LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation’s largest state mental health system. He provides medical leadership for a $3.6 billion/year mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.
Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.
In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as over 400 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications including TheAtlantic.com, The New York Times/The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post.com, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post where over 200 of his posts and videos have appeared.
In 2013, Dr. Sederer published The Family Guide to Mental Health Care (Foreword by Glenn Close), for families of people with mental illness. He also has co-authored, with Jay Neugeboren & Michael Friedman, The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody of the DSM-5.
Dr. Sederer appears regularly on radio and television.
"My mission is to help you or a loved one receive 21st century, effective, humane, mental health care. There is no need to wait for miracles. You can gain understanding of mental illnesses and addictions, and their prevention and treatment. You can learn how the mental health system works, and how to navigate it. Whether you or a loved one have a mental health problem there are effective treatments and hope for recovery. You can have what we all want - a life with relationships, work, and contribution. I will help you get there."
-Dr. Lloyd Sederer