Annual Meeting (click here for more information)


Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. for the MPS Annual Meeting via Zoom.  The MPS Annual Meeting originally scheduled for April 2020 was rescheduled for November 10, 2020.  We will gather at 6:00 pm for a 30 minute social half hour followed by our speaker, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Mary Lou Sudders who will come to us by a prerecorded message. We will also be awarding the Outstanding Psychiatrist Awards for 2020 and our Distinguished Fellows, hear from the chairs of our very active committees, and conduct a short business meeting. We recognize that this is less optimal than a festive in person meeting and dinner, but it is still important for us to gather as a Society to support and celebrate each other in this challenging year. Please come and join us! Pre-registration is required - Register here.

Guest Speaker - The Honorable Marylou Sudders serves as the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, overseeing 12 agencies and MassHealth, with a combined budget of $24 billion and 22,000 public employees delivering essential services that touch the lives of 1 in 4 state residents.

Since joining Governor Baker's cabinet in January 2015, Sudders has advanced strategic policy priorities, including: restructuring MassHealth into a population-based health coverage system, reforming the child welfare system, addressing the opioid epidemic, integrating physical and behavioral health care, and strengthening community-based services. 

Sudders co-chairs the Governor's Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, the Governor's Interagency Council on Aging, and chairs the Autism Commission and the board of Massachusetts Health Connector, the state's health insurance marketplace.

Event Schedule
6:00 p.m. - Welcome Remarks
6:05 p.m. - Zoom Social ½ Hour by Breakout Rooms
6:35 p.m. - Secretary Sudders Presentation
6:45 p.m. - Awards Presentation
7:15 p.m. - Business Meeting, including Chairs & Council
7:55 p.m. - Wrap Up & Adjourn

Distinguished Fellows
Patrick Aquino, MD, DFAPA
Michael Hanau, MD, DFAPA
Scott Rauch, MD, DFAPA
Rahim Shafa, MD, DFAPA
John Sharp, MD, DFAPA
Renee Sorrentino, MD, DFAPA

MPS Outstanding Psychiatrist Awardees 
Lifetime Achievement - Carl Salzman, MD, DLFAPA
Advancement of the Profession - Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, DLFAPA
Clinical Psychiatry - Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA
Psychiatric Education - Lewis Kirshner, MD, DLFAPA
Public Sector - Sally Reyering, MD, DFAPA
Research - Olivia Okereke, MD
Early Career Psychiatry - John Torous, MD

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Brennan at [email protected] or at 781-237-8100.

We look forward to seeing you on November 10th!


MPS Resource Guide for Anti-Racist Action

Recent MPS Virtual Town Halls to listen to (*Members must be logged in to access):
MPS Multicultural and Diversity Committee presents “Structural Racism and Discrimination: Taking the First Steps Forward”.

MPS Disaster Readiness Committee presents “Re-opening: Using Lessons from COVID-19 to Shape the Future of Psychiatry”.


From the President 6/4/20

Dear MPS Members,
It has been a heartbreaking week with the brutal death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of the police and the continued police violence against those who earnestly raise their voices in protest to endemic police violence and systemic racism. Our fellow black and brown neighbors, who are already disproportionately afflicted and killed by the Covid-19 pandemic, are traumatized continually by a scourge as old as our nation. In our Town Hall meeting this week, Dr. David Henderson shared the sentiments of a young African American man who feels that death at the hands of the police is more likely than by Covid-19. It is easy to lose hope and feel helpless under such circumstances. I urge us as MPS psychiatrists to support all efforts to end racial injustice and violence through our personal and community introspection, meaningful action as a Society, engaged citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and our sacred work as healers.
Here are some links to documents for your consideration.

We will be discussing this issue at our Council Meeting on June 9, 2020 and plan to arrive at some concrete steps to support our black colleagues and fellow citizens in ending this deadly scourge.

Best Regards,
Sally Reyering, MD, DFAPA
President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
[email protected]











AG Healey Announces Groundbreaking Agreements that Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services for More Than One Million Residents

“The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society applauds Attorney General Healey for her admirable work to help the residents of the Commonwealth gain access to treatment and knowledge and transparency about their mental health and substance use benefits,” said Marilyn Price, MD, President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. “The mental health parity investigation is a tremendous endeavor. Persons seeking mental health care should have the same access to timely care as they would with any other illness.”

AG Office Press Release                 Boston Business Journal article



Massachusetts Senators Spilka, Rodrigues, Friedman and Cyr rally with invited guests at the State House before debate on An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health



The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS) represents the majority of Psychiatrists in Massachusetts. MPS members are Physicians who are committed to providing outstanding medical/psychiatric care through accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of mental health and emotional illnesses. We seek to achieve this goal by promoting public and professional education, legislation that addresses the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and by advocating for the allocation of public and private resources for treatment, research, and education. We provide a supportive and informative professional community for our members.

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS) is a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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