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Aug. 7, 2018

Contact: Maria Kakay
(Office) 412-366-3788
(Cell) 412-607-5412


Pittsburgh Doctor Honored With Exemplary Psychiatrist Award From the
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Pittsburgh - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has awarded John Rozel, MD, MSL, with a 2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Dr. Rozel is the medical director of resolve Crisis Services, a program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Dr. Rozel, who is board certified in general, child, and forensic psychiatry, has more than 25 years of experience in emergency mental health.

“If you’re in crisis, you want Dr. Rozel in your corner,” said Christine Michaels, Chief Executive Officer of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania. “He’s so knowledgeable as a clinician, but he also knows community resources better than anyone.”

NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards program allows state organizations, affiliates, and members across the country to publicly honor the extraordinary contributions that psychiatrists make to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness. Dr. Rozel was nominated by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, the state NAMI organization in Pennsylvania, which is located in Pittsburgh.

“This honor was long overdue,” said Michaels. “Not only has Dr. Rozel had a tremendous impact on this region as a practicing psychiatrist, but he’s authored articles that have extended his reach worldwide.”

Dr. Rozel has published articles on the misperceptions about the link between mental illness and gun violence and he is considered a leading expert on this topic. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh where he educates students about the stigma and legal discrimination that individuals with mental illness experience. 

Dr. Rozel will be presented with a NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award during a reception held in his honor on Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, 1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Media are invited to attend. A media advisory will be issued the week of the event.

Learn more about NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards by visiting https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Awards/Exemplary-Psychiatrist-Awards.



MEDIA CONTACT:  Maria Kakay, Dir. of Communications and Marketing, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania  |  EMAIL:  mkakay@namikeystonepa.org  |   OFFICE: 412-366-3788  |   CELL: 412-607-5412

ABOUT NAMI KEYSTONE PENNSYLVANIA  |  NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is the state organization in Pennsylvania for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education, and advocacy. More information is available at www.namikeystonepa.org or by calling (412) 366-3788.


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