Ken Duckworth, M.D.

Medical Director
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Ken Duckworth’s journey into psychiatry started when he was a boy growing up with a dad who experienced severe bipolar disorder. His father was loving, kind and periodically quite ill, hospitalized for months at a time. Ken became a psychiatrist in part to help his father. He is very fortunate to serve as the medical director for NAMI and to be part of this remarkable community.

Along with his work at NAMI, Ken also works to improve care at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, volunteers and consults at an early psychosis clinic at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and teaches as an assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School.

Ken is double-board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and has completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship. 

What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?

NAMI is a very special community with an amazingly important mission. Virtually any researcher or clinician I ask for an Ask the Doctor webinar or to present at our convention says yes to my request. What we want/need matters in the scientific community and I think that is important and hopeful for progress in our field. 

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by the people I look after at my early psychosis clinic. They have been handed a profound life challenge and press on to get back on track in their lives at school, work and with their families. Our clinical tools to help them accomplish their goals are quite imperfect. There is so much for us to learn about the brain and better treatments. Their experience fuels my passion for our work.

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