Clinical Climate Change 2022 Speaker: Joshua Wortzel, MD, MPH

Joshua Wortzel, MD, MPhil, Chief Resident in Psychiatry, University of Rochester and Steering Committee Member, Climate Psychiatry Alliance

Joshua Wortzel is a chief resident in psychiatry at the University of Rochester. He completed his A.B. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard College, his M.Phil. in Clinical Research at Cambridge University, and his M.D. at Stanford University. During residency, he is pursuing a Master’s in Health Professions Education at the University of Rochester. Much of his current research involves studying the impacts of climate on mental health. His research projects have included studying the relationship between ambient heat and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, calculating the carbon footprint of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Annual Meeting and modeling how to reduce it, and studying what is currently taught to psychiatry residents and fellows about the effects of climate change on mental health. Regarding the last, he is currently helping to develop curricula to fill this educational gap. He is a member of the APA Committee on Climate and Mental Health, a steering committee member of the non-profit Climate Psychiatry Alliance, and a participant of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry – Climate Committee. He also serves as the chair of the APA/APAF Leadership Fellow, through which he sits on the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting member, and he is a Trainee Editorial Fellow for the journal Academic Psychiatry.