standing in conversation .jpg




Dear Colleagues:
It is a privilege to be nominated for President-Elect of our American Psychiatric Association (APA).  For nearly two decades, I have been a proud member of our APA and a practicing psychiatrist committed to promoting mental health through clinical and academic work, education, service, and advocacy.  At this exciting time of rapid discovery in science, we have unprecedented opportunity to advance psychiatric treatment in order to improve the lives of persons with mental illness.
We also face many challenges. If given the opportunity to lead our APA, I will strive to fulfill our responsibility to eliminate systemic injustice, to embrace our particular duty to persons disproportionately and adversely affected by social determinants of health, and to embrace our overdue obligation to identify and eradicate all forms of institutional exclusion in the APA and psychiatry, beginning with structural racism. Through transparent and accountable governance, we will together achieve a diverse and inclusive APA that ensures mental and physical health for all while advancing the ethical and professional standards for psychiatry, including meaningful and effective metrics for certification tailored to competent practice. 
My training in law, psychiatry, and ethics combined with my leadership and advocacy experience in academic, clinical, and organized psychiatry and medicine have prepared me to lead our APA into its next great chapter.  Our commitment to the core values of our healing profession will guide us to together address the challenges before us today and to set the path forward for psychiatry’s promising future. I pledge to devote my energies to the betterment of our profession and our society on behalf of our membership and the persons we serve.
Thank you for visiting my website to learn more about me and my candidacy for President-Elect of our APA.  Please do not hesitate to contact me so I can listen to your concerns and answer any questions. 
I humbly ask for your vote. 
Warm regards,

Dr. Brendel’s APA Candidate Interview



Rebecca Weintraub Brendel MD, JD is Director of the Master’s Degree Program at and Associate Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She bases her clinical work in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she is the director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, provides medical oversight for the hospital’s inpatient guardianship team, consults to the intensive care management program, and practices clinical and forensic psychiatry. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Brendel graduated from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospitals, a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH, and an ethics faculty fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. She is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Brendel has practiced clinical psychiatry and provided administrative oversight in multiple capacities at MGH.  She is past Clinical Director of the Red Sox Foundation/ MGH Home Base Program for returning veterans and their families and served as Medical Director of the One Fund Center for Boston Marathon bombing survivors and their families, based at MGH.  She also served as Associate Director of the Harvard/ MGH Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and is an avid teacher of medical students, residents and fellows, practicing physicians, and attorneys locally, nationally, and internationally. 
Dr. Brendel has spent her career at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, and ethics, and has held positions on multiple clinical and organizational ethics committees.  At present, she is Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Ethics, Grievances, and Professional Standards, Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Ethics Committee, and serving in her second of seven years as a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She has also served on ethics committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Finally, Dr. Brendel has a distinguished record of service to organized medicine and psychiatry.  She has served as an elected Councilor of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and as a member and Chair of the APA Committee on Bylaws, and recently completed two terms on the APA Conflict of Interest Committee.  She is a past parliamentarian of the APA Board of Trustees and served on the APA delegation to the AMA as an alternate delegate and delegate.


Rebecca Brendel - CV

Rebecca Brendel - Executive CV


Rebecca Brendel MD, JD, DFAPA


VOTE January 4, 2021 to February 1, 2021

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Facebook