Dr. Altha Stewart Becomes First African-American To Lead American Psychiatric Association #BlackSTEMLikeMe
As we celebrate Black History Month, Dr. Altha Stewart is creating it, in real time as the first African-American to lead the American Psychiatric Association (APA). A Memphis native, the associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center comes with an extensive background in both behavioral health services and business. In addition to serving as New York City's commissioner of mental health, Dr. Stewart was CEO of a children's psychiatric hospital in New York. She also managed one of the country's largest public health system's in Detroit. In a statement, the association's chief executive and medical director, Dr. Saul Levin, called the election of Dr. Stewart "a historic election for the APA, reflecting the wide diversity of the organization, which is our strength.” Dr. Stewart, who has served as president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists as well as the Black Psychiatrists of America, will begin her term as president in May 2018.