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Rhode Island Psychiatric Society

About RIPS

The Rhode Island Psychiatric Society (RIPS) is a voluntary, professional association of physicians in Rhode Island who specialize in psychiatry. RIPS has approximately 254 members and is the Rhode Island District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. In accordance with its stated purposes and mission to promote mental health and the art and science of psychiatry, the RIPS advocates in many forms on public policy matters relating to mental health.

The Rhode Island Psychiatric Society, founded in 1960, is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society, founded in 1944, whose 40,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Executive Director

Ali Walz




Kirsten Hull, MD

President Elect

Amy Halt, MD


Tanuja Gandhi, MD

Past President

James Ingraham, MD

Christa Belgrave, MD
Paul Lieberman, MD
Zabe Sayeed, MD
Lisa Shea, MD

Non-voting Members

APA Assembly
Lisa Frappier, MD
Russel Pet, MD 

Deputy Representative to Assembly

Russell Pet, MD

Legislation Representative

Tanuja Gandhi, MD

Delegate to RIMS

Patricia Recupero, MD

MIT Representative

Madison Pomerantz, MD

Rachel Ruderman-Looff