North Brunswick, NJ - April 3, 2014 -
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will honor Dr. Bindu Khanna with the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on May 4, 2014 in New York City, NY. Dr. Khanna said "I value this award a great deal because it comes from the community I work with, which is families and people with mental illness. I think that NAMI is a tremendous resource for families affected by mental illness, and am honored to accept this award from them."
NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates nominate psychiatrists who have "gone the extra mile" in their commitment to excellent mental health care and by working alongside NAMI members in their communities for public education and advocacy each year.
|Dr. Bindu Khanna|
Dr. Khanna was nominated for the national award by NAMI New Jersey. She is the Director of the North Jersey Center for Psychiatric Services, LLC. She is a child psychiatrist deeply committed to increasing access to care for underserved minorities, and to education about serious mental illness. Besides her private practice, she is the Staff Psychiatrist at St Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, serving a large multicultural population. She works primarily in an outpatient mental health clinic conducting psychiatric evaluations and medication management of patients, with the majority of patients being 3-24 years of age. She also conducts independent psychiatric evaluations for the Paterson Board of Education, and collaborates with care for students with Child Study team members. She trains pediatric residents in clinical child psychiatry rotations, and provides lectures for pediatric residents and medical students.
Over the past five years, she has offered her time and expertise to frequent presentations targeting minority communities, addressing such topics such as "Understanding Mental Health", and "Promoting Success, Reducing Stress: How to help your teenager through high school." She is an engaging and accessible speaker, bringing humor and empathy in speaking to audiences who are usually uncomfortable with discussions on mental illness.
The Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards allow NAMI members, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates throughout the country to honor publicly the exceptional contributions that many psychiatrists make to improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Since the Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards program was established, more than 1,000 awards have been presented. Many psychiatrists have described this award as one of the most important honors that they can receive because it comes from the people who need their help the most- people whose lives are affected by mental illness.