Washington, D.C., October 30, 2007 - Robert Hendren, D.O., began a two-year term as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's President, from October 2007 through October 2009. Dr. Hendren is the Executive Director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the UC Davis School of Medicine. He was elected by the general membership of the AACAP.
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Robert Hendren, D.O., Elected 27th President of the AACAP
"Child and adolescent psychiatrists have unique training, knowledge, and skills that enable us to offer effective interventions," said Hendren. "Because of the severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists, we have to use creative solutions to reach the many families who need help."
Dr. Hendren's presidential initiative is the creation of eAACAP. eAACAP, the electronic American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will provide information and learning packages, from existing and future AACAP programs and activities, about childhood mental illnesses. Learning programs will be prepared for separate portals of entry for parents and family members, health and education professionals, and child and adolescent psychiatrists.
Dr. Hendren is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in both mental and developmental disorders. His clinical and research efforts have included treating depression, eating disorders, aggression, schizophrenia and autism, along with using brain imaging to identify serious psychiatric disorders. At the M.I.N.D. Institute, Hendren provides vision and leadership to a collaborative team of researchers - from pediatricians to neuroscientists - who are finding causes, treatments, preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders.
"Bob is the ideal leader to bring the expertise of child and adolescent psychiatrists to a broad audience," said Dr. Anders, AACAP's Immediate Past President. "His experience at the M.I.N.D. Institute shows a commitment to excellence, collaboration, and moving forward."
Dr. Hendren knew he wanted to be a child psychiatrist since the age of 13. After earning his degree in osteopathic medicine from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he did his medical residency in general psychiatry at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.
AACAP, which has a membership of over 8,000, is the leading national professional medical association for child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States.
The Mission of the AACAP is to promote mentally healthy children, adolescents and families through research, training, advocacy, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, peer support and collaboration.