Candidate for 2024
Dr. Patricia Westmoreland is a psychiatrist whose practice focuses on women’s mental health and forensic psychiatry. She is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders in Denver, CO. She received her medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and completed her residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, where she also completed an Endocrinology Fellowship. Dr. Westmoreland completed her Forensic Fellowship at the University of Colorado, and has practiced in Denver, CO since 2012. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Forensic Psychiatry, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Past President of the Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS), and current Chair of the Colorado Psychiatric Society Legislative Committee. Dr. Westmoreland currently serves as the Deputy Representative from Area 7 to the APA Assembly. She is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), Chair of the AAPL Suicidology and Ethics Committees, and the AAPL Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Westmoreland’s interests include ethical and legal challenges in managing patients with severe eating disorders, reproductive psychiatry, psychiatric management of medically ill patients, and the intersection between psychiatry and the law. Her publications reflect her interest in these topics, and she is the editor of Tipping the scales: ethical and legal dilemmas in managing severe eating disorders (APA Press 2020).