Fred Jarskog, MD
Director, Medical Education
Director, North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
J. Fred Jarskog is a professor of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, director of Medical Education and the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center. He received his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship training at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research is focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia. His work has been funded by the Foundation of Hope, NARSAD, National Institute of Mental Health and in collaboration with industry. Dr. Jarskog has studied novel treatments for cognitive deficits and for treatment-resistant symptoms of schizophrenia. Recently completed and ongoing studies include a histamine 3 antagonist for cognitive deficits, computer-based cognitive remediation for cognitive and functional deficits, and low voltage transcranial stimulation for persistent auditory hallucinations. He continues to study interventions for obesity and associated metabolic problems that commonly occur in people taking antipsychotic medications and he is involved in a multi-site study to test the safety and efficacy of deutetrabenazine for tardive dyskinesia. Dr. Jarskog is also an active clinician,and supervises residents in the UNC Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program (UNC-STEP).
Elizabeth Rossi, BA,
Director of Training and
Ms. Rossi is director of quality management and director of training for the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. Rossi has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with persistent mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in a clinical capacity as well as administrative roles. She served as quality management coordinator for XDS, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided comprehensive care and services to individuals with persistent mental illness before merging with the Center in 2011. Prior to that, she was employed by OPC Area Program (the previous LME) as a case manager and Single Portal Coordinator. Her current scope of work includes ensuring compliance with state and local standards as well as maintaining the Center’s national accreditation through CARF International and providing technical support to the various programs in the Center. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in psychology