Peter S. Jensen, MD
President and CEO, REACH Institute (The Resource for Advancing Children’s Health), New York City, NY
Co-Director, Division of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Peter S. Jensen, MD, is President, CEO, and founder of the REACH Institute (the Resource for Advancing Children’s Health), a national non-profit organization committed to ensuring that children, adolescents, and families have access to optimal care for behavioral and emotional disorders. In addition, in Spring, 2009 he joined the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as the Co-Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. From 1999 until mid-2007, Dr. Jensen was the Ruane Professor in Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University in New York, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health. Prior to coming to New York, Dr. Jensen was Associate Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), for child and adolescent research, where he served from 1989 to 2000. At NIMH he was the lead NIMH investigator on the Multimodal Treatment of ADHD study (MTA) and an investigator for other NIMH multi-site national studies. He is currently a scientific advisor for CHADD (Children, Adolescents, and Adults with ADHD), NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), and is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network for Children’s Mental Health Services Research. He has served on many federal task forces, including the Planning Board for the landmark Surgeon General’s 1999 Report on Mental Health, numerous committees for the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has held a number of elected offices, including President of the International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Secretary and Council Member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and.
Dr. Jensen received his MD degree in 1978 from the George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC, and completed his post-graduate psychiatry and child psychiatry training in 1983 at the University of California, San Francisco. Thereafter he served as the head of the Child & Family Psychiatric Services at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the associate director of child psychiatric training at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1998 he served briefly as a research scientist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, prior to his joining NIMH in 1989.
Dr. Jensen serves or has served as a member of the Editorial Board of many journals including Development and Psychopathology, Psychiatric Services, the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Biologic Psychiatry. He is the author of nearly 300 scientific articles and book chapters, and has written or co-edited twenty books on children’s mental health. He has received many national awards, including the Norbert Reiger Award (1990 and 1996) from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for outstanding scientific article of the year, the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award (1996) and the Blanche Ittelson Award (1998) from the American Psychiatric Association, and Special Recognition Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Association for Child Psychiatric Nursing. In 1999 he received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mental Ill and was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame. In 2000 he received the Outstanding Mentor Award, as well as the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for ADHD research from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Jensen is a Diplomate in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.
Dr. Jensen’s main areas of interest include effectiveness and dissemination research, and assisting medical practitioners and parents to adopt evidence-based mental health assessment and treatment approaches in dealing with children who are suffering from mental disorders.