• Women in the Behavioral Health Industry: Why Executive Leadership Needs a New, Female Face

    When universal education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations in 2013, she pointed out that “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Her words resonated with women’s rights advocates as she boldly confronted an inequity that still needs to be addressed today, especially in the behavioral health field.


  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Brian M. Berman

Brian Berman is Professor of Family Medicine and the founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, the first center for research, education and clinical care in complementary and integrative medicine based in a US academic health center. A family physician and pain management specialist, Dr. Berman significantly changed his own practice of medicine over twenty years ago to a broader, integrative approach that includes complementary therapies and mind/body approaches, and he has introduced this approach into his center’s clinic and other clinical practices at the University of Maryland. Dr. Berman’s desire to see integrative medicine receive wider acceptance, has resulted in his becoming one of the most highly funded NIH researchers in this field over the past fourteen years.

Currently, he is principal investigator of two NIH-funded centers studying traditional Chinese medicine, one of which is an international center with colleagues in Hong Kong. He is the author of 250 peer-reviewed publications and five books. On the national and international front, Dr. Berman has taken a leadership role in promoting integrative medicine, based on a firm evidence based approach. He chaired the ad-hoc advisory committee to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine when it opened in 1992 and subsequently served on their advisory committee for 6 years. He was the first chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, composed of 29 N. American universities, and served on the Institute of Medicine panel on complementary medicine, whose report was released in January 2005. Dr. Berman also co-founded and coordinates the complementary medicine field within the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices through systematic reviews of the research literature. At a ceremony in New York City in November of 2005, Dr. Berman was awarded the Bravewell Leadership Award which "pays tribute to an outstanding person who is transforming healthcare through integrative medicine".

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