Josepha A. Cheong, MD

Dr. Cheong is Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Florida College Of Medicine (UF COM) and Chief, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service at the Malcom Randall VAMC – Gainesville, FL. She received her medical degree from the UF COM where she also completed her residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. She is board-certified in Psychiatry and in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Primary areas of focus are education (program development, graduate and post-graduate medical education), ethics, and faculty and leadership development and professional mentorship. Areas of clinical focus are geriatric, emergency, and consult-liaison psychiatry. More specifically, memory and affective disorders, neuropsychopharmacology, and management of agitation and aggression are within her clinical expertise. An area of particular interest is physician professional development, more specifically: the transition of physician residents to independent professionals as they achieve initial certification and proceed into continuing certification.

She served as member of the UF Department of Emergency Medicine – NASA Medical Support Team (2004- 2011) for the Space Shuttle launches and landings at Kennedy Space Center-Cape Canaveral, FL including STS-135, the Final Mission.

Dr. Cheong is highly regarded as a teacher and has received numerous awards at regional, state and national levels. She is a three-times recipient of the UF COM Teacher of the Year Award and two-times awardee of the UF COM Hippocratic Oath Award. She was honored as one of the inaugural seven faculty members to receive the UF COM Distinguished Teacher Award and as a recipient, University of Florida Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Cheong has been actively involved in the national VHA Office of Academic Affiliations and served as an Associate Chief of Staff/Education at the North Florida/South Georgia VHS (2008-2014) and as Assistant Chief, Psychiatry at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System from 2014-2017. Since 2014, she serves as an invited lecturer on Executive Leadership Development at the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management.

Dr. Cheong is active in national professional and advocacy organizations. She has served as the Chair, Council on Aging of the American Psychiatric Association and as the elected Secretary for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). She is a recipient of the AAGP Educator of the Year Award. In keeping with her interest in graduate and post-graduate education and program development, she served as the Chair of the Am Psychiatric Association Scientific Program Committee for the 2009 and 2013 APA Annual Meeting – the world’s largest psychiatry professional organization CME meeting. Dr. Cheong served on the ACGME RRC for Psychiatry (2013-2019), including four years on its Executive Subcommittee.

As an ABPN Director, she serves on the Psychiatry Council, and is Chair of the Continuing Certification Article Assessment- Geriatric Psychiatry, International Examination, Addiction Psychiatry (Steering Chair) and Geriatric Psychiatry (Steering Chair) Committees. In addition, Dr. Cheong serves on the Communications, Finance, Investment, Strategic Planning, and Continuing Certification. She also serves on the Continuing Certification Product Review and Certification Examination Combined – Clinical Psychiatry Subcommittees. Dr. Cheong has served as an examination writer for the various ABPN committees for over 15 years.