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Our Mentors

Each year, senior researchers and psychiatrists from institutions and organizations across the country participate as mentors. Based on their specialties, researchers are assigned to one of five research areas and best matched the topics and interests of mentees in that group. Statistic and methodological mentors provide a valuable and unique perspective that is often unavailable to early career researchers. Mentors and mentees agree the inclusion of a panel of statisticians/methodologists augments the mentorship experience of Colloquium awardees.

The dedication and enthusiasm you bring to scientific questions and psychiatric research will help make a difference not only for you as a clinician-researcher but for psychiatric patients as well

Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., CEO and Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association
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Richard Balon, M.D.

Lead Mentor, Treatment from Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology to Neural Strategies

Dr. Balon is a clinical professor in Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, and Associate Chair of Education at Wayne State University. Dr. Balon's research focuses on psychopharmacology, sexual dysfunction and sexual disorders, as well as anxiety and mood disorders.

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David Henderson, M.D.

Lead Mentor, Health Disparities and Health Services

Dr. Henderson has conducted research and training programs internationally for the past 21 years in resource-limited settings, and areas impacted by mass violence, disasters and complex emergencies. His work consists of field studies, needs analysis, mental health policy, and strategic planning.

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Anand Kumar, M.D., M.P.H.

Lead Mentor, Clinical Psychobiology

Dr. Kumar's research focuses on late-life depression and mental disorders of the elderly, including Alzheimer's disease. He has been consistently funded by NIH research grants for over 18 years and is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, M.D.

Lead Mentor, Health Disparities and Health Services

Dr. Lewis-Fernández's research focuses on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups. His work centers on improving treatment engagement and retention in mental and physical health care.

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Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

Lead Mentor, Molecular, Translational, and Neuroscience

Dr. Ressler's research focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders. He has published over 225 manuscripts on a range of topics.

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Ihsan Salloum, M.D., M.P.H.

Lead Mentor, Alcohol, Pain, and Drug Abuse

Dr. Salloum is Chief of the Division of Substance and Alcohol Abuse at the University of Miami. The division aims to improve the treatment for persons suffering from addictive disorders through education and research, and a highly personalized approach to care, recovery, prevention.

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