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Council on Communications

The Council on Communications collaborates with the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and other APA departments to guide and enhance APA’s many activities in the dynamic field of communications. The council works to transform public attitudes toward psychiatry by establishing an emotional connection between the public and psychiatrists. It is the responsibility of the council to establish psychiatrists as the physician specialists with the most knowledge, training, and experience in the field of mental health and generate excitement about their ability to diagnose and treat mental illness.

Highlights of Responsibilities

  • Advise and assist the Office of Communications and Public Affairs in the development, implementation, and promotion of its advocacy initiatives and strategies, as they relate to public affairs.
  • Understand the many diverse attitudes toward psychiatry among all cultural groups, and work to create approaches to improve attitudes about psychiatry.
  • Review, advise, and cooperate with other Association components regarding issues affecting the public image of psychiatry and public understanding of mental illnesses and advocacy issues.
  • Expand the Public Affairs Network both within and outside the APA and ensure bi-directional communications.
  • Build coalitions at the local & national levels.
  • Develop recommendations for the Board and the Assembly on public affairs implications of psychiatric practices, policies, communications, and developing public attitudes and trends.
  • Identify and plan responses to "teachable moments" that occur during and after crises, news stories, and other psychiatrically relevant public situations.

Staff Liaison

Council Members

  • Howard Liu, M.D., M.B.A., DFAPAChairperson
  • Gregory Brown, M.D.
  • Amanda Calhoun, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Hector Colon-Rivera, M.D., FAPA
  • O'Ann Fredstrom, M.D.Assembly Representative
  • Jessica Gold, M.D.
  • Louis Kraus, M.D., DLFAPA
  • Anthony Ng, M.D., DLFAPA
  • Avani Patel, M.D., MHAEarly Career Psychiatrist Representative
  • Monica Taylor-Desir, M.D., M.P.H., DFAPA
  • Jack Turban, M.D., MHS
  • Sudeepta Varma, M.D., DFAPA
  • Richa Bhatia, M.D., DFAPACorresponding Member
  • Chinenye Onyemaechi, M.D., FAPACorresponding Member
  • Adjoa Smalls-Mantey, M.D., D.PHIL., FAPA Corresponding Member

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