Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center
Dr. Kennedy is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Fellowship Training Program, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has authored numerous publications on late life mental health and has given a number of invited presentations to educational, scientific and public policy organizations in the United States and abroad. He is a past President of the American Association for Geriatric psychiatry and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation.
Dr. Kennedy's interest in global health issues began in 1984 with the award of a travel study fellowship to Israel and the United Kingdom from the United States World Health Organization. Since that time he has been either an invited presenter or visiting professor in Brazil, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Taiwan. More recently in 2006 he was sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies to design a Bermuda-specific geriatric mental health training program. In 2007 Dr. Kennedy was part of a panel presentation in Helsinki, Finland on strategies to prevent suicide sponsored by the World Health Organization.
In 2009 he was the only physician asked to participate in the Professional Exchange Program sponsored by the Caring Commission of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York and JDC-ESHEL, The Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel. This week long visit to groups providing supportive services to Holocaust survivors across Israel, lead to a three year grant from United Jewish Appeal-Federation, "An Alliance for the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors". This is a collaborative effort between academic medical centers and community based agencies to bring mental health services to Holocaust survivors in their communities.