McLean Hospital Announces Staff Honors and Changes

July 24, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- The following are McLean Hospital staff members who have been recognized for their outstanding work.

Joseph Coyle, MD, director of the Harvard Medical School Consolidated Department of Psychiatry and professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, has been elected president of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the leading honorific society for psychiatric researchers. Coyle currently chairs the board of neuroscience and behavioral health at the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine.

Frances Frankenburg, MD, associate director of the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital, has received the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.

Paul Barreira, MD, chief of Community Clinical Services and director of Medical Education at McLean Hospital, has received the prestigious Lilo McMillan Award from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). Former Deputy Commissioner of Clinical and Professional Services for DMH, Barreira was honored recently at the third annual DMH Commissioner’s Reception.

Doug Holder, a mental health specialist, was presented with McLean Hospital’s Julia Altschule Nursing Award.

James Ellison, MD, clinical director of McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Program, has been named director of Ambulatory Services at McLean Hospital. In this role, he will oversee the 12 outpatient clinics at McLean and their 150 clinicians who provide service for more than 37, 000 annual ambulatory visits a year.

Marcia Benser, RN, CS, has been named clinical nurse director of McLean Hospital’s Geriatric Psychiatry Program.

Sue Eisen, PhD, has been named director of the Department of Mental Health Services Research at McLean Hospital. As the department’s assistant director, she helped develop McLean’s Basis-32 Plus Performance Measurement System, currently used by more than 35 behavioral health and substance abuse facilities across the country to assess quality and outcomes in their programs.

Cynthia Lepore has been named director of Public Affairs at McLean Hospital. The department’s assistant director since 1995, Lepore received her bachelor’s degree in English from Fitchburg State College in 1986. Prior to joining McLean, she served on the public relations staff of Boston University Medical Center for eight years.

Noemi Ottowitz has been named development associate at McLean Hospital.