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Gabrielle L. Shapiro, M.D.

Gabrielle L. Shapiro, M.D.

Gabrielle L. Shapiro, M.D.

Candidate for 2023 Secretary

A Message from the Candidate


Gabrielle Shapiro, M.D., is a General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has dedicated her 30+-year career to the care and advocacy for underserved children, adolescents, and their families. She is committed to understanding and responding to both the biological and social determinants of mental health, with a focus on eliminating disparities in mental health services for underserved communities, including communities of color, Native Americans, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and others.

Dr. Shapiro is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Shapiro has also served on the faculty at UCSD, NYU and Bellevue Hospital. She is a bilingual (Spanish) psychiatrist who has served her entire career in the public sector. She currently practices in Harlem and the Bronx, in settlement houses, collaborative care settings, and provides care to immigrants in New York and California.

Dr. Shapiro has held leadership roles, both locally and nationally as a Board Member of the NY County Medical Society, NY County Medical Society Executive Council Board of Trustees, NY County Psychiatric Society, NY Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Political Action Committee, and the Sweet Institute. She is former President of The California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

A Distinguished Life Fellow of APA, and Distinguished Fellow of AACAP, she is currently serving as the Secretary of the APA Foundation Board, member of the APA PAC Board, Child Council, Hispanic Caucus, Woman’s Caucus Representative to the Assembly, MUR Committee, and involved in APA en Español.

While Dr. Shapiro was Chair, the APA Council on Children, Adolescents, and Their Families produced toolkits and policy statements addressing immigration and child separation, LGBTQ+ issues, cyberbullying, dangers of vaping, increasing Black youth suicide rates, police interactions with children, college mental health, social determinants of mental health, identification of disparities in communities of color, and the growth and expansion of “Notice, Talk, Act” in schools. Dr. Shapiro is a dedicated educator and mentor who has inspired many early career psychiatrists and IMGs to become involved in advocacy, political action, the American Psychiatric Association, and organized medicine. She is the proud mother of Angelica, Jacob and Sonny, her therapy pet.


  • Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • New York Medical College, Doctor of Medicine
  • Internship in Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine
  • General Psychiatry Residency, University of California, San Diego
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of California, San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • APA Bruno Lima Award
  • New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Hulse Award for her years of clinical service and advocacy for underserved communities in Harlem.
  • Distinguished Life Fellow American Psychiatric Association
  • Distinguished Fellow American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Top Doctors


  • R. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, M.D.
    Professor & Head
    Department of Psychiatry
    Assistant Dean of Diversity/Community Engagement
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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  • Francis G. Lu, M.D.
    Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus
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  • Tami D Benton, M.D.
    Psychiatrist-in -Chief
    Frederick H Allen Endowed Chair in Child Psychiatry
    Chair, Department of Child Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Director of Education
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    Professor of Psychiatry
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Steve Koh, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
    Health Sciences Clinical Professor
    Chief, General Psychiatry Division
    Director, Community Psychiatry Program
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of California, San Diego
  • Warren Y.K. Ng, M.D.
    Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center
    Medical Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health
    NY-Presbyterian Hospital
    Columbia University Medical Center
  • Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H., M.Div.
    Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of Psychiatry
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    Chief of Psychiatry, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Jonathan E. Alpert M.D., Ph.D.
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    Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pediatrics
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    Bronx, New York
  • Bob R. Batterson, M.D.
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    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
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    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Hector Colon-Rivera, M.D., M.B.A., M.B.O.
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    University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • R. Scott Benson, M.D.
    Child, Forensic, and General Psychiatry
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