Lisa Dixon

Lisa B. Dixon, MD, MPH
Nominated by NAMI New York State
Member, NAMI New York City Metro
Listen to Lisa's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Health care/medicine especially in team-based practice that provides integrated physical and mental health care

Job Title or Position:

  • Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research & Center for Practice Innovations, Editor-in- Chief, Psychiatric Services

NAMI Affiliations:

  • Member, Board of Directors, NAMI Howard County
  • Member, Board of Directors, NAMI New York City Metro

NAMI Programs:

  • I have conducted research on NAMI Family-to-Family and Homefront programs.

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Individual with first-person experience of mental health condition; Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition: Provider/ mental health practitioner /employee in the field.

My career has focused on improving the lives of individuals experiencing serious mental illness and their families. I have been especially interested in and committed to the power of family and peer support and knowledge that is acquired from experience. I have been able to apply my research skills to ask questions regarding the effectiveness of interventions built upon that experience and to show how powerful such knowledge can be in helping others.

Further, I have learned from both personal and professional experiences that we need powerful alliances and partnerships that include multiple stakeholders in order to give individuals experiencing mental illness the chance to have fulfilling lives. We also need these alliances to conduct research. I have worked hard to be a good listener and someone who can create strategic connections and partnerships.

As a journal editor, I am interested in expanding knowledge and sharing authentic perspectives with scholarship and respect.

If I am elected to the NAMI Board of Directors, I expect that I will use my skills and experience in promoting the goals of NAMI.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by speaking openly about my family experience, serving on the Board, conducting research and evaluation of NAMI programs, raising funds for the walk, and providing educational talks.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by the numerous leadership positions I have earned within my academic department at Columbia and the New York State Office of Mental Health as well as the at the journal, Psychiatric Services.

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