Sanders, Kathy, MD

Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


My professional activity centers on the administration of the MGH/Mclean Adult Psychiatry Residency. I maintain clinical and teaching activity in a variety of settings such as the MGH emergency psychiatry service, the outpatient clinic where I see psychiatry patients with comorbid medical conditions, and in the Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC - admissions unit) at McLean Hospital. Academic interests include developing clear clinical training expectations in the form of publishable goals and objectives in core competency language. I developed an innovative leadership seminar for Chief Residents within the MGH/McLean residency which the APA uses for its annual Executive Leadership Program for chief residents. Additionally, the training program's curriculum design under my leadership is based on an integrated, longitudinal approach to the clinical requirements so that the training is less modular and more capable of complexity and depth as each year of training progresses. This was demonstrated by the inclusion of the internship year as an integral part of the training program starting in 2005 for more longitudinal integration of psychiatry with medicine. Additionally, I teach various seminars including: a) PGY-1 reading seminar, b) PGY-1 History of Psychiatry Seminar, and c) Chief Resident Leadership Seminar. Current research projects include studying and teaching leadership, simulation in residency training, and integrating mindfulness training in residency education for both burnout prevention and leadership development. As part of my leadership in residency training, I serve on the MGH Executive Committee Of Training and Education (ECOTE), Partners Education Committee (PEC), and on the Executive Council of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT). At the national level, I am currently the Secretary for AADPRT.