The Department of Psychiatry's Executive Committee identifies challenges and opportunities facing the Department and identifies solutions 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.
Meet the Executive Committee
Jordan Karp, MD, is the Department Chair and Professor of Psychiatry. He is an expert in the fields of geriatric psychiatry, depression treatment, and suicide prevention. Dr. Karp’s priorities for the Department include: providing the best care possible to our patients and their families today; preparing the next generation of psychiatrists to provide better care in the future; produce the advancements in knowledge required to improve our ability to diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent mental illness; and engage with diverse stakeholders to assure our workforce represents and meets the needs of our community and promotes social justice.
Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Harrison-Monroe, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the Department’s Vice Chair, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion activities for the Department. She provides ongoing mental health care to enrolled College of Medicine students to support them as they face personal and academic challenges. Prior to joining the Department in 2005, Dr. Harrison-Monroe served as Assistant Commissioner with the New York City Department of Mental Health.
Michael Grandner, PhD is a 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 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Saira Kalia, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Kalia is also the associate program director of the residency program and medical director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Kalia specializes in perinatal psychiatry and maternal mental health.
Karen Weihs, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a Comprehensive Member of the Arizona Cancer Center. She is the Medical Director of Psychosocial Support and PsychoOncology Services for the Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Weihs has developed a model for cancer patients, mental health care including a collaborative team of oncologists, social workers, and psychiatrists.
Jessica Bodzioch, MA is the Personnel Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry.