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Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatrist Honored by AACAP for School-Based Mental Health Care
Posted Date: 10/3/2011

Cambridge, MA...The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has named Nancy Rappaport, MD, attending psychiatrist and director of school-based programs at Cambridge Health Alliance, as the recipient of AACAP's 2011 Sidney Berman Award for School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders and Mental Health.

AACAP's Schools Committee administers the annual award, which recognizes excellence in the study or treatment of learning disorders and work in a school-setting. Albert Abramson, President of the Abramson Family Foundation, established the Berman Fund for the Study and Treatment of Learning Disabilities and Mental Illness to honor Dr. Sidney Berman for his dedication to child and adolescent psychiatry and research on learning disabilities. A founding member of the Academy, Dr. Berman was the President of AACAP from 1969-1971.

Dr. Rappaport specializes in issues surrounding school violence, cognitive behavioral therapy for traumatized adolescents, and safety assessments of aggressive students. She oversees and coordinates mental health services at Cambridge Health Alliance's four school-based health centers in Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett, playing a critical role supporting the continuity of care between schools and health providers. She also serves as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rappaport will present on "Improving the Odds for Children's Safety In Schools: Lessons Learned" at AACAP's 58th Annual Meeting on October 21 in Toronto.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.