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Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry

Connecting The World Of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) is honored to sponsor the Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry. With origins in a generous bequest to the NUMC Department of Psychiatry from Long Island psychiatrist Dr. Olga Von Tauber, and her husband, Dr. Robert Von Tauber, the Institute's vision is to study the phenomenon of globalization in the delivery of sensitive and culturally competent care to Long Island's multiethnic patient population.

By examining the physician migrant experience in the United States and abroad, the Institute proposes to highlight issues faced by international medical graduates in the United States. The aim of the Institute is to create more effective training models and to offer informed perspectives in teaching the next generation of medical professionals.

Dr. Olga Von Tauber (1907-2002), a psychiatrist and philanthropist, served the Long Island community and was named the first female director of a state psychiatric hospital. Dr. Olga Von Tauber was a pioneer of progressive values in psychiatry. By using her bequest to establish the Institute, we are supporting the behavioral resilience of the people in the Long Island communities she served and cared for, while creating a lasting memorial to her exemplary values and work.

As psychiatry addresses the social and behavioral well-being of the whole person, it is a holistic medical specialty that is profoundly impacted by the social effects of globalization -- perhaps more than any other specialty. As physicians move across national boundaries, they must read the signs and symptoms of illness through the lenses of the mainstream cultures. Psychiatrists are equipped to appreciate the profound impact of relocation to new cultural contexts, and their work is challenged by the necessity to reframe observations from the perspective of the new society.

Growing Trends

Since the 1950s, increasing numbers of physicians from across the globe have traveled to North America in search of medical education and training. These immigrant physicians, known as international medical graduates (IMGs), occupy one-third of all residency positions and account for one-quarter of all psychiatrists in the United States. They play a critical role in caring for the seriously mentally ill and are overrepresented in the care of the uninsured and the minorities.

The initial focus of the Institute has been defined to emphasize the study of the impact of international translocation on the education and careers of immigrant psychiatrists learning and practicing in cross-cultural contexts, in relation to the needs of the multicultural patients they treat.

Future goals for the VTIGP are to organize conferences on global psychiatry; facilitate travel and exchange of psychiatric residents and scholars across countries and continents in order to learn from one another; foster knowledge and future study on globalization as it relates to cross-cultural aspects through specific workshops and symposiums; and prepare research grant proposals to study the various aspects of globalization and culture in further support of VTIGP's mission.

Vision & Mission


  • To lead in the education, culturally competent training and cutting edge technological advancements available to all those physicians who seek training at NuHealth, including its International Medical Graduates.
  • To lead in delivering culturally competent, state-of-the-art clinical care to the surrounding communities of NuHealth, including immigrants and refugees living on Long Island.
  • To lead psychosocial research focusing on the interface between acculturation, medical education and practice, and in disseminating the knowledge thus gained for the advancement of the field.


  • To serve as the intellectual wing of the Department of Psychiatry in its mission to deliver safe and high quality clinical care and support faculty development needs.
  • To advance and disseminate knowledge and develop best practices in community psychiatry, supporting the interface between psychiatry and primary care.
  • To help develop department services and innovative models of care to support NuHealth's commitment to the realization of the 'Triple Aim' goal of improving the health of the population; enhancing the patient experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability), and providing value through increased efficiencies.
  • To help the Department of Psychiatry develop strategies and practices supporting NuHealth's commitment to the education of physicians and other disciplines, including nursing.
  • To study the impacts of globalization on the immigration patterns of physicians across the globe as they affect physician workforce policies currently developing within the United States.
  • To study the health workforce needs of the underserved population on Long Island and advocate policies that that help advance healthcare on Long Island.
  • To study the impact of migrant communities on local cultures, and vice versa, in developing successful acculturation models.

Advisory Board

Dinesh Bhugra, MBBS, PhD

A professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

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Professor Bhugra's research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 300 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (awarded a recommendation in the BMA Book Awards in 2008), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists. His most recent monograph, Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema, was published in 2006.

Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, Professor Bhugra has been instrumental in developing various training packages for health service professionals and developing strategies for psychiatric education. In 2007, the Royal College of Psychiatrists published Workplace-Based Assessments in Psychiatry, of which he was one of the editors. He has developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry.

In 2008 he was elected President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Javier I. Escobar, MD, MSc

Javier I. Escobar M.D., M.Sc., an Associate Dean for Global Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is currently a member of the Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association that guides and oversees the development of the new diagnostic system in psychiatry (DSM-V). He is Principal Investigator of the "MUPS in Primary Care Research Center," a P-20 grant from NIMH, and "Critical Research Issues on Latino Mental Health" a mentoring grant funded with an R-13 grant from NIMH.

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A native of Colombia, South America, Dr. Escobar attended medical school in South America and relocated to the United States to conduct his postgraduate training. He completed a psychiatry residency and a post-residency research fellowship, obtaining a Master's degree in Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of Minnesota. Following academic appointments at the Universities of Minnesota, Tennessee, UCLA and Connecticut, Dr. Escobar became interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine before he moved to New Jersey in 1994 to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UMDNJ-RWJMS, a position he held for almost 14 years.

Throughout his career, Dr. Escobar has had many national and international assignments and has received many honors. He has been Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD, Member of NIMH's National Advisory Mental Health Council, Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, and member of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Advisory Committee on Psychiatric Drugs. He has been a standing member in numerous National Institute of Health (NIMH, NIDA, NIA) and Veterans Administration's research review committees and other national task forces. He has been an active researcher in the areas of clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis and cross-cultural medicine and psychiatry. He has published over 225 scientific articles in national and international books and journals.

Dilip V. Jeste, MD

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California, San Diego. He is also Director of NIMH-funded Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research and of John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Poona and Bombay, India. He completed psychiatry residency at Cornell, Neurology residency at George Washington University, and research fellowship at NIMH.

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Dr. Jeste is Principal Investigator on several research and training grants. He has published ten books, and over 600 articles in journals and books. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institutes of Health. He in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the "world's most cited authors"--comprising less than 0.5 % of all publishing researchers of last two decades. He is the past President of American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and Founding President of International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. He is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" and has received awards from several organizations including Society of Biological Psychiatry, Institute of Living, American College of Psychiatrists, and NARSAD.

Dr. Jeste is the current president of the American Psychiatric Association.

John Kane, MD

Dr. John Kane is the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, North Shore-LIJ Health System and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. In addition to conducting oversight for system-wide behavioral health services as well as academic, research and clinical programs at NorthShore-LIJ's psychiatric hospital, Dr. Kane directs the NIMH-funded Research Center for the Study of Schizophrenia at The Zucker Hillside.

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Dr. Kane has been a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIMH. He has served on the Council of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and chaired the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Research on Psychiatric Treatments. He is president of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

Dr. Kane has chaired the NIMH Psychopathology and Psychobiology Review Committee as well as the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He has served as a consultant to the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Kane is professor of psychiatry, neurology, and neuroscience, and holds the Dr. E. Richard Feinberg Chair in Schizophrenia Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has published over 300 papers in scientific journals and is one of the most highly cited researchers in psychiatry.

He is a recipient of the Arthur P. Noyes Award in Schizophrenia, the NAPPH Presidential Award for Research, the American Psychiatric Association Foundations' Fund Prize for Research, the Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry, the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Research in Schizophrenia, the Heinz E. Lehmann Research Award from New York State, and the Dean Award from the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Kane received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.

Francis G. Lu, MD

A professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Francis G. Lu, MD, is also the director of the Cultural Competence and Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he has worked for over 29 years. He is the founder of the Asian Focus Psychiatric Inpatient Program, which served as a model for five other focus programs serving Black, Latino, women, gay/lesbian and HIV patients. In 1987, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) awarded these programs a Certificate of Significant Achievement.

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In 1991, UCSF awarded Dr. Lu, along with two other SFGH Department of Psychiatry faculty, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for "extraordinary leadership and inspiration in furthering the goal of achieving ethnic diversity within the UCSF community" for the development of these programs.

In 1999, the American College of Psychiatrists awarded the Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award to these programs. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Lu chaired the Equal Opportunity Committee of the UCSF Academic Senate and was the UCSF representative to the system-wide Academic Senate UCAAD. He has also served four years on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Diversity and chaired the Faculty Subcommittee for two years.

As a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry, psychiatric education, film and the transpersonal, and the interface of psychiatry and religion/spirituality through his presentations. He has participated on expert panels and advisory committees on diversity, cultural competence, and mental health disparities sponsored by the APA, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of Minority Health, HRSA, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, the California Endowment, the Templeton Foundation, the California State Department of Mental Health and UCSF. He has been published in more than 70 publications.

The APA awarded him the 2001 Kun-Po Soo Award for his work in integrating Asian issues into psychiatry. Dr. Lu received a Special APA Presidential Commendation for his work in cross-cultural psychiatry in 2002 and since 2003, Dr. Lu has chaired the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill awarded him an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award for exceptional cultural awareness and sensitivity in 2002. The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 2003. He is a fellow of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists as well as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry Committee.

From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Lu served as chairperson of the Media Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee of the APA. He served as Executive Scientific Advisor for a 58-minute training videotape/DVD "The Culture of Emotions" about the DSM-IV Outline for Cultural Formulation. Since 1987, he has co-led 19 five-day film seminars at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, exploring film and the transpersonal; 14 were co-led with a Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. Dr. Lu received his BA from Columbia University, a MD from Dartmouth Medical School and completed psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

John J. Norcini, PhD

John J. Norcini, Ph.D. became the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) in May 2002. Prior to his position at FAIMER, Dr. Borcini worked at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for 25 years, working his way up from data analyst and associate in psychometrics to Director of Psychometrics. He held two senior positions at ABIM from 1988 to 1997 and from 1997 until 2002.

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Dr. Norcini's principal academic interest is in the area of the assessment of physician performance. He is on the editorial boards of five peer-reviewed journals in measurement and medical education and has published extensively. Current major research interests include methods for setting standards, assessing practice performance, and testing professional competence.

Since joining FAIMER, Dr. Norcini has been instrumental in identifying the Foundation's areas of thematic focus. He was also instrumental in the board's adoption of a strategic plan and selection of regional emphases. Dr. Norcini is also credited with reorganizing FAIMER and making a number of key staff appointments to ensure academic and educational support as its activities continue to develop.

Under Dr. Norcini's leadership, FAIMER has created a niche, and established credibility of its own. Dr. Norcini continued to conduct critical work in the areas of research, data resources, and education. Although it is still linked to ECFMG, FAIMER has emerged as a significant entity in international health professions education. The areas that produce the greatest interest internationally are the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and the fellowship programs; FAIMER's research agenda is recognized nationally.

Deidra Parrish-Williams

Deidra Parrish Williams is currently serving as executive director of the Long Island Medical Foundation (LIMF), the philanthropic arm of the NuHealth System. Ms. Parrish Williams has been responsible for advancing LIMF's mission, which is to generate philanthropic support for the NuHealth System via a range of innovative fundraising initiatives, including an annual fund program, a major gift program, a grateful patient program, and a corporate and foundation program. She plays a lead role in directing NuHealth's marketing communications activities in an effort to showcase its extraordinary medical staff, state of the art programs, community-centric model and commitment to the Long Island community.

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Prior to joining NuHealth, Ms. Parrish Williams was the director of community and media relations at Newsday where she served as company spokesperson and was responsible for communications, events, community programs and charitable giving. Under her leadership, Newsday's corporate philanthropy experienced unprecedented gains in both visibility and charitable allocations to non-profit groups across Long Island. Additionally, she was a principal of a marketing communications firm, and she's held management positions with Girl Scouts of the USA, Nassau County, and CMP Media.

Ms. Parrish Williams received a B.A. in journalism and media studies from Fordham University and studied strategic corporate citizenship at the Boston College School of Management. She sits on the board of the Energeia Partnership and Project GRAD Long Island. She has earned several community awards, including being named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by Long Island Business News. She and her husband Derrick have two teenage daughters and reside in Valley Stream.

Nyapati R. Rao, MD, MS

Nyapati R. Rao, known to his friends as Raghu Rao, completed his undergraduate medical education in India and migrated to the United States for postgraduate training in Psychiatry. He completed his residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he was later appointed the director of residency training in psychiatry. Subsequently, he directed the psychiatry training program at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center and is now the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NUMC and the Chief Academic Officer at NuHealth.

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A professor of clinical psychiatry, Dr. Rao has written and conducted numerous presentations on various aspects of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) experience. He is the founding Chair of the Committee on IMGs at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), as well as a member of the board of directors of GAP, a prestigious national organization dedicated to creating greater public awareness of the need for new programs in mental health for the people in the United States.

A member of the American College of Psychiatry as well as a member of the IMG Governing Council of the American Medical Association, Dr. Rao is a distinguished Fellow of the APA. He was recently honored as the Educator of the Year by the Association of Academic Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Rao received the prestigious 2009 George Tarjan Award by the American Psychiatric Association, in recognition of his significant contributions to advocacy of international medical graduates.

He lives with wife Meera, and two children, Uttam and Meghana, in Nassau County.

Laura Roberts, MD

Laura Roberts, M.D. is the Charles E. Kubly Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She founded and serves as Director of the Empirical Ethics Group, a multi-site, multidisciplinary research team devoted to exploring clinical ethical issues in medicine.

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Dr. Roberts received fellowship training and served as the Director of Programs at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago prior to her tenure in New Mexico. She has written extensively on innovations in medical ethics education and she has guest-edited special issues on the topic for Academic Medicine in 1989 and Academic Psychiatry in 1996. Dr. Roberts is the recipient of two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards and has received several NIH-funded research grants, including a Career Scientist Award from the NIMH.

Through multiple avenues on local, regional and national levels, Dr. Roberts focuses on improving the care of people with serious illnesses. A valued teacher, she has received many honors and awards from medical students, residents and faculty colleagues. In her role as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she continues to teach, present, and publish on topics related to ethics in physical and mental health care, research ethics, rural ethics, and medical education.

Her scholarly work has focused on six lines of conceptual and empirical study, all related to ethical issues in clinical care, research and education involving special populations. She has pursued a systematic, sequential elaboration of two themes: clarifying the nature, determinants, predisposing features and ramifications of human vulnerability and strength; and seeking to understand the relationship between experience, education and moral development. Dr. Roberts envisions that her scholarly life will continue to be dedicated to these related conceptual areas and to discovering ways to apply what she has learned in a sound manner within the profession of medicine.

Dr. Robert's work focuses on the translation of concepts and observations (i.e., theory and data) into concrete, constructive interventions to enhance the experience of others. She contends that valuing and finding ethical meaning in the perspective of the individual, and then discovering the patterns present in groups of individuals, are special gifts that the field of psychiatry can bring to clinical ethics.

Pedro Ruiz, MD

Dr. Pedro Ruiz is currently a tenured professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Born in Cuba, Dr. Ruiz conducted his pre-medical school studies at the University of Havana and completed him medical school education at the University of Paris in France. Subsequently, he finished his graduate training in General Psychiatry at the University of Miami Medical School in Florida.

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During his academic career, Dr. Ruiz was also professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as Assistant Dean, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He also served as Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he was also a professor.

A former president of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Ruiz has served on The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Association for Social Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. He is currently the President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Ruiz has received numerous honors and awards: The Simon Bolivar Award; The George Tarjan Awardl; The Administrative Psychiatry Award; The Nancy C. Roeske Award; The Irma J. Bland Award; and a "Presidential Commendation" from the American Psychiatric Association. He has also been honored with The Bowis Award, The Distinguished Service in Psychiatry Award from the American College of Psychiatrists and The Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Dr. Ruiz has published over 600 original articles, invited articles, books, book chapters, scientific abstracts and book reviews throughout his academic career, among them, the well-regarded textbook "Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook". Additionally, he has served on numerous editorial boards, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, World Psychiatry, and Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, where he is currently Editor-in-Chief. His areas of research interest are administrative psychiatry, psychiatric education, cross-cultural psychiatry and health services research.

James Scully, MD

James Henry Scully, Jr., M.D. became Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) effective January 1, 2003, and CEO in 2005. The APA is the nation's oldest medical specialty organization with over 38,000 physician members. As Medical Director/CEO, Dr. Scully is responsible for overseeing approximately 250 full-time staff in the Association and act as Chairman of the Board of the corporate subsidiary, the American Psychiatric Foundation. His areas of responsibility include fiscal management, legislative, advocacy and policy development, continuing medical education and lifelong learning, communication, member services and health services research.

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Dr. Scully is a former APA Deputy Medical Director and Director in Office of Education, serving from 1992 to 1996. He as has been an APA member since 1976. Prior to coming to the APA, Dr. Scully served as the Alexander Donald Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C., (1996-2002) and CEO of the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute (1996-1998). Additionally, he has served as President of the Education Trust of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Scully served as an interim director of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health from 2000 to 2001. Prior to holding that position he served as Residency Training Director at the University of Colorado before becoming Vice Chair for Education at the University of Colorado. While in the Navy, he served as a medical officer aboard the U.S.S. John Adams.

Dr. Scully served as President-Elect (2007-2009) and President (2009-2011) of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; President of South Carolina Psychiatric Association in 2001 and served as Chair of the AMA Section Council on Psychiatry for many years. As APA's Senior Delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, Dr. Scully served as a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., (1998-2005).

A recipient of numerous awards and honors including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Leadership Award for Best Chairman of a Department of Psychiatry, Lowenbach Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Scully was also awarded the University of Colorado's Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding achievement. In 1992, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center psychiatry residents established the Jay Scully, M.D. Award for The Outstanding Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry in his honor. In 2003 Dr. Scully received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Colorado. He has delivered over 80 presentations and authored more than 50 professional papers.

Dr. Scully received an A.B. degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Mary.

Joel Yager, MD

Joel Yager, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and also Professor Emeritus at both UCLA and the University of New Mexico. His research has focused on eating disorders, primary-care psychiatry, medical professional development and education, practice guidelines and mental health services research.

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Dr. Yager currently chairs the American Psychiatric Association's Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines and serves on the Oversight Work Group and Scientific Review Committee for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5). He has previously served in many other capacities for the American Psychiatric Association and on Committees of the Institute of Medicine and NIMH. He has also served as president and chaired major committees in several professional organizations and been appointed to editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry and Academic Psychiatry. He currently serves an associate editor of Journal Watch for Psychiatry and on the editorial boards of seven other psychiatric journals. He has published more than 250 articles and chapters and eight edited books.

Throughout his career, Dr. Yager has received honors and awards from the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, National Institute of Mental Health, Association for Academic Psychiatry, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the National Eating Disorders Association.

First Annual Von Tauber Award

Margret Abraham, Ph.D. receives the Olga von Tauber award for scholarly contributions to global mental health.

The Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry presented the first annual Olga von Tauber Award for scholarly contributions to global mental health to Margaret Abraham, Ph.D.

The award presentation was followed by Dr. Abraham's discussion on Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. NUMC and Hofstra staff and trainees, as well as interested members of the public attended.

Dr. Margaret Abraham is Professor and former Chair of Sociology, and Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives, at Hofstra University. She is the Vice President, Research, of the International Sociological Association (2010-2014). She also serves as the American Sociological Association Representative to the International Sociological Association for 2010-2014. Her receipt of the von Tauber Award reflects her unique achievements in combining scholarly research on the neglected topic of trauma to immigrant women with strong advocacy for the subjects of her study.

The Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry originated with a generous bequest to the NUMC Department of Psychiatry from Long Island psychiatrist Dr. Olga Von Tauber and her husband Dr. Robert Von Tauber.

Olga Von Tauber's Many Gifts

In 1945, Olga Von Tauber came to the United States from Vienna at the age of 38, and became a naturalized citizen in 1951. In the US, she started her career as a resident doctor in psychiatry at St. Joseph's Hospital in the Bronx, NY from 1946 to 1947. Later, she obtained board certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). For a brief period (1944-45), she served as a visiting professor to the University of Haiti at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Beginning in the early the 1950s, Dr. Von Tauber had served in Kings Park State Hospital in various positions, initially as a supervising psychiatrist, then as an associate director, and finally as the first woman director in 1968. As the first woman director of a State Hospital in New York, Dr. Olga von Tauber was a pioneer for progressive values in psychiatry.

In 1986, the National Faculty Directory reported that Von Tauber was a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook, NY. After a long and luminous career and life, Dr. Von Tauber died at the age of 95.

Dr. Von Tauber's philanthropic activities were many. Huntington Hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, received a donation from the estate of Robert Von Tauber and Olga Von Tauber in 2004. In 2010, Nassau Health Care Foundation (NHCF) reported receiving a bequest of $188,665 from the Von Tauber Revocable Trust, to enhance the department of psychiatry at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). This bequest is an initial partial distribution of the total pledge of approximately $350,000 being made to Nuhealth to be used solely and exclusively to improve the Department of Psychiatry programs. With such a generous gift, the department launched The Von Tauber Institute for the Study of Global Psychiatry to realize the vision behind the Von Tauber's bequest by studying the phenomenon of globalization and its various manifestations with the goal of delivering sensitive and culturally competent care to Long Island's multiethnic patient population.