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Shelly Greenfield Honored with Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital

September 10, 2016 Print

Philanthropist and mental health advocate Kristine Trustey has established the Kristine M. Trustey Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in recognition of the hospital’s Division of Women’s Mental Health. Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, who is the current chief of the division and the hospital’s Chief Academic Officer, will serve as the first Trustey endowed chair.

Greenfield, who has been a member of the McLean community for 30 years, launched the Division of Women’s Mental Health three years ago and, in collaboration with leadership within the division’s programs, has worked to develop an integrated and comprehensive approach to the mental health and well-being of girls and women throughout their life spans.

Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH
Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH

“The Division of Women’s Mental Health, under the skilled leadership of Dr. Greenfield, is positively impacting the health of girls and women throughout their lives,” said Trustey. “I am honored to help McLean advance its mission by creating an endowed chair that will continue to support this important work for generations to come.”

Greenfield, who has advanced our understanding of the importance of gender as a determinant of risk, prevalence, presentation, course, and treatment of psychiatric illness, is deeply grateful for being recognized with an endowed chair.

“This is one of the highest honors in academic medicine and I am honored to be named the inaugural incumbent of the Trustey chair,” said Greenfield. “This chair represents many positive things for McLean, including Kris lending her name to a chair associated with innovative research and treatment for women’s mental health—something that helps raise awareness and reduces stigma.”

Greenfield is nationally recognized for her research on substance use disorders, particularly in the areas of women’s treatment and health services. Her work has influenced addiction treatment and research not only at McLean but also has had widespread national impact. She serves as principal and co-investigator on federally funded research focusing on substance use disorders treatment, gender differences in substance disorders, and substance disorders health services. She is a recipient of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded career award in mentoring in substance use disorder patient oriented research. Based on research funded by NIDA, Greenfield developed and tested a new manual-based group therapy for women with substance use disorders. Through recent publication of the manual, this effective group treatment for women can now be widely disseminated into community practice.

Greenfield is president-elect of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry, a member of the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and chair of the NIDA Clinical Trial Network’s Gender Special Interest Group. She is editor in chief of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Dr. Greenfield is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. In 2015, she received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.