What are your job titles?

Staff Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor

 How long have you been at MSU?

I started my first job at MSU in 1987.

 Have you been a member of the APA the whole time?

No. I began working in the Department of Chemistry at MSU in 1987 and subsequently as a psychiatry resident at MSU in 2000, after attending the College of Human Medicine at MSU in

the 1990s. After my psychiatry residency, I worked as an inpatient psychiatrist for three years at Chelsea Community Hospital. When I became employed at Olin Student Health in 2007 I started my first position at MSU with APA membership.

 What department do you work in, and can you tell me a little bit about what you do?

The majority of my work is performed at Olin Student Health as a staff psychiatrist in CAPS (Counseling & Psychiatric Services). I mostly manage psychiatric medication regimes needed to promote emotional wellbeing in my patients, but I also do a small amount of therapy. As I do this, I work closely with the CAPS psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Collectively we evaluate, manage, treat, and provide support. We also implement crisis interventions for MSU students, the occasional spouse of a student, and eligible high school students attending MSU. I am also a certified Koru Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and I teach Koru Mindfulness Meditation at Olin and on campus, by invitation. The Koru classes, workshops, and presentations I give help promote resiliency and flourishing. This fosters student, faculty, and staff success in life and at MSU. Additionally, I am a clinical assistant professor working in an adjunct capacity for the College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine psychiatry residency program at MSU. In that role, I mentor psychiatry residents during their training.

 What brought you to your job at MSU?

After completing my postdoctoral research in Oxford in the UK in the 1980s, my husband and I moved to MSU to pursue our careers as research scientists. MSU afforded good career opportunities and benefits in a welcoming environment where we could begin our careers and family.

 What do you love about working at MSU?

Working at MSU has given me the opportunity to positively contribute to people’s lives, especially in my roles as a psychiatrist, meditation teacher, and mentor. I love the multicultural environment, diversity of ideas, cross-disciplinary research, and land grant mission of MSU. I appreciate the move toward green fuels and being on such a beautiful campus with beautiful gardens. I especially love being able to follow the MSU basketball team.

 What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, being in nature, and traveling near and far to a variety of cultures. I also enjoy meditation, basketball/sports, films, music, reading, and using my creativity to make things out of anything. I enjoy teaching meditation to others and volunteering. I will soon complete my 9-month certificate course in Meditation and Psychotherapy and my NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) auricular acupuncture certificate to become an ADS (acudetox specialist).

Your Fellow APA Members – Debra F. Duxbury