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Medical chair named for The Glickman Family Center  @  Spring Harbor Hospital

(Westbrook, Maine)--During a recent ceremony held at the Cumberland Club in Portland, Spring Harbor Hospital Chief of Psychiatry Girard Robinson, MD, named Pownal resident and Maine Medical Center physician Douglas Robbins, MD, the first medical chair of The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor Hospital.  In this role, Dr. Robbins will provide vision and oversight to the most comprehensive array of youth mental health programs in Maine and lead the growth of a regional center of excellence in youth psychiatry.


Photo, left-right, standing, Spring Harbor Hospital Chief of Psychiatry Girard E. Robinson, MD; Glickman Family Center Medical Chair Douglas Robbins, MD; Spring Harbor Hospital CEO Dennis King; seated, Judith & Albert Glickman of Cape Elizabeth.

The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry was established in January through a $1 million gift to Spring Harbor Hospital from Judith and Albert Glickman of Cape Elizabeth.  A portion of the gift was set aside to endow a medical chair to provide strategic direction to The Glickman Family Center, which includes all youth psychiatric treatment, training, and research programs of Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center. 

Dr. Robbins has been Division Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center since 1996 and Medical Director of Child Psychiatry for the Spring Harbor Hospital network since 2002.  Previously, he was Associate Clinical Director and Director of the Affective Disorders Program at Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI and with Brown University.  Prior to that, Dr. Robbins was Director of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, and Clinical Director of the child & adolescent treatment units at the Colorado State Hospital.  He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Maine Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"It is an honor and privilege to be recognized as the founding chair of The Glickman Family Center," Dr. Robbins said. "I am grateful to the Glickman family for their making possible this unique support for the mental health of future generations of Maine children."

Dr. Robbins noted that many excellent youth psychiatry treatment and research programs already exist at Maine Medical Center and Spring Harbor Hospital, including intensive in-home treatment for youth and families, school-based clinics, integrated mental health treatment in primary care settings, and an early intervention program for youth at risk of psychotic illness. 

Yet he noted that challenges remain, including Maine's rate of youth suicide, the state's many children with autism and developmental disabilities, and the rate of youth psychiatric hospitalization in Maine, which is three times higher than the national average.

Specifically, Dr. Robbins said his priorities for The Glickman Family Center include increased professional education for staff, community treatment providers, schools, and families; continued and increasing focus on early identification of psychiatric illness; and further strengthening of The Glickman Family Center's services, with improved continuity of care and support to families.

"Working together with my colleagues at Maine Medical Center, Spring Harbor Hospital, and with a newly forming family advisory committee, I look forward to addressing these areas in the strategic manner the Glickman family intended," Dr. Robbins said.

An avid writer and researcher, Dr. Robbins has authored and co-authored an impressive collection of scholarly articles on youth psychiatric illness and treatment over his career and has presented his work at distinguished venues across the US.  His research includes studies funded by such prestigious agencies as the National Institute of Mental Health.  Most recently, he was a co-investigator in Maine Medical Center's Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) research program and will serve as an external monitor of its expanded multi-site study on early psychosis that recently won a $14.8 million grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

An MD graduate of the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Robbins completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship programs at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver.  

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