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mayada-akil-MGUHMayada Akil, MD

Mayada Akil, MD, is the Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Training Program. She also serves as the medical director of the Outpatient Program, a busy service with over 17,000 outpatient visits a year and over 35 providers. Dr. Akil trained in psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She was on faculty in the departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh from 1989 to 1996 where she was involved in clinical work teaching and research. Dr. Akil joined the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where she conducted research on the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders then served as a Senior Advisor to the NIMH Director from 2003-2012. She joined the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in March of 2007. Dr. Akil is nationally known for her work in neuroscience education in psychiatry. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

Karen-Anderson_jpgKaren E. Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson, is an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and the newly appointed director of the Huntington Disease Care, Education and Research Center (HDCERC), a joint endeavor of Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. As director, she leads a multidisciplinary team devoted to Huntington’s disease (HD), the first in the DC metro area. She previously founded the University of Maryland Huntington's Disease Clinic, and served as its director for 12 years.

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include behavioral symptoms in patients with HD and other movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. She serves on the executive committee of the Huntington Study Grou
p (HSG) and the Scientific Planning Committee of the ENROLL Huntington's disease study. Her work includes collaboration with the European HD Network on global efforts to study and treat emotional symptoms in HD. She also had a lead role in development of expert consensus treatment guidelines for emotional symptoms in people with HD. She conducts clinical trials for new drug therapies in HD and is trained in programming for deep brain stimulation treatment for movement disorders.

Dr. Anderson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Chicago. She completed her internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and her residency and postdoctoral research training in psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she began her work in HD. She has subspecialty certification in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology.

Louis Beckman, MD

Louis Beckman, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.   He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the Biological Basis of Behavior, obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and completed psychiatry residency training at the Harvard Longwood Program where he served as Program Chief Resident in his final year. 

Dr. Beckman treats adult patients and supervises resident trainees in the MGUH outpatient psychiatry clinic.  He is also a collaborative care psychiatrist and works with the Montgomery County Primary Care Coalition to provide behavioral health treatment for uninsured individuals in Montgomery County Maryland using a collaborative care model.  Dr. Beckman teaches medical students at Georgetown University.     

matthew-biel-MGUH_jpgMatthew Biel, MD, MSc

Dr. Biel is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Training Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Dr. Biel has clinical and research interests in autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders in children and families, trauma and PTSD, reducing health care disparities, and exploring the relationships between physical illnesses and psychiatric symptoms in children. He is a core faculty member in MedStar Georgetown's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine training programs. Dr. Biel received a B.A. in Spanish and History at Amherst College before attending medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he also received a Master of Science in community medicine. He then trained in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

alfiee-m-breland-noble-MGUHAlfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD MHSc

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, is director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center. She is expert in mental health disparities, treatment engagement, mood disorders and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with a specific focus on Faith Based Mental Health Promotion for racially diverse youth and families. In addition to her research and clinical expertise, she provides culturally relevant treatment for anxiety disorders. Dr. Breland-Noble is a recognized expert in mental health disparities and mood disorders as evidenced by her appointments to the American Psychological Association Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Depression Across the Lifespan and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Addressing Disparities National Advisory Panel. AAKOMA was designed to build an evidence-based, culturally relevant behavioral intervention to improve psychiatric treatment engagement by African-American youth and their families. The project has grown to include the AAKOMA Lab (

Dionne-Smith-Coker-AppiahDionne Smith Coker-Appiah, PhD

Dr. Coker-Appiah, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Coker-Appiah has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry since 2008. Her research program focuses on using community-based participatory research to study adolescent health, more specifically, adolescent dating violence and adolescent mental/sexual health, among rural African Americans. Dr. Coker-Appiah has published numerous articles and book chapters and presents her research locally, nationally, and internationally.

thomas-cummings-jr-MGUHThomas Cummings, Jr., MD

Dr. Cummings provides clinical care for our inpatient and consult services and our outpatient adult programs, with a focus on neuropsychiatry and psycho-oncology. He also has a major role in teaching and supervision of Georgetown medical students and residents.

Dr. Cummings obtained his medical degree in 2003 from UMDNJ — New Jersey Medical School. He then completed his psychiatry residency at New York University School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Cummings also completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008.

aimee-danielson-MGUHAimee Danielson, PhD

Aimee Danielson, PhD, is the director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive health issues. Arriving at Georgetown in 2008, Dr. Danielson’s unique approach to the provision of specialized evaluation, and treatment for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, resulted in the creation of the Women’s Mental Health Program. In addition to her clinical practice, she is an assistant professor within the medical school and teaches medical students and residents on the motherhood transition and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Danielson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and earned her doctorate in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. She completed her clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a one-year fellowship program in women’s mental health. During these training years, she began specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in pregnant and postpartum women, and became particularly interested in working with women with postpartum depression. Since then, she has remained committed to helping women experiencing difficulties with the transition to motherhood by providing consultation, ongoing individual therapy, couples counseling, and group therapy for pregnant and postpartum women and couples. Dr. Danielson has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, as well as insight-oriented approaches to treatment.

priscilla-dass-brailsford-MGUHPriscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD, is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her clinical training at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. She is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. As research faculty, she studies the effects of trauma, violence and other stressful events. Besides numerous other publications, she is the published author of two books: A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions (2007) and Disaster and Crisis Response: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2009). Dr. Dass-Brailsford is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has held numerous leadership positions within the Association.

kimberly-davis-MGUH_jpgKimberly Davis, PhD

Kimberly Davis, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Oncology. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus in Health Psychology and a particular interest in Psychosocial Oncology. She provides individual therapy to cancer patients and their families coping with the myriad issues from initial diagnosis to side effects of treatment to survivorship and concerns at the end-of-life. She leads the multidisciplinary psychosocial oncology team in the cancer center. She works very closely with the psychiatrists, social workers, oncologists, palliative care physicians, nursing staff and other clinical and administrative staff at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) and throughout the hospital to address the needs of patients and their family members.

Additionally, Dr. Davis conducts research primarily focused on the factors that impact quality of life that influence cancer patients, survivors and physicians. Her work involves the intersection between patient care and health-related outcomes with a particular focus on integrating routine, validated assessments into the healthcare setting. Areas of research expertise include: 1) factors associated with health–related quality of life (HRQL) in cancer patients, survivors and their families; 2) development and implementation of routine symptom and HRQL assessments; 3) informed decision-making and 4) patient-provider communication.

mary-ann-dutton-MGUHMary Ann Dutton, PhD

Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the area of intimate partner violence and other forms of interpersonal violence over the past 23 years. Dr. Dutton is active as a researcher, consultant, educator, and forensic expert. She is professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University where she is currently involved in research focusing on interpersonal trauma and low-income and minority women's health and mental health issues. She is principal investigator on several federally-funded studies focusing on longitudinal patterns of coping, health outcomes, revictimization, and coercive control among women who have been in recent violent and abusive relationships. She is also involved in several other grants focused on the traumatic experiences of violence and abuse.

Dr. Dutton is working to develop community-based, low-cost, accessible and culturally competent interventions for such traumatic experiences. Dr. Dutton has trained audiences of lawyers, judges, advocates, and health professionals concerning physical violence and sexual assault, both nationally and internationally. Her workshops and lectures have focused on understanding the dynamics, traumatic impact, and interventions. Dr. Dutton has published numerous articles, book chapters and books.

Kurt_ElaKurt W. Ela, PsyD

Dr. Ela is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor within the Outpatient Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He provides individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. Specific areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, and issues related to grief and loss. He also specializes in group therapy, which he teaches at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Ela received his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his doctorate in psychology from The George Washington University. He completed his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital within the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he worked with adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients.

steven-a-epstein-MGUHSteven A. Epstein, MD

Dr. Steve Epstein is professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and chief of service of the Department of Psychiatry of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing a residency in psychiatry at Tufts-New England Medical Center, he was a fellow in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Georgetown/Fairfax Hospital. From 1990 to 2000 he directed Georgetown’s Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and he became department chair in 2001. He currently directs Georgetown’s Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship, Physician-Patient Communication Program, and Physician Health Committee.

Dr. Epstein has conducted NIH-funded research and published extensively in the area of psychosomatic medicine. In 2001, he was awarded an RO1 grant from NIMH to study primary care physicians’ decision-making in the evaluation and treatment of depression. He has also been principal investigator on two other NIMH grants in this area. He has been the recipient of four teaching awards from Georgetown psychiatry residents. In 2011 he was elected by his peers to the MAGIS Society of Masters Teachers of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also co-chair of the Committee on Medical Education for the medical school.

Dr. Epstein serves as vice president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 950 member national organization for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Psychosomatic Medicine Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is the current president of the Washington Psychiatric Society, as well as a member of the Physician Health Committee of the DC Medical Society. Most recently, he was appointed to a six-year term (beginning in July 2015) as a member of the Psychiatry Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

ozge-gurel-kirgiz-MGUHOzge Gurel, PhD

Ozge Gurel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, in particular OCD and related disorders. Dr. Gurel is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry training residents in cognitive behavior tharapy. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from American University and a master's degree in experimental psychology from Villanova University. She received training at Virginia Tech and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.

daniel-w-hicks-MGUHDaniel W. Hicks, MD

Dr. Hicks graduated from Purdue University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science with distinction in psychology. He then went on to Indiana University Medical Center, where he obtained his medical degree in 1976. Dr. Hicks also attended Indiana University for his psychiatry residency, where he was chief resident. He graduated from residency in 1979, and received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1983 and certification in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2005. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He serves as the Chair of the Grand Rounds committee for psychiatry.

Dr. Hicks is currently Medical Director of the Partial Hospital Program, and sees adults in the outpatient psychiatry department. His special areas of expertise include consultation/liaison psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, death and dying, ethics, and gay and lesbian Issues. Dr. Hicks is the chair of continuing medical education for the Washington Psychiatric Society, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Capital Area Physicians for Human Rights. He is also serves as president of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus of the APA.

Sonal Jagasia, MD

Sonal Jagasia, MD MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Outpatient Program, where she works to develop, improve, and optimize the outpatient practice. Dr. Jagasia received a B.A. from Cornell University in Biology and Society. She then received a Doctorate of Medicine and Masters in Public Health at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the combined degree program. She completed a psychiatry internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital, where she served as chief resident of the Georgetown Psychiatry Residency Program.

Dr. Jagasia has an interest in treating individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders and utilizes mindfulness/cognitive behavioral approaches to treating anxiety disorders. She is involved in the Psychopharmacology clinic and Women’s clinic, where she treats women with peripartum associated mental health disorders. She also works with the Primary Care Coalition, where she consults for primary care doctors in Montgomery County using a collaborative care model to treat low-income/uninsured individuals.

paul-mcclore-jones-MGUHPaul Jones, MD, MAT

Paul Jones, MD, MAT, is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where his primary clinical interests include: pediatric psychosomatic medicine, family-centered psychiatry, and mindfulness based interventions in both general medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Jones specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults living with major medical illness, as well as patients with significant medically unexplained physical symptoms. In addition to teaching in Georgetown’s child and adolescent, psychosomatic and general psychiatry programs, Dr. Jones directs and teaches in Georgetown’s mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he completed training in general psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and psychosomatic medicine at Georgetown. Dr. Jones is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and was trained in teaching MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

stacey-kaltman-MGUHStacey Kaltman, PhD

Stacey Kaltman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also an associate director of the Center for Trauma and the Community, an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the study of trauma in community settings. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions in primary care settings that serve the uninsured. Dr. Kaltman is actively involved in medical education and is the co-director of the first year medical school module, Physician-Patient Communication, which teaches basic communication skills and professionalism. She also has an active program of medical education research focused on developing innovative strategies using technology to teach communication skills to medical students. In addition, she provides treatment to adults coping with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Dr. Kaltman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in behavioral medicine at the University of Maryland School and a two-year research fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine/Baltimore VA Medical Center.

kathy-s-katz-MGUH_jpgKathy S. Katz, PhD

Dr. Katz is a pediatric psychologist who provides evaluation and treatment of children with problems with emotional regulation, anxiety, sleeping, and feeding. Previously the director of psychology training in Georgetown’s Center for Child Development, she has long experience in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Her more recent work has included helping children deal with parent separation and divorce. Dr Katz’s research focuses on improving developmental outcomes for children with various medical and social risk factors. Dr Katz is an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Georgetown. She teaches and supervises child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, pediatric residents and medical students. Dr Katz received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She completed a clinical child psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Judge Baker Children’s Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.

McCormick-KingMegan McCormick King, MD

Dr. McCormick King is a child clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. McCormick King provides mental health consultation to children and families in receiving medical care at the MedStar Pediatric Outpatient Subspecialty Clinics. She also is involved in community-based programming to increase access to mental healthcare in primary care and school settings. Dr. McCormick King’s clinical and research interests focus on the relationship between psychological factors and medical outcomes in chronically ill children and adolescents, as well as improving access to mental healthcare for at-risk populations through integrated models of service delivery. She also participates in ongoing training and supervision of graduate students and trainees. Dr. McCormick King earned her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy at Mercer University, then earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at Children’s National Medical Center.

janice-krupnick-MGUHJanice Krupnick, PhD

Janice Krupnick, PhD, is Director of the Trauma and Loss Program and a member of the research division. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on psychotherapy trials and treatment development in depression and PTSD. She teaches seminars on brief psychodynamic psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy and provides supervision of long-term psychotherapy. She provides psychotherapy through the outpatient department, focusing mainly on issues of trauma, bereavement, and relationship problems. She has served on several Institute of Medicine committees and was also appointed to an Advisory Board on Special Populations (primarily Veterans) for the Institute of Medicine.

judith-kupersmith-MGUHJudith Kupersmith, MD

Dr. Kupersmith has served on the faculty of the medical schools of New York University, the University of Louisville, Michigan State University, and Texas Tech University. A former ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet Company, Dr. Kupersmith has established innovative and successful performing arts programs at these medical centers. She has made numerous presentations across the country in the area of mental health of performing artists.

In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Kupersmith has extensive experience as a general psychiatry and psychotherapy supervisor. In recognition of her expertise, she has received resident teaching awards at Michigan State, Texas Tech and Georgetown University.

Ted S. Liao, MD

Dr. Ted Liao is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the associate director of residency training for the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University before completing his residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Liao was honored with several awards for teaching medical students and was named Resident Psychiatrist of the Year by the Washington Psychiatric Society. Prior to joining the faculty, he completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship in the department of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. In addition to seeing patients in the outpatient program for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Liao’s clinical work at Georgetown also includes evaluations of organ transplant candidates, care of patients undergoing treatment for cancer, and consultations on medically hospitalized patients.

Sean Pustilnik, MD

Dr. Pustilnik is the director of the Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and provides consultative service to medically ill pediatric inpatients, outpatient consultation through the Integrated Care Clinic at Georgetown Pediatrics of Tenleytown, and telephonic consultation through the DC MAP program, as well as psychiatric care of children with mood and anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD. His clinical and teaching interests include pediatric psychosomatic medicine and the integration of mental health into pediatric primary care. Dr. Pustilnik completed his B.A. in Behavioral Biology at Johns Hopkins University, M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University, and graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the VCU School of Medicine hospital, and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.

Aaron-Rakow-PhD-MGUHAaron Rakow, PhD

Aaron Rakow, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Rakow’s professional background focuses on improving access to empirically supported mental health interventions via training and dissemination efforts within school systems and primary care offices. His teaching and clinical emphasis focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy for child and adolescent anxiety disorders. He also provides supervision in the child and adolescent fellowship program.

colin-e-stewart-MGUH_jpgColin Stewart, MD

Dr. Stewart is the associate training director for the Child and Adolescent Residency Training program. He also provides clinical care, including directing a clinic dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Stewart completed his internship and residency at UCSF and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. He serves on the AAMC’s Group for Diversity and Inclusion.

WISE babette_WellerBabette A. Wise, LICSW

Babette A. Wise, LICSW, is the director of the Substance Abuse Program in the Department of Psychiatry. She has been a full-time member of the department since July 1982. At that time she and Dr. William E. Flynn established the addiction program. She treats individuals, couples and families who are struggling with the disease of substance abuse.

Ms. Wise completed her Master of Arts in special education from The George Washington University in 1975 and her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 1981. She teaches medical students and psychiatric residents about substance abuse. She also supervises residents in psychotherapy. She has been interviewed extensively over the years in a variety of media outlets about substance abuse and is a resource for colleagues and members of the community about the disease of addiction and treatment.

Rachel Yoder, MD

Dr. Yoder provides clinical care for our outpatient child/adolescent program and provides psychiatric services for the Department of Pediatrics on the Kids Mobile Medical Van and at Mary’s Center. She teaches Georgetown medical students, psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry fellows and oversees their care of patients. Dr. Yoder obtained her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a combined Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry residency and fellowship at Indiana University.

Zack_Wendy_LRWendy Zack, PhD, LICSW

Dr. Zack received her Ph.D. from the Clinical Social Work Institute and her Masters from McGill University. She is an experienced clinician and supervisor and provides individual and couples therapy with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supportive psychotherapy. She supervises and teaches in the residents training program. Her areas of interest include women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, and stage-of-life transitions.

Affiliate faculty

Chung_JoyceY_LRJoyce Y. Chung, MD

Joyce Y. Chung, MD, received her Bachelor of Science and medical degree from Northwestern University. She completed her psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and then a research fellowship in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include the study of sociocultural barriers to mental health care, treatment interventions for mental health problems in minority populations, ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and patient-provider discourse and communication. She is the recipient of several research grants.

Dr. Chung has also been active in the area of HIV psychiatry through her clinical practice, educational lectures and published articles about psychiatric complications associated with HIV and AIDS. She helped formulate and was the chief writer for the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with HIV/AIDS. During her eleven-year affiliation with Georgetown, Dr. Chung has served as chief of the Consultation-Liaison service at the Washington VA and as medical director of the Mental Health Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital. She is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Anthropological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Karen JohnsonKaren M. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson served most recently an associate professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She also served as: medical director and director for academic affairs at Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles; interim vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; and past president of the Association of Black Women Physicians.

Dr. Karen Johnson is a graduate of the University of Panama School of Medicine, who trained in psychiatry at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. She completed a fellowship in consultation liaison psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, where she held the appointment of director of the Consultation Liaison Service and the Women's HIV Mental Health Program at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, before transferring to Harbor UCLA Medical Center where she served as director of the Consultation Liaison Service, director of the inpatient programs and medical student clerkship site director.

Over the years she has been awarded various teaching awards from these institutions, and brings a wealth of clinical, academic and administrative experience.

Suad Kapetanovic, MD

Dr. Suad Kapetanovic is an associate deputy clinical director of the Intramural Research Program (IRP) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he serves as a staff clinician on the Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Service. He sees both inpatients and outpatients receiving care at the Clinical Center, shares on-call responsibilities and supervises residents and fellows on this service. In addition he has faculty appointments at the University of Southern California/Keck School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kapetanovic’s expertise is in the area of the psychiatric aspects of HIV and AIDS. He is the mental health program director of the District of Columbia-NIH Partnership for AIDS Progress (DC PFAP) and co-chairs the steering committee of the new intramural interdisciplinary, inter-institute program that is investigating neurocognitive disorders in patients with HIV and/or AIDS.

Dr. Kapetanovic earned his medical degree at University of Zagreb in Croatia and completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He was then jointly recruited by the University of Southern California/Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the USC Maternal Child and Adolescent Center for Infectious Diseases and Virology because of their growing need for research and clinical care in mental health for HIV-infected women, children and youth. Here he served as the director of the Mental Health Program, joining a multidisciplinary team of clinical and translational faculty and researchers.

He joined the NIH Clinical Center in August 2010 to facilitate development of self-sustainable research capacity in the field of mental health aspects of HIV and AIDS in Washington, D.C., and to establish interdisciplinary collaborations with NIH intramural investigators from the Clinical Center and other institutes.

Dr. Kapetanovic currently serves as lead associate investigator on two intramural inter-institute collaborative research protocols. He also serves as co-investigator, collaborator and mentor on multiple collaborative projects in the District. He has authored or co-authored 17 full-length manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Maryland-PaoMaryland Pao, MD

Dr. Pao is clinical director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is chief of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service (Adult and Child) in the Clinical Center. She is currently chair of the Medical Executive Committee of the NIH Clinical Center and has served as the NIMH Institutional Review board chair in the past.

A native of Bethesda, MD, Dr. Pao attended Wellesley College before completing a Bachelor of Arts/medical degree program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed pediatric and psychiatric residency training as well as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Pao was the director of the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service in the Children's Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as the director of pediatric consultation liaison and emergency psychiatric services at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is board-certified in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Pao is a past recipient of the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award (1991) and has received teaching awards both during her time at Johns Hopkins and at Children's National Medical Center. She also received the NIMH Hannah Cashman Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service (2003).

Dr. Pao's clinical and research interests are in the complex interactions between somatic and psychiatric symptoms in chronic diseases of childhood such as HIV, other primary immune disorders, pediatric oncology and in pediatric pain management. Dr. Pao is co-chair of the Physically Ill Child Committee in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and co-chair of the Pediatric Significant Interest Group of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine where she is also currently serving as a councilor. She was elected to the American College of Psychiatrists in 2010. She has written more than 60 papers and chapters and served as a senior editor for the Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management (2009). Dr. Pao is recognized for her leadership and training in pediatric psychosomatic medicine.

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