Stephen Mark Goldfinger

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA


Stephen M. Goldfinger, MD, is a community psychiatrist whose career has focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of the most seriously disabled psychiatric patients. He trained at Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and the University of California, San Francisco, USA. During his 12 years in San Francisco, he served as the Director of Emergency, Outpatient, and Inpatient Services at S. F. General Hospital and as the Mental Health Director of S.F. Health Care for the Homeless. He moved to Boston in 1988. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. G was an Assistant Professor of psychiatry, Clinical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (Harvard’s largest public psychiatry program), and the Principal Investigator of a $13 million grant examining models of housing for mentally ill homeless individuals. He moved to New York City in 1997, where he is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Goldfinger is a national expert on homelessness, schizophrenia, and treatment adherence in mental illness. He is the author of over 100 books, monographs, journal articles, and abstracts and is on the editorial boards of numerous publications. He has served as Chair of the APA’s Committees on Chronic Mental Illness, Poverty, Homelessness and Psychiatric Disorders, Institute on Psychiatric Services, and the Scientific Program Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Steve’s career has focused on the most severely disenfranchised and disaffiliated psychiatric populations. His current area of study is the relationship between medication efficacy, therapeutic alliances, and the effectiveness of medication interventions. He is a tireless advocate for the most severely ill patients, an active member of the National Alliance on Mentally Illness, and was cowriter of a full length documentary, I’m Still Here: The Truth about Schizophrenia.

Biography Updated on 27 January 2013

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