John "Jack" Rozel, MD, MSL

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Medical Director, resolve Crisis Network

Dr. Rozel has been working in emergency mental health for over 25 years and has been the Medical Director of the resolve Crisis Network since 2010.  He completed his general psychiatry residency and child and forensic psychiatry fellowships at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. He is President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, a national organization dedicated to the improvement of compassionate, evidence-based care for people with psychiatric emergencies.  Dr. Rozel has served as an incident commander for mass shootings and been involved in the behavioral health response to several mass casualty events.  A major contributor to the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2019 report on Mass Violence, Dr. Rozel is working with a team to develop best practices for violence risk screening for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Special Council on Gun Violence.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Ethics and a Master of Studies in Law, Dr. Rozel regularly provides clinical and didactic training to medical students, residents, and fellows at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; mentors graduate students in the MA Program in Bioethics; co-teaches the Mental Health Law course at the School of Law; and teaches regional law enforcement professionals through the Crisis Intervention Team training program.  He teaches and consults regularly on the themes of emergency psychiatry, risk management, violence and firearms, and the interface of law and psychiatry. He is the creator of the Clinical Homicide and Aggression Management Practices for Inpatient, Outpatient and Nontraditional Settings (CHAMPIONS) training. He also chairs the Legislative Affairs Subcommittee of the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

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