Committees

Academic Psychiatry

Robert P. Roca, M.D., M.P.H., Chair
(410) 938-4320
This committee works to enhance collaboration between MPS and the academic community, focusing on the needs and highlighting the accomplishments of the academic community.

APA Assembly Delegation

Robert P. Roca, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 938-4320
Steven R. Daviss, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 782-0077
Annette L. Hanson, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 724-3149
While technically not an MPS committee, this group serves an important function for MPS members. The APA Assembly Delegation includes MPS members serving in the APA Assembly and is co-chaired by MPS’s Assembly Reps. The delegation coordinates MPS representation in the APA and is a forum for MPS members with concerns they would like APA to address.

Book Club

C. Elizabeth Beasley, M.D., Chair
(410) 823-3444
The Book Club Committee provides an opportunity for members to meet quarterly to discuss a book, fiction or non-fiction, chosen by the group in advance. It is our hope that the Book Club meetings will attract members who want to get together socially, for a stimulating discussion and light refreshment, whether or not they have previously been active in MPS activities.

Diversity

Theodora G. Balis, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 383-4914
This committee advocates for integrating the elements of diversity into the MPS.  Because the Society treats a diverse population and represents a diverse membership, the committee will act  as liaison to other community groups with related interests both clinically and academically.

Distinguished Fellowship

Mark J. Ehrenreich, M.D., Chair
(410) 328-6325
This committee selects the Society’s nominees for APA Distinguished Fellowship each year in accordance with APA Guidelines. Its members must be Distinguished Fellows or Distinguished Life Fellows.

Early Career Psychiatrists

Jessica V. Merkel-Keller, M.D., Chair
(443) 444-4050
This committee, made up of ECPs, has the responsibility of planning and implementing educational, career planning, and social events for ECPs, to engage them in MPS activities and convey Society information to the ECPs.

Editorial Advisory Board

Nancy Wahls, M.D., Editor
(410) 938-5252
This committee is responsible to the Council for supervising and advising the Editor of The Maryland Psychiatrist regarding policies, article selections, and general management of the publication.

Ethics

Joanna D. Brandt, M.D., Chair
(410) 321-1525
This committee reviews ethical dilemmas in psychiatric practice, and provides leadership and guidance to members. The committee also has the responsibility of investigating ethical complaints against members following action by the Maryland Board of Physicians. It is constitutionally limited to eight members, three of whom must be past presidents.

Legislative

Annette L. Hanson, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 724-3149
Jennifer T. Palmer, M.D., C0-Chair
(410) 235-0005
This committee pursues the Society’s interests in all mental health matters, initiating and responding to proposed state and federal legislation. Liaison with other MPS committees, the Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society, our common lobbyist, MedChi, and other patient and professional advocacy groups is integral to this committee’s work. This is a very active committee, particularly during the legislative session from January to April each year. Members critique bills and may testify in Annapolis on bills the committee feels are most important.

Membership & Recruitment

Susan W. Lehmann, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 955-3917
Jennifer T. Palmer, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 235-0005
This committee recruits and evaluates applicants for membership in the Society, in accordance with the Society’s Constitution and By-laws, and APA policy. It is also active in member retention.

Payer Relations

Laura R. Gaffney, M.D., Chair
(410) 938-5252
This committee represents the Society’s interest and concern on issues relating to Third Party Payers and healthcare management. Its activities range from gathering information on and assisting with complaints, to recommending Society positions, to legislative, regulatory and public awareness initiatives.

Program & Continuing Medical Education

Jason H. Addison, M.D., Chair
(410) 938-4332
This committee plans and organizes the Society’s scientific programs, ensures that programs qualify for CME credit, and complies with requirements for status as an accredited organization.

Public Psychiatry

Ann L. Hackman, M.D., Chair
(410) 328-2564
This committee represents the Society on all issues related to public psychiatry, including the proper use and role of psychiatrists in public settings and the ensurance of quality psychiatric care for patients treated in the public sector.

Residents & Fellows

Paul Nestadt, M.D., Co-Chair
(410) 955-6114
Chinenye Onyemaechi, M.D., Co-Chair
(667) 401-2890
This committee, made up of RFMs from the accredited training programs in Maryland, has the responsibility of planning and implementing educational, career planning, and social events for RFMs, as well as to bring RFM issues to the attention of the MPS Council and to convey Society information to residents and fellows.