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Sandra DeJong, M.D., M.Sc.

Sandra DeJong, M.D., M.Sc.

Secretary, 2021 – 2023

Sandra DeJong, M.D., M.Sc., began her term as Secretary of the American Psychiatric Association at the end of the APA Annual Meeting in May 2019. Dr. DeJong is Senior Consultant to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at Cambridge Health Alliance where she was a training director from 2004-2018. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is in half-time private practice in Cambridge, Mass.

Dr. DeJong is a distinguished fellow of the APA and has served in a number of roles including Corresponding Member of the Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Mental Health Works, 2003-2006; Member of the Committee on Business Relations (Workplace Mental Health), 2001-05; and Member-in-Training Trustee and Trustee-Elect, 1999-2001. As Secretary, she has chaired the Conflict of Interest Committee, the Presidential Taskforce on Interprofessional Collaboration, and the Child Psychiatry Subgroup of the Presidential Taskforce on Assessment of Psychiatric Bed Needs.

Dr. DeJong served as President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) and member of its Steering Committee and Executive Council. She chaired an AADPRT Taskforce on Professionalism and the Internet (2011-2014) and founded and serves on the Taskforce on Addictions Training (2017-present). She is a fellow at the American College of Psychiatrists, was Editor and Associate Editor of the Child Psychiatry Training In-Service Examination (PRITE, 2012-16), and is Chair of the PRITE Commission (2019-). She participated in the ACGME workgroup to develop the Milestones in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and now is a member of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Milestones 2.0 workgroup. She participated in the ACGME workgroup to develop the Milestones in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and now is a member of the General Psychiatry's Milestones 2.0 workgroup. She has published in the areas of psychiatric education and training and e-professionalism and has worked on developing curricula in areas such as e-professionalism, ethics in child psychiatry, addictions and telepsychiatry. She is currently developing a curriculum in pediatric telepsychiatry. She was Councilor-at-Large in the American Association of Women Psychiatrists and chaired or co-chaired the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Training Committee (2008-12), Media Committee (2004-06) and Public Affairs Committee (2001-03). She is a Distinguished Fellow at AACAP and serves on its Ethics Committee.

Dr. DeJong has received awards and honors including:

  • Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Education, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, 2016
  • Academic Council Award for Excellence, Cambridge Health Alliance, 2015
  • Catcher in the Rye Advocacy Award to the Ethics Committee, AACAP, 2012
  • Maria C. Sauzier Award for Excellence in Teaching in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, 2012
  • Harvard Macy Program Fellowship for Physician Educators, Harvard Medical School, 2008-09

Dr. DeJong serves on the Riverside Community Council in Somerville, MA, and consults to Partners in Health on education and training and to public schools on social media and mental health.

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