Maria A. Oquendo, MD, PhD, is Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Oquendo has used Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging to map brain abnormalities in mood disorders and suicidal behavior. Her expertise ranges from psychopharmacology to Global Mental Health. She has over 450 peer-reviewed publications and an h-factor of 78 with over 18,000 citations.

Dr. Oquendo is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (2016-2017), the International Academy of Suicide Research, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2020). She is President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Board of Directors, Vice President of the College of International Neuropsychopharmacology and has served on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Advisory Council. She is a member of Tufts University’s Board of Trustees, serves on its Executive Committee and chairs Tufts’ Academic Affairs Committee.

She is the recipient of multiple awards, notably the Alexandra Symonds Award (APA 2017), the APA’s Research Award (2018), the Dolores Shockley Award (ACNP 2018) and the Alexander Glassman Award (Columbia University 2021). Dr. Oquendo is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

This session was moderated by Priscilla Hsue, MD, Secretary-Treasurer of the ASCI Council, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.