Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Residents’ Choice Award: Policy Relevant Mental Health Services Research
 Date: 1/9/2009      Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1051 Riverside Drive - 1st Flr Auditorium

Speaker: Susan Essock, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Director, Department of Mental Health Services and Policy Research
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Description: *Adult Psychiatry Grand Rounds*
Susan M. Essock, Ph.D. is the Director of the Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. She received her A.D from Mount Holyoke College: where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and her Ph.D. from Brown University.

Dr. Essock was Director of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Brown University. She is a past Chair of the NIMH Services Research review committee, past Chair of the NIMH Intervention Research review committee, and past member of the NIMH National Advisory Mental Health Council. She remains a Senior Research Scientist in Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Dr. Essock has worked closely with senior administrators at OMH and DOHMH, helping these agencies evaluate the impact of initiatives ranging from crisis counseling under Project Liberty to improving psychotropic prescribing practices and implementing Wellness Self Management.

Dr. Essock's research on mental health policy and schizophrenia includes a landmark study establishing clozapine as particularly effective in reducing disruptive behaviors. This research has helped revolutionize treatment and quality-of-life outcomes for schizophrenic patients. She is currently the PI of two large grants, one from NIMH to study the effectiveness of switching antipsychotic medication and one from the NYS OMH.

Since 1990, Dr. Essock has been a member of IBM Corporation’s Mental Health Advisory Board. This Board is charged with monitoring the quality of services provided by IBM’s managed care vendor to IBM beneficiaries seeking treatment for psychiatric and substance-use disorders. She is familiar with a wide range of treatment and system challenges posed by people needing behavioral health care. Dr. Essock is the author of over 130 publications.

Residents Choice Award:

The Residents Choice Award is given annually to a Columbia University faculty member specifically selected by our psychiatry residents and invited to give grand rounds. For this year’s event the Columbia residents have selected Dr. Susan Essock.