NIMH's Guzman selected to become new Associate Chair for Administration and Finance

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Marlene J. Guzman, MBA, MEd, MA

Marlene J. Guzman, MBA, MEd, MA

Following a nationwide search, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the appointment of Marlene J. Guzman, MBA, MEd, MA, as its new Associate Chair for Administration and Finance, effective June 27, 2016.

Reporting to Department of Psychiatry chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, Guzman will play a crucial role in the expansion of the department’s clinical, educational, and research services. She will direct senior department management in all matters concerning site/division administration, human resources, clinical practice management, facilities and space, education programs, business and finance, research administration, and information technology. Guzman will also be responsible for strategizing, developing, planning and, where appropriate, implementing administrative structures and funding streams to support department initiatives

Guzman brings a wealth of administrative and financial expertise with her to UCSF. Since 2004, Guzman has served as the Senior Advisor to the Director at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a position responsible for monitoring all activities and operations at NIMH, which has a budget of $1.5 billion and a staff of approximately 1,000. She also provided strategic counsel to the NIMH leadership and worked with offices throughout the Institute to ensure institutional operations were efficient, policies were consistent, and scientific priorities were advanced. Guzman was also involved with a number of trans-NIH scientific efforts, including the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, which supported the Human Connectome Project and the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

During her tenure at NIMH, Guzman introduced a new approach to managing the NIMH pay line and scientific initiatives, incorporating fiscal forecasting and planning, and adopting a proactive approach to ensure strategic investment of funds. As a result, NIMH has enjoyed a pay line of approximately 17-20 percent for the last seven years despite fiscal constraints, while increasing its set-aside funds for scientific initiatives from approximately 10 percent of its Research Project Grants (RPGs) budget to over 30 percent. She also championed an enterprise-wide approach to technology adoption, and under her leadership seven enterprise-wide applications were developed to automate and streamline Institute processes, resulting in a more dynamic environment, paper reduction, and more efficient performance times.

Prior to joining NIMH, Guzman worked at the Minnesota Medical Foundation, where she oversaw a program of corporate, foundation and special gifts to the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine.

Guzman holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a dual focus in strategic management and information technology. She also holds graduate degrees in international relations and education.

“Marlene will be a phenomenal addition to our senior leadership team,” said Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor, Chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and member of the new Weill Institute for Neurosciences “She combines exceptional administrative acumen with a broad vision for the future of psychiatry and behavioral health that she honed at the National Institute of Mental Health. I am thrilled that she has elected to come to San Francisco to help us expand our clinical services, integrate fully with UCSF Health, and continue the growth of our outstanding research and educational programs across our sites.”

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry 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, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, 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 two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.