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Ilse Wiechers

Associate Professor Adjunct of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Ilse Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    950 Campbell Ave, NEPEC / 182

    West Haven, CT 06518

    United States


Dr. Wiechers is a geriatric psychiatrist with additional expertise in health policy and health services research. She works in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in VA Central Office leading several national mental health programs that focus on evidence-based psychopharmacology, quality improvement, and geriatric mental health. Dr. Wiechers specializes in providing clinical care for Veterans with late-life mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She teaches extensively to interprofessional healthcare audiences at all levels of training and experience. She is a collaborator on several grants focused on improving the quality of psychotropic prescribing and also serves as an operational partner for several VA-funded studies. She is also deeply engaged in advocacy and policy work through her service to professional organizations (American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association).

Dr. Wiechers earned her MD and MPP at Duke, did her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospitals, and her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Yale. She is an alumna of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, the Yale RWJF/VA Clinical Scholars Program, and the John A. Hartford Foundation's Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2014)
  • MHS
    Yale University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2012)
  • Resident
    MGH/McLean Hospitals (2010)
  • MD
    Duke University (2005)
  • MPP
    Duke University (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association2016

Professional Service

American Association for Geriatric PsychiatryCo-Chair, 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee2018 - Present
American Association for Geriatric PsychiatryChair, Public Policy Caucus2013 - Present

Departments & Organizations