Ilse Ruth Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Aging & Geriatric Psychiatry, Division of

Faculty Research


Dr. Wiechers works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, serving as the National Director for the Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative (PDSI) and as the Associate Director of the Northeast Program Evaluation Center. PDSI is a VA nationwide psychopharmacology quality improvement (QI) program that improves practices for prescribing medication based on evidence and clinical practice standards. Her research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology evaluating use of psychotropic medications in elderly populations.  Dr. Wiechers specializes in providing clinical care for Veterans with late-life mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders.  She lectures extensively to audiences of interprofessional healthcare providers at all levels of training and experiences in the subject areas of psychopharmacology, geriatric mental health, health policy and advocacy, and quality improvement. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and is Chair of the Public Policy Caucus for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Wiechers earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Case Western Reserve University. She then received a Master in Public Policy and medical degree from Duke. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at MGH/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

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association (2016)

Professional Service

  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (2013 - Present) Chair, Public Policy Caucus

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