(Philadelphia, PA, February 1, 2011) - Devereux, one of the nation’s premier nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations, today announced the appointment of Marilyn B. Benoit, MD to the position of Senior Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs and Chief Clinical Officer.
Dr. Benoit, past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was a member of Devereux’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to January 2011, a member of its executive committee from 2008-2011, and served as chair of its Clinical and Professional Committee until today’s appointment. She also served as the Medical and Executive Director of Devereux’s Washington, DC-based children’s behavioral healthcare program from 1993-1998.
"Dr. Benoit is a nationally-known and highly-respected child and adolescent psychiatrist with a wide-ranging career both as a practicing physician and a health care administrator in public, private and academic settings," said Robert Q. Kreider, president and CEO of Devereux. "She has been a strong national voice on mental health issues and a wonderful advocate for Devereux, and we are thrilled to have her in this role and look forward to the leadership she will bring to our organization."
"Clinical excellence has always been a driving factor at Devereux and Dr. Benoit’s appointment will even further sharpen this focus," said Dr. Tami Benton, psychiatrist-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Devereux Trustee. "Marilyn is, simply put, one of the best clinical minds in our nation. She will be an outstanding addition to the Devereux leadership team."
"I am excited to serve in this new capacity at Devereux," said Benoit. "For almost 20 years, I have been part of the Devereux family, first as a staff member and then as a Trustee, and I have been inspired by the wonderful work and dedication to mission that abounds in the organization. It is my honor to now lead the clinical efforts of the organization as we approach our Centennial Anniversary."
Dr. Benoit most recently served as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, and has served as psychiatry professor at Howard University Hospital and the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her focus at these teaching institutions was the preparation of medical students and physicians to become psychiatrists. She has served on numerous national task forces and councils, and has provided Congressional testimony on a range of issues including child abuse, television and media violence, community violence, suicide in youth, and teen pregnancy.
Dr. Benoit completed her medical degree and residency at Georgetown University Medical School and is board certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. President of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from 2001-2003, Dr. Benoit serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Field Center of Social Work and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the Alliance for Childhood. She is a past trustee of the Child Welfare League of America, and was named among the Top Doctors in the Washington, DC area from 2007-2009.
"This is a pivotal time for strong clinical leadership as Devereux prepares to celebrate 100 years of service," Kreider added. "We are committed to entering our second century with the people and resources in place to provide the highest quality services to individuals with intellectual, emotional, developmental and behavioral challenges."
Nationally, Devereux offers a full array care for children, adolescents and adults with special needs, ranging from residential and day treatment programs, community-based resources, respite care programs, hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, partial hospitalization, transitional living arrangements, supervised apartments, foster care homes and special education day schools. Devereux also offers family counseling, preventive and post-discharge services, after care programs, and vocational and pre-vocational training.