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Keeping Up With Anita Everett, MD

Author: Dinah Miller, MD
Publication Year: 2011
The saying goes that if you want something done, you should give it to the busiest person. And so it goes with this year’s MPS president, Dr. Anita Everett. Somewhere between trips to Baghdad and Morocco, Anita has managed to jump start her term by organizing a strategic planning group for the MPS, forming a task force to address the legislative issues regarding medical marijuana, and revamping the agenda for Executive Committee meetings into a more user-friendly, task-oriented document.
Let me tell you a little about Anita. She grew up in the South and has the charming lilt to prove it. She attended college and medical school in Tennessee. She trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine at the University of Virginia where she was Chief Resident. She then worked at the University of Virginia in a number of capacities and served as Medical Director of a community mental health center in Staunton. From 2003 to 2006 she was a senior medical advisor to SAMHSA, and since then she has been Section Chief for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Community and General Psychiatry program.
Anita’s list of accomplishments is extensive: She has published many research articles, letters, book reviews, book chapters, and most recently she’s been working on chapters on the history of substance abuse policy in the US, ethics in community psychiatry, and the history of public policy on cultural diversity in the US. Her career has been focused around building better systems of care through advancement of public policy for individuals with serious mental illness, and addressing the somatic health of individuals with mental illness in community mental health centers.
Anita has been involved in many professional organizations and has served in the APA assembly. She’s a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and a founding member of a national leadership program in community psychiatry. She has traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq to consult on their psychiatric services. She has been the chair of the public psychiatry committee in both Virginia and Maryland.
On a more personal note, our current prez lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband, Allen, a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, their two teenage children, Sam and Margaret, and two dogs, Bella and Eliott. In her spare time, Anita keeps busy with her knitting (years ago, she came in Second place in knitting in the Albemarle County Fair in Virginia), but don’t count on getting that sweater anytime soon.



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