Executive Committee

Meet the Executive Committee for the Department of Psychiatry!

Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD;  Michael Grandner, PhD, Ole Thienhaus, MD, FACPsych; Kathy Smith, MD, Marisa Menchola, PhD (l to r)

The Department of Psychiatry has an Executive Committee that meets weekly to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the Department, and create policies to address them. The composition of the committee aims to represent the diversity within the Department while maintaining a size that is small enough to permit effective functioning.

The committee consists of the following members:
Ole J. Thienhaus, MD, MBA, FACPsych is the Department Chair and Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Thienhaus came to Arizona from Las Vegas, Nevada. His areas of professional interest are health care economics, geriatric psychiatry and correctional psychiatry. Since his arrival in Tucson, he has been challenged to help the Department transition into the increasingly competitive Southern Arizona health care market by fostering the growth of integrated care models while trying to maintain the academic focus on educational excellence and growth of the research enterprise.

Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry.  Dr. Harrison-Monroe, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the Department’s Director of Community Outreach and Clinical Development. She also directs the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter), a major contribution of the Department to the menu of innovative services provided under the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) of Southern Arizona. She came to us from New York City where, until 2002, she served as Assistant Commissioner with the New York City Department of Mental Health.  

Michael Grandner, PhD is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of  Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Kathy Smith, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry.  Dr. Smith serves as the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program. She has additional specialized training in women's mental health and directed the Women's Mental Health conference in the Department of Psychiatry for two years. She is interested in novel educational teaching methods in psychiatry education.

Marisa Menchola, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. She is a recipient of the University of Arizona President's Award for Outstanding Academic Research and Community Service.

If you would like to contact a member of the executive committee please email us at uapsycon@email.arizona.edu or call 520-626-1392.