Jennifer M. Coughlin, M.D., Chair
Enhances collaboration between the MPS and the academic community, focuses on its needs and highlights its accomplishments via annual paper and poster contests.
Annette L. Hanson, M.D., Co-Chair
Elias K. Shaya, M.D., Co-Chair
Brian Zimnitzky, M.D., Co-Chair
This group of MPS members serving in the APA Assembly is co-chaired by MPS’s Assembly Reps. It coordinates MPS representation in the APA and is a forum for MPS members with concerns they would like APA to address.
Theodora G. Balis, M.D., Co-Chair
Ann L. Hackman, M.D., Co-Chair
Advocates for integrating the elements of diversity into the MPS by acting as a liaison to other community organizations with related interests, both clinically and academically. In addition, it represents the MPS on issues related to community psychiatry, including the proper use and role of psychiatrists in public settings and the quality of psychiatric care for patients. There is a recovery focus on under-served individuals with serious mental illness.
Karen L. Swartz, M.D., Chair
Selects the MPS nominees for APA Distinguished Fellow in accordance with APA guidelines. Committee members must be Distinguished Fellows or Distinguished Life Fellows.
Editorial Advisory Board
Bruce Hershfield, M.D., Editor
Responsible to the Council for supervising and advising the Editor of The Maryland Psychiatrist regarding policies, article selections, and general management of the publication.
Joanna D. Brandt, M.D., Co-Chair
Ronald F. Means, M.D., Co-Chair
Reviews ethical dilemmas in psychiatric practice and provides leadership and guidance to members. Also responsible for investigating ethical complaints against members. It is constitutionally limited to eight members, three of whom must be past presidents.
Health Policy Advisory Group
Assists MPS committees and the Council in navigating the threats and opportunities resulting from several state government initiatives to focus MPS attention and resources in ways that best serve the interests of psychiatrists and their patients.
Annette L. Hanson, M.D., C0-Chair
Jennifer Palmer, M.D., Co-Chair
Pursues the interests of the membership in all mental health matters, initiating and responding to proposed state legislation as well as proposed regulations affecting psychiatry. Liaison with our lobbyist, other MPS committees, MedChi, and other patient and professional advocacy groups is integral to this work, much of which occurs during the legislative session from early January to early April each year. Members critique bills and can testify in Annapolis on bills the committee feels are most important.
Constance N. Lacap, D.O., Co-Chair
Virginia L. Ashley, M.D., Co-Chair
Recruits and evaluates applicants for membership, in accordance with MPS and APA policy. Also considers special member requests, works on recruitment, including outreach to area residency training programs, and carries out retention efforts.
Christopher M. Marano, M.D., Co-Chair
Paul Nestadt, M.D., Co-Chair
Plans MPS scientific programs and ensures that they qualify for CME credit.