San Diego Diplomacy Council is pleased to kick off its E-Talk-About Series with a virtual discussion on the implications to global diplomacy of the current Covid-19 pandemic, featuring Dr. Kenneth Dekleva, M.D. Dr. Dekleva will give a brief presentation, and then engage with attendees for Q&A.
Dr. Dekleva is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Peter J. O’Donnell Brain Inst., UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, where he holds the McKenzie Foundation I Chair in Psychiatry and is Director, Psychiatry-Medicine Integration. During 2002-2016, he served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist with the U.S. Department of State, retiring at the rank of Minister-Counselor. He served in Moscow, New Delhi, Mexico City, Vienna, London, and did a tour in Washington D.C. as Director of Mental-Health Services [world-wide] during 2013-2015. His experience both overseas (during SARS and H1N1) as well as in Washington DC (during Ebola) included working with medical colleagues in coordinating the behavioral-health response to such epidemics/pandemics. Since 2016, he has published and lectured extensively in the field of leadership psychology, focusing upon analyses of world leaders for national security purposes. He is board-certified in psychiatry, and has an extensive background in integrated care, management consultation, behavioral-health support to elite teams, and forensic psychiatry.