James H. Berry, DO

James H. Berry, DO is associate professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU School of Medicine, and also the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Berry received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a General Psychiatry residency at WVU and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Berry and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis, and are actively engaged in groundbreaking neuroscience research related to addiction. Dr. Berry is considered a national expert in addictions and mentors physicians throughout the country. Statewide, he serves as a member of the West Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorders. Nationally, he serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee and the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Safety in Opioid Prescribing Committee. He was also recently appointed to the Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Berry advocates on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction before audiences as varied as local town hall meetings to the United States Senate, and in other educational venues highlighting the nature of the diseases and the hope of recovery. His work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state, and national media sources such as The New York Times, Politico, NPR, and The Huffington Post. Last year he and his patients were featured in the PBS NOVA documentary: Addiction that exposed a national audience to the science behind addiction and the humanity of those who are struggling.

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