‘Wonder women’ lead psychiatry

Laura Fuller, Jodi Tate, Peg Nopoulus, and Hanna Stevens

Four women with common goals of boosting mental health care and training while keeping the department at the cutting edge of research are now at the helm of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

“We are at the top of our game,” says Peg Nopoulus (89MD, 93R, 94F), professor of psychiatry, neurology, and pediatrics, who is now interim department chair. “I have a longitudinal perspective, since I’ve been here for a long time. This is the best we’ve ever been.”

Nopoulus notes the new Iowa Neuroscience Institute has already poured over $1 million into psychiatric research since its inception.

Joining Nopoulus on the leadership team are: Jodi Tate, MD (00R), clinical professor of psychiatry and vice chair of clinical services; Laura Fuller (97PhD), clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology division director; and Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry division director.

“To see women moving into leadership roles, I think it’s great for the atmosphere, and I hope it’s great for junior women. It can be reassuring to know that leadership is a possibility for women in academic medicine,” Stevens says.