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Dr. Gene Beresin is executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and senior educator in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He received a B.A. in music from Princeton University, and an M.A. in philosophy along with his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Beresin previously served as residency training director in child and adolescent psychiatry at MGH for 29 years (24 of which was for the MGH/McLean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program). In addition to his current role at The Clay Center, Dr. Beresin also directs the Elizabeth Thatcher Acampora Endowment, an outreach program to meet the needs of underserved youth and families in three community settings, as well as HMS’s year-long required course Patient Doctor III, which focuses on reflective practice, ethics, professionalism and interpersonal skills as the students develop their identities as physicians.
Dr. Beresin has won a number of local and national teaching awards, including the Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award in 2002, given annually by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education to 10 program directors from all medical specialties. In 2004, he was awarded the American Psychiatric Association and National Institute of Mental Health Vestermark Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2008, he was awarded the Bowis Award by the American College of Psychiatrists for outstanding service to and leadership in the College. In 2011, he won the Cynthia M. Kettyle Award for Medical Student Teaching by the Department of Psychiatry at HMS.
Dr. Beresin has consulted on a variety of television shows, including ER, Law and Order SVU and the Emmy Award-winning HBO children’s specials, Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales (2000), Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003) and Classical Baby (2005). He was co-producer of a section of the Parent Resource Center for ABCNews.com. Dr. Beresin has published numerous papers and chapters on a variety of topics, including graduate medical education, mental health and media, eating disorders, personality disorders and child and adolescent psychiatric treatments. He is also deputy editor and media editor for Academic Psychiatry.View All Articles By Gene