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Chair, Department of Psychiatry Worcester, MA

We are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, MD, as the next Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, effective November 1, 2020.

Dr. Yonkers is a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where she also holds appointments in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, and in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She has also directed the Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers at Yale since 2000, overseeing an interdisciplinary team that researches the clinical course, pathology, and treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders as they occur in women.

Her research is multidisciplinary, collaborative, and contemporary and is funded by, among others, the Doris Duke Foundation, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Her recent work on the impact and treatment of substance abuse disorders in pregnancy let to a widely adopted screening measure to help identify and assist pregnant women with substance misuse.

Dr. Yonkers is a 1979 graduate of Amherst College and received her MD degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1986. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital, followed by a fellowship in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale in 1999, she was on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for seven years. At Yale, she made many substantive contributions to the field of academic medicine and was honored for her work as a mentor and a colleague, including obtaining grant support to help clinician-scientists maintain productivity in the face of extraprofessional demands.

Stephanie Fidel led this search with Randi Alberry, Berkley Braden, and Frannie McBrian.


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