WHO WE ARE
We are psychiatrists with a variety of experiences in academic, community and research positions, united by the mission of assuring optimal mental health by preventing and mitigating climate change's impact on mental health and maximizing the mental and physical health co-benefits of a sustainable, regenerative, global response. A rising crop of psychiatrists will have to contend with climate change as an everyday, all-encompassing facet of life on Earth, not only in its effects on the severity, distribution and symptomatology of mental illness, but in its impact on the theoretical foundations and research priorities of our chosen field; we now live and practice psychiatry in a world where psychological processes, human behaviors and environmental consequences are clearly and intextricably linked.
The following is an alphabetical list (by last name) of CPA's Steering Committee.
Robin Cooper, MD , San Francisco, Ca
Private Practice; Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco
Robin Cooper, MD has been in private practice with a focus on both psychotherapy and medical management throughout her 35 years of practice. She has a clinical appointment of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco where she has had many different roles in education and supervision. She has always had a parallel interest in treatment and advocacy for services of severely mentally ill, serving on a number of boards including representing the California Psychiatric Association to the state stakeholders’ organization, California Coalition for Mental Health. Her interest in issues of climate change impacts on mentally ill derives from her many years of political work on climate change politics specifically working with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, on national legislation on a carbon tax with revenues returned to American families. Her concern for environmental justice has fueled her interest in understanding the differential impacts of climate disruption on poor, underserved communities including the mentally ill. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
JAMES L FLEMING, MD, MissourI
Dr. Fleming is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in clinical practice since completing Psychiatric Residency at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1989. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings and currently serves as Medical Director for three intensive outpatient programs for senior citizens and works as a contract psychiatrist for the Missouri Department of Corrections. In addition, for many years he has maintained a private practice of “holistic psychiatry”, integrating modern, conventional treatments with time tested, natural, non-pharmacologic strategies including nutrition and mind-body medicine approaches . Dr. Fleming is a Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association and has numerous APA -related positions including past president of the Western Missouri Psychiatric Association. Since 2015 has served as one of two representatives from Missouri to the Assembly, the APA’s governance body. As Chair of the Assembly Work Group on Neuro-developmental and Behavioral Effects of Environmental Toxicants, he was the lead author of a Resource Document on this topic. He also is Co-Chair for an upcoming APA symposium on the the psychiatric impact of environmental toxicants in October 2018.
Jack M. Gorman, MD, New York, NY
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants;
Co-founder, Critica LLC; Author, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us
Dr. Gorman founded Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants in 2010. He is currently CEO and Chief Scientific Officer. Franklin Behavioral Healthcare Consultants provides expert guidance to biotech companies and to health care organizations in order to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mental health care. In 2016 he co-founded Critica LLC with Dr. Sara Gorman. Critica is devoted to fighting science denial and promoting science literacy. Dr. Gorman was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and received residency and fellowship training in the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute program. He was on the faculty of Columbia University from 1981 to 2002, becoming Lieber Professor, Vice-chair for Research, Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, and Director of the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research. His newest book, authored with his daughter, Dr. Sara Gorman, Denying To the Grave, explores the reasons behind denial of scientific medical evidence.
Elizabeth Haase, MD, Carson City, NV
Chair, GAP (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry) Climate and Health Committee; Movie Producer, “Frogs in a Pot”
Dr. Haase is a consultation psychiatrist for Carson Tahoe Hospital and Behavioral Health Services in Carson City, Nevada. In addition, she maintains part-time her eighteen year private practice in New York City. A board-certified Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Haase earned a fellowship certification in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, studying the overlap between medical and psychiatric symptoms, and completed training in psychoanalysis at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Research. As signs of her esteem as a teacher and clinician, she received the inaugural Creedmore Teaching Award and was a New York “Super Doctor” from 2013 until her relocation to Nevada in 2016. Dr. Haase is currently most engaged by the coming mental health and health impact of climate change. She is a Climate Reality leader, and is producer and lead for “And Then the Climate Changed”, a film exploring how parents can build climate-resilient children. She is additionally an editor for the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Trustee for the Association for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, founding Executive Committee member for The Helix Center, a neuro-psychoanalytic interdisciplinary think tank, and member of the Disaster Psychiatry Committee for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. In the past, she has supervised, lectured, and published in the areas of gender and sexuality, personality, adult relationships, sexuality, bipolar disorder, and pain management.
Janet Lewis, finger Lakes Region,NY
Janet Lewis, MD is a general psychiatrist in private practice in the Finger Lakes region of New York State andClinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester.
With academic work focused on psychodynamic and spiritual issues, she has been published in the Southern Medical Journal, Depression and Stress, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and The Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. She is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry’s Committee on Climate and founding member of the Ithaca Therapists’ Climate Group, a study /support/supervision group for therapists around issues related to climate.
Tony Ng, MD, BaNgor, Ma
Dr. Ng has been a member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and more recently, appointed as the first president of the Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Ng has worked extensively in several disasters, natural and man-made ones and other major crisis responses including the El Salvador earthquakes in 2001, the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York in 2001, the anthrax mental health responses at NBC and ABC networks, the crash of AA Flight #587, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Amish School shooting in 2006, and more recently the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut in 2012. He has also provided consultations in various other disasters, including the Asian Tsunamis disaster in 2004, the Amish School shooting in 2006 and the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. Dr. Ng was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster (CPDD) and was the past chair of the committee which he led between 2003 and 2006. Dr. Ng was the Chair of the New York City Chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYCVOAD), a coalition of disaster human services agencies in New York City whose members include the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Ng has been active in the area of promoting integration of mental health with public health, human services and emergency management, especially relating to disasters. He has an interest in promoting a better understanding of the relationship between climate change and natural disasters, and its mental health sequelae. He has consulted both nationally and internationally with various governmental and non-governmental agencies including the US government, the American Red Cross and USAID in the Middle East on disaster issues.
David Pollack, MD,Portland, Or
Professor for Public Policy in the Departments of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University
David Pollack, MD has worked as a community and public psychiatrist in Oregon since 1973, and is Professor for Public Policy at Oregon Health and Science University. He served as staff psychiatrist, consultant psychiatrist, or medical director for several community mental health programs in Portland from 1976-98. In 1998-99 he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, in which capacity he worked in the Health Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. He served as Addictions and Mental Health Medical Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services from 2002-2006. He has written about and presented on many issues, including: community psychiatry, health delivery systems, health care financing, mental health integration with primary care, disaster psychiatry, workforce development, ethical aspects of community mental health services, and climate change psychiatry. He has also been active in various capacities at the national level with the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.
AnNe Richardson, MD, Charlotte, NC
Anne Richardson MD is the medical director of a large, outpatient psychiatric clinic in Charlotte, NC.
Always an environmentalist, she studied environmental science at Wake Forest University. She has been particularly invested in climate change over last couple of years that lead her to involvement with the CPA. She is also apart of steering committee of physicians involved in "Greening CHS", a movement to create sustainability and environmental- health awareness at Atrium Health Care System. Working with sustainability department, she recently brought a recycling program to 2 behavioral health campuses and promoting health care without harm. She speaks locally, at work and through the Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation discussing the relationship between the natural environment and emotional health. Anne most recently gave Grand Rounds for the clinical psychiatric group titled "Climate Psychology: mechanisms, impacts and roles in mental health". .
Alex TroPe, MD, MSc ,San Francisco, Ca
Resident Physician, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Trope (formerly Schrobenhauser-Clonan) is a current resident in psychiatry at UCSF. He studied International Development with a focus on global health from economic, sociological, and anthropological perspectives during his undergraduate years at Brown University, and continued to work in the field of global health at Partners in Health, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health before heading to medical school at the unique UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program (JMP). At the JMP, he completed a Master of Science and undertook a group-randomized controlled trial of a classroom-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum for inner-city youth, in collaboration with the Niroga Institute, with whom he also trained to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). During medical school, he took a year off to pursue his interests in writing, climate change and alternative models of development and was picked to be a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow (2015-2016) under the University of California Office of the President. As CNI Fellow, he engaged the UCSF community in discussions of health providers’ roles in preventing and mitigating the effects of climate change on human health and orchestrated a 2-day student-run climate and health conference, EARTHEALTH1. He connected with Dr. Beth Haase during his psychiatry residency interviews, attended the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) inaugural Climate and Health Committee meetings, and was overjoyed to finally meet other psychiatrists who were attuned to the potentially massive effects on public and personal mental health of climate instability and ecological degradation. He is currently splitting his professional time between clinical duties as a psychiatry resident and group therapy research utilizing psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy through the UCSF Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Lab. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Lise Van Susteren, MD , WAshington, D.C.
General and Forensic Psychiarist, Washington D.C. Dr. Van Susernen is an expert on the physicial and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored "The Psychological Effects of Cliate Warming on the U.S.-Why the US Mental Health System is Not Prepared" which wasx one of the first reporst on the subject by a psychiatrist. Since then, she has continued to be a prolific speaker, advocate and author on these issues. In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Dr. Van Susteren serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Carissa Cabán-Alemán, MD, Miami, FL
Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Camillus Health; Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, Florida International University College of Medicine
Dr. Cabán-Alemán is a board-certified community psychiatrist and professor in the college of medicine of Florida International University of Miami, FL. She is the medical director for behavioral health in Camillus Health, a federally-qualified health center that primarily serves the homeless and uninsured of Miami. She is a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and the American Psychiatric Association. She serves as a councilor of the APA Hispanic Caucus. She served on the Psychiatry & Law, and the Minority Mental Health Disparities councils as a diversity leadership fellow from 2011 until 2013 and participated in the DSM-5 Task Force as an advisor for the Sleep-Wake Disorders Workgroup. She is a graduate of the public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Cabán-Alemán’s interests and work includes targeting systemic and social determinants of mental health, systems-based practices, cultural humility, population-based collaborative care, advocacy for underserved psychiatric patients, climate psychiatry and the relationship between poverty, social inequality and mental health.