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Information on APA's Election: ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H.
Psychiatric News
Volume 43 Number 23 page 19-24

Distinguished Fellow

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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, administration.

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.

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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.

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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, administration.

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