Dr. Travis Honored

Dr. Michael Travis has been presented with the 2017 Royal College of Psychiatrists President's Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the lives of people with mental illness. The College is a professional medical organization providing support to psychiatrists throughout their careers, and focuses on setting and raising standards of psychiatry education and practice in the United Kingdom. Dr. Travis trained in medicine at Guy?s Hospital and in psychiatry at St. Bartholomew?s and Hackney Hospitals, and the Royal Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London. Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh in 2005, he held academic and clinical appointments in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of Residency Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.

Throughout his career Dr. Travis has been actively engaged in teaching and mentorship. With colleagues from Yale and Columbia University, he has been at the forefront of promoting research training during psychiatry residency as part of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) sponsored by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Dr. Travis has also collaborated extensively on research studies examining drug action and neural systems using functional and neurochemical imaging. His publication portfolio includes over 40 peer-reviewed articles appearing in journals including the British Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry and JAMA Psychiatry, and several book chapters and books. 

In addition to the President?s Medal, Dr. Travis is the recipient of a Clinical Excellence Award from the South London National Health System Trust (2004) and the Association for Academic Psychiatry Psychiatric Education Award (2014).