Gene Beresin, M.D.

Dr. Gene Beresin is executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and senior educator in child and adolescent psychiatry at 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 were 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’ year-long required course Patient Doctor III, which focuses on reflective practice, ethics, professionalism, and interpersonal skills as students develop their identities as physicians. As of January 2016, he has also taken on the role of national spokesperson and senior advisor on adolescent psychiatry for SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

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 HMS Department of Psychiatry Cynthia M. Kettyle Award for Medical Student Teaching.

Dr. Beresin has consulted on a variety of television shows, including ERLaw 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 also co-producer of a section of the Parent Resource Center for

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.

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