Professor, Public Sector Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts, 1986-♦
APA Service: Board of Trustees (Chair, Work Group on Financial
Relationships Between APA and Pharmaceutical Industry), 2006-; Assembly,
1993-2006; Components, 1983-; Psychiatric Services Editorships, 1992-♦
APA Awards: Van Ameringen, 2003; Ron Shellow, 2006 ♦ Current:
therapy, psychopharmacology, mentor/training, forensics, research, consults,
I am the first physician ever in my large extended family that has seen
more than its share of psychiatric issues. My wife and I are parents of 3: the
oldest with developmental disabilities, the youngest a medical student, the
middle one an artist. My practice of psychiatry is influenced by personal
encounters with Robert Kennedy; Anna Freud; Martin Luther King; Ms Thomas, my
5th grade teacher; Kathy W., Marybeth B., and hundreds of other patients with
serious mental illness. I have assisted 26 states and territories in better
meeting the needs of their psych patients (AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, HI,
MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, TN, VT, VA, WA, WV, DC, PR). I am well
aware of psychiatry's struggles across N. Amer.
With work experience in public sector and private practice; in academic
medicine and forensics; on Capitol Hill, with state mental health authorities
and with state attorneys general; and with volunteer experiences in Europe,
Asia, and Africa, I am ready to work with APA members to move our patient
care, political, and professional agendas.
Do you know in APA's history we've had periods with one VP (1844-1885,
2004-), two VPs (1958-2003) and no VP (1886-1958)?
What specifically is an APA vice president to do to provide a necessary,
meaningful, may be even memorable contribution?
First, comprehend contemporary problems in psychiatry:
Second, understand major issues facing APA:
Third, take action on two major projects for the 2-year term with
leadership endorsement: 1) external and 2) internal.
Is your practice better off than when you started it? Rather than wait
in the wings, the APA Vice President can actually do something for North
American psychiatrists and our patients.
As professor and director of public sector psychiatry, I am full-time at
the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where I do teaching,
mentoring, and supervision; patient care; research and administration: 75% of
income. On my own time I do state and agency consultation and other forensic
work: 25% of income.