Dr. Richard Shelton is the Chief Science Officer at Centerstone, a nonprofit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Science Officer, Shelton provides consultation and guidance with regard to the science of behavioral health care. He serves the need for senior scientific input for Centerstone’s Research Institute, amongst Centerstone leadership, and in various other areas of the organization.
Shelton has more than 35 years of mental health research experience, having begun his career as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program. Shelton has served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also held the position of Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his role as Chief Science Officer for Centerstone, Shelton currently serves as the Director of Research for the UAB Huntsville Regional Medical Campus.
Shelton is well-known amongst his mental health research colleagues and has been recognized numerous times for his contributions. He won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and from the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He has been recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for his service to persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and has also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers.
Shelton graduated with his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.