Dr. Berlin, co-founder and consultant of JSA Health, obtained his B.A. from Columbia University (’74), M.D. from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine (’79), and psychiatric residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (’84). He holds appointments of Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As Medical Director of Milwaukee County’s Crisis Service, he helped spearhead the effort resolving the crisis of psychiatric patient boarding in Milwaukee’s emergency departments. A past president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry and coeditor/coauthor of Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice (2008), he lectures widely on advanced clinical techniques and consults on emergency service design around the country.
Dr. Berlin’s pioneering initiatives include being the founding the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement; and serving as first Chief of Staff of Richard Young Hospital in Kearney, NE, where he created the position of Medical Director and created the mental health section of a telemedicine program serving rural areas.
Dr. Berlin received the APA’s Bruno Lima Award for his effective and compassionate response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and his creation of the Milwaukee Disaster Mental Health Task Force, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary coalition of public and private healthcare entities. A clinician, educator and leader for over 25 years, Dr. Berlin also maintains a private practice specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.