Support for Rebecca 

"I have worked closely with Rebecca Brendel on problems of morality in American Psychiatry. She is a splendid colleague who has particularly impressed me by her sense of justice and fairness, her ability to forge consensus, and her respect for others.  Given the current conflicts both in the country and in our profession, APA needs leaders like Rebecca Brendel ."

Ezra Griffith MD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and African-American Studies

Yale University 

"So many of us in the public sector appreciate a leader with Dr. Brendel’s commitment to ethics, sound policy, and patient care. I’ve worked with her for decades in APA Ethics and know how strong her advocacy is for our patients and our profession."


Phil Candilis, MD

President, International APA Affiliate (Greek Psychiatrists)

Director of Medical Affairs, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, DC Department of Behavioral Health

Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine

"I have first-hand knowledge of Dr. Brendel’s leadership strengths. She is committed to transparency, inclusion and fairness in leadership and because of her background in psychiatry, ethics and law, she has a unique perspective and ability to effectively address complex challenges, a desirable quality for an outstanding leader for the APA."



Maria Tiamson-Kassab, MD, DLFAPA , FACLP

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UC San Diego

President, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 

"We are practicing psychiatry at a turning point in time. Dr. Brendel is the ideal candidate to lead our APA through this period of uncertainty, change, and opportunity. She possesses an innate ability to include and engage people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives; synthesize opinions; and promote well-reasoned advancements in psychiatry and medicine. I have witnessed her leadership as President of ACLP, Chair of the APA Ethics Committee, and as a psychiatry delegate to the AMA. I was first introduced to Dr. Brendel through the APA Mentorship Program as an APA Leadership Fellow. Over the years, she has become more than a mentor. Along with being a sponsor of my career and education, she is a friend. Dr. Brendel’s expertise in ethics and the law combined with her clinical acumen provide her the skills to successfully advocate for our profession and patients. I wholeheartedly give my support for Dr. Brendel as APA President-Elect."




Katy Skimming MD, MA

APA Leadership Fellow, 2017-2019 (Vice-President 2018-2019)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

"Having known Rebecca Brendel since her medical school rotation in psychiatry at University of Chicago more than 20 years ago, it is no surprise to me that she has become an extraordinary leader in and for psychiatry.  Her leadership skills and experience, deep appreciation for law and ethics, and fundamental commitment to patient care, education, and the advancement of psychiatry make her the thoughtful, poised, articulate, forceful, and prepared leader for the APA, American Psychiatry and our patients in these challenging times."



Bennett L. Leventhal MD, DLFAPA, DLFAACAP

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco

Treasurer, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Honesty, stewardship and compassion are the qualities that matter in an effective leader.  Rebecca Brendel is this type of genuine leader for psychiatrists, and for our patients.  She is committed to advancing psychiatric medicine toward a future that benefits every type of psychiatrist across all lines. Her incisive intellect attuned to all viewpoints, and her depth of experience coupled with her down to earth personality and commitment to us all make her the right choice for APA President-Elect.  Times are difficult, this isn’t new to psychiatry, and Dr. Brendel has the expertise blended with humanity we all need today, tomorrow and into the future.  Please join me in voting for Dr. Rebecca Brendel, it will be a vote we will all be glad we cast."




Venkata (Amba) Jonnalagadda MD, DFAPA, DFAACAP

Psychiatrist and Associate Chief of Staff, VA Durham

President, North Carolina Medical Board

"I have known Rebecca Brendel for nearly 20 years, and was delighted to learn of her candidacy for President-Elect of APA. Now more than ever, Psychiatry needs a leader like Becca, a practicing psychiatrist and teacher, with training as a clinical ethicist and attorney. She already has experience serving as president of a smaller psychiatric organization, whose membership grew rapidly during her presidency. She will bring a rigorous principled approach to leading APA."




James Levenson, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Surgery

Chair, Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Chair, VCU Health System Ethics Committee

Virginia Commonwealth University

"I have worked closely with Rebecca Brendel on the ethics committees of the APA and AAPL for more than 15 years. Becca has demonstrated her ability to lead the APA with distinction. For example, her management of the controversies surrounding the Goldwater Rule (GWR) in the past few years has been nothing but exemplary. She was frequently consulted by the APA leadership to respond to a torrent of queries, including from APA members with strong opinions on both sides and from members of the public. She listened to all sides with respect. In each case, she represented the APA with the required sensitivity, professionalism and poise, lifting the status of the APA in the public domain. Her presentations were such that even those who disagreed with the Rule respected her decorum and collegiality. In these challenging times, we need Becca’s skilled, balanced, and inclusive leadership. 




Charles Dike MD, MPH, DFAPA

Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

"I have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca Brendel MD – who also trained as an attorney – on APA’s Ethics Committee, where she currently serves as chair and where she repeatedly demonstrates her original thinking in addressing complex issues before the group.  If our APA is to confront the many problems our profession faces in the COVID/ post-COVID era, I can think of no one more qualified to lead the organization in rapidly changing times. I heartily support her for President-Elect of APA and urge you to vote for her as well. 


Jack Drescher MD, DLFAPA

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Adjunct Professor, New York University

Training and Supervising Analyst, W.A. White Institute

"I enthusiastically support the candidacy of Dr. Rebecca Brendel for APA President-Elect.  I have known Dr. Brendel since 2001 when we trained together in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General and McLean hospitals.  She is a first-rate clinician and supportive colleague who has always been an ardent champion for the needs and rights of those who live with psychiatric conditions."  


Marketa Wills, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC

"Becca Brendel and I have known each other since 2003 when we were both selected as Rappeport fellows at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). Over the past 17 years, I have consistently been impressed by both her intellect and her hard work in our field. Dr. Brendel is a leader in psychiatric ethics, and with her legal background as well as her years of experience in organized psychiatry, she is ideally suited to lead APA during these incredibly challenging times. 




Susan Hatters Friedman, MD, DFAPA

The Phillip J. Resnick Professor of Forensic Psychiatry

Case Western Reserve University

"I have known Rebecca Brendel in the context of our joint work at the AMA and at APA.  She is a fierce advocate for all psychiatrists. She is a generous and thoughtful mentor and a warm and inclusive leader.  She is especially a role model for women in organized medicine because of her commitment to collegiality, mentorship, and investment in cultivating others' careers. She leads by example with poise and takes the time to reach out to everyone and incorporate their feedback into her advocacy, especially women, IMGs, and other persons from M/UR groups. She is the leader APA needs now to take us into the future. 




Kamalika Roy MD, MCR, FAPA

Chair-elect, AMA IMG Section

Assistant Professor, OHSU, Portland, OR

"I have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Brendel for more than a decade within consultation liaison psychiatry and the larger body of psychiatry represented by the American Psychiatric Association. I have great respect for her intelligence, steadiness, foresight, and ability to see the importance of partnership across psychiatric and medical organizations to make their voices stronger and more effective.  Her grounding in ethics, law, and psychiatry, her sensitivity to the diverse needs of others, and her interest in fostering the development of younger physicians make her an ideal candidate to help lead APA through a time of necessary growth and changes. 




Cathy Crone, MD

2022 APA Scientific Program Committee Chair

Chair, Workgroup 2, APA Clinical Guidelines Committee

Past President, Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

"I was incredibly fortunate to meet Dr. Brendel though the APA Leadership Fellowship. She has been the consummate mentor, consistently going beyond the call of duty. She truly cares about who I am, and has continued to help me craft a path for my career that perfectly suits me. The opportunities for scholarship arising from our relationship have truly changed the course of my career, and I will be forever grateful. I am not alone in benefitting from Dr. Brendel’s mentorship and collegiality. The qualities and commitment that Dr. Brendel has brought to mentoring countless trainees and early career psychiatrists over the years are just part of who she is and her vision of what it means to be a leader. I hope you will join me in voting for Dr. Brendel to lead the APA. 




Michelle Hume, MD PhD

Forensic Psychiatry Fellow, Mendota Mental Health Institute, WI

APA/APAF Leadership Fellow, 2018-2020 (Vice-Chair, 2019-2020)

"I have known Rebecca Brendel for more than 20 years as a student, then resident and fellow, and now colleague in forensic psychiatry.  Over the years, she has combined her psychiatry, law, and ethics background to advance our profession in depth and breadth with an eye always on a deep commitment to fairness and justice.  I cannot imagine a better leader for APA at this critical time for our profession, our health, and our country. 




Thomas G. Gutheil MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


"Honesty, stewardship and compassion are the qualities that matter in an effective leader. Rebecca Brendel is this genuine leader for psychiatrists and for our patients."

Venkata (Amba) Jonnalagadda MD, DFAPA, DFAACAP

Psychiatrist and Associate Chief of Staff, VA Durham

President, North Carolina Medical Board






Rebecca Brendel MD, JD, DFAPA


VOTE January 4, 2021 to February 1, 2021

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