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In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. November 2-4 2006, Charlottesville Virginia
Speaker Bio

Chester Middlebrook Pierce, MD

Chester M. Pierce is Emeritus Professor of Education and Psychiatry in the Medical School, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Dr. Pierce is Senior Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. For nearly 25 years, he was also a psychiatrist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Past President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Dr. Pierce was founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America and was national Chairperson of the Child Development Associate Consortium. He held the rank of Commander in the US Navy and has served on 22 editorial boards. He has been senior consultant to the Surgeon General of the US Air Force; advisor to the Children's Television Network (Sesame Street, Electric Company); and advisor to the US Arctic Research Commission.

Dr. Pierce has published over 180 books, articles, and reviews, chiefly on extreme environments, racism, media, and sports medicine. His professional service has included chairing committees for the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Research Council; the National Science Foundation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His numerous awards include those from the National Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, Black Psychiatrists of America, and the World Psychiatric Association. In addition, he has won national and international awards for film production.

Dr. Pierce has been invited to lecture on all seven continents and has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities in the United States. Honors include Pierce Peak in Antarctica, honorary degrees, honorary fellowship in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. There is a Chester M. Pierce Research Society for Minority Investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science.

He has been on the board of the World Association of Social Psychiatry as well as on the boards of local and national voluntary organizations concerned with youth, human rights, and conservation. Dr. Pierce was born in Glen Cove, New York and March 4, 1927, he received an AB in 1948 and a MD in 1952 from Harvard University.

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