Current Roles

  • Vice President, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Immediate Past Speaker Of The Assembly, American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  • Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA)

Professional Organizations

American Psychiatric Association (APA) 1990-present

  • Speaker, Assembly May 2017-May 2018

  • Appointed by President APA, Physician Wellness Task Force May 2017-present

  • Appointed by President APA, Ad Hoc Work Group on M/UR Trustee Voting Process Sept to November 2017

  • Speaker-elect, Assembly May 2016-May 2017

  • Vice Chair, Joint Reference Committee May 2016-2017

  • Member, Committee on Advocacy and Litigation Funding May 2016-2017

  • Alternate Delegate from the APA to the AMA May 2016-December 2018

  • Member, Committee on Advocacy and Litigation Funding May 2016-May 2017

  • Recorder, Assembly May 2015-May 2016

  • Member/ASM Representative, JRC, May 2015-Present

  • Member, Assembly Executive Committee May 2015-Present

  • Member, Area 3, Assembly Committee on Procedures May 2014-May 2015

  • Member, Work Group to the Assembly Committee on Procedures/By-Laws August 2014-May 2015

  • Member, Reference Committee 3 Supporting Education/Training/Career Development, for APA ASM May and October 2014

  • Area III, NJ Assembly Representative, APA May 2010-May 2015

  • Member, Caucus of Hispanic Psychiatrists, APA not continuous from 2008-May 2015

  • Member, Committee on CME/Lifelong Learning, APA 2006-2009

  • Member, Sub-Committee on Joint Sponsorship of CME, APA 2007-2012

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 2004

  • Vice Chair, Committee on Health Services Research 2001-2003

  • Member, Council on Research, APA 2000-2004

  • Member, Council on Professional Value and Human Dignity, Member 2000-2005

  • Member, Council on National Affairs, APA 2000-2002

  • Co-Chair, Scientific and Clinical Report Session, “Brain correlations of Psychopathology”, APA Annual Meeting 1999

  • Consultant, Council on National Affairs, APA 1998-2000

  • Member, Committee on Health Services Research-Council on Research 1998-2000

  • Representative, Early Career Psychiatry for the New Jersey Psychiatric Association 1998-2000

  • Chair, Committee of Area Early Career Psychiatrists, APA 1997-1998

  • Representative, Area III, Committee of Area Early Career Psychiatrists 1996-1998

  • Liaison to Minority and Under-represented Groups Committee for the Area Early Career Psychiatrists 1996-1997

New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) 1995-present

  • Area III, NJ Assembly Representative, APA May 2010-May 2015

  • President 2009-2010

  • President Elect 2008-2009

  • Senior Vice President 2007-2008

  • Vice President 2006-2007

  • Treasurer 2004–2006

  • Chair, Task Force on MSNJ Affiliation 2010-2011

  • Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee 2010-2013

  • Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee 2010-2013

  • Co-Chair, Task Force on Leadership 2010-2011

  • Chair, Task Force on Leadership 2009-2010

  • Member, By-Laws committee 2008-Present

  • Chair, Budget committee 2004-2006

  • Member, Legislative committee 2005-Present

  • Member, Ethics committee 2007-Present

  • Member, Membership committee 2003–Present

  • NJPA Liaison to UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School 2002-2013

  • Councilor, New Jersey Psychiatric Association 2002

  • Task Force on Member Enhancement 2002

  • NJPA Liaison/UMDNJ-NJMS 2001-2002

  • Co-Chair, Brain and Behavior Expo, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

  • Chair, Early Career Psychiatry Committee 1996-1998

  • Public Education and Media Relations Committee: Middlesex County

    • Co-Chair 1998-2001

    • Member 1996-1998

    • Representative 1994-1996

  • Representative, Resident’s Chapter, 1992-1993

American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry

  • Secretary General 2008- 2012

  • Treasurer 2007-2009

  • Member 2001-2006

National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

  • National Board of Advisors 2007-2012

American Association of Social Psychiatrists

  • Member 2001-2008

Medical Society of New Jersey

  • Board of Trustees Voting Member 2009-2010

  • Member 2009-2011

Mental Health Subcommittee Member to the NJ Campus Security Task Force

  • Member 2006-2007

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mercer

  • Member 2011-2012

New Jersey State Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (YSPAC)

  • Member 2004-2006

Academy of Medicine of New Jersey: Roving Symposia

  • Lecturer 1995 –1999

Education & Certifications

Honors & Awards

Editorial and Board Positions

Research and Publications


B.S. Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico


M.D. University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus


Internship and Residency

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Newark, NJ


Health Services Research Institute Fellow, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Specialty of Psychiatry 1996

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Subspecialty, Addiction Psychiatry 1998

  • Women's Advocate Award, APA Women's Caucus, May 2018

  • APA Mentorship Program, Mentor, May 2017-May 2018

  • American College of Psychiatrists, Member, November 2016

  • Golden Merit Award, New Jersey Psychiatric Association, October 2013

  • Appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission, 2010 - 2012

  • Honoree - 7th Annual Shining Lights: Outstanding Leaders, National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, 2010

  • Certificate of special recognition presented by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez for excellence in Hispanic Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership, 2010

  • Appointed to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), Voting Member, 2010-present

  • US ARMY Freedom Team Salute Commendation, 2009

  • Teaching Excellence Award, UMDNJ-RWJ, Psychiatry, 2006

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2004

  • Appointed by New Jersey Governor James McGreevey to the NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families, 2004

  • Public Affairs Network Award, Co-Chair, American Psychiatric Association, 2002

  • Health Services Research Institute Fellow, American Association of Medical Colleges, 1998

  • Career enrichment educational grant recipient, Hispanic Center of Excellence, NJMS, 1995-1998

  • Lester Granet Clinical and Teaching Excellence Award, UMDNJ-NJMS, 1994

  • UMDNJ, NJMS, Psychiatry Residency Program:

    • Chief Resident 1993-1994

    • Administrative Resident 1992-1993

  • Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society - Zeta Alpha Chapter, Univ of PR, 1984-1986

  • APA Board Of Trustees 2016-2018

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Clinical Psychiatric News 2010-present

  • Member, BOT American Society Of Hispanic Psychiatry 2007-2010

  • Advisory Board of the NJ Mental Health Institute 2006-2012

Principal Investigator

“An Open-Label Assessment of the Long Term Safety of Sertindole”, Clinical trial for patients diagnosed with psychotic disorders to determine safety of sertindole. 1994-1997, UBHC-NJMS, Newark, NJ, Abbott Laboratories, Protocol M-170-1994-222.


“Ethnicity and the Diagnosis of Affective Illness”, Determine how patient characteristics including ethnicity influence the accuracy of diagnosis among patients with serious mental illnesses marked by mood and/or psychotic symptoms. The study was designed to develop new information about the scope and reasons for diagnostic inaccuracies among Hispanic, African American, and European American psychiatric patients in usual care. 2005-2009. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). RO1 MH068801-01A2, 4-1-05 to 3-30-09.

National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS), reappraisal study. Determine concordance of DSM diagnosis among Spanish speaking subjects, RWJMS Piscataway, New Jersey Site, 2001-2003. RO 1 MH62209-01 "National Latino and Asian American Study".

“A Double Blind Comparison of Sertindole and Haldol: An Assessment of the Chronic Safety, Efficacy, Quality of Life and Relapse in Stable Schizophrenic Patients”, Clinical trial to assess safety, efficacy and quality of life concerning subjects in the study. 1994-1996. Abbott Laboratories, UMDNJ, Newark, NJ. Protocol M-42-1994-132, 1994-96.


  • GARA, M.A., MINSKY, S., SILVERSTEIN, S.M., MISKIMEN, T., STRAKOWSKI, S. A Naturalistic Study of Racial Diagnostic Disparity in an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. Psychiatr Serv (accepted October 2018/forthcoming).

  • DEL POZZO, J., ROCHE, M., BOYLE, D., MISKIMEN, T. Schizophrenia and Violence: Realities and Recommendations. Crime Psychology Review, 2015 Vol. 1, No. 1, 21–42,

  • WILLIAMS, J.M., MISKIMEN, T., MINSKY, S., COOPERMAN, N.A., MILLER, M., DOOLEY, BUDSOCK, P., CRUZ, J., STEINBERG, M.L. Increasing Tobacco Dependence Treatment Through Continuing Education Training for Behavioral Health Professionals. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jan 1;66(1):21-6. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2014 Nov 17.

  • DIAZ, E., MISKIMEN, T., VEGA, W.A., GARA, M., WILSON, D.R., LESSER, I., ESCAMILLA, M., NEIGHBORS, H.W., ARNDT, S., STRAKOWSKI, S. Inconsistencies in diagnosis and symptom phenomenology in bilingual and English speaking Latinos, and Euro-Americans: Results from a multi-site study. Psychiatr Serv Feb 2009; 60(10):1379-1382.

  • VEGA, W.A., SRIBNEY, W.M., MISKIMEN, T.M., ESCOBAR, J.I., AGUILAR-GAXIOLA, S. Putative psychotic symptoms in the Mexican American population: Prevalence and co-occurrence with Psychiatric disorders. J Nerv Ment Dis 2006; 194:471-477.

  • MISKIMEN, T., MARIN, H., ESCOBAR, J.I. Psychopharmacological Research Ethics: Special issues affecting U.S. ethnic minorities. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 2003;171(1):98-104.

  • MINSKY, S., VEGA, W., MISKIMEN, T., GARA, M., ESCOBAR, J. Diagnostic patterns in Latino, African Americans and European American Psychiatric Patients. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2003; 60(6):637-44.

  • MEYERSON, A., DELANEY, B., HERBERT, J., MISKIMEN, T., ECKHOLDT, H., TABOR, E. Do Aspects of Standard Emergency Care Have Potentially Traumatic Sequelae? Journal of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry 1998; 5:44-48.

  • MISKIMEN, T. Cultural Aspects of a Patient's Symptomatology: A Case Report. Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry 1993; 11(1):29-35.