Laura Fochtmann MD Appointed Interim Director of CPEP

Department Chair, Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD appointed Professor Laura Fochtmann MD interim Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), replacing Mark Sedler MD, who has taken on other duties in the department and School of Medicine.

Dr. Fochtmann was the first director of CPEP when it opened in 1990. She was instrumental in bringing the innovative program to Stony Brook and making it operational. Today the CPEP provides more than 6,000 evaluations each year to people in psychiatric crises.

Dr. Fochtmann will continue in her roles as an inpatient psychiatry attending and Director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy Program. In addition to her work at Stony Brook, Dr. Fochtmann is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and serves as the Medical Editor for the APA Practice Guidelines. She is a recipient of APA’s Warren Williams Award for outstanding contributions to psychiatry and the recipient of the Aesculapius award for top teachers within the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

“As Medical Editor of the APA Practice Guidelines, Dr. Fochtmann brings the highest level of expertise to her new role as interim director,” Dr. Parsey said. “Not only is she extremely bright and detail oriented, but she sincerely cares about what is best for our patients. I am grateful to her for taking on this role while we search for a permanent director.”