Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

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President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., Acting President and CEO or the Brain & Behavior Research FoundationJeffrey Borenstein, M.D., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in 2012. Dr. Borenstein, a board-certified psychiatrist, has more than twenty years of experience in health and non-profit leadership. He has served as the CEO and Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital, where he worked from 1996 to 2012. Dr. Borenstein developed the public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

An active contributor to the psychiatric field for more than three decades, Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. Additionally, Dr. Borenstein chairs the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association and has served as the President of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award.

Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.

Laura C. Wells

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Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Laura C. Wells, M.B.A., Vice President, Marketing and CommunicationsLaura C. Wells, M.B.A., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (then known as NARSAD) in January, 2010 and leads development of communication and promotional materials at the Foundation. This includes all printed publications, the website and eNews, promotional materials for events and various other means of communicating with the Foundation’s donor community and external constituents.
Laura joined the Foundation after having spent fifteen years working for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and abroad. She started her marketing career as an Assistant Brand Manager on M&M’s® and went on to manage brands such as Palmolive® personal care products in the French market, merchandise products at Disneyland® Paris and had global responsibility for brand development of Dove® body lotion. Laura sought to translate her corporate and business experience for benefit in the not-for-profit sector and found the perfect opportunity at the Foundation. Having personally experienced the pain, frustration and helplessness caused by mental illness in her family of origin, Laura brings not only business skills but also personal passion to the cause. She holds an International M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, cum laude from East Carolina University. She lived for nearly 7 years in France and is fluent in French and German.

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