Committee.
I am a candidate for speaker-elect of the Assembly. I did not seek the
nomination, but I was honored to be asked, and, if elected, I will be honored
In the Assembly recently, I have been instrumental in writing and
successfully supporting a number of action papers dealing with retention and
recruitment of members, which represent a streamlining of the membership
process (automatic upgrades, transfers, and graduated dues). As chair of the
Membership Committee of the MPS, I am striving to make the process more
personal—to forgive, to recommend amnesty, to respect the member,
sometimes to meet with him/her in person.
The work of the Assembly affects patients and psychiatrists of all ages. I
am especially committed to the residents and ECPs who are the real future of
MPS-APA, the source of our potential strength, our future leaders. I am on the
reference committee that discusses and evaluates action papers around
education/training/career development. I am chair of the Lifers' caucus in the
Assembly and a past president of the Lifers. I believe we can be helpful
around mentoring and bringing a sense of history, of "memory" to
The work of the Assembly embodies a continuing array of new and old ideas,
topics, and problems demanding thoughtful deliberation, debate, and
(hopefully) resolution. A sampling of "cutting-edge" issues
requiring the attention of the speaker-elect et al.: Facilitating access to
mental health services. How do we cast our relationship with Big Pharma?
Psychologist prescribing and other scope-of-practice concerns. What do we do
with sexual offenders? Is civil commitment a feasible option? A new look at
district branch-APA relationships; another look at single-payer health
Why vote for me? I bring a diversity of experience, knowledge, and
understanding born of longstanding service and a dedication, commitment, and
passion in regard to APA and, more specifically to the Assembly. Like the
Assembly, I am an advocate for our patients and for psychiatry; an advocate
for all seven Areas; everyone has his/her own (local) needs. The Areas are
perhaps dissenting, but together in spirit, intent, and basic goals. The
Assembly is an idea factory for the Board; it is also a counterbalancer and
acts as advisor/consultant. We constantly need to cultivate and strengthen the
Assembly's liaison with the Board. It may be useful to have more Assembly
representation on the Board.
My style is that of a mediator, a negotiator, an integrator. It is a
personal style, of people to people; it is relating, often on a one-to-one
basis or in small groups. I strive to be a consensus-gathering person. I am
eclectic; I am utilitarian; I am accessible and approachable. Finally, I think
a sense of fairness is a critical aspect of the speaker of the Assembly. I
strive to be fair—I listen; I hear all sides. I believe in transparency,
in open participation. Finally, I am a manager who is comfortable in a
leadership role, who balances firmness with a sense of humor. You can trust
Thank you for your consideration!