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May 10, 2012

Keynote Speaker Announced for PSYC Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Harold Koplewicz ('73)
The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for its May 2012 Commencement Ceremony is Dr. Harold Koplewicz, an accomplished PSYC Terp ('73) and renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist.  For details on the ceremony please visit http://psychology.umd.edu/ugrad/seniors.html

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. He is the founding president of the Child Mind Institute (www.childmind.org) and is widely recognized as an innovator in the field and a strong advocate for child mental health.

A graduate of the University of Maryland (’73) with a B.S. in psychology and of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Koplewicz completed his psychiatric residency at New York Hospital Westchester Division, a fellowship in child psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an NIMH research fellowship in child psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Executive Program in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and served as its director for 12 years.  In 2006, the NYU Child Study Center was established as the second independent department of child and adolescent psychiatry in the country, and Dr. Koplewicz was appointed as its first chair. Under his leadership, the Center made tremendous contributions to the field through expert clinical care, a robust research portfolio, and advocacy for child mental health.

An internationally respected psychiatrist, Dr. Koplewicz is the recipient of many awards, including the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill; the 1998 Reiger Service Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in recognition of his work in the development of school-based mental health programs; the 1999 Humanitarian Award from Marymount Manhattan College; the 2000 American Grand Hope Award from the Aprica Childcare Institute; the 2002 Catcher in the Rye Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and the 2009 American Psychiatric Association McGavin Award for lifetime contributions to child psychiatry.