The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) has named its new president and CEO: Jeffrey Borenstein, a psychiatrist who has spent more than two decades in the world of health care and nonprofits. Borenstein received an undergraduate education at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University. Since graduating, he has involved himself deeply in the psychiatric field. (Read Jeffrey Borenstein's IP profile.)
Borenstein joined BBRF in 2012 as chief medical officer and stepped in as the acting CEO soon after. It didn't take long for the board to decide to make his position permanent. Borenstein replaces Benita Shobe, who served as CEO for just over three years and oversaw the BBRF's name change from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).
Before joining BBRF, Borenstein served as the CEO and medical director of Holliswood Hospital in Queens since 1996. The hospital was a private psychiatric hospital, but it closed earlier this year, perhaps because it lost Borenstein's hand at the rudder. Alan Eskenazi, Borenstein's replacement at Holliswood, said the facility simply ran out of money. Hopefully, that won't be a problem for the BBRF, which has revenues in the tens of millions.
Shortly before he made the switch from Holliswood to BBRF, Borenstein was named editor-in-chief of Psychiatric News, the official newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association. He's also spent three seasons as the host of Healthy Minds, a public television series that plays on about a dozen stations nationally. One famous guests was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen, and last season the show featured a three-part series on post-traumatic stress disorder.
It's clear that Borenstein has the media on his mind, and he'll no doubt look for ways to use print, television, and the web to drive BBRF's mission forward. And as editor-in-chief of Psychiatric News and the host of Healthy Minds, he produces plenty of content for curious potential grantees to sift through for tips. (See Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: Grants for Mental Health.)