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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 . A McHugh scholar-in-training (postdoctoral fellow) will eventually join the Program.

We are advised by both internal and external advisory councils who support our mission. The Internal Advisory Council includes faculty members and a resident from within the Department. See below. 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

Dr. Paul McHugh

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

Dr. 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.

Dr. Meg Chisolm

Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D.
Program Associate Director

Dr. Chisolm is Associate 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. She is co-author of the textbook Systematic Psychiatric Evaluation and has written more than 75 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.

Dr. Ray DePaulo, Jr.

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D.
External Advisory Council Chair

Dr. DePaulo is the Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Psychiatrist in Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been an active clinician, teacher, researcher throughout his 38 years on the Johns Hopkins faculty. He founded the Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic in 1977 and grew it into a multifaceted program that led patient care teaching and research on depression & bipolar disorders at Johns Hopkins. Dr. DePaulo’s research interests focus on clinical assessment, diagnosis, causes and treatments for mood disorders. His research group led several early genetic studies of bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles, has mentored outstanding clinician scientists (notably Francis McMahon, Chief of the Genetics Branch of NIMH, James Potash Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Iowa, and Melvin McInnis, Upjohn-Woodworth Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan), and has guided research on a model curriculum on depression for high school students (led at Johns Hopkins by Dr. Karen Swartz). Dr. DePaulo has partnered with Dr. Kay Jamison in research, education and advocacy efforts for patients and families; and, along with Dr. Jamison, is co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center established in 2006. Dr. DePaulo is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC). He and Dr. Jamison have been on the NNDC Board of Directors as well as several other Foundation boards of directors and scientific advisors related to mood disorders. Dr. DePaulo has authored 2 books depressive illnesses for patients and families (Understanding Depression and How to Cope with Depression). He has won a number of national awards for clinical leadership (Strecker Award from University of Pennsylvania in 2014), for teaching (from the NIMH in 1992) and for his research (notably the Mood Disorders Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 1996, the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2007). He has twice been named a forum fellow at the World Economic Forum held annually in Davos, Switzerland.

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 Chairman, 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 Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit and provides additional support for the Eating Disorders Clinic.