SERV’s Medical Director, Dr. Linda Gochfeld, recently was inducted as president of the Mercer County Medical Society, headquartered in Lawrenceville, N.J.
The Mercer County Medical Society is a local component of The Medical Society of New Jersey, whose mission is “to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine.” Physician members use their collective strength to have an impact on legislation, regulations, and managed care.
Dr. Gochfeld is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She has worked for SERV for 17 years, providing psychiatric services for consumers with SERV Centers of New Jersey’s Adapt partial-care day program. She also meets regularly with the clinical staff of each of the five counties where SERV Centers of N.J. operates and consults on complex cases. Her focus is on medication issues, symptoms and diagnosis, the Recovery Model, and behavioral issues. She also keeps abreast of changes in the healthcare system, bringing information to the staff and, likewise, taking their concerns to statewide advocacy groups. She presents a 3-hour unit to newly hired staff on Major Mental Illness, Substance Abuse with Mental Illness, and Psychotropic Medications.
Dr. Gochfeld, who has a small private psychiatric practice in Princeton, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Among her many honors, she received in 2013 Platinum Award from the New Jersey Psychiatric Association.