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Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, McLean Hospital’s Chief Academic Officer, will be among several Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty members to be presented with the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award on Tuesday, April 14, at 4pm, in the Carl Walter Amphitheater, Tosteson Medical Education Center at HMS.
“Mentoring is a critical part of the mission of academic medicine,” said Greenfield, who is chief of McLean’s Division of Women’s Mental Health and professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. “Mentoring is a key priority in medicine and it extends to those in research and to clinical careers. Everyone needs someone to mentor them and help them take the next steps in their career path.”
“My focus has been to help a junior person move forward in his or her career path, whether that career path is as an investigator, a clinician, a clinician scientist, or as a clinician educator,” said Greenfield, who serves as the director of Clinical and Health Services Research and Education in McLean’s Substance Use Disorders Division. “It can be challenging for junior faculty and trainees to move forward in their careers; therefore, having key mentors is often a critical aspect of career development.”
Greenfield, who has long been an advocate for mentoring, has been widely recognized for her work, having received a number of awards, including a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded career award in mentoring in substance use disorder patient oriented research.
“It’s an enjoyable time for me to watch junior people take steps in their careers and to see them be successful and achieve their own goals—whether they stay at McLean or Harvard Medical School or travel to other parts of the country,” she said. “Having the opportunity to provide mentoring along the way has been great. I’ve been fortunate to have incredibly talented trainees and junior faculty who I have had the chance to work with and mentor.”
The Excellence in Mentoring Awards at Harvard Medical School were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching and administration. The first Excellence in Mentoring Award was established in 1995, and in 1997 was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. A. Clifford Barger who devoted much of his career to bringing out the best in those who studied, trained and worked at Harvard Medical School.
Greenfield is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry, and chair of the NIDA Clinical Trial Network’s Gender Special Interest Group. She is editor-in-chief of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 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.