The American College of Psychiatrists has selected Dwight L. Evans, MD as the 44th President of the organization for 2009-2010. As President, he will oversee the College’s governance and chair its Annual Meeting “Translating Scientific Advances into Psychiatric Practice”, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 24-28, 2010.
Dr. Evans is the Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is also the Chief of Penn Behavioral Health and Director of the Penn Comprehensive Depression Center.
Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP). He is an Editor-in-Chief of Current Psychiatry Report, and served as a member of Editorial Board for American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.(APPI). Dr. Evans served as Chair of the Commission on Depression and Bipolar Disorder, which was part of The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, a project of the Annenberg Sunnylands Trust Foundation and The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and is the past Presidentof the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and currently serves on the Board. Dr. Evans has served as Chairman of the NIMH Mental Health AIDS/Immunology Research Review Committee and served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIMH as well as the National Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. In 2008, he served as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Gulf War and Health, which published its report “Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress.”