Dr. Karen H. Rhea, Centerstone Chief Medical Officer, named Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Nashville, Tenn. – Karen Rhea, MD, Centerstone Chief Medical Officer, has been named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This honorary designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the on-going work of the Association. Dr. Rhea will be recognized at the 2013 Convocation of Distinguished Fellows on May 18 at the APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

“It is an honor to receive this designation and to be included in this much respected group of physicians,” said Dr. Rhea. As Chief Medical Officer at Centerstone of Tennessee, Dr. Rhea oversees Centerstone’s medical services and ensures that Centerstone’s psychiatric services are effectively integrated within programs.

Dr. Rhea received her MD with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Following her residency, Dr. Rhea became one of the founding partners of the Franklin Children’s Clinic in Franklin, Tenn. After almost 10 years in pediatrics, she returned to Vanderbilt University pursue her interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and completed her residency in Psychiatry in the late 80s. In addition to her responsibilities at Centerstone, Dr. Rhea is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The distinction of Life Fellow for the American Psychiatric Association is added to Dr. Rhea’s credentials as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

About the APA

The APA is the world’s largest psychiatric organization supporting more than 33,000 U.S. psychiatric physicians. Its members work to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.