Dr. James H. Berry DO is associate professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a General Psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. Practicing in Appalachia for the past sixteen years, Dr. Berry has a unique vantage point as a witness to the unfolding opioid epidemic afflicting our nation. He 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. He is a dedicated clinician and enthusiastic educator.
He currently overseas a statewide mentoring project to train rural clinicians in evidence based substance use disorder treatment that they may effectively treat addiction in their local communities. Nationally, he serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee and the American Board of Medical Specialties, Safety in Opioid Prescribing Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care’s National Integrational Academy Council. He has enjoyed advocating on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction at local town hall meetings, state legislative sessions and national educational venues highlighting the nature of the disease and the hope of recovery. Dr. Berry’s work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state and national media sources such as PBS’s NOVA, Politico, NPR and the Huffington Post.