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Ilse Wiechers


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Ilse Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    950 Campbell Ave, NEPEC / 182

    West Haven, CT, 06518

    United States

Ilse Wiechers
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Dr. Wiechers works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She serves as the National Director for the Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative, a nation-wide VA psychopharmacology quality improvement program, as well as co-director for VA’s national Care for Patients with Complex Problems program, which aims to support implementation and dissemination of innovative inpatient care practices for patients with co-morbid chronic medical, mental health and substance use disorders, and cognitive impairment. 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

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

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