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The BEST Boston Model for Decriminalizing Mental Illness


David C. Henderson, MD

Sponsored by the Ewald W. Busse Lectureship David C. Henderson, MD, currently serves as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr. Henderson previously served as Director of the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Director of the MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program, and Medical Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Dr. Henderson serves as Co-Director of the NIMH T32 Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine/Massachusetts General Hospital Global Mental Health Clinical Research Fellowship. He has worked internationally for the past 30 years in resource-limited settings, and areas impacted by mass violence, disasters, and complex emergencies. Dr. Henderson has conducted research and training programs in Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor, Ethiopia, Haiti, Liberia, New Orleans, New York City, Rwanda, Peru, South Africa, and Somaliland, among other places. His work has consisted of field studies, needs assessments, mental health policy development and strategic planning, quantitative and qualitative surveys, mental health capacity building programs for specialized and primary health professionals, and skill-transfer program evaluation. In the United States, he has conducted more than 30 randomized clinical trials in severely mentally ill populations. Dr. Henderson has mentored trainees and junior faculty who have progressed to K awards and secured other independent funding. He is a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Link to join:


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