Last updated September 2010.

Life Member LogoThe AACAP Life Members are proud to announce the first two recipients of the Life Members Fund Education Outreach Program. In 2010, the Life Members Fund will support travel to the 57th Annual Meeting in New York City for two child and adolescent psychiatry residents/fellows. The Life Members Fund provided a $750 stipend to reduce travel expenses as well as an invitation to the Life Members Wisdom Clinical Perspectives and the AACAP Life Members Reception and Dinner on October 28, 2010. Please read about our accomplished award recipients!

Dawn Brown, M.D.

Dawn BrownDr. Brown is a graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry. Currently, Dr. Brown is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow and Chief Resident at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Brown's interest in psychiatry stems from addressing the social and developmental issues of children and a fascination by how the mind strongly contributes to the development, course and outcome of many medical conditions. While completing her fellowship, Dr. Brown helped establish a child and adolescent clinic to provide convenient, affordable access to primary pediatric mental health care services for children and teenagers in medically underserved areas of Houston. Through this initiative Dr. Brown has formed relationships with underprivileged families and helped them manage their children's illnesses earlier in hopes of preventing future, debilitating health obstacles.

As a speaker at the 57th Annual Meeting in New York City, Dr. Brown will co-present a media theatre session where she will speak about the use of mass media as a tool to reach families about effective parenting techniques as well as display how parents can access additional support and resources for their families. The presentation will utilize the reality show, Super Nanny, as a discussion point to facilitate a conversation about difficulties families may face when confronted with behavioral and emotional problems of their children. This is another example of Dr. Brown's interest in exploring innovative resources for positive parenting and healthy family relationships. Additionally Dr. Brown's passion extends to her pursuit of clinical research where she aims to investigate the various perceptions of depression across different cultures, socio-economic classes, and religions and linking those findings to prevent gaps in treatment across these groups.

Chia Granda, M.D.

Chia GrandaAs a graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Chia Granda attended the 2001 AACAP Annual Meeting in Hawaii as a first year medical student. Her visit to the Annual Meeting in addition to her attendance at the America Psychiatric Association Meeting in Philadelphia the following year launched her interest and passion in the field of psychiatry. She pursued her newfound goal of becoming a child psychiatrist with Triple Board training at the Brown Alpert Medical School starting in 2005. Currently the Chief Resident of Triple Board, as well as the Liaison to Pediatrics at Brown, Dr. Granda will complete her residency in December and intends on bringing her training to her native home of Kauai to provide services to an environment in need of psychiatric resources.

Dr. Granda is particularly interested in didactics and believes it to be an invaluable tool for the education of residents. While didactics are gaining in popularity, this learning style could benefit from resident input to design a truly effective curriculum. Her current program utilizes case-based learning as part of weekly didactics and since the learning is based off real cases, it is more easily retained. Given her experience as a Triple Board, Dr. Granda hopes to mentor medical students attending the 57th Annual Meeting in New York City about the Triple Board or psychiatry. Dr. Granda is concerned with the recruitment of new physicians into the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and the future direction of the field.

Congratulations to Drs. Brown and Granda!