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. Her research is focused on drug utilization studies and understanding prescribing patterns of psychotropic medications, especially among elderly and Veteran populations. Dr. Wiechers provides clinical care to older Veterans, specializing in late-life mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She is involved in training medical students, residents, and fellows and lectures extensively on geriatric psychopharmacology, quality improvement, and health policy.

Dr. Wiechers 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)

Professional Service

  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (2013) Chair, Public Policy Caucus

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