ACF Appreciation Day

The Department held its annual ACF Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 4th at the Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, with over 50 faculty in attendance.  Dr. Shashank Joshi delivered an invited lecture entitled “School-based suicide prevention in youth: Lessons from the last 10 years and wisdom for the next 10”, and Dr. Mali Mann was presented with the 2019 ACF Distinguished Service Award.  The event also included a showcase of art by members of our ACF.

Department Holiday Party

The ACF had a table and nametags for our members at the Department's Holiday Party at the Stanford Faculty Club in December. Information was distributed about the upcoming March 25th "Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Practice" presentation. The Holiday Party was well attended and everyone enjoyed the festive evening and the opportunity to connect with Department faculty, staff, trainees and fellow ACF members.

Dr. Humphreys Spoke to the ACF at the Annual ACF Appreciation Meeting on April 21, 2018

Keith Humphreys, PhD is a psychologist who is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor at Stanford University, a Senior Research Career Scientist in the Veterans Health Administration, and an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, King's College, London.  He has over 250 peer-reviewed journal publications as well as having authored several books and book chapters.  Dr. Humphreys served as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2009-2010 and he was one of the lead drafters of President Obama’s National Drug Control Strategy.

He is currently Director of the Mental Health Policy Section at the Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  He also serves on the affiliated faculty of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford’s Neurosciences Institute, Stanford’s Center for Health Policy, and Stanford Law School.  He frequently writes articles for many popular magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Dr. Humphreys researches interventions for substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. He focuses particularly on evaluating the outcomes of professionally-administered treatments and peer-operated self-help groups (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous), developing health services research-related applications for innovative qualitative and quantitative research techniques, and analyzing national mental health policy.

Click here to watch the video of his presentation on “Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment in a Rapidly Changing World".

Dr. Harvey Dondershine Honored at the ACF Appreciation Day

Harvey Dondershine, MD, JD served for many years in various significant roles on the ACF, including his service as Chair of the ACF Council for several years. He received the ACF Distinguished Service Award at the ACF Appreciation Day on April 21, 2018, and gave a short talk related to his important work with veterans suffering from PTSD. Click here to see the presentation of his award and his remarks.

Dr. Lembke Spoke to ACF at Annual ACF Appreciation Lunchion on April 2nd 2016

Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is the Program Director for the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Addiction. Dr. Lembke sees patients, teaches, and does research. She is the author of a book on the prescription drug epidemic: “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016). Dr. Anna Lembke's key areas of interest include treating patients who have become addicted to prescription drugs. She takes a holistic, harm-reduction approach to each patient, and encourages spiritual and alternative therapies in the process of healing. See her in action at Video.

Dr. Eli Merritt Launches Bay Area Suicide Risk Project

Former Stanford resident Dr. Eli Merritt, responding to the fragmented nature of the mental health care system, most notably diminished acute and subacute psychiatric services, launched the Bay Area Suicide Risk Project in the fall of 2014. The project is designed to identify, describe, and share with all interested individuals and organizations vital suicide-related resources to help both health care professionals and concerned family members navigate risk. Most recently, he and his research team released two of three Bay Area wide resource directories, Suicide Risk Emergency Services and Hotlines and Mobile Crisis Services. The third directory, expected in April, will focus on treatment.