McLean Hospital’s Paul Barreira and Martin Kafka Earn Top Honors from the American Psychiatric Association

May 31, 2010

Paul J. Barreira, MD, and Martin P. Kafka, MD, were each honored for their significant career accomplishments and contributions to field of psychiatry at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in New Orleans during the Convocation of Fellows on Monday, May 24.

Barreira was presented with the Distinguished Fellowship Award, while Kafka was bestowed with the Distinguished Life Fellowship Award. These are the APA’s highest honors, awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement and clinical excellence.

Barreira first joined the McLean community from 1981 to 1983 as an assistant psychiatrist and clinical research fellow. He returned to McLean in 2000 and is currently the program director of Waverley Place, the hospital’s community-based rehabilitation program. In addition to his role at McLean, Barreira serves as the director of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling for Harvard University.

Kafka, MD, joined the McLean community in 1983, serving as the medical director for the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Unit for four years. Since then, Kafka has held many roles within the hospital and is currently a member of the Clinical Staff Associates. He is a member of the APA Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorder for the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Fifth Edition.

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