Distinguished Service

NAMI PA, Main Line extends thanks to the individuals in our community who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to serving the needs of those living with mental health needs and their families.

Exemplary Psychiatrists

The National Alliance on Mental Illness established the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1990. The award honors doctors who excel in their commitment to providing excellent mental health care. NAMI PA, Main Line is proud to have three recipients of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award as affiliate members who actively participate in our outreach, education and support activities.

Ellen Berman, M.D.
Dr. Ellen Berman is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught psychiatric residents to care for families for many years. In 2009 she founded the Center for Couples and Adult Families in the Psychiatry Department at Penn to support patient care that engages families, since families play such an important role in mental health and illness. The Center also offers therapy for couples and adult families in the University  and the community. Dr. Berman also maintains a private practice. Her career has been devoted to making connections between the family therapy community and psychiatry.  She received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Family Therapy Academy, and she was chair of the Family Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Berman was honored with a NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2015. She serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI PA, Main Line.

Steven J. Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Steven Siegel is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Program in Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Training Program for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a practicing psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of schizophrenia. His laboratory is investigating the neurobiology of schizophrenia, autism, drug abuse and nicotine dependence. His laboratory has established new methods for the treatment of schizophrenia using biodegradable long-term delivery systems. Dr. Siegel received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI in 2008.


Lawrence A. Real, M.D.
Dr. Larry Real is the Chief Medical Officer for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services. When he received the Mental Health Association of America’s Bell of Hope Award in 2012, the caption read: “Dr. Real’s career-long involvement in the family support and advocacy movement was acknowledged when he became one of the first recipients of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award (1995) from both the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (now the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Pennsylvania (now the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pennsylvania). He is a co-founder of Tikvah/AJMI (Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill) – an organization practicing recovery-oriented community inclusion since 1991 – which honored him with its 2011 Righteous Persons Award.”
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