I have experience as an academic neuropsychiatrist. My early work focused on frontal lobe function in neuropsychiatric disorders and clinical disorders associated with diminished goal directed behavior (apathy). I was very active in the early development of palliative medicine and developed academic palliative medicine programs.
I have always maintained a very active role in community advocacy and established a state-community collaboration to improve end of life care and a unique community-liaison model for Huntington's disease in Connecticut. I have more recently become interested in integrative approaches to mental healthcare that includes evidence-based and whole-system (i.e. classical Chinese medicine) approaches.
For the past twenty years I have been actively involved in issues relating to clinician wellness and contemplative approaches to health and healing.
I have been a full professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, Weil Cornell School of Medicine, The University of Texas, the University of Arizona, and Baylor College of Medicine.