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COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC CENTERS NAMES PSYCHIATRIST/EPIDEMIOLOGIST TO DIRECT OUTCOMES RESEARCH

 COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC CENTERS NAMES
 PSYCHIATRIST/EPIDEMIOLOGIST TO DIRECT OUTCOMES RESEARCH
 Research Strategy and Scientific Advisory Panel
 To Be Introduced at Sept. 18 Seminar
 LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Psychiatric Centers (CPC) (NYSE: CMY) announced the appointment of Naakesh ("Nick") A. Dewan, M.D., to the new post of vice president, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics. In his new capacity, Dewan, a psychiatrist and preventionist, will use population-based research to validate and improve the quality, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of services and programs offered within the CPC health care network.
 Dewan, 30, will be responsible for designing and conducting reliable and valid outcomes research on psychiatric conditions and disorders treated by clinicians at CPC hospitals. He will also be assisting in the design and implementation of a state-of-the-art computerized data collection system, and providing other CPC executives, medical directors and affiliated clinicians with scientific information needed to develop new programs and services.
 CPC will introduce its outcomes research strategy and the newly created CPC Scientific Advisory Panel at a seminar on Friday, Sept. 18, at CPC Laguna Hills Hospital. Entitled "Quality of Life and Cost-Effectiveness: Strategies for the 90s," the seminar will feature two prominent health care researchers who are both Scientific Advisory Panel members: Robert M. Kaplan, Ph.D, professor and chief of Health Care Sciences in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, a recognized leader in quality of life research; and Robert Seidman, Ph.D, associate professor of the Division of Health Services Administration, the School of Public Health in San Diego, a nationally known researcher in cost-effectiveness of health services and technologies. The seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. at 24552 Pacific Park Drive, Laguna Hills, CA.
 In addition to Kaplan and Seidman, other members of CPC's Scientific Advisory Panel named to date to guide the analytical and interpretive process for the company, include: Craig Molgaard, Ph.D, MPH, professor and head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at San Diego State University, panel chairman; Paul L. Clopton, Ph.D, director of the Research Computer Facility at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Diego; and Amanda Goldbeck, Ph.D, professor of Mathematics at San Diego State.
 "The practice of psychiatry and the psychiatric industry have come under increased scrutiny as health care payors look for ways to reduce costs," said Richard Conte, CPC chairman and chief executive officer. "As a leading provider of psychiatric care, it is critical for CPC to provide better data to validate the quality of care and service we provide and the associated costs. Payors, patients and clinicians need and deserve to have a full appreciation for the valuable role private psychiatric care plays in the nation's health care delivery system, and Dewan's appointment is a key development in that education process."
 Dewan earned his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and received his postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the University of Southern California from 1987-1990. He pursued his MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University and also participated in an NIMH fellowship in Psychobiology at University of California at San Diego. Dewan received his bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
 A native of Bombay, India, Dewan came to the United States in 1969. He lives in Laguna Niguel, Calif., with his wife, and plans to establish a local psychiatric practice in addition to his corporate responsibilities.
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