Executive CV

Learn more about Patrice's work history and accomplishments below.
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Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, FAPA

1998-Pres Private Practice, Adult, Child, Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry
2009-2015 Director, Health Services, Fulton County (GA) Department of Health Services
2005-2009 Medical Director, Fulton County (GA) Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
2003-2005 Medical Director, Georgia Rehabilitation Outreach
2001-2003 Senior Policy Fellow and Lobbyist, Barton Child Law and Policy Center
1999-2003 Lobbyist, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association



1992-1998 Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1992-1995 Resident, General Psychiatry
1995-1997 Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry     
1996-1997 Chief Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1997-1998 Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry

Post-Doctoral Training and Experience


1988-1992 West Virginia University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
1982-1986 West Virginia University, Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
1978-1982 West Virginia University, Bachelor of Arts-Psychology, Magna Cum Laude



American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners



American Academy of Pain Medicine 2018 Presidential Commendation
Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., Minority Fellowship Achievement Award
Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., Physician Distinguished Service Award
Georgia Psychiatrist of the Year
Heroes in the Fight Award
Metro Atlanta Leadership Institute
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership in Health Award
WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Honors and Awards


Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Academic Appointment


Positions within Organized Medicine (Selected)

American Medical Association

  • Board of Trustees, 2011-2019

    • President-Elect, 2018-2019

    • Chair, Board of Trustees, 2016-2017

    • Chair, Finance Committee, 2014-2015

    • Chair, AMA Opioid Task Force

    • Secretary, 2014-2015

  • Council on Legislation, 2003-2011

    • Chair 2010–2011

    • Council on Legislation Task Force on HIT

  • Member, AMA Task Force on Health Equity

  • AMA Board Task Force on Quality, Safety and Electronic Health Records

  • AMA Board Task Force on SGR

  • Delegate/Alternate Delegate, American Psychiatric Association

  • AMA Women Physicians Congress Caucus, Co-Chair

American Medical Association Foundation Board of Directors

Medical Association of Georgia

  • Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

  • Committee on Membership

  • Council on Legislation, GPPA Representative

  • Task Force on Membership Expansion and Involvement

  • Task Force/Committee on Women

American Psychiatric Association

  • APA Board of Trustees

  • Trustee-at-Large

  • Representative, Committee of Black Psychiatrists

  • APA AMA Delegation

    • Delegate

    • Alternate Delegate

  • APA PAC Board of Directors

  • Audit Committee

  • Finance and Budget Committee

  • Minority Fellowship Selection and Advisory Committees

  • Scientific Program Committee

  • Ad Hoc Committee to Review APA Election Policies and Procedures

  • Work Group to Address Managed Care Issues

  • Medical Director/CEO Search Committee

Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association

  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Board of Trustees

  • PAC Founding Chair

  • Council on Legislation, Chair


American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Medical Association of Georgia
Medical Association of Atlanta
Black Psychiatrists of America
National Medical Association
Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
NAMI Georgia Board of Directors
Mental Health of America Georgia Board of Directors
Skyland Trail Advisory Board
Georgia AIDS Coalition

Organizational Memberships
(Past and Present)


The Physician’s Role and Response to the Opioid Crisis
Leading the Charge: The Work of the AMA Opioid Task Force
Solving the Biggest Challenges in Medicine, AMA Inspirations in Medicine, TedMed 2017
The Economic Impact of Physicians as Small Businesses, The United Nations Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Knowledge Summit
Obesity as a Disease
AMA’s Vision for Reforming the Health Care System
Integration of Public Health, Primary Care and Behavioral Health
Community Based Systems of Care for Children’s Mental Health
Advocacy 101 for Physicians and Medical Students
Child Maltreatment and Brain Development
Careers in Psychiatry     
The Roles of a Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist
Juvenile Justice and Brain Development
Forensic/Correctional Psychiatry in Action
Competency and Responsibility in the Justice System
Cultural Issues in Developmental Pediatrics
Co-Author, National Academy of Medicine (NAM). First do no harm: Marshaling clinician
leadership to counter the opioid epidemic. Washington, DC: National Academy of Medicine. (https://nam.edu/first-no-harm-nam-special-publication/)

Presentations / Topics / Publications (Selected Medical)