Narasimhan, M.D., honored with Visionary Award
Meera Narasimhan, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, was one of seven Columbia-area women recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) South Carolina chapter for her efforts to assist those dealing with mental illness.
Narasimhan was presented with the organization’s “Visionary Award” during a June 20 ceremony at the Capital Senior Center Ballroom in Columbia, S.C.
A nationally recognized educator, researcher and clinician, Narasimhan led a statewide telehealth initiative to improve the access, affordability, quality and cost-effectiveness of emergency psychiatric care. The initiative was recognized with the Psychiatric Services Achievement Award at the 2011 Institute of Psychiatric Services meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, she has been recognized by NAMI as the 2006 South Carolina Psychiatrist of the Year and presented the “Heroes in the Fight Team Award” from Mental Health America in 2008.
Narasimhan joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science in 2004. She was appointed chair in 2011.
The NAMI South Carolina chapter aims to improve the quality of life for individuals who live with mental illness and for their families by promoting the availability of effective services and resources, through education, support and advocacy. The organization annually recognizes outstanding contributors through its Mental Illness Crisis Response Awards.
June 28, 2012