Dr. Michael Ascher
Michael Ascher, MD is a clinical associate of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and maintains a private practice. His academic interests include addictions, family-inclusive treatment, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ascher has published dozens of articles and frequently lectures to both professional and lay audiences. He is passionate about mental health advocacy, and working with his patients in their search for overall health, growth, and fulfilling relationships.

Nicolas Badre, MD
, a board-certified psychiatrist, practices in San Diego. He is a forensic psychiatrist for the county of San Diego, a volunteer clinical faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of San Diego. He also maintains a private practice. Dr. Badre enjoys studying and writing about the relationship between philosophy, ethics, social context, and psychiatry.

Lee H. Beecher, M.D.
Lee H. Beecher, MD is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota andpresident of the Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance nonprofit think tank (www.physician- patient.org). He also is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Beecher writes about his outpatient psychiatry practice and about state and federal health care funding reform. He is in private practice in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Dr. Carl C. Bell
Carl C. Bell, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at Jackson Park Hospital Family Medicine Clinic in Chicago, clinical psychiatrist emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, former president/CEO of the Community Mental Health Council, and former director of the Institute for Juvenile Research (birthplace of child psychiatry), also in Chicago.

Daniel E. Casey, MD is professor of psychiatry and neurology at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. He has served as a member and chairman of the Food and Drug Administration's Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Casey also has served as chief of psychiatric research and psychopharmacology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

Dr. Steven R. Daviss

Steven R. Daviss, MD, DFAPA, is the senior medical advisor to the office of the chief medical officer within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Rockville, Md., serving as an ex officio liaison. He is board-certified in psychiatry and in psychosomatic medicine, and previously was clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society; and assembly recorder at the American Psychiatric Association.

Annette Hanson, M.D.
Annette Hanson, MD is director of the forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland. She has more than 20 years of experience as a correctional psychiatrist, and has cared for pretrial detainees and sentenced offenders at all levels of security. In addition to performing criminal and civil forensic evaluations, she writes regularly about issues related to correctional ethics and the rights of incarcerated patients. Dr. Hanson is a coauthor of “Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work.”

Thelissa A. Harris, MD a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, is in private

Thelissa A. Harris, M.D.
practice in adult and geriatric psychiatry in Hartford, Conn. She also works as a psychiatric consultant to continuing care retirement organizations and professional groups. Dr. Harris, a former president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Besides psychotherapy, her major clinical interests include geriatrics and the interface between general medicine and psychiatry.

Simon Kung, MD is medical director of the inpatient Mood Disorders Unit and for the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also is an assistant professor of psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and psychology at the clinic. Dr. Kung's main area of interest is treatment-resistant depressive disorders, including pharmacologic treatments, pharmacogenetic testing, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and psychotherapies. He is also involved in developing computer applications to support clinical, education, research, and administrative aspects of psychiatry. Dr. Kung, a member of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry, developed the first Mayo Medical School internal Web site.

Maria I. Lapid, MD, is professor of psychiatry at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. A geriatric psychiatrist and palliative care specialist at Mayo, Dr. Lapid, a geriatric psychiatrist and palliative care specialist at Mayo has a clinical practice that includes inpatient care of elderly patients with complex neurologic, medical, and psychosocial issues. She is a faculty member of the inpatient palliative care consulting service and the founding program director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship in the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Lapid holds board certifications in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, and board eligibility in hospice and palliative medicine. Her work has been published in countless peer-reviewed journals.

Thomas W. Meeks, MD has served 3 years as an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry, and his work has been focused within the division of geriatric psychiatry. He received a National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award to examine the potential additive role of inflammation in late-life depression and chronic pain, two illnesses he commonly sees in clinical practice. He also received a Geriatric Academic Career Award, which was designed to foster his skills as a clinician-educator. He chose to focus on enhancing his skills in bilingual/bicultural competency in working with Latino older adults suffering from dementia and other late-life mental illnesses, and their families.

Dinah Miller, M.D. is a psychiatrist and writer in Baltimore. She is in private practice, and over the past 20 years has worked at four community psychiatry clinics in the greater Baltimore area. She is the coauthor of “Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work,” as well as four novels. Along with Dr. Annette Hanson and Dr. Steven Roy Daviss, she is a cofounder of the Accessible Psychiatry Project, which includes the Shrink Rap blog and the My Three Shrinks Podcast. Dr. Miller recently left a consulting position of 15 years at the Johns Hopkins community psychiatry program to escape Epic and to work on a book on involuntary psychiatric treatments.
Theresa M. Miskimen, M.D.
Theresa M. Miskimen, MD is vice president for medical services at University Behavioral Healthcare, New Jersey's largest provider of behavioral health care services. She also serves as an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ. Over the years, Dr. Miskimen has spearheaded the formation of culturally competent treatment groups for Hispanic patients with severe and persistent mental illness. In addition, Dr. Miskimen serves as a co-investigator in a multisite National Institute of Mental Health-funded study on ethnicity and the diagnosis of affective illness. Dr. Miskimen is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and served as president of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association from 2009 to 2010.

Clifford K. Moy, MD is medical director for Behavioral Health at the TMF Health Quality Institute, Austin. He is a delegate to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates and was appointed to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for 2006 and 2007. In addition, Dr. Moy serves on the Texas Medical Association Council on Medical Education and the Travis County Medical Society Board of Ethics.

Rodrigo A. Muñoz, M.D.
Rodrigo A. Muñoz, MD is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He has published scientific papers in most of the leading psychiatric journals in the country. In addition, he has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the American Psychiatric Association and of the San Diego County Medical Society. Dr. Muñoz is active in programs serving the indigent, the homeless, and patients who suffer from chronic mental illness.

Anthony T. Ng, MD is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services and the George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington. He currently serves as medical director of psychiatric emergency services at Acadia Hospital, Bangor, Maine. Dr. Ng has extensive experience in the area of primary care and mental health, crosscultural issues, community system issues, substance abuse and homeless issues, and disaster psychiatry. He also is involved in community mental health and emergency psychiatry. He is the immediate past president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry and is the former chairperson of the New York State Office of Mental Health Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lorenzo Norris is assistant professor in the department of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, and assistant dean of student affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington. He also is medical director of psychiatric & behavioral sciences at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Norris has been a leader in developing and implementing academic counseling related to 3rd- and 4th-year medical students in his role as assistant dean. He also works with other deans in the medical school to develop career counseling programs for students. At the hospital, Dr. Norris is director of both the psychiatric consultation-liaison service and the Cancer Survivorship Center.

Cynthia R. Pfeffer, M.D.
Cynthia R. Pfeffer, MD is professor of psychiatry at Cornell University, New York. She also serves as director of the Childhood Bereavement Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. She has written extensively about treating suicidal behavior in children and adolescents, and has given numerous talks across the country and around the world. Her clinical, research, and teaching expertise also includes the areas of child development, anxiety, and depression.

Col. (Ret.) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., MPH
Col. (Ret.) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH serves as professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and at Georgetown University. Dr. Ritchie retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 after serving for 24 years and holding many leadership positions, including chief of psychiatry. She trained at Harvard, George Washington, Walter Reed, and the Uniformed Services University, and has completed fellowships in forensic, preventive, and disaster psychiatry.

Jay H. Shore, MD is the director of telemedicine at the University of Colorado’s Depression Center. He also serves an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s department of psychiatry and in the School of Public Health’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. His career has focused on the use of technology in mental health. He participates in multiple projects, including the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of programs in Native, rural, and military settings aimed at improving quality and access to care.

David Spiegel, M.D.
David Spiegel, MD is Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor and associate chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford (Calif.) University. He is the author of 500 research papers, chapters in scientific journals, and 10 books. Dr. Spiegel is a leader in the field of psychosomatic research, treatment, and hypnosis, with particular interest in psychoneuroendocrinology/ oncology. He is winner of the American Psychiatric Association's Marmor Award for Advancement of the Biopsychosocial Model in Psychiatry and is a past president of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Peter J. Weiden, MD is director of the Psychotic Disorders Program at the Center for Cognitive Medicine, department of psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he served as professor of psychiatry and director of the Schizophrenia Research Service at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. He has received several awards from family and patient advocacy groups and was named an Exemplary Psychiatrist on three occasions by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Jennifer Yen, MD, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and adult psychiatrist, practices in Houston. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and works in private practice. Dr. Yen founded the IAMe Foundation, a nonprofit that strives to help children develop a healthy self-image. She is the Amazon bestselling author of the fantasy series, “The Avalon Relics.”

Last updated November 29, 2017