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.
Meet the Executive Committee
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 a 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) that is located at the Whole Health Clinic. 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 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.
Kathy Smith, MD is a 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.
Saira Kalia, MD is a Clinical Associate 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.
Katharine Woods, DO is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Woods is the medical director of our inpatient units.
Jessica Bodzioch, MA is the Personnel Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry.