Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Cooper Medical School, Rowan University
Dr. Pumariega has devoted his over 30 year career in academic child and adolescent psychiatry to work in the areas of children’s systems of care and cultural diversity in mental health. He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Cooper University Hospital and Health System and Cooper School of Medicine at Rowan University. He received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine (and later inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 1999) and trained in general and child psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. He has headed two pediatric psychiatry consultation-liaison services (at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital); three Directorships of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (University of Texas Medical Branch, University of South Carolina/ William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, and East Tennessee State University), and chaired two departments of psychiatry previously (East Tennessee State University and The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, also Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University). He also headed the ETSU Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, awarded the American Psychiatric Association’s Silver Award for Outstanding Service in 2004. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and American Orthopsychiatric Association, and member of the Society of Professors of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and on the Editorial Board of the Community Mental Health Journal, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and Adolescent Psychiatry.
As co-Chair of the Latino Panel, he led the drafting of the CMHS Cultural Competence Standards in 1999, the only national cultural competence standards for behavioral health services. He is President of the American Association of Social Psychiatry and immediate Past President of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He has served as the founding Chair, Work Group on Systems of Care (1994-2001), Chair, Community Psychiatry Committee (2001-2007), Chair, Committee on Diversity and Culture (2007-Present) in the AACAP, and Chair, Committee on Hispanic Psychiatrists (2006-2009) of the American Psychiatric Association. He has over 170 scientific papers, chapters, and monographs, over 200 abstracts, and was co-editor (with H. Vance) of Clinical Assessment of Child & Adolescent Behavior (John Wiley, 2001), co-editor (with N. Winters) of the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Systems of Care: The New Community Psychiatry (Jossey Bass, 2003; translated to Japanese in 2007 and to Mandarin Chinese in 2008), and co-editor (with S Joshi) of the issue on Culture and Pediatric Mental Health of the Child Psychiatric Clinics of North America (October, 2010). He is also first author of the Practice Parameter for Culturally Competent Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Practice of the AACAP (2013). Dr. Pumariega has received numerous awards over his career, including the American Psychiatric Association’s 2004 Simon Bolivar Award and Lecture in Hispanic Psychiatry, and the 2007 Jeanne Spurlock Award and Lecture in Diversity and Culture by the AACAP.