Residential Support

August 31, 2011

A home can offer shelter, safety, and a sense of belonging, but what if it could also provide a path to self-discovery, or academic achievement, or advancements in research? A generous gift from a former medical resident promises to help GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences do just that by training future generations of mental health professionals and helping them cope with the rigors of their profession. And it’s all thanks to a home.

Cynthia B. Stevens, M.D., G.M.E. ’89, and her husband, Charles W. Havens IV, have created a fund to support psychotherapy and psychoanalytic training for psychiatry residents at GW. Established through a bequest stemming from the sale of their home in Lander, Wyo., the endowed fund will enable the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to continue to attract skilled residents. The fund will provide financial assistance to residents for personal psychotherapy — a key component of comprehensive training in psychotherapy and a cornerstone of psychoanalytic training.

Stevens, a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, served as the chief resident for outpatient services during her training at GW. Her clinical expertise and interest lie with personality development, life change issues and stressors, and anxiety and depressive disorders. She has been nationally recognized for her outstanding contributions to medical student and resident education.

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