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Director’s Update: NIMH Clinical Director Receives Prestigious Leadership Award

NIMH clinical director Dr. Maryland Pao has been named the 2012 recipient of the Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). The award acknowledges “outstanding leadership and continuous contributions in the field of consultation-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry.” Wile, for whom the award is named, was a renowned pediatrician and advocate of child psychiatry.

Pao completed residency training in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is board-certified in these specialties and psychosomatic medicine. In addition to her role as NIMH clinical director, a post she’s held since 2008, she is chief of the Clinical Center’s Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service, which offers psychiatric evaluation for participants in CC research studies. She is current chair of the Clinical Center medical executive committee. She is also on the clinical faculties at the schools of medicine at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.

Pao’s research has encompassed psychopharmacologic and psychosocial studies of cancer, human immunodeficiency virus and pain management in children. A central theme in her clinical research, exemplified by recent papers, has been a call for attention to the psychological and developmental needs of children and adolescents with serious illness and who experience long hospitalizations. She is a sought-after expert in pediatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, lecturing and consulting widely and serving on numerous national committees.

The Wile Award was presented at the 2012 annual meeting of AACAP in October, at which Pao gave an honors lecture on pediatric psychiatry.

Source: NIH Record