FDA Controlled Substance Registration for all schedules
License to practice Medicine in California current
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
November, 2000 Passed written board examination of the National
Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
June 1997 - June 2000 University of Maryland at Baltimore,
School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Residency completed June, 2000
June 1994 -96 University of California, San Francisco, Department
of Psychiatry and San Francisco Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Public-Academic Liaison Research Fellow
NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow
June 1993 -94 University of California, Berkeley, School
of Public Health
Research Training Program In Financing and Service Delivery in Mental Health
NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow
June 1991 -92 Mount Zion Medical Center of University of
California, San Francisco
Internship in Internal Medicine completed June, 1992
1985-91 University of California, San Francisco School of
M.D. awarded June, 1991
1988-89 Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Massachusetts
Mental Health Center, Boston
1981-84 City University of New York Baccalaureate Program,
City College of New York
Major in Pre-Medical Studies, Minor in Jazz Composition and Voice
B.A., Summa Cum Laude awarded January, 1985
1971-72 New School for Social Research & New York University
Audited Coursework and Independent Studies in Philosophy (Hanna Arendt/NSSR),
Political Science (Pedro Cuperman/NYU) and Economics (Steven Hymer/NSSR)
1971 School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
Coursework in Film Production and Editing
1970-71 University of Paris at Vincennes, Vincennes, France.
Audited Coursework and Independent Study in Political Science and Sociology (John Gerassi and Theodore Roszak)
1968-70 Syracuse University
Theater Arts and Journalism Major
2008 - 2015 Consulting Psychiatrist for Creating Educational and Behavioral Momentum (CBEM), an agency that provides critical intervention services for clients of the San Francisco Golden Gate Regional Center and other California Regional Centers, serving individuals and families of all ages with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.
December 2003- Present Private Practice in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, providing integrated
individualized psychopharmacology and psychotherapy services to a diverse clientele based on best practices, consumer preferences
and a recovery model, and Consultation and Care Management
May-Aug 2002 Team Psychiatrist, University of California,
San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry. Client assessment
and medication management for Kujichagulia Project clients,
an ACT program serving adult public mental health clients
in downtown San Francisco.
Dec 2001-Dec 2002 Attending Psychiatrist, San Francisco DPH, Mental Health Rehabiliation Facility/SFGH
Psychiatric care and multidisiplinary team management (psychiatric,
medical, nursing, substance disorder, rehabilitation, social work) for a caseload
of 22 seriously mentally ill inpatients having an average length of stay of
9 months and an age range of 18-68 years. Responsibilities also included forensic
responsibilities (conservatorship, involuntary treatment, etc.), family education
and counseling, and individualized rehabilitation services.
July-Dec 2000 Clinical Instructor/Staff Psychiatrist, University of Maryland
at Baltimore Medical System, Department of Psychiatry. Medication management, psychotherapy,
and team management for a caseload of 90 public adult clients.
June 1996-97 Mental Health Services Researcher, University of California, San Francisco, Department
Mini-Grant Program of the Evaluation Center @ Health Services Research Institute.
Sept. 1996 Consultant, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
Independent Reviewer and Review Committee member for a Center for Mental Health
Services, Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP) State Reform
1986-1996 Guardian/Advocate, Boston, Massachusetts/Rockville,
Maryland/New York, New York
Coordination and supervision of all medical, personal, and fiscal affairs for
a severely and chronically mentally and physically disabled adult. Responsibilities
included generic and intensive case management services; formal on and off-sight
clinical management (e.g., service utilization and chart review, review of
case summaries and writing of reports, hiring and firing of medical specialists);
short and long-term estate planning including management of newly created special
needs trusts; development, implementation, and oversight of short and long-term
treatment plans; coordination of public and private service plans and entitlements
including proactive planning for client transition from the private into the
public sector; recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of clinical, financial,
and legal consultants (e.g., guardians, accountants, attorneys); and legal
advocacy involving litigation and special hearings before Massachusetts, New
York and Maryland Probate and Circuit Courts. Supervised and directed distribution
of $1.5 million in trust fund assets on behalf of client.
Jan.-May 1985 Services Director, Geri-Care, Long Island
Coordinated staffing and operations for clinical services provided by mobile
unit teams to elderly clients throughout the greater New York area. Supervised
billing. Developed quality assurance guidelines and protocols for team operations
and treatment follow-up.
1980-83 Health Education and Program Development Consultant
Designed and conducted staff and client education and training programs and
provided technical assistance to: Planned Parenthood International Student
Program; Women's Studies Program, SUNY, New Paltz, N.Y.; New Jersey College
of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, N. J.; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Brooklyn College Women's Center;
YWCA, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Fall 1981 Project Director, Downtown Welfare Advocate Center, New York , N.Y.
Coordinated communications, public relations and outreach for the agency's "Christmas
81" campaign involving a press conference and an inter-borough educational
bus tour for local and state politicians, welfare agency representatives and
members of the press.
Summer 1981 International Guest Speaker and Consultant,
Y.W.C.A, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Guest speaker, workshop leader, and program consultant for the country's first
Women's Conference. Assisted Y.W.C.A. staff in the development of a women's
health resource center. Assisted local health activists with work on the Nestles'
Infant Formula Boycott.
1977-81 Executive Director, Feminist Health Works, New York,
Co-founded and administered a women's health center servicing 2500 clients
and 35 agencies per year. Hired and supervised 7 full-time staff, 5 social
work interns, 30 volunteers, and 3 physicians. Developed clinical protocols
for the provision of the cervical cap (pre-FDA testing and approval) through
FHW clinics. Designed and conducted training seminars for local physicians
and providers. Designed and wrote course curricula and educational materials
on women's and consumer health topics. Raised $200,000 in start-up funds and
maintained an annual budget of $250,000.
Spring 1977 Public Relations Director, Tallahassee Feminist
Women's Health Center
Coordinated pre-trial communications and outreach activities for the Center's
Legal Defense Fund. Worked with the Center's Legal Team in case and appeals
Summer 1976 Public Relations Director, Los Angeles Feminist
Women's Health Center
Coordinated communications and outreach for a statewide political campaign.
Following completion of the Center's 8-week Summer Training Institute provided
pregnancy and family planning counseling and worked as clinical assistant to
staff physicians during routine gynecological examinations and first trimester
1972 Video Director/Producer, Community Arts Program, New
York , N.Y.
Video production and training for theatrical art rehabilitation program working
with residents of drug detoxification centers throughout NYC. Provided video
production training and documented residents’ theatrical productions
performed throughout the greater New York area. Funded by the New York State
Council on the Arts and the New York Public Theater.
1972-76 Freelance Video and Film Production
Wrote, produced, and directed educational, documentary, and training materials
for the Visual Health Lab, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.;
MPO Productions, New York, N.Y.; Poor People's Development Foundation, New
York, N.Y.; Hunter College, New York, N.Y.; Federation of Addiction Agencies,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; American Indian Movement; New York State Department of Corrections;
Living Theater Collective; Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers;
United Farm Workers. Freelance film and video production on films ("The
Wiz"), television specials, commercials, and videos. Awarded independent
production grants for a documentary on women's health care ("Womanwise").
Produced weekly programming for the NYC Public Access Channel for several
video production groups.
WRITING, EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE, & RESEARCH
2003 Contributor/Editor, Mental Health Services Chapter, "Standards
for Health Services in Correctional Institutions", 3rd
Edition, APHA Task Force on Correctional Health Standards
1994-1997 Principal Investigator: "The Impact of Public
Mental Health System Reorganization on Users of Acute Psychiatric
Inpatient Services." Supported by a NASMHPD Public-Academic
Liaison Research Fellowship and a grant award from the Mini-Grant
Program of the Evaluation Center @ HSRI, Cambridge, MA.
1991 Co-Editor and Contributor for a "Students' Rights
Focus" issue for Synapse, the UCSF student newspaper.
Articles and policy recommendations covered student access
to policies on students' rights; medical student abuse; student
access to and confidentiality of academic records; student
evaluation and grievance procedures.
1988 Cohen JE, Commons ML, and Gutheil TG: The Guardianship
Performance Questionnaire. Boston: The Program in Psychiatry
and the Law. This instrument was tested by application in
a number of sites in the Boston area by the Massachusetts
Department of Mental Health.
1987 Author for a "Student Health Service Issue" for
Synapse covers the history, quality and scope of care, and
user satisfaction with the SHS. This series of articles with
accompanying recommendations was solicited to prepare the
student body for a referendum on options for future funding
and coverage for Student Health Service programs.
1984 Research Assistant, Women’s Health Program, Columbia
University Health Service, NYC Chart review and data collection
for a clinical needs assessment to determine the percentage
of client services requiring physician versus nurse practitioner
1982 Cohen JE: Chlamydia trachomatis: The STD of the Eighties?
Unpublished report used by the New York City Department of
Public Health in the promotion and development of a clinical
screening program for their public STD clinics.
1981 Editorial and Advisory Board Member for Wolfe L: Giving
Birth In New York City: A Guide To Childbirth Options. New
York, N. Y.: New York Public Interest Research Group.
Dec. 1980 National Health Facility Tour of Cuba conducted
with a group of health professionals
from the New York City area. Developed and conducted a slide show presentation
on health care in Cuba for local organizations and agencies.
1979 Designed a Cervical Cap Study Protocol for FDA
Investigational Device Exemption for the Feminist Health
Works. This allowed the FHW to continue to import and provide
the cervical cap while two FDA-funded clinical trials were
being conducted. Approximately 200 women were fitted with
the cervical cap and followed over a 18 month period under
this protocol by our Principal Investigator. Data collected
were never formally analyzed nor published.
1974-75 Contributing Editor for TeleVISIONS, a bimonthly
magazine covering national and
international developments in cable television and video programming. Published
by the Washington, D.C. Community Video Center.
1972 Cohen JE, Levine CI, Anshien CM , et al.: The Public
Access Report. New York, N. Y.:
New York State Council on the Arts. A 90-page policy analysis on the development
of commercial and public access cable television in New York City with recommendations
for its future development. These recommendations were used by a city-wide
coalition of consumers and local producers in negotiating with the NYC Office
of Telecommunications for changes in cable company franchise and operational
guidelines under the City Charter.
INVITED PAPERS, LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, & REPORTS
Feb., 2008 Presentation, invited speaker on the topic of psychiatry as a profession for the Medical Explorers Club, Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA.
July, 2007 Presentation/Conference on Family Violence/Conferencia Internacional sobre Violencia Familiar), sponsored by PreNatal/Arequipa, Peru, the US Peace Corps, and the De Waal Foundation. Held at the Universidad Andina Del Cusco on July 17 and the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Arequipa on July 31.
May, 2005 Presentation, "Beyond Fort Bragg Ensuring a Brighter Future for Youth and Young Adults in the United States" for the Second Annual Childs and Strengths Conference, Northeastern University, Chicago.
July, 2005 Presentation, "Recovery Concepts and Models in Mental Health Care: Overview and Applications" first presented as a CME program for the Laguna Hospital Clinical Education Conference for psychiatrists and mental health professionals.
April, 2004 Presentation, “Undressing the Emperor,
Approaching Quality Improvement without Outcomes Management” for
the 1st Annual Child Needs and Strengths Conference, Chicago.
Nov, 2004 Special Program Organizer & Speaker for the
2004 APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Panel Session, “Making Public Health Whole: Integrating Behavioral Health
and Primary Care”
with Norman Sartorius, M.D., Ph.D.
“A NIMH-hosted "New Research" Breakfast:
New Findings in the Neurobiology and Epidemiology of Psychiatric
Disorders” with Richard Nakamura, Ph.D. and Kathleen
“The President's New Freedom Commission Report Breakfast: A Discussion
of Opportunities and Barriers to Implementation of its Findings and Recommendations” with
Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D.
Presentation, “Comprehensive Quality Management Systems: Improving Outcomes
for People with Psychiatic Disablities”
Regional California Symposium, “Implementing the
Goals of the President's New Freedom Commission Report on
Mental Health: Transforming Mental Health Care through Gainful
Employment for Consumers. Co-sponsored by the California
and Ohio Departments of Mental Health
June, 2003 CME Presentation, "Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based
Practices - An Overview" for the Northern California Psychiatric Society
April, 2003 Expert Declaration for the Petitioners, Service
Employees International Union Locals 250, 535, 790, in SEIU
and Dale Butler vs. City and County of San Francisco, Case
May, 2000 Grand Rounds Presentation, “Psychodynamic
Psychotherapy Case Presentation”
University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Nov., 1998 Paper Presentation, "Recidivism as an Outcome
of System Change"
Mental Health Section Panel: System Issues In Inpatient Service Use
American Public Health Association 126th Annual Meeting
March, 1998 Grand Rounds Presentation, "Recidivism
as an Outcome of System Change"
University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Feb., 1997 Paper Presentation, "Quality Management
Research Strategies for Public Managed Mental Health Care",
Seventh National Conference on State Mental Health Agency
Services Research, Program Evaluation, and Policy, sponsored
by the NASMHPD Research Institute.
Oct., 1996 Guest Speaker, Current Public Managed Mental
Health Care Issues for Local Counties in California, Trinity
County Public Health Task Force, Trinity County, CA.
Oct., 1996 Trainer, California Consumer and Family Member
Managed Care Regional Training for Bay Area Counties, Oakland,
CA., sponsored by the California Institute of Mental Health
and the California Department of Mental Health.
April, 1996 Invited Presentation, "The Level of Need/Care
Assessment Method (LONCA): Managing Resources and Quality
in Managed Public Mental Health Settings" for the American
Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting Workshop: Defining
Placement Criteria in Psychiatry.
March, 1996 Position Paper on "National Standards of Health Care for Incarcerated
Persons with Mental Illness" (with Barbara Guest, M.P.H). Submitted to
the American Public Health Association (APHA) on behalf of the Mental Health
Section of APHA.
Oct., 1995 Symposium design and development for the American
Public Health Association Mental Health and Health Administration
Sections' Program for the 1995 Annual APHA Meeting (with
John Kastan, Ph.D.):
"Integrating Mental Health Services Research and Public
Mental Health System Design: Innovative Regional and State
Strategies in the Development of Comprehensive Community-Based
Systems of Care for the Severely Mentally Disabled"
"Methodological and Political Issues in Making Mental
Health Services Research Relevant to Consumers and Family
April, 1995 Executive Summary submitted to the San Francisco
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for
a Level of Need/Care Assessment Method Demonstration Project
for San Francisco adult public mental health.
March, 1995 Special Report on "Short and Long-Term Implications For Local
Counties Under the California Medi-Cal Managed Care Mental Health Plan/Alternate
Public Mental Health System Approaches to State-Wide Reform under Managed Care".
Prepared for William DeRisi, Chief, Research and Evaluation Section, California
Department of Mental Health.
1994 Testimony presented before the California Mental Health
Planning Council, "The Impact of Program Realignment
Legislation and Medicaid Managed Mental Health Care on the
San Francisco County public mental health system".
1994 Workshop Design and Leader for a staff/consumer educational
workshop on the Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Case
Management model for the San Francisco Division of Mental
Health Management Team, the Housing Action Committee of the
San Francisco Mental Health Association, and other community
Oct., 1994 Guest Panelist/Speaker, "The Role of Quality
Management Oversight in Effective Public Mental Health Advocacy
by County Mental Health Boards ", California Alliance
for the Mentally Ill Annual Conference.
Oct., 1993 Special Report prepared for the San Francisco
Division of Mental Health Adult Target Population Work Group
on existing system eligibility criteria with recommendations
for future revisions.
1993-94 Testimony presented before San Francisco County
and California state governmental hearings on behalf of the
mentally ill for local community groups and the S.F. Mental
1982 Guest Lecturer/Instructor for a series of classes on
Female Reproductive Health for a course offered by the School
of Nursing, City College of New York, New York City.
1981 Guest Lecturer on "Women's Self-Help and Innovative
Community Health Programs for Women in the US." at a
National Women's Conference sponsored by the YWCA, Port of
1979 Guest Panelist on "Alternate Contraceptive and
Abortion Technologies" for a professional
symposium sponsored by International Planned Parenthood Federation, New York
1978 Guest Lecturer on "Women's Self-Help" for
the Women's Division of ZANU, United Nations Representative
from Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, United Nations, New York City.
1977 Testimony presented on "The Use of Hysterectomy
as a Method of Female Sterilization in the United States" at
Regional US. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Hearings on Sterilization Abuse in the USA., New York City.
1977-82 Guest Lecturer on "Female Sexual Anatomy and
Response" and "Women's Self Help" for conferences
and programs for: New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry,
Newark, N.J.; Women's Studies Department, SUNY, New Paltz;
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; Brooklyn College
Women's Center; and City College Women's Studies Department.
New York City.
HONORS & AWARDS
2004 The Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association Mental Health Section Award "For Excellence in the Field of Mental Health"
2000 The American College of Psychiatrists’ Laughlin
Fellowship “In recognition of outstanding leadership
and significant achievements as a resident in Psychiatry”
1999 Research Fellowship Awards from the Maryland Mental
Hygiene Administration, the RISP program of the NASMHPD Research
Institute, and the Center for Mental Health Services Research
at University of Maryland at Baltimore funded a four month
elective to work on papers for journal publication.
1996 American Public Health Association Mental Health Section
Award "For outstanding contribution to Development of
1995 Research grant award from the Mini-Grant Program of
the Evaluation Center @ HSRI
1994 National Institute of Mental Health Research Service
Award Recipient (NASMHPD)
1993-94 National Institute of Mental Health Research Service
Award Recipient (UC Berkeley)
1986 American Jewish Women's Foundation Scholarship Recipient
1984 City College of New York Alumni Fund Scholarship Recipient
1974-77 Awarded production grants for "Womanwise" from
the Experimental Television Laboratory, Binghampton, N. Y.;
Young Filmmakers, New York City; The Playboy Foundation;
WFSU Television, Tallahassee, Florida; Los Angeles Feminist
Women's Health Center; Brooklyn College Television Center.
PROFESSIONAL, COMMUNITY, AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
American Public Health Association
2001-2003 Chair Mental Health Section
1997-2001 Co-Chair Mental Health Section Policy Committee
1996-1998 Secretary Mental Health Section
1993-present Member Mental Health Section & MH Section Policy Committee
1976-86 Member Women's Caucus
American/Maryland/California/Northern California Psychiatric Association
SF/California/National Alliance for the Mentally
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Department
1997-2000 Steering Committee, State/University Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services
1997-1999 Mentorship Seminar Participant, Baltimore-Washington
Institute for Psychoanalysis
Sept-Dec 1998 Participant, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Family-to-Family
California Committee for Quality Managed Care
National Women's Health Network
Mental Health Board of San Francisco City and County
1993-95 Family Member
Liaison to the Quality Improvement Committee, SF Division of Mental Health
Chair, Cluster & System Oversight Committee
Member, Executive Committee
San Francisco Coalition for Public Health
1993-94 Steering Committee
UCSF Medical School
1990-91 Co-founder and President Student Rights Committee
1986-88 Student Representative Student Health Service Advisory Committee
1986-87 President Committee for Health Rights in Central America
1987-88 Founding Member Vocal Cords, a UCSF student vocal ensemble
City College of New York
1982-84 Student Representative Student Health Services Committee
New York Public Interest Research Group
1981-84 Student Member
American Medical Association
1987-91 Student Member
American Medical Student Association
Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization
1978 Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member
Feminist Health Works
1977-81 Executive Director
1981-83 Board of Directors
Project Open Doors, New York, N. Y.
1977-80 Steering Committee Represented a coalition of 38 New York City non-profit
community agencies in preparing, negotiating and managing a $3 million federal
CETA Title VI contract for public service programming in the New York City
National Cable Television Association
1973-74 Regional Representative for the Association of Northeast Regional Independent
The Public Access Report Group
1972-73 Steering Committee Represented New York City's independent video producers
in negotiations with City agencies and cable companies.
New York Women's Video Collective, West Side Video
Alliance and New York Video News
RELEVANT TECHNICAL SKILLS
Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency or experience with Macintosh and PC formats word
processing, reference, communications, and spread sheet software.
Experience with SAS statistical software and programming.
Experience with study design, data integration and management
and statistical analyses with Health Management Information
References and writing samples provided upon request.