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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director appointed to National Advisory Mental Health Council

Jan. 6, 2006, 1:27 PM

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has appointed Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director Pat Levitt to the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

The council advises the HHS secretary, the assistant secretary for health, the director of the National Institutes of Health and the director of the National Institute of Mental Health on “all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training and other programs of the (National Institute of Mental Health).”

The council has 18 members and five non-voting ex-officio members. Levitt will serve a four-year term.

Levitt joined Vanderbilt University in 2002 as professor of pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, a national center for research on development and developmental disabilities and a national Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service.

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