Friday, September 19, 2014

Wilhelm named chief of Psychology

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently named Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, chief of Psychology. In this role, Wilhelm will oversee Psychology operations, liaison with the MGH and Psychiatry leadership and further the ongoing reputation of the department through national and global channels.

“Sabine is an extraordinary quadruple threat,” says Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Psychiatry. “She has built and administers a large and successful clinical and research program, is acknowledged as a master teacher and mentor, is very well funded in challenging times, and is a clinical expert, but most of all she is a talented and committed team player.” 

Wilhelm joined the Psychiatry Department as an intern in clinical psychology in July 1995, becoming director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program in 2005 and of the OCD and Related Disorders Program in 2007. After her recent promotion, she stepped down from her leadership role within CBT but continues to run the multidisciplinary OCD program, which has 36 members including psychiatrists, psychologists, statisticians, fellows and research assistants.

She has also supervised the research and clinical work of 37 psychologists both inside and outside of the MGH. Wilhelm’s research focuses on the development, testing and dissemination of treatments for obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. She has been the principal investigator or site principal investigator of seven NIMH-funded research grants and several foundation grants. Additionally, her research has appeared in more than 170 publications and six books focusing on the cognitive functioning, prevalence and treatment outcome of these disorders.

“Psychology at the MGH has many strengths, and I look forward to forging – and surpassing – new objectives and goals for this very talented group,” says Wilhelm. “I am truly humbled by the trust that leadership has placed in me.”

Wilhelm succeeds Dennis Norman, EdD, who stepped down after 25 years of service to focus his efforts on the Harvard University Native American Program where he has served as faculty chair since 2005.

Read more articles from the 09/19/14 Hotline issue.


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