Ilse Ruth Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Aging & Geriatric Psychiatry, Division of

Faculty Research


Dr. Ilse Wiechers is Associate Director at the Northeast Program Evaluation Center in the Office of Mental Health Operations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She serves as the National Program Director for the Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative, a VA nation-wide psychopharmacology quality improvement initiative that aims to improve the safe and effective use of psychiatric medications in VA. In addition, Dr. Wiechers provides clinical care to older Veterans in the West Haven VA Medical Center Integrated Primary Care Clinic and teaches as faculty in the Yale Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Case Western Reserve University. She then received a Master in Public Policy and medical degree from Duke. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at MGH/McLean Hospitals and her Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Yale. She is an alumna of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, the Yale RWJF/VA Clinical Scholars Program, and the John A. Hartford Foundation's Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program.

Education & Training

MHS Yale University School of Medicine (2014)
MD Duke University (2005)
MPP Duke University (2003)
Fellow Yale School of Medicine
Resident MGH/McLean Hospitals

Honors & Recognition

  • Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association (2016)

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Contact Info

Ilse Ruth Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS
Patient Care Location
Integrated Primary CareVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Mailing Address
950 Campbell Ave
NEPEC / 182

West Haven, CT 06518