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Carol A. Berstein

Carol A. Berstein, MD
President, American Psychiatric Association
New York, NY

Carol A. Berstein , MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO for ACGME Programs at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Bernstein is currently President of the American Psychiatric Association and has served the Association as Vice-President, Treasurer and Trustee-at-Large and as the chair of multiple committees. She has served as a spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association on many occasions and received the 1997 exemplary psychiatrist award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). Dr. Bernstein completed medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following an internship in internal medicine at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Center in New York, she completed her psychiatric residency training at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bernstein is active in many national psychiatric associations in addition to the APA - these include the American College of Psychiatrists, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, among others. In 2003, Dr. Bernstein was selected as a Fellow in ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) a national program, designed to promote leadership for women in medicine. In 2005, Dr. Bernstein completed the Physician Leadership Development Program at NYU as well as the Graduate Medical Education Leadership Program of the ACGME. Most recently, Dr. Bernstein was appointed to the Board of Directors of the ACGME – the body that accredits all of the more than 8000 residency and fellowship training programs in the United States. She is also actively involved in the Group on Resident Affairs of the AAMC. Dr. Bernstein has written numerous articles and chapters on psychiatric education and has served as a peer reviewer for both the American Journal of Psychiatry and Academic Psychiatry. She has also served on the editorial boards of Academic Psychiatry, the Journal of Psychiatric Services and Focus and has presented at more than 70 conferences and meetings. Dr. Bernstein hosts a weekly call-in show for consumers on Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio Channel which is sponsored by the NYU Langone Medical Center. Besides her academic responsibilities, Dr. Bernstein maintains a private practice in psychiatry in Manhattan, is married to a psychiatrist and the mother of a thirteen year old daughter.