Juan Ramos, Ph.D.
Retired, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
He retired after 35 years at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he held a number of program and administrative positions, and was in the Senior Executive Service from its inception in July 1979. He received a Master of Social Work degree from the School of Social Work, University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Most of his effort was in the development of social work research pertinent to mental health and mental illness; development of research and research training initiatives; facilitating clinical and research training and mental health services pertinent to minority populations with emphasis on promoting the establishment of local, state and national organizations to address mental health issues. In addition, he facilitated the organization and development of a number of international epidemiological studies on the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders, and physical and mental disabilities with emphasis on Spanish speaking countries. He was an adjunct professor for 11 years teaching mental health policy at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. Also, taught at 2 other schools of social work. He has been a long time advocate for the implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has received recognition from numerous national health and mental health organizations. Since his retirement he has been actively involved as a consultant with the Pan American Health Organization and a large community mental health center interested in establishing a community wellness center in Mexico; and as member of Boards of Directors of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the National Center for Behavioral Health Solutions,
the Catholic Social Worker’s National Association, and the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health. Currently serves on the External Advisory Committee to the Center on Interventions in Bipolar Disorder in Hispanic Communities (major research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health); two committees exploring the development of a National Leadership Council of Hispanic Behavioral Health Associations; and a partnership with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) on a study of the implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 focusing on meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).