Dr. Christine Moutier is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Chief Medical Officer. Previously, she was at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, where she was professor of psychiatry and served as assistant dean for student affairs and medical education. She has always maintained an active clinical practice through the UCSD Medical Group and at UPAC (Union of Pan Asian Communities), a mental health clinic for the Asian refugee population.
Originally a classical pianist, Dr. Moutier studied piano performance at Vassar College prior to studying medicine. She received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry and received additional training in women’s mental health and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She previously served as medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, associate director of the UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry Services Clinic, and attended the C-L Service and Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Medicine Unit at UCSD Medical Center.
Dr. Moutier’s research interests include the arena of physician health and medical student mental health and professional development. She co-led a suicide prevention and depression awareness program for 2,300 health science faculty, residents and students, which utilizes AFSP’s Interactive Screening Program. Her research in medical education focuses on the associations between medical education, distress and burnout, and the development of traits important in the practice of medicine, such as empathy and resilience. Formerly, a co-investigator for the STAR*D (Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression) study, a large National Institute of Mental Health trial on the treatment of refractory depression, Dr. Moutier also worked with UCSD ophthalmology studying the co-occurrence of macular degeneration and depression. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of mood disorders and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Dr. Moutier developed and directed a comprehensive Fitness for Duty Assessment program for physicians and co-founded the San Diego chapter of AFSP.
Dr. Moutier has authored numerous articles and book chapters for publications such as JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Academic Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Academic Psychiatry.