Dr. Joseph A. Flaherty is a psychiatry professor, clinician, and researcher whose work has focused on key psychiatric disorders. Along with being chancellor and dean emeritus at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), Dr. Flaherty is also president of Advocate Behavioral Health Managed Care. Prior to joining RUSM in May 2017, he was the dean and head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Flaherty’s research includes studies on the psychobiology of depression to the mental health of immigrants in central and South America, Russia, and Israel. He has been devotedly supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health for research in the areas of gender, depression and alcoholism.

A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatry, Dr. Flaherty earned a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois. He also undertook courses in sociology at the University of London and received additional research training in social psychiatry at UIC. Upon earning an MD, he began a four-year residency in pediatrics at the University of Illinois Hospital, from 1971 to 1975.

Using his vast experience and expertise in the field, Dr. Flaherty has published more than 200 papers in professional journals, contributed chapters to books, and has edited and co-authored a variety of books.

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