Bestselling Author Patricia Cornwell Teams with McLean Hospital

October 09, 2008

Adriana Bobinchock

Belmont, MA - Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell has been appointed to McLean Hospital's National Council, a group of dedicated individuals who act as global mental health ambassadors in their individual communities around the world.

Patricia Cornwall

Patricia Cornwall

Cornwell, whose popular crime novels feature forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta and explore themes of depression, rage and substance abuse, first began working with McLean in 2004 while conducting research for a new novel. After spending several days meeting with hospital clinicians and researchers to learn about the inner workings of the brain, she was eager to become an advocate for McLean and the mental health community.

"I am intrigued by the work being done at McLean and its potential to help those whose lves have been touched by psychiatric illness," said Cornwell. "I am impressed by the dedication of the McLean staff and their empathy towards patients and families. It is an honor to join McLean in promoting better understanding of psychiatric illness."

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, is thrilled to have Cornwell serving as a representative of the hospital and as an advocate for those with psychiatric illness.

"Patricia has a deep commitment to McLean and to its mission of providing unparalleled psychiatric clinical care, research and education," said Rauch. "Her outreach efforts through her novels and her willingness to push psychiatric illness to the forefront of everyday conversation is helping to eliminate the stigma of these diseases. We are excited to have her as part of our advocacy team."

McLean Hospital is an international center for psychiatric treatment, education and research, founded in 1811. As the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, McLean offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of behavioral and psychiatric illnesses. It also offers an expanded array of specialized academic and clinical programs for children and adolescents, as well as dedicated services for older adults with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

McLean is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean Hospital, visit

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