Robert Cabaj, M.D.

APA Assembly Representative

May 2017 - May 2021

Robert Cabaj, MD, is a Board certified psychiatrist and certified addiction medicine specialist who is currently the Medical Director of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, an integrated system that delivers and monitors mental health and substance abuse services for the public sector in San Mateo County. He was in that post several years ago and, in between, was both Director and Medical Director of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services for San Francisco Department of Public Health. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He also maintains a small private practice of psychiatry.
In the past, Dr. Cabaj was the Medical Director of the then newly created Substance Abuse Consult Service at San Francisco General Hospital. He trained and worked in the Boston area for over twenty years. He was graduated from Harvard Medical School and then did his Residency in Psychiatry at Harvard-associated Cambridge Hospital. He worked in a variety of settings, including the Fenway Community Health Center—a comprehensive health center that also specialized in care of gay and lesbian patients and people with HIV and AIDS—where he served as the Medical Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Service.
Dr. Cabaj is the co-author/editor of two books—Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Health and On the Road to Same-Sex Marriage—as well as many articles related to sexuality and mental health, substance abuse and mental health, and HIV and AIDS and mental health. He is the Past-President of both the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He currently serves on many committees and boards for various national and local groups, including Immediate-Past Chairperson of the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations for the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of its Health Care reform Task Force and Gun Violence Task Force. He is also a past-president of the Northern California Psychiatric Society and current Representative to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association; is a council member of the California Psychiatric Association; was co-chair and current member of the Medical Services System of Care Committee and served as the Chair of the Greater Bay Area Mental Health Directors, both for the California Behavioral Health Directors Association.|
Dr. Cabaj is currently a member of the APA Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing. He was just appointed to the Board of the California Public Protection and Physician Health, helping support physician wellness and help with behaviors that interfere with safe practicing.




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