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Leading the Way: McLean Staff Are Making an Impact on Mental Health

April 27, 2016 Print

Each year, McLean Hospital faculty are recognized by national and international psychiatric organizations for their work to improve the lives of people and families affected by mental illness. Below are just two of McLean’s stars who made an impact in 2015.

R. Kathryn McHugh

R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, and Michael Leslie, MD
R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, and Michael Leslie, MD

When asked about her work, R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, enthusiastically describes her desire to increase access to quality mental health care for people in need and her research to improve the effectiveness of behavioral therapies and innovative treatment delivery models, such as computer-based treatments.

McHugh has been widely recognized for her substance use disorder work, with her most recent accolade coming from the Society of Clinical Psychology, which bestowed upon her the David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology.

“Mental health treatment is inaccessible to far too many people,” said McHugh. “Improving treatments is critical, but just as critical is educating the public and ensuring that people in need can access the best treatments that we have to offer.”

Michael Leslie

With the launch of the McLean Hospital Initiative for LGBTQ Mental Health, founder Michael Leslie, MD, made enormous strides in addressing the unique mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. As a result of his efforts, Leslie was recognized with the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School.

“This initiative embodies a vision of engaging the broader community of consumers, patients, activists, and providers in a meaningful discussion of LGBTQ mental health disparities and treatment, and thanks to the support of so many here at McLean, we have already been able to achieve so much,” said Leslie, who is the associate medical director for McLean’s Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program.