Christine M. deVries to Retire as CEO of AAGP

Christine M. deVries to Retire as CEO of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Published Monday, March 10, 2014

clientuploads/Chris-1.jpgBETHESDA, MD, March 10, 2014 – Christine M. deVries announced her plans to retire as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) effective April 4, 2014. During her tenure at AAGP, Chris deVries has been a driving force to define programmatic direction for the association and connections to policy makers, government officials, and other stakeholders making decisions that impact patients and the profession.

“Chris assumed her new role of CEO of AAGP in May 2000 with grace, determination, and a can-do collegial attitude, working with a succession of boards, Presidents, Treasurers, and Committee Chairs,” said AAGP President David C. Steffens, MD. “Under Chris’ leadership, AAGP has become a vibrant growing organization evolving to a multi-disciplinary home for all professional health providers of geriatric mental health services. Chris has placed an indelible stamp on who we are, and because of her efforts, AAGP is poised to move forward, confident that we are the leader advocating for older adults with mental health needs.”

During her tenure with the association, Chris deVries has built the AAGP programs that endure today, establishing a strong government affairs program that accomplished gaining Congressional funding of the 2012 IOM geriatric mental health workforce report as well as establishing the AAGP-PAC; enhancing communications efforts by bringing the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry to a monthly publication, creating various association websites, and most lately bringing AAGP into the world of Facebook and Twitter; broadening the educational programming not only with the highly regarded annual meeting, but also the creation of multiple educational programs to ensure that there is numerous lifelong education opportunities for geriatric mental health providers; and establishing the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, which provides quality consumer education pamphlets as well as builds the pipeline of providers to ensure access to quality mental health care for seniors in the next generation.

The AAGP Board of Directors has formed a search committee, led by President David Steffens, MD, to begin the process of identifying the next CEO of AAGP.

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. AAGP promotes the mental health and well-being of older people through professional education, public advocacy, and support of career development for clinicians, educators, and researchers in geriatric psychiatry and mental health.