July 19, 2016

Prechter Fund researcher named the New York Academy of Medicine Fellow

Shervin Assari, M.D., M.P.H., research investigator of psychiatry, and a researcher with the Prechter Bipolar Research group, has recently been selected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

The very prestigious NYAM Fellow status is limited to individuals with outstanding contribution to health and medicine, and 10+ years of work experience in their field. NYAM Fellows are elected by their peers and are distinguished professionals in medical and health professions who embody the highest levels of achievement and leadership in urban health. Fellows span a wide range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, public health, and health policy, and are academics, practitioners, and policy makers.

In a tradition of honor and service, the NYAM Fellows are organized into diverse sections and workgroups that address population health issues facing individuals and communities in cities around the world. Fellows participate in cutting edge research, educational, and health policy programs, organize events addressing critical health issues, and enjoy unprecedented networking opportunities.

This photo shows George E. Thibault, M.D., Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine, inducting Dr. Assari as a new fellow into the academy.

Dr. Assari’s research interest is in the intersection of community mental health and social epidemiology and focuses on the contextual effects of race, ethnicity, gender, and place in changing causes and also consequences of mood disorders. He is an M.D. with post-graduate training in Public health (M.P.H.) and postdoctoral training in health disparities. He has over 120 peer reviewed scientific articles published in highly influential journals. Dr. Assari is an associate editor for three psychiatry and medical journals (Frontiers in PsychiatryFrontiers in Public Health, and Archives of Medical Science), and has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB). In addition to publishing his own work, Dr. Assari contributes extensively to the scientific peer review process and was ranked in the top ten scientists (of a group of 38,000 scientific reviewers) that perform scientific review in publons.com.

Other NYAM Fellows at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry are Professors Michelle Riba and Huda Akil, who are both nationally and internationally recognized figures in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Dr. Assari was nominated by Professors James Jackson (previous U-M Institute for Social Research director), Letha Chadiha (U-M School of Social Work), and Jorge Delva (U-M Outstanding Mentor Awardee), all of whom are NYAM Fellows and influential University of Michigan faculty members with a focus on minority health.

The next NYAM induction ceremony for new Fellows is on November 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Established in 1847, NYAM has 160 years of legacy. For more information, please see the NYAM website.