Robert Cabaj, MD

APA Assembly Representative

May 2017 - May 2021

A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Robert Cabaj, MD, has worked most of his career in the Public Sector, currently fifteen years as the Medical Director of the San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services (Mental Health and Addictions) in California (which includes a free-standing Psychiatry Residency Training Program where he supervises the Training Director). In addition, he was the Behavioral Health Director in San Francisco, CA, for over eight years, as well as the Medical Director simultaneously for some of those years.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he did his Psychiatric Residency Training at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA. While in Boston, working for Massachusetts General Hospital, he led the Community Psychiatry Training and worked in a community clinic in a part of Boston (Bunker Hill Community Health Center). He also served as the first Medical Director of the combined Mental Health and Addictions Program at Fenway Community Health Center.

After moving to San Francisco, he was Medical Director for the AIDS and Substance Abuse Program at San Francisco General Hospital where he trained and supervised University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Psychiatric Residents. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry (Volunteer Faculty) with the University of California, San Francisco, and also Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

For the APA, he has served in many capacities, most notably the Chair of the Council on Advocacy and Government relations for over six years, Chair of the Committee on Minority and Underrepresented Groups, Member of the Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, Chair of the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues, and APA Assembly Representative from the Northern California Psychiatric Society. Currently he is a member of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing and Liaison to the Council on Advocacy and Government Relations



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