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Clinical Professor
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Public Relations:Jennifer Nachbur (802) 656-7875
Specialty:child and adolescent psychiatry; childhood and adolescent depression treatment; impact of Sept. 11 on children
Biography:Dr. Fassler is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, director at Otter Creek Associates and a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist in Burlington, Vt. He has testified on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at FDA hearings and advisory committee meetings regarding the use of anti-depressants in children and adolescents and ADHD treatments in children and adolescents. In addition, Dr. Fassler has commented widely on ADHD, depression and other child psychiatry-related issues in such national media outlets as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post and on CNN and the Today Show. Dr. Fassler is a recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Green Ribbon Award for advocacy and public education from the National Mental Health Association, and the Frances J. Braceland Award for Public Service from the American Psychiatric Association. He also serves as a Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a co-author of a number of books, including: "Help Me, I'm Sad: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Depression" (Penguin Books, 1997); "Divorce Workbook: A Guide for Kids and Families" (Waterfront Books, 1994); and "What's a Virus, Anyway? The Kids' Book about AIDS" (Waterfront Books, 1994). Dr. Fassler's clinical interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, preventive mental health, health care delivery, child and adolescent depression, administration and program development.