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Supporter Comments

Francis Lu, MD

I have known Dr. Feldman since the 1990s through our mutual professional organization memberships and activities in APA, AACP, and GAP. I have always found her to be an empathic, thoughtful and engaging person who was collaborative and inclusive in her interpersonal relations and respectful of cultural diversity. As a psychiatrist with a career focus on public psychiatry, she has a natural talent for working from a systems and population perspective in addition to an individual clinical one.


On her full CV, she states and demonstrates in an outstanding manner her professional interests: Public Psychiatry; Schizophrenia; Emergency Psychiatry; Systems Management (transforming systems to focus on recovery); Atypical Antipsychotics; Public Policy Development as related to Serious Mental Illness; Resident and medical student training; and Advocacy. I believe her wide breadth of professional interests and experience will serve the APA well in the position of President-Elect.


Dr. Feldman has demonstrated sustained leadership administrative skills and an outstanding level of University service within the Department of Psychiatry at UAB over the last 30 years. She has an extraordinary amount of professional organizational service across a variety of organizations.  


In summary, I support with the greatest enthusiasm Jacqueline Maus Feldman, MD for the President-Elect position in the upcoming APA elections.

Nada Stotland, MD

She brings an extraordinary array of experience and expertise, all directly relevant to that position. As an academic, she has been an outstanding teacher and researcher. She has made contributions to and held leadership positions in organizations including NAMI, the Alabama Department of Corrections, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and the US Department of Justice— not to mention a list of professional societies. At every stage of her career, she has been focused on and dedicated to the needs of the underserved and mistreated. Her contributions to the APA itself have been many, important, and stellar. There could not be a member more deserving and worthy to lead our APA.

Frank Clark, MD

Jackie’s illustrious career has been predicated on being a servant leader, who is invested in the mentoring and promoting early career psychiatrists. I have witnessed this first-hand as a member of the 2021 APA Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee, which Dr. Feldman’s chairs. Her wisdom and experience have been invaluable for me and others on the committee, who want to ensure that the annual meeting is innovative and educational for our members. Her curriculum vitae is replete with other examples of her commitment to service and leadership over years both locally and nationally.


I have had the opportunity to meet many leaders in APA since my involvement as a medical student. I’m grateful to leaders like Dr. Feldman who are committed to the mission, values, and goals our organization. She is epitome of a humble servant, who values humanity and the importance of life-long learning. It is prudent for our APA to select a candidate that will lead us during these precedented times in our country with grace, conviction, and purpose. I wholeheartedly believe that Dr. Feldman is the candidate who embodies these attributes. She continues to be an inspiration for me and others who aspire to one day lead this organization to a new frontier.
Maria Llorente, MD

She has conducted research and clinical demonstration projects to assure that homeless persons with serious mental illness are able to maintain permanent housing. She has worked tirelessly to assure that persons with serious mental illness, particularly those in minority and underserved communities, receive comprehensive, coordinated and integrated care. These accomplishments make Dr. Feldman particularly well-suited to the role of President-Elect at this most historic and challenging of times in our history.  She has a proven track record of leadership in Mental Health service delivery in a broad range of clinical settings. She has published in the areas of health equity, disparities in psychiatric care in the management of chronic mental illness, and the impact of culture and ethnicity on psychopharmacology.  She has the background, knowledge and skills to address concerns regarding institutional racism in our organization that have been recently raised. She has a broad perspective on the use of community collaborations to bring about significant and positive social change.


She has demonstrated the qualities of a compassionate and empathic leader, who has made significant contributions to the field of community psychiatry, and who will represent Psychiatry, the profession, and Psychiatrists, the individuals, with integrity and respect.  Some have said the mark of a true leader is a person who “inspires people to do things they never thought they could.” This perfectly describes Dr. Feldman and she will be an exceptional leader of our organization.
Vikas Gupta, MD

At these times of uncertainty and divisive politics nationally, we need APA to be spearheaded by a collaborative leader who knows how to bring along psychiatrists from diverse backgrounds, interests, and agendas. It is imperative that historical misgivings and wrong impressions from the APA’s history give way to inclusivity for minority, women, LGBT, and IMG Psychiatrists. Under Dr. Feldman’s leadership, I see a great prospect for inclusivity and massive strides in this direction.  A careful perusal of the backgrounds of members of the APA Annual Meeting SPC that Dr. Feldman chairs speaks volumes of her fair representation to minorities, women, and Early Career Psychiatrists-ECP’s. I anticipate that she will continue her inclusive representation during her tenure as APA President. This will be welcomed by APA members as there is growing call for adequate representation to under-represented groups within the APA.


Dr. Feldman has a dynamic personality and brings exemplary energy to all her responsibilities. She has been tapped for leadership role in several national organizations for her scholarship, professionalism, advocacy, camaraderie, and easy demeanor.


In the past, Dr. Feldman has shepherded important research and educational projects besides chairing several committees. Her background is replete with examples of years of service and leadership roles in diverse organizations. While attending committee meetings of the SPC and ECP Sub-committee, I witnessed firsthand her collaborative leadership style, flexibility, dependability, resourcefulness, and dedication to developing a healthy group dynamic. These personal traits coupled with her warm and energetic personality make her an outstanding consideration for APA Presidency.

Lori Sonnier, MD

Dr. Jackie Feldman served as my mentor at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and it was quickly evident to me that she was held in high regard and influence at UAB, in the community at large, in the state of Alabama, and on the national level in professional circles of psychiatry. In Alabama, I observed Dr. Feldman bring a calm, no nonsense approach to every challenge. She found humor in difficult, tense situations to promote solutions. Dr. Feldman has served in numerous leadership roles in academic settings, local and national professional societies, and the APA. She served as court monitor and lead psychiatrist for federal monitoring of Alabama women’s prisons and state hospitals in Georgia which are both systems with extreme challenges. I cannot imagine a better candidate for APA president elect at this time when our country and systems of care are in crisis. Dr. Jackie Feldman is my choice for APA president elect.

John Santopietro, MD

I’ve known Jackie for more than 10 years – primarily through the AACP where we have both served on the board, as well as through GAP where we served on the same committee (Psychiatry and the Community) before I moved to the committee on leadership.  I can’t think of anyone more qualified – by virtue of experience in the field, proven effective leadership, disposition, and what she would bring to this moment, than Jackie.


As you may know, she has been devoted to, and proven herself as a leader in, at least three distinct realms: academics, organized psychiatry, and public service. She has a distinguished career as an educator first at Duke and then at UAB where she settled for the majority of her career.  She has published and lectured extensively, worked as Editor-in-Chief for years at the Community Mental Health Journal, chaired conference scientific committees and participated in grant funded research.  She has contributed extensively to the literature of community psychiatry and has a particular interest in systems and underserved populations.  She has an extensive history of contributing selflessly to the APA, AACP, her local DB and state department of mental health.


Jackie never does anything halfway and is one of the most effective leaders I have encountered. At this point in my own career and as something of a student of leadership, I would put Jackie in the top tier of natural leaders – particularly as it relates to her personal presence and force of character.  She is always in the moment, leads with a clear moral compass, a clear voice, and she is open and accessible – always.  She is effective in a room and consistently moves the process forward.  This is one of the many characteristics that will make her an incredibly effective President.


One experience I always remember as emblematic of my experience of Jackie is when I was in a system in NC and hosted a meeting of the AACP board.  The mayor of one of the local towns, who was very much a mental health advocate, offered his country club for one of our dinners which fell on a Friday.  In a most natural way, Jackie organized a Shabbat ceremony as part of the dinner, with an ease and grace I will always remember.  Suffice it to say, this was the first Shabbat observed at this particular country club and Jackie led it in such a way that the other guests in the dining room were connected to this moment she orchestrated in the middle of the room.  They were interested, engaged and not marginalized.  The smiles were authentic, and ubiquitous.  It was one of the most quietly magnificent experiences I’ve had of ‘intersectionality,’ and the power of true welcoming – in vivo.  One of the most basic, and yet often overlooked characteristics of leaders is whether people actually follow them.  I would follow Jackie anywhere.


Jackie’s career in public service, passion for working in and with systems, focus on issues of equity and her ability to navigate a way through what appears to others as chaos – which I have seen firsthand – all of this makes her exquisitely suited to lead us through this most turbulent time and move psychiatry forward.

Gordy Clark, MD

I have known Jackie for over 20 years. As Founding President of the American Association for Community Psychiatry, I was thrilled when she was elected its first woman President at the start of this century. I knew that the AACP would be exceptionally well cared for in her hands. She is kind, committed, and has a delightful sense of humor….Jackie is a powerhouse of clinical, academic, advocacy, and leadership talent. And, she is a warm, authentic, dedicated, and uplifting individual. We and our patients would all be well served by her becoming the APA’s next President-Elect.

Leslie Gise, MD

I know Jackie from community psychiatry. She was just head of the Scientific Program Committee. She’s great and unafraid to challenge the system. One of the rare ones who can challenge the system and still be in it!  She is also a long-time editor of the community psychiatry journal. She has my vote.

Wes Sowers, MD

I have known and have frequently worked with Dr. Feldman for the past 24 years, and she has become not only a trusted colleague, but also a dear friend. Everyone who knows “Jackie” will be inclined to say the same. Her warm and earthy personal style is almost immediately endearing and is part of the humility that is her hallmark. While this quality is deceptive regarding her many accomplishments and talents, it is also one that has contributed to her many successes as a leader and mentor and enables the quiet diplomacy she conducts when controversies or crises arise.


As an exemplary clinician, teacher, supervisor and mentor, she has touched thousands of lives and made them better. She has had a longstanding commitment to providing care to underserved \ populations, and she possesses the wisdom to understand that their needs are multiply determined. Her long association with the American Association of Community Psychiatry, of which she is a past-president, is a testament to that commitment. In addition to the AACP, she has been active and has provided leadership in groups as diverse as the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, and the Association of Women Psychiatrists. In addition to these activities, she has miraculously managed to serve as Editor in Chief of the Community Mental Health Journal for eleven years, elevating it to a prominent place in the academic world. Along with this, she was a co-editor of the Handbook of Community Psychiatry (2012) and is currently working on the second edition of that resource. These scholarly and advocacy activities contribute to the broad perspective she would bring to the leadership of the APA.


This is a critical time for the APA, which needs to establish a new identity that suits the interests of the future psychiatric workforce.  A new vision is needed to meet the challenges to population health in the years ahead.  I think that there could be no one better than Jackie to get the APA started in the right direction.  Please take the time to vote, and when you do, put your X next to the name “Jacqueline Maus Feldman, MD”.

Hunter McQuistion, MD

If you’re an APA member, please vote for Jackie Feldman.  I’ve worked with her for 25 years and she is the real deal: exemplary clinician, teacher, supervisor and mentor, with longstanding commitments to underserved populations, understanding how their needs are multiply determined. Her long association with the American Association for Community Psychiatry, of which she is a past-president, is a testament to this. She’s also been active and has provided additional leadership in groups as diverse as the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, and the Association of Women Psychiatrists. As Professor Emerita at the University of Alabama, her scholarship has included being the Editor in Chief of the Community Mental Health Journal for 11 years and co-editor of the Handbook of Community Psychiatry (2012), also now working on its upcoming second edition. Importantly, she is an advocate for patients and for innovative psychiatry. Her activities as a Board member at the American Psychiatric Foundation, and, currently, Associate Medical Director at NAMI attest to this.


Finally, the vehicle for these accomplishments is Jackie herself– she combines keen intelligence, a great sense of humor, genuine caring for the people she serves and works with, and true honesty of purpose and interaction. This complements savvy leadership qualities, embellished by an easy, yet highly energetic persona that makes you feel welcomed, listened to, supported, and that she can get the job done.

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