Anita Everett, M.D., Elected APA President-Elect

ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 10, 2016 — The membership of the American Psychiatric Association has chosen Anita Everett, M.D., as its next president-elect. The results were made public today, but are not official until the APA Board of Directors confirms the election at its March meeting.

Everett is currently division director of Johns Hopkins Community and General Psychiatry, Bayview Campus, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She is also president of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Everett has held numerous leadership roles at APA, including trustee-at-large on the APA Board of Trustees; chair of the APA Task Force on Healthcare Reform 2015; chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Institute on Psychiatric Services; Assembly Representative; and chair of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance. She has also served as president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

“I am honored to have been elected to help lead APA,” Everett said. “Health care delivery and psychiatry are changing rapidly in a number of ways that affect psychiatric practice, community psychiatric systems, research and teaching. Issues such as access to care, parity, accountable payment structures, technology and integrated care bring many challenges as well and many opportunities for APA and psychiatry.”

Among Everett’s priorities as APA president, when she assumes that role in May 2017, are:

  • Ensuring access to behavioral health for all Americans
  • Establishing APA as the "go-to" resource for all American psychiatrists through development of member benefits that result in a lifelong relationship with the organization
  • Promoting effective community treatment and psychotherapy, such as evidence-based treatment for first episode psychosis, supported employment and housing, and day programs for people with serious mental illness

Her term as president-elect of the APA, once confirmed by the board, will begin this May at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, when current President-Elect Maria Oquendo, M.D., begins her one-year term as president.

Other successful APA leadership candidates who will take office after the APA Annual Meeting in May 2016 include:

  • Treasurer
  • Bruce Schwartz, M.D.
  • Trustee-at-Large
  • Richard Summers, M.D.
  • Area 3 Trustee
  • Roger Peele, M.D.
  • Area 6 Trustee
  • Melinda Young, M.D.
  • Resident-Fellow Member Trustee-Elect
  • Uchenna Okoye, M.D., M.P.H.

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose more than 36,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at

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