In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Goldenberg is an author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He also volunteers his time as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goldenberg is the current Chair of California Public Protection and Physician Health (CPPPH).
Dr. Goldenberg completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship through UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, and Psychiatry Residency at Banner University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Goldenberg completed medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a native of Los Angeles.
Dr. Goldenberg has been active with the SCPS since returning to his hometown of Los Angeles in 2016 for fellowship training. He first served SCPS as a Councillor and currently holds the positions of Newsletter Editor and Secretary. Dr. Goldenberg was previously active with the Arizona Psychiatric Society during his residency training and served as a RFM representative to the board. He strongly believes that growing enthusiasm and engagement from the next generation of psychiatrists is essential to the future of both SCPS and the field of psychiatry.
Emily is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently working as a Supervising Psychiatrist in Correctional Health Services with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Additionally, she has a small private practice in West LA and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science where she teaches neuroscience didactic courses to Psychiatry Residents & Fellows.
Emily grew up north of Seattle and attended the University of Washington for undergrad. She completed the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. The research for her doctoral training in Neuroscience was primarily located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her general residency and child & adolescent fellowship training in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. With the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART), she did post-doctoral research while getting advanced training with UCLA Neuromodulation and TMS Service, and with the UCLA TIES for Families program. In 2021, she departed from academia to work with the LAC DMH with youth incarcerated in the Juvenile Halls.
In SCPS, Emily found a collegial network of like minds to champion equitable, diverse and inclusive mental health care and delivery. She believes that, as physicians, especially psychiatrists, we are afforded great privilege to both witness and alleviate suffering in our community. Our professional strength comes through supporting each other and holding ourselves accountable for shaping our health care systems to meet the needs of all patients. Emily previously served on the SCPS council as the Early Career Psychiatrist representative and is the ongoing chair of the SCPS committee on Alternative Crisis Response. For 2022-23, she served as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the California State Association of Psychiatrists.
Laura Halpin MD PhD is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She works for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group as an Associate Physician at the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center where she practices outpatient, emergency and consult-liaison psychiatry. She is also a member of the faculty at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, where she serves as an outpatient preceptor for the psychiatry clerkship.
Throughout her career, Dr. Halpin has been active in organized medicine and psychiatry, in addition to her clinical work. Within the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Halpin is a corresponding member of the Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing. Within the American Medical Association, Dr. Halpin is an Alternate Delegate from the APA to the AMA’s House of Delegates. Dr. Halpin has also recently served as an Alternate Delegate from the Los Angeles County Medical Association to the California Medical Association House of Delegates.
Dr. Halpin is from Cleveland, Ohio and completed her undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at the University of Toledo. She completed her residency in general psychiatry, as well as fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA.
Within SCPS, Dr. Halpin has served as the Early-Career Representative, as a member of the SCPS Government Advocacy Committee, the Bylaws Committee and as a representative from SCPS to the California State Association of Psychiatrists Government Advocacy Committee.
Ijeoma Ijeaku, M.D.
J. Zeb Little, M.D.
Gillian Friedman, M.D.Inland Councillor
Daniel Fast, M.D.Inland Councillor
Matthew Markis, D.O.San Fernando Valley Councillor
Danielle Chang, M.D.San Fernando Valley Councillor
Reba Bindra, M.D.San Gabriel Valley/East LA Councillor
Timothy Pylko, M.D.San Gabriel Valley/East LA Councillor
Amy Woods, M.D.Los Angeles South Councillor
Steven Allen, M.D.South Bay Councillor
Anu Bodla, M.D.Santa Barbara Councillor
Joseph Vlaskovits, M.D.Ventura Councillor
Tatjana Josic, D.O.West LA Councillor
Alex Lin, M.D.West LA Councillor
Haig Goenjian, M.D.West LA Councillor
Roderick Shaner, M.D.West LA Councillor
Yelena Koldobskaya, M.D.Early Career Psychiatrist Representative
TERM OF OFFICE
Serves a term of one year. Remains a voting member on Council for three years as Past-President.
SUPERVISES BUSINESS AND AFFAIRS
The President presides at all general meetings of members, Council meetings and Executive Committee meetings.
The President schedules and prepares the agendas for all Council meetings and meetings of the general membership (with the assistance of the Executive Director).
KEEPS COUNCIL INFORMED
The President keeps the Council and Executive Committee informed of the conditions and operations of the Society.
ELECTS COMMITTEE CHAIRS
The President selects, or approves, all chairs of the Society’s committees and task forces.
At the end of each president’s term of office, a letter is written to each committee chair dismissing them from their responsibility so that the incoming president may select his/her own committee chairs.
OUTLINES AND MONITORS COMMITTEE TASKS
The President outlines and updates the purpose and duties of each committee and task force, and monitors their progress.
DIRECTS FORMULATION OF POLICIES
The President directs the Council in formulating policies and programs to further the goals and objectives of the Society.
CONDUCTS ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW
The President conducts an annual review of organizational performance and effectiveness, including a review of the director’s performance.
RECOMMENDS STRUCTURAL CHANGES
The President recommends changes in the Society’s structure, when necessary, to the Council.
ACTS AS PUBLIC SPOKESPERSON
The President may act as a spokesperson for the Society to the public, press, legislative bodies, and other related organizations (a task that is shared with Federal and State Legislative Representative, the Public Affairs Committee Chair and the Executive Director).
The President, with the assistance of the treasurer, monitors Society expenditures to assure operation with the annual budget. (One officer is responsible each month to review internal financial records.)
The President promotes active participation by the members in the Society.
WRITES MONTHLY COLUMN
The President writes a monthly column for the Society’s newsletter.
PRESENTS ANNUAL REPORT
The President may present an annual report of the state of the Society.
SERVES AS SIGNER ON SCPS’ BANK ACCOUNTS
The President serves as one signer on the Society’s bank accounts. There are at least two other signers: the treasurer and the director.
DURING TEMPORARY ABSENCE OF PRESIDENT
The President-elect, in the temporary absence of the president, performs all duties assigned to the president, and in so doing, assumes the powers of the president.
CHAIRS NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The President-elect is the Chair of the Nominations Committee and as such must appoint 7 members to sit on this committee, 5 of which must be voting councillors.
The President-elect performs duties assigned by the president.
The President-elect attends annual and special meetings as directed by the president.
The President-elect represents the Society to other organizations and associations upon the request of the president.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL
The President-elect serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
EX-OFFICIO MEMBER AND COUNCIL LIASON
The President-elect serves as an ex-officio member and liaison to Council for the Ethics, Well-Being and Impaired Physicians Committees, when these committees are designated to exist by the then-current president.
The President-elect assumes the office of president upon the expiration of the term of office of the current president.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL
The secretary serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Council. The Treasurer also serves as a member of the Membership Committee.
FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
The treasurer serves as the chair of the Finance Committee.
The treasurer ensures that the Society maintains accurate financial records.
The treasurer reviews Society expenditures and financial status to ensure financial integrity and provides a monthly report on this status to Council.
The treasurer supervises preparation of an annual financial report to be presented to Council and the general membership.
ACCOUNTANT’S TAX FILING
The treasurer ensures that annual tax reports are prepared by a public accountant and filed in a timely fashion with the state and Internal Revenue Service.
The treasurer supervises the preparation of an annual budget to be presented to Council by September for its refinements and for final preparation and approval at the November Council meeting.
The treasurer performs such other duties as assigned by the President, Council and the Executive Committee.
Regional Councillors, ECPR, MURR and RFM Representatives
TERM OF OFFICE
Regional Councillors serve a three year term.
ECP Rep serves a one year term as Deputy Rep and a one year term as Rep.
MUR Rep serves a one year term as Deputy Rep and a one year term as Rep.
RFM Reps serve a term of one year.
COUNCIL MEETING ATTENDANCE
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps regularly attend all Council meetings. (There are 10 regularly scheduled Council meetings per year; the second Thursday September through June. There is an option to participate via teleconference if necessary.)
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps keep apprised of issues to be discussed at Council meetings via packet distributions prior to each Council meeting.
COMMITTEE LIASON REPRESENTATIVE
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps represent the work of one of SCPS’committees and provide the Council with a report of its activities. The may be done by actively servings as chair of one of SCPS’committees.
The regional councilors regularly report to Council the views, activities and opinions of the region which elected him/her.
COMMUNICATE WITH CONSTITUENCY
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps provide regular communications to their constituency regarding the ongoing affairs of the Society.
HOLD REGULAR MEETINGS
The regional councilors hold regular (if possible, quarterly) meetings of the membership in their region. These may be social, scientific or informational in nature.
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps vote on all issues brought before the SCPS Council.
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps perform such other duties attendant to the fair representation of the members of their region or as assigned by the president.
SERVE ON NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The regional councilors, ECP, MUR and RFM Reps may serve on the SCPS Nominating Committee to help select eligible members from their region who are interested in running for Council.
TERM OF OFFICE
Appointed by the president to serve a term of one year.
CO-CHAIR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Each representative will co-chair SCPS’ Government Affairs Committee and appoint members to assist with the tasks assigned to the committee.
STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS
Each representative will serve as a catalyst for strong grass-roots lobbying regarding current legislative activities that may affect the practice of psychiatry and psychiatric patients.
Each representative will inform the members of legislative issues that will affect the practice of psychiatry or psychiatric patients by inserting related articles into the SCPS newsletter.
ATTEND BIENNIAL LEGISLATIVE INSTITUTES
Each representative shall attend an APA Institute on Government Relations every other year (State Institute alternates with Federal Institute so one Institute is held each year).
Each representative will establish a “legislative network: of SCPS members who are willing to write legislators on an “as needed” basis.
Each representative will establish a “key persons” network of SCPS members to keep abreast of current information and actions relative to all legislative bodies.