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Dr. Jennifer Richards


Jennifer M. Richards was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018. She is the Vice-Chair of Administration for the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. She is a board-certified physician in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Richards has extensive clinical experience and academic training working with individuals experiencing mental illness. She understands the struggles faced by both individuals with mental illness and their families and is well aware of the limited availability of high quality, comprehensive mental health care.

Dr. Richards serves on a number of quality improvement endeavors in the Psychiatry department and the UNC Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, she regularly teaches in the UNC General Psychiatry Residency Program and UNC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

Dr. Richards graduated in 2000 from Russell Sage College in Albany, NY with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology and received a combined M.D./M.B.A. from University at Buffalo School of Medicine/School of Management in Buffalo, NY in 2005. She completed her residency training in General Psychiatry at UNC Hospitals in 2009 at the University of NC - Chapel Hill including an internship and residency in Psychiatry. She received specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) during her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (completed in 2010).

She has received multiple awards and recognitions for achievements. As a faculty member at UNC School of Medicine, she has been recognized by her students and her peers for her passion, commitment, and excellence in teaching. Additionally, she has received the Judy Mann Award for Outstanding Performance (2012 and 2014) and the Eleanor S. Rubinow Service Award for outstanding dedication to the care of children or women with mental illness. She is the 2018 recipient of the UNC Medical Center Friend of Nursing award.

Dr. Richards resides in Chapel Hill.



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