Clinical Climate Change 2022 Speaker: Janet Lewis, MD

Janet Lewis, MD, Founding Member, Climate Psychiatry Alliance and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Janet L. Lewis, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance, and co-chair of the  Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry’s Climate Committee .  She has given numerous academic presentations on climate mental health at annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association as well as to other professional, community and religious groups. She is an author on climate papers in professional journals, including Psychodynamic Psychiatry, and the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. She has been interviewed and quoted by numerous media outlets, ranging from NBC to Rolling Stone Magazine about the mental health effects of climate change.

She conducts seminar series for University of Rochester psychiatric residents, covering the breadth of psychiatry’s interface with climate change.  Current academic projects with which she is involved include two joint projects of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and Climate Psychology Alliance, North America –  the Eco-psychepedia, an open source comprehensive reference  for mental health professionals and policy makers, and the public on topics related to mental health and our environmental crisis, and the establishment of a training course for Climate Aware Therapists. In 2015, she established  a continuously meeting group of therapists for study /support /consultation around climate change and related issues.

She has 2 grown children and one grandchild, and lives with her husband, dog and cat, innumerable trees and other creatures in 38 acres of woods.

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