Professional Development

Under the direction of Dr. Petros Levounis, Associate Dean for Professional Development, the office guides and mentors faculty as they seek promotions in their academic rank, or tenure, as well as oversee student career development. 
Faculty and students achieve personal and professional fulfillment by:

  • Clarifying their values
  • Setting their career mission
  • Assessing their skills and abilities in specific domains
  • Conducting a personal SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) with their career mission in mind
  • Asking themselves "How does this fit with what the institution expects?"


A person wearing a white shirt and tie  Description automatically generated with low confidence Petros Levounis, MD, MA, serves as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Professional Development at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Levounis came to Rutgers from Columbia University where he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York from 2002 to 2013.

Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania and an MA degree in sociology from Stanford. In 1994, he began training in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He graduated earning the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award and went on to complete his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University.
Dr. Levounis has written numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters; has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad and been interviewed by CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others.

Dr. Levounis is a Betty Ford Scholar, a recipient of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists' Distinguished Service Award and the ASAM Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. Levounis has published thirteen books on substance abuse, addiction, mindfulness and mental health; his work has been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.