Chamberlain to be awarded APA Distinguished Fellowship

By Nicholas Roznovsky

UC San Francisco faculty member John Chamberlain, MD, will be awarded the status of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the association’s upcoming annual meeting this May in San Francisco. Chamberlain is a health sciences clinical professor of psychiatry and assistant director of the UCSF Program in Psychiatry and Law.

Chamberlain completed his residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at UCSF. During his fellowship, he evaluated defendants for both federal and state courts, performed evaluations at San Quentin, spent time at the medical examiner's office examining cases of suicide, and completed a research project on attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide. In 2002, joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and as director of the adult consultation-liaison service prior to joining the Psychiatry and the Law program. He is responsible for the criminal curriculum for the program's trainees and also lectures on testamentary capacity, psychological autopsies, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chamberlain continues to perform forensic evaluations related to criminal and civil proceedings.

Beginning in 2010, Chamberlain worked at UCSF's Deaf Community Counseling Services Clinic as an adult psychiatrist and served as the clinic's medical director from 2011 to 2012. He maintains an outpatient practice in clinical psychiatry providing consultation-liaison services, medication management services, and psychotherapy services. Chamberlain helped to develop the department's risk assessment training program and has been a part of this program since its inception.

The APA, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization and represents a growing membership of more than 36,000 psychiatrists. The Distinguished Fellowship was established by the APA as its highest membership honor to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to their profession and to the public good. APA Distinguished Fellowships are awarded to members who not only have achieved distinction in special areas of psychiatry, but also whose depth of knowledge and breadth of skills are recognized and highly respected.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.