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Josie                          Olympia

Josie L. Olympia MD

Department of Psychiatry

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Specialty/Research Focus

Psychiatry

 
Professional Summary:

I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UB Department of Psychiatry and Director of CME at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. I received my undergraduate and medical education from the University of the Philippines. After graduating in 1967, I went through a rotating internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by psychiatric residency training at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. I held various fulltime clinical and administrative positions at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center then moved to the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center where I was Chief of the Mental Health Clinic from 1981- 1998. I was instrumental in developing the PTSD Clinic at the Buffalo VAMC.
I am board certified in psychiatry and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As past president of the Western New York Psychiatric Society I still hold the post of legislative representative from that organization. I have been an active member of the UB Department of Psychiatry and I am currently the co-chair of the CME committee. In addition to the above, I remain a psychotherapy supervisor, mentor to residents and coordinate the clerkship and residency rotation at the Buffalo Psychiatric center. I had served as Department of Psychiatry representative to the UB School of Medicine faculty council for 10 years and was the co-Chair of the CME committee in 1993-95. I am a retired Colonel, USAR. I received many awards and honors in the military as well as civilian life. I continue to participate in medical missions to the Philippines.
My special areas of interest are family psychoeducation and PTSD.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Buffalo Psychiatric Center (1971)
  • MD, Medicine, University of The Philippines (1967)
  • BS, University of the Phillipines (1962)
  • Internship, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Employment:
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Veteran's Administration Healthcare System (2006-present)
  • Continuing Medical Education, Office of Medical Education, Buffalo Psychiatric Center (1988-present)
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Psychology (1985-present)
  • Health Officer, Erie County (1984-present)
  • Staff Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Veteran's Administration of Western New York Healthcare Systems (1991–2006)
  • Colonel, United States Army Reserve (1981–2004)
  • Chief, Psychiatry, Mental Health Clinic, Veteran‘s Administration (1981–1999)
  • Consultant, Psychiatry, Erie County Mental Health Services Corporation II (1977–1984)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of New York at Buffalo (1974–1984)
  • Psychiatrist III, Psychiatry, Buffalo Psychiatric Center (1978–1981)
  • Psychiatrist II, Psychiatry, Buffalo Psychiatric Center (1974–1978)
  • Psychiatrist I, Psychiatry, Buffalo Psychiatric Center (1971–1974)
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Awards and Honors:
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2008)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2007)
  • Mentor of the Year Award (2006)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow (2006)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2006)
  • Asian Leadership Award (2005)
  • Professional of the Year Award (2005)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2005)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (2004)
  • Meritorius Service Award (2004)
  • Commendation Award (2004)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2004)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2003)
  • United States Army Achievement Medal (2002)
  • Americas Top Psychiatrist (2002)
  • United States Army Achievement Award (2001)
  • United States Army Achievement Medal (1990)
  • United States Army Achievement Medal (1988)
  • WWII Patriots Award for Meritorious Service (1988)
  • COPIN Foundation Award (1987)
  • Citation for Meritorious Service (1986)
  • World‘s Who‘s Who In Women (1980)
  • Josie Olympia Award

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2009–January 2009
    Aripripazone and Smoking Cessation
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $212,875
  • January 2009–January 2009
    Characteristics of Long Stay Patients In a State Psychiatry Hospital and the New Nationwide Initiatives for Shorter Length Stays
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2004–January 2004
    Evaluation of Efficacy and Tolerability of Switching to Ziprasidone From Other Antipsychotic Medications
    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $18,750
  • January 2004–January 2004
    Family Psychoeducation Group Member Survey: Preferred Methods of Learning About Psychiatric Disabilities
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2002–January 2002
    Outcome of Treatment Over Objection with Clozapine at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2002–January 2002
    Profiling Smoking Habits and Preferred Cessation Aids in Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Patient Population
    Erie County & WNY Smoking Cessation Coalition
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $10,000
  • January 2002–January 2002
    An International, Multicenter Large Simple Trial (LST) to Compare the Cardiovascular Safety of Ziprasidone and Olanzapine
    Pfizer
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $37,000
  • January 2001–January 2001
    Microspheres Open Label multisite study
    Janssen Pharmaceutical
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $30,000
  • January 1999–January 1999
    Risperidone Depot in the Treatment of Subjects with Schizophrenia and schizoaffective Disorder
    Janssen Pharmaceuticals
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $77,500

Journal Articles:

Presentations:
  • "Growing Old and Liking It: Psychology of Aging" UB Alumni Association Meeting (2012)
  • "Family Psychoeducation: An evidence Based Practice" World Associations for Psychopsocial Rehabilitation, 10th World Congress (2009)
  • "American Psychiatric Association Meeting" American Psychiatric Association (2009)
  • "Open Label Study of State Hospital Patients Switched to Ziprasidone" American Psychiatric Association Meeting (2008)
  • "Art Psychotherapy for Combat Veterans with PTSD" Philippine Psychiatric Association Convention (2006)
  • "Metabolic Syndrome in Psychiatric Patients" (2006)
  • "The Need for Mental Health Screening" UB Department of Psychiatry, Grand Rounds (2006)
  • "Advocacy Workshop for APA Auxillary" American Psychiatric Association Meeting (2005)
  • "Cross Cultural Adaptation in a Changing Psychiatric World" Institute of Psychiatric Services (2001)
  • "Innovative Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" Grand Rounds, Akbany Medical College, Department of Psychiatry (1997)
  • "Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Symposium" Prime M.D. (1995)
  • "Recognition and Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" Benjamin Rush Society, University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • "The Trauma of War, Diagnosis and Management of PTSD" Grand Rounds, Universidad Autonomo de Guadalajara (1991)
  • "Art and the Vietnam Veteran: Another Approach to the Treatment of Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" Hospital and Community Psychiatry Meeting, Workshop Presentation (1988)
  • "Depression and PTSD" Hospital and Community Meeting, Workshop Presentation (1987)
  • "Working with Families of Vietnam Veterans with PTSD" Hospital and Community Meeting, Roundtable Discussions (1987)
  • "Component Workshop Presentation-State Mental Health System" American Psychiatric Association Meeting, Workshop Presentation (1987)
  • "The Chronic Patient with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Intervention and Management" VA Regional Medical Education Conference (1986)
  • "The Future of State Hospitals" Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry (1986)
  • "Stress Management" American Association of University Women, Regional Meeting (1986)
  • "Recent Advances in the Management of Treatment of Resistant Bipolar Patients" Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, Evacuation Hospital (1983)
  • "Comparative Commitment Laws in the United States" Medico-Legal Seminar, Professional Seminar Consultants (1981)
  • "Think Multiaxially: The New Nosology" Western New York Meeting of Mental Health Professionals (1981)
  • "Barriers to Treatment in a State Hospital Component" American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Workshop Presentation
  • "Community Treatment of Vietnam Veterans with PTSD" Hospital and Community Psychiatry Meeting, Workshop Presentation
  • "Philippine Psychiatric Association Convention" Philippine Psychiatric Association Convention
  • "You Can Be Leaders Too, A Workshop for IMG's & Minorities"
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Service Activities:
  • Faculty Representative; Faculty Representative to the Faculty Council School of Medicine, University of New York at Buffalo, 2007-2009; Faculty Liaison (2007–2009)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Other (2006–present)
  • Member; Menber, Marinduque Medical Mission to the Philippines, Provide psychiatric evaluations/screening to impoverished people in the Philippines; Member (2005–present)
  • Member; Member, Admission Policy Committee, Faculty Council, University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, 2005-2006; Member (2005–2006)
  • Co-Program Director; Co-Program Director, Annual Comprehensive Review of Psychciatry, University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Psychiatry, 2005 - Present; Co-Chair (2005–present)
  • Board of Directors; Board of Directors, University of the Philippines, Medical Alumni Society of America, Western New York Chapter, 1004-Present; Board of Directors (2004–present)
  • Distinguished Fellow; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Other (2003–2005)
  • Faculty Representative; Faculty Representative to the Faculty Council School of Medicine, University of New York at Buffalo, 2002-2006; Faculty Liaison (2002–2006)
  • First Vice President; First Vice President, American Psychiatric Association Auxiliary; First Vice President (2002–2005)
  • Group Leader; Group Leader, Family Psycho Education; Conducts monthly psycho education group for families of the mentally ill; Other (2001–present)
  • Member, IMG Committee; Member, IMG Committee, Americal Psychiatric Association; Member (2000–2006)
  • Co-Chair; Co-Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee, University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Psychiatry, 1995 - Present; Co-Chair (1995–present)
  • Member; Member, Executive committee, Department of Psychiatry, University of New York at Buffalo, 1995-Present; Member (1995–present)
  • Co-Chairman; Co-Chairman, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Faculty Council, University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, 1993-1995; Co-Chair (1993–1995)
  • Clinical Coordinator; Clinical Coordinator; National Depression Screening Day; Coordinate LocalDepression/Mental Health Screening once yearly in Malls, Schools, etc.; Coordinator (1991–present)
  • Member; Member, Ad hoc Promotion Committee for Council Faculty, University of New York at Buffalo, 1988-1990; Member (1988–1990)
  • Fellow; Fellow, Americal Orthopsychiatric Association; Other (1985–1991)
  • Life Member; Life Member, American Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; Lifetime Member (1985–present)
  • Vice President; Vice President, Filipino-American Association of Western New York; Vice President (1985–present)
  • Volunteer; Volunteer, Run for Brain Research, Erie Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Helped with registration on day of run; Volunteer (1984–2000)
  • Examiner; Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Examiner (1984–present)
  • President; President, Western New York Psychiatric Society; President (1982–1983)
  • Fellow; Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Other (1982–2002)
  • Legislative Representative; Legislative Representative, Western New York Psychiatric Society, 1982-Present; Other (1982–present)
  • Recruitment Chairperson; Recruitment Chairperson, Western New York Psychiatric Society; Other (1980–1982)
  • Secretary; Secretary, Western New York Psychiatric Society; Secretary (1980–1981)
  • Treasurer; Treasurer, Western New York Psychiatric Society; Treasurer (1979–1980)
  • Program Chairman; Program Chairman, Western New York Psychiatric Society; Program Coordinator (1978–1979)
  • Member; Member, Association of the Philippine Physicians Practicing in America; Member (1978–present)
  • D. B. Newsletter Editor; D. B. Newsletter Editor; Western New York Psychiatric Society; Newsletter Editor (1977–1979)

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Contact Information

Buffalo Psychiatric Center
400 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
Phone: (716) 816-2090
Email: olympia@buffalo.edu


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