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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

John M. Oldham, MD


        John M. Oldham, MD


John M. Oldham, M.D. is currently Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of the Menninger Clinic, and Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Oldham previously served in New York as Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor and Acting Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002, Dr. Oldham became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Executive Director of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and he relocated to Houston in 2007.

Dr. Oldham’s current responsibilities include serving as President of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the immediate Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, Past President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the South Carolina Psychiatric Association, Past President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Past President of the Association for Research on Personality Disorders.

Dr. Oldham is actively involved in teaching and research. His research interests are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with severe personality disorders. He is editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, and he has published extensively.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify current concepts and controversies relevant to personality disorders (PDs).
2.  Discuss new longitudinal data that challenge some aspects of the DSM-IV-TR generic defining features of the PDs.
3.  Describe the DSM-5 proposed revised criteria and approach for the assessment and diagnosis of personality disorders and, in
     particular, borderline personality disorder.


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