Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Chief Medical Officer, New York State Office of Mental Health

LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system. As New York's “chief psychiatrist”, he provides medical leadership for a mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 22 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.

Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.

Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.

In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as ~ 500 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications like, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is now also writing a regular column on mental health for US News & World Report.
He appears monthly on SiriusXM's Tell Me Everything, hosted by John Fugelsang.

His previous books (2013) are The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
(Foreword by Glenn Close), is for families of people with mental illness and (co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, is The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody on the DSM.
His recent books are Improving Mental: Four Secrets in Plain Sight (2017) and Controversies in Mental Health & The Addictions, an annotated compilation of his essays, reviews and commentaries (2017). In May 2018 Scribner (Simon & Schuster) will be releasing his next book, The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs. Follow him on Twitter: @askdrlloyd Dr. Sederer’s website is