DAYTON, Ohio—Wright State University has named Jerald Kay, M.D., chair and professor of psychiatry in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service. The title Distinguished Professor of Professional Service is a special rank awarded by the Board of Trustees to a Wright State University faculty member who has provided exceptional service to the university and the community through outstanding leadership and significant contributions.
Kay has served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine for more than 20 years. During his tenure, Kay has provided regional and national leadership for extending mental health care to underserved populations.
“He has grown a sustained and vibrant department, which provides clinical care to our community,” said Robert Fyffe, Ph.D., University Professor and associate dean for research affairs in the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “He has been an authoritative and powerful voice in the realm of regional and state policy, particularly regarding mental health services and student mental health care, and has served in leadership positions for state and national commissions set up by government and national professional societies.”
Kay is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is the founding editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and research and associate editor of the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He has published extensively on the topics of medical and psychiatric education, medical ethics, child psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, the neurobiology of psychotherapy, mental health care in the college community, and psychosocial aspects of AIDS and of cardiac transplantation. He has published nearly 200 papers, book chapters and abstracts and 20 books on diverse topics.
In 1994, Kay was designated as an Exemplary Psychiatrist by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and in 1995, he was honored as the Psychiatric Educator of the Year by the Association for Academic Psychiatry. He is the recipient of the 2001 American Psychiatry Association-National Institute of Mental Health Seymour Vestermark Award for contributions to psychiatric education.
Kay is past chair of the U.S. Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education’s Committee on Psychiatric Residency Training Programs. The committee is responsible for ensuring compliance with accreditation standards for all U.S. psychiatric training programs.
“Dr. Kay’s professional roots are firmly planted in psychiatric education,” said Douglas Lehrer, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, “so it is no surprise that as his talents and ambitions grew beyond the hands-on arena of teacher and student, he would choose to serve and improve the broader institution of psychiatric education.”
He received his B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, where he majored in religious studies and classics. Kay graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his general and child and adolescent psychiatry residencies at the University of Cincinnati.
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