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May Highlights

May Highlights


William Carpenter, MD, the former Director of the renowned Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) was recently named the 2019 SIRS Lifetime Achievement Awardee from the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS).

Dr. Carpenter’s major professional interest has been of severe mental illness, especially in schizophrenia, including its phenomenology, etiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, and treatment. He has made original and fundamental contributions in psychopathology, assessment methodology, testing of novel treatments, and research ethics.

Special professional assignments include service on the NIMH Intramural Research Program Board of Scientific Counselors, and as a consultant and reviewer for NIMH and National Institutes of Health on many topics.

Dr. Carpenter provided expert testimony for the case of United States Government v. John Hinckley on the attempted assassination of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. In 1989, Dr. Carpenter was a member of the State Department delegation to inspect the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. He chaired the work group responsible for psychotic disorders in the preparation of DSM-5. 

Congratulations, Dr. Carpenter!

Stephanie Knight, MD

The Department would like to congratulate Stephanie Knight, MD, Chief of Psychiatry of the University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown as the recent recipient of the Attending Physician Colleague Award.

Dr. Knight was selected to receive one of the two competitively awarded honors and was nominated by her peers and colleagues. The award, in part, honors how an individual embodies their role in caring for patients while nurturing relationships with their colleagues and staff. Dr. Knight will be honored during a formal ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2019, during the Annual Nurses Week Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Knight focuses her clinical skills on inpatient and ER Psychiatry, and teaches medical students and residents. As Chief of Psychiatry of UMMC Midtown, she also spearheads a spectrum of programs – both ongoing and in development – including a proactive psychiatric consultative service, collaborative care model in a local primary care clinic setting, SBIRT programs in the ER, and a dual-diagnosis track on the inpatient-unit.

She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in Louisiana in 2007, and then began her Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore. Recently, Dr. Knight helped to coordinate the debut of the new 24,000 square-foot adult inpatient behavioral health unit, which features all private rooms.

"Dr. Knight is well known within the Department for her compassionate nature toward patients and her colleagues, and she's a general all around All Star," said Dr. Jill RachBeisel, Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry. "We are so incredibly lucky to have such a strong role model, leader, and teacher among us, and my list of gratitude could go on. Congratulations, this award is more than well deserved!" 

Dr. RachBeisel and the Department of Psychiatry would like to extend their congratulations to Dr. Knight for this well deserved honor; thank you for your top-tier patient care and ongoing efforts!