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Judy Yin Shih, Ph.D. Professorship in Anxiety Disorders

School of Medicine

Established in 2023 by Judy Yin Shih, Ph.D.

JUDY YIN SHIH, PhD, is a retired mental health clinician and health policy researcher who has been active in community service and philanthropic support of education, health care, and the performing arts. She has a M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy.

The settings of her clinical work have spanned the Medical College of Wisconsin (Neuropsychology), Johns Hopkins Medical School (Child Psychiatry and Alzheimer Clinic), Sinai Hospital (Rehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury Unit), and private practice. Her professional roles in the area of health policy include Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Health Program Development and Management at UMBC and Project Director at JBS International, where she directed evaluation projects of federally-funded health programs (including HIV/AIDS, mental health, and substance abuse programs).

Since retiring, Dr. Shih has served as a docent at the Chinese Garden of The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in California and has focused her interests in art and music. She has served in leadership roles on various institutional boards including the Advisory Board of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHSOM), the Board of Trustees of the Southern Oregon University (SOU), Board of Governors of The Huntington, the Ashland Branch Board of the American Association of University Women, the Artistic Advisory Council of the Center for New Performance of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Leadership Council of Marquette University, and the Board of Directors of Rogue Community Health Centers in southern Oregon. At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), she worked closely with the Board of Directors and staff in the Access for All Campaign for the renovation of the theater campus and facilities, making it accessible to all, especially to those who are hearing and mobility challenged. This year she will launch a new performing arts initiative, The Three Friends/One Spirit Initiative, at CalArts to promote creative exchanges and development of new works between contemporary Chinese and U.S. based artists. In her philanthropic efforts, Dr. Shih has been a generous donor to many organizations. She is a champion for education and established several endowed scholarships and professorships, including the Judy Yin Shih Scholarship Fund at SOU, the Judy Yin Shih Fellowship for the Advancement of Health Policy Research at UMBC and the Oliver Lee McCabe III, Ph.D. Professorship in the Neuropsychopharmacology of Consciousness at JHSOM.

Dr. Shih is pleased to be able to create this endowed professorship in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Anxiety disorders is among the most commonly diagnosed psychological conditions, and it is a comorbidity that accompanies many other mental disorders and life stresses. This professorship reflects a long-term commitment to providing support and to recognizing the outstanding achievements of those, like Dr. Joseph Bienvenu, who have dedicated their life work to education, research and treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Shih would also like to thank Jack and Mary McGlasson for their generous gift to establish the Jack and Mary McGlasson Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Johns Hopkins.

Held by O. Joseph Bienvenu

O. JOSEPH BIENVENU, MD, PhD, studied psychology at Tulane University before completing his medical degree at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He came to Johns Hopkins for internship in 1992, and he has been here ever since. He completed his psychiatry residency in 1996 then started a research fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his 3-year fellowship, he also completed a Ph.D. in clinical investigation (a joint program with the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health).

Dr. Bienvenu joined the full-time faculty in 1999, and he has maintained a joint appointment in public health. He began his research career investigating the epidemiology and genetic epidemiology of anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on the relationship of personality traits to anxiety and related disorders.

In the mid-2000s, Dr. Bienvenu began collaborating with colleagues in Critical Care Medicine on long-term psychiatric morbidity after critical illness and intensive care, focusing especially on anxiety and related conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Bienvenu directs the Jack and Mary McGlasson Anxiety Disorders (teaching) Clinic at Johns Hopkins, as well as the Anxiety Disorders Program, the psychiatry Residents’ Outpatient Continuity Clinic, and inpatient consultation-liaison services. He has had the opportunity to publish almost 200 original research papers, as well as numerous chapters and three books. He serves on the editorial board for the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, where he was associate editor for four years, and he has been an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the American Delirium Society, and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.