Gene Beresin

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Eugene V. Beresin, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received a M.A. in Philosophy and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital from 1985-2013. Dr. Beresin is Executive Director of the new Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds that provides public mental health education for parents and those who work with youth and young adults. Its website is aimed at fostering resilience, preventing mental illness and helping those with psychiatric disorders understand how to get the best possible help. The website is He is Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Mental Health and Media. He is Director of the Elizabeth Thatcher Acampora Endowment, an outreach program to meet the needs of underserved youth and families in three community settings. Dr. Beresin served as a leader for many national organizations and has won a number of local and national teaching awards. He is director of the year-long required Harvard Medical School third year course, The Developing Physician that focuses on reflective practice, ethics, professionalism and the patient-doctor relationship. He is Deputy Editor and Media Editor for Academic Psychiatry and has published numerous papers and chapters in a wide variety of topics. Dr. Beresin has consulted to a variety of television shows including ER and Law and Order SVU. He was Consultant to the Emmy Award winning HBO children’s specials, Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales (2000), Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003) and Classical Baby (2005). He co-produced a Parenting Resource website for He was script consultant, expert, and actor in Brains on Trial, a PBS broadcast ( 2013).