Representative at Large
Paula G. Panzer, M.D.
Paula G. Panzer, MD, is a community psychiatrist with extensive clinical and administrative experience in the development and management of trauma-based mental health services, including evidence-informed practices and practice-based emerging-evidence models.
As Director of the Center for Trauma Program Innovation at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City, Dr. Panzer is responsible for creating, implementing and supervising trauma-informed services in many community settings. She has created new initiatives (funded by private philanthropy, State and Federal Funds and University pilot funding) which include: Home Again: Veterans and Families Initiative; Psychological Preparedness for communities at risk (known as “Keep It REAL”); assessment of trauma training for mental health and school based staff (coined the “Trauma ASK”); and Trauma Informed Care Training Packages for Community Systems of Care. Dr. Panzer is a master trainer in the areas of system change, crisis and disaster response, and all types of trauma specific care. Within the trauma center Dr. Panzer also provides oversight for program evaluation and collaborates with investigators on evidence based practice in community settings.
As Director of the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute at JBFCS, Dr. Panzer provides direction and oversight for the agency’s training endeavors where new and experienced community social workers, psychologists, milieu workers, advocates, managers and others are supported in the development of critical skills necessary to perform in today’s demanding community settings. Dr. Panzer has organized training to meet the needs of diverse populations, creating a structure for implementing, supporting and sustaining new knowledge and skills in a wide variety of community care programs. Dr. Panzer and others created “Guidelines for Faculty: Developing Training with a Racial Lens” and other training manuals.
Dr. Panzer holds an AB from Hamilton College, an MD from Cornell University Medical College and did her psychiatry training and public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in New York. She is currently a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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