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The 2024 Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee, overseen by APA's Office of Scientific Program within the Division of Education, evaluates abstract submissions for the Mental Health Services Conference and curates the scientific program. Representing psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, including psychologists, nurses, and social workers, this year's multidisciplinary committee is instrumental in recommending and assembling key invited speakers, as well as new offerings, to produce the conference's high-caliber educational content.

APA President

Ramaswamy Viswanathan, M.D., DS.c. – Psychiatrist

Program Chair

Lawrence Malak, M.D. – Psychiatrist


  • Margaret Balfour, M.D., Ph.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Maria Bodic, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Robert Cotes, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Margaret Emerson, D.N.P., A.P.R.N. – Nurse Practitioner, Advance Practice Registered Nurse
  • Aude Henin, Ph.D. – Psychologist
  • K Sonu Gaind, M.D. – Psychiatrist 
  • Lena Green, D.S.W., L.C.S.W. – Social Worker
  • Mandar Jadhav, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Priscilla Jones – Medical Student
  • Dwight E. Kemp, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Christopher T. Lim, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Octavio Martinez, M.D. – Psychiatrist 
  • Souparno Mitra, M.D. – Psychiatrist 
  • Rikin Patel, M.D. – Psychiatrist 
  • Anna Ratzliff, M.D., Ph.D. – Psychiatrist 
  • Lisa Razzano, Ph.D., C.P.R.P. – Psychologist
  • Donna Rolin, Ph.D., A.P.R.N. – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Karthik Sivashanker, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.P.S. – Psychiatrist
  • Steve G. Sugden, M.D., M.P.H. – Psychiatrist
  • Erik Vanderlip, M.D., M.P.H – Psychiatrist

APA Administration

  • Marketa Wills, M.D., M.B.A.
    CEO and Medical Director
  • Vishal Madaan, M.D.
    Deputy Medical Director and Chief, Division of Education
  • Kara Dixon
    Director, Office of Scientific Programs
  • Robert Stuckey
    Associate Director, Office of Scientific Programs
  • Brittany Bullamore
    Program Manager, Office of Scientific Programs
  • Maggie Dougherty
    Program Manager, Office of Scientific Programs
  • Stephenie Abeysinghe
    Coordinator, Office of Scientific Programs

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