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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, the 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

Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D.

Program Chair

Lawrence Malak, M.D.


  • John Santopietro, M.D.
  • Celeste Peay, M.D., J.D.
  • Christopher T. Lim, M.D.
  • Curtis Adams, M.D.
  • Donna Rolin, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.
  • Dwight E. Kemp, M.D.
  • Francis Lu, M.D.
  • Javeed Sukhera, M.D., Ph.D.
  • John Torous, M.D., M.B.I.
  • Karthik Sivashanker, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.P.S.
  • Kenneth Duckworth, M.D.
  • Lawrence Malak, M.D.
  • Lisa Razzano, Ph.D., C.P.R.P.
  • Madhavi Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Margaret Balfour, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Monica Harrison, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
  • Robert Cotes, M.D.
  • Sherin Khan, L.C.S.W.
  • Sidney Hankerson, M.D., M.B.A.

APA Administration

  • Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
    CEO and Medical Director
  • Leon Lewis
    Director, Scientific Programs and Division of Education
  • Amy N. Cohen, Ph.D.
    Director, SMI Adviser
  • Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq.
    Executive Director, APA Foundation

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