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Joseph T. English, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Joseph T. English, M.D., has served as chair of psychiatry at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers from 1973-1979. In 1979, he was appointed professor of psychiatry and associate dean of the College for St. Vincent. From 1998 to 2014, he was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College.

Dr. English’s list of prestigious affiliations is voluminous and includes membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, commissioner serving on the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and lifetime membership in the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Prior to his tenure at the College, Dr. English had a colorful past filled with intriguing posts including serving as chief psychiatrist of the U.S. Peace Corps; Director for Health Affairs, Office of Economic Opportunity, Executive Office of the President of the United States under John F. Kennedy; and Administrator of the Health and Services and Mental Health Administration, the largest health agency in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Dr. English is a nationally recognized leader in his field, having served as first president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and the American Psychiatric Association and as Senior Delegate of the APA in the AMA House of Delegates.

Dr. English was featured in an NBC two-hour documentary, "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died," hosted by Tom Brokaw that marked the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. View a clip here.