Kenneth C. Nash, M.D., M.M.M.
Project Co-Principal Investigator

Kenneth C. Nash, M.D. is a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) on the grant funded by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and awarded to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic to create the Youth and Family Training Institute. Kenneth C. Nash, M.D., M.M.M. is the Chief of Clinical Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which is nationally ranked as one of the top mental health systems in the United States. Dr. Nash also serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The Department is the number one recipient of National Institute and Health funding for psychiatric research. As the Chief of Clinical Services, Dr. Nash oversees more than two hundred psychiatric members of the UPMC Presbyterian Medical Staff and is active on several committees. Dr. Nash has made quality a focus of his role as Chief of Clinical Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and has implemented numerous projects related to physician performance.

Dr. Nash has served in various leadership positions related to healthcare in western Pennsylvania and has been instrumental in the development of innovative psychiatric services throughout the service area. His prior positions include serving as Medical Director of Community Care Behavioral Health and as the Psychiatric Residency Director. As a psychiatrist he is active in the clinical, academic and administrative arenas. Dr. Nash is affiliated with a number of community based agencies. Clinically, he has treated children, adolescents, adults and families for over 20 years in urban and rural settings such as the Community Counseling Center in Mercer, PA and Vision Quest in Venango County. He continues to lecture to various community groups and is active in psychiatric resident and medical student education at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Nash is currently the child psychiatric consultant to various organizations such as the Pittsburgh Field Office of the Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. In these roles he serves as an advocate and a clinical and systems expert. His consultation varies from direct case consultation on complex patients to policy consultation.

Currently, Dr. Nash is also the Principal Investigator (PI) on the five-year Center for Excellence in Public Service Psychiatry grant and is the Co-PI on the six-year Pennsylvania System of Care Grant which is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

Dr. Nash has had a national presence on committees such as the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Committee of Business Relations and the APA Quality Committee.