Robert S. Emmons, M.D. Psychiatrist

Psychoanalytic • Family Therapy

I have focused my career on direct clinical service to patients. In addition, I have volunteered my time to train junior colleagues and engage in public advocacy in the fields of psychotherapy practice and ethics.

Robert Emmons Burlington Vermont

NOTABLE HOSPITAL AND STAFF APPOINTMENTS

  • Chief Resident, University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry, 1988-1989
  • Part-Time Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, 1989-2001
  • Part-Time Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, 2001-Present

EMPLOYMENT

  • Solo Private Practice, Burlington, Vermont, 1989-Present
  • Founder and Staff Psychiatrist, Franciscan Free Psychiatric Clinic, located in Moretown, Vermont, September 2013-2016, and now in my Burlington office
  • Consulting Psychiatrist to Essex County Mental Health Services, Elizabethtown, New York, 1989-2000
  • Staff Psychiatrist, Chronic Illness Clinic, University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry, 1989-1990

EDUCATION

  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa:  BA, Biology and Chemistry, 1981
  • University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa:  MD, 1985
  • Residency in Psychiatry: Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, 1985-1989

HONORS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Luther College, 1981
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1984
  • Resident Teacher of the Year, elected by the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Class of 1989
  • Awards for Excellence in Teaching, presented by University of Vermont psychiatry residents, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2010

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION

  • Passed Federal Licensing Examination, 1985
  • Medical License, State of Vermont, 1989
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, October 1991

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

PUBLICATIONS

  • Medical Ethics and the Unconscious Mind: A Conflict of Interests. Minnesota Physician. 2016;29(10).
  • Robert Emmons, Kernan Manion, and Louise Andrew. Systematic Abuse and Misuse of Psychiatry in the Medical-Regulatory Therapeutic Complex. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. 2018;23(4):109-113.  

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Rationing and the Client-Professional Relationship,” Interdisciplinary Summit of Vermont Mental Health Professionals, March 1996
  • “Managed Care: Physician-Assisted Rationing,”  Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting, October 1996
  • “Standing Outside Managed Care,” Saint Michael’s College Department of Psychology Colloquium, May 1998
  • “Murder in the Consulting Room: A Case Study of the Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy,” University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, April 1999
  • “The Third Rail:  Financial Conflicts of Interest in Psychiatric Practice,” University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, December 2008
  • “The Scientist, the Sage, and the Homunculus: How Patients and Doctors Make Decisions About Payment for Care,” Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting, September 2014
  • “Our AAPS Code of Ethics: Omnia Pro Aegroto,” Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting, October 2015
  • “EHR Brain and Other Psychopathologies of Everyday Medical Life,”  Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting, October 2017
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