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Who We Are

Faculty members serve as Program Director, Associate Director and are supported by an Internal/External Advisory Council Chair and an Administrative Coordinator

We are advised by both internal and external advisory councils who support our mission. The Internal Advisory Council includes faculty members from within the Department. They meet independently on a quarterly basis.

The volunteer External Advisory Council includes thought leaders, scholars, and philanthropists, drawn from other medical disciplines as well as from fields such as public health, philosophy, law, history, mathematics, theology, finance, ethnic studies, gender studies, athletics, and bioethics; some are members of the Johns Hopkins community and others come from beyond our institution, including from academic centers around the nation.The External Advisory Council convenes at Johns Hopkins semiannually, joined by the Internal Advisory Council members.

Program Faculty and Staff

Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D.
Program Director

Dr. Chisolm is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Chisolm completed her M.D. at University of Maryland and residency in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining the Hopkins faculty. Chisolm has over two decades of clinical experience in both general and specialized psychiatric outpatient and inpatient settings and is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Chisolm has served as PI or co-investigator on several National Institute of Health-funded scientific and educational research projects, and is currently PI on a foundation-funded clinical trial of adolescent depression. She is co-author of the textbook Systematic Psychiatric Evaluation and has written over 100 scientific and clinical articles about substance use and other psychiatric disorders, humanistic practice, and medical education. Her work has been published in top-tier medical journals such as Academic Medicine and JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Chisolm is co-editor of the International Journal of Psychiatry and on the editorial board of Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Chisolm is a member of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence and the American College of Psychiatrists, an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Scholar, and the recipient of the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2018, she was elevated to Fellow status in the Association of European Medical Education and selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Harvard Macy Institute Art Museum-based Health Professions Education fellowship. 

Paul R. McHugh, M.D.
Program Associate Director and Internal Advisory Board Chair

Paul R. McHugh was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School with further training at the Peter Bent Brigham (now Brigham and Women’s) Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, and in the Division of Neuropsychiatry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. After his training, he was eventually and successively Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University School of Medicine, Clinical Director and Director of Residency Education at the New York Hospital Westchester Division; and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences Center. He was Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975-2001. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine named him University Distinguished Service Professor in 1998. In 2015, he became the inaugural Director of the Paul R. McHugh Program for Human Flourishing, located within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  

Dr. McHugh was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 1992. In 2001, he was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics and in 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People.  Above and beyond his many professional publications, he has written articles for the public on psychiatry published in The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Chronicles of Higher Education, and The Baltimore Sun.

His career has four interrelated themes. First: To create a model department of academic psychiatry by rendering explicit the conceptual structure of psychiatry and by demonstrating what this structure implies for patient care, education, and research. Second: To teach how the brain-mind problem is embedded in these concepts and how it affects the thought and actions of psychiatrists. Third: To investigate the “motivated” behaviors, such as hunger, thirst, sex, and sleep that are open in this era to multiple levels of analysis from molecular biology to social science. Fourth: To examine the scientific basis for the role of stable family life, liberal education, rewarding employment, and community participation in the promotion of human flourishing.

Susan Lehmann, M.D.
Co-director of Longitudinal Scholars Program

Susan W. Lehmann, M.D. graduated Cornell University cum laude in 1980, with majors in psychobiology and music. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1980 and completed her general psychiatry residency training at Johns Hopkins in 1988. Dr. Lehmann completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Johns Hopkins in 1989. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the Clinical Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. She was the founding Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital in 1992 and has served as its Medical Director since then. She has also been the Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic since 2008.  From 2004-2019 she was the Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Lehmann is a 2009 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education. She is the first recipient of the Berkheimer Faculty Scholar Award from the Institute for Educational Excellence at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012) and received the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Institute for Excellence in Education. She received the 2016 Educator of the Year Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Miller Coulson Academy for Clinical Excellence. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Lehmann is an Executive Council member of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, serving as president in 2018-2019. She is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Lehmann is interested in improving medical student and non-psychiatric physician’s education in geriatric mental health. She has presented and led symposia at the annual meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry on the subject of enhancing medical student education in aging and geriatric psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Lehmann has published articles, book chapters and online educational materials related to a variety of psychiatric disorders in geriatric patients. She is particularly interested in late-life mood disorders, especially geriatric bipolar disorder, mental health concerns in older women, substance use disorders and outpatient management of geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She is co-editor of the recently published book, Bipolar Disorder in Older Age Patients.

Barbara Cross
Program Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Cross received a BLA degree from the Johns Hopkins University. She has worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Hopkins for over 35 years. During her tenure Ms. Cross has directly supported the Department Director, the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, and the Vice Chair for Research. In addition to her efforts on behalf of The Paul McHugh Program for Human Flourishing, Ms. Cross has served as liaison for several search committee efforts, has organized many inter- and intra-departmental functions, and is the primary patient contact and coordinator for the Sex and Gender Clinic and provides additional support for the Eating Disorders Clinic.

Margot Kelly-Hedrick, MBE
Research Program Coordinator

Margot received her BA in Psychology from McGill University and her Master of Bioethics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Margot helps to run and coordinate multiple projects related to human flourishing in medical education and clinical care.

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