Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Colenda is Dean of the College of Medicine of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (COM-HSC), and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a joint appointment as Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Rural Public Health since January 1, 2003. As Dean, he serves as the chief academic officer and chief executive officer for the College and has direct management authority over all academic, research, and collegiate educational programs. He is a voting member of the HSC Executive Committee and HSC Council of Advisors and is the college’s lead representative to both S&W and CTVHCS. He received his B.A. degree from Wittenberg University (1974), M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia (1977), and M.P.H. degree in Health Services Administration from Johns Hopkins University (1982). He completed his psychiatry residency as Chief Resident and Fellow in Public Mental Health at Emory University (1982-85) and completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Virginia (1979-80), Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (1981-82) and Pathology at University Hospital of Case Western Reserve University (1977-79). Dr. Colenda’s clinical and research interests are in Geriatric Psychiatry, with a particular focus on complexity of medical-psychiatric co-morbidities in late life. He has published over 130 research and clinical reports, research abstracts and book chapters that primarily focus on geriatric mental health services research and policy with a particular emphasis on dementia and late life depression care. He has held such leadership positions as Chair of the Council of Aging for the American Psychiatric Association (1997-2000); election to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and President-Elect and President (2005-06), Treasurer (2003) and Chair of the Public Policy Committee for AAGP (2004-present). He is also Chair the Geriatric Psychiatry Test Writing Committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been a Faculty Fellow and site-visit chair for the LCME and has conducted RRC site visits for the ACGME. He has also served on special Scientific Initial Review Groups for the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 1. Colenda CC: Patient Choice at End-of-life Decisions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 11(1): 113-114, 2003. 2. Colenda CC. (letter) Interventions for treatment of depression in primary care. JAMA, 2004; 291(23): 2815. 3. Murman DL, Colenda CC: Economic impact of behavioural symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease: can drugs ease the burden? Pharmacoeconomics. 23(3): 227-242, 2005.