Dr. Peter Buckley serves as Interim Dean of the School of Medicine and as Associate Dean for Leadership Development at Georgia Health Sciences University. Dr. Buckley came to the Medical College of Georgia in 2000 from Case Western Reserve University where he was Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Director for the state psychiatric services in Cleveland. He earned a medical degree from Ireland’s University College Dublin School of Medicine. He completed internships at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and a psychiatry residency and research fellowship at St. John of God Psychiatric Services in Dublin. Dr. Buckley was recently elected chair of the Pan American Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is also inaugural chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Interventions Committee for schizophrenia spectrum disorders, personality disorders and disorders of late life. He previously served on a subcommittee of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Data Safety and Monitoring Board and Loan Repayment Program Special Review Panel. He formerly served as president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry and is a member of the National Foundation for Mental Health Board of Directors and the International Congress on Schizophrenia Advisory Board. He is on the Scientific Council of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.
In 2007, was named the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association’s Psychiatrist of the Year.
Dr. Buckley received the 2004 Administrative Psychiatric Award from the American Psychiatric Association for his work on state university collaborations. He is working with the Georgia Division of Mental Health to enhance the care of hospitalized patients in Georgia’s mental health system.
Dr. Buckley is an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is editor of the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, an editorial board member of eight journals, including Psychiatric Times and Academic Psychiatry, and annual co-editor of the “Mosby Yearbook of Psychiatry.” He is a referee for more than 40 journals.
His research focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia.