Sy Atezaz Saeed, MD

Sy Atezaz Saeed

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Brody 4E-100
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-744-2660
Fax: 252-744-3815

Administrative Role: Professor and Chair

Since 2004 Dr. Saeed has been serving as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. He is also the Chief of Psychiatry at the 900+ bed tertiary care academic medical center, Vidant Medical Center.A 1982 medical graduate of Dow Medical College, Dr. Saeed completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Chicago. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in Psychiatric Administration and Management by the American Psychiatric Association and holds a M.S. degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Prior to his appointment at East Carolina University, Dr. Saeed served as Professor and Chairman, Department of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (1995-2004) where he was also the Clinical Director for the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Service NetWork of North Central Illinois, a state-operated Network serving people with serious and persistent mental illness in 23 counties and covering 1.5 million lives in north central Illinois.

Dr. Saeed was the founding Editor of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrator's Journal, Psychiatrist Administrator (2000-2010). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management (JPAM). He serves on the editorial board for the Academic Psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Health, London. He also serves on the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a think-tank for psychiatry dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs, and clinical practice in mental health.

Dr. Saeed has published in the areas of evidence-based practices; anxiety and mood disorders; telepsychiatry; cross-cultural issues; psychiatric administration; and psychiatric treatment integration. His current scholarly and research interest areas include: the study of the process and impact of implementing evidence-based practices in mental health settings; telepsychiatry; and systems approach to psychiatric administration and management. He has been involved in funded research both as a principal investigator and co-investigator. He has lectured and presented nationwide.

Select Publications

Saeed SA, Bloch RM, Diamond J. (2012). Telepsychiatry: Overcoming barriers to implementation. Current Psychiatry: Vol. 11, Number 12, pp 28-31.

Edenfield TM, Saeed SA. (2012). An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychology Research and Behavior Management.

Saeed SA, Bloch RM. (2012). Top Research Findings: Six treatment studies that can change clinical practice. Psychiatric Times: Volume 29. Number 9 (September 2012) pp 10-11.

Saeed SA, Bloch RM. (2012). Top research findings that can change clinical practice. Psychiatric Times. Available online at

Saeed SA. Is Your Signal-to-Noise Ratio Improving? Keeping Up Amidst Information that Keeps on Coming.(2012). Psychiatric Times: May 2012 pp 15-16.

Saeed SA. (2012). Why Launch a New Journal in Psychiatric Administration and Management? Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management. Vol.1, Number 1, pp 3-6.

Saeed SA, Diamond J, Bloch RM. (2011) Use of telepsychiatry to improve care for people with mental illness in rural North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal: Vol. 72, Number 3, pp 219-222.

Antonacci DJ, Davis CE, Bloch RM, Manuel C, Saeed SA, (2010). CAM for your anxious patient: What the evidence says. Current Psychiatry: Vol. 9, Number 10, pp 43-52.

Saeed SA, Bloch RM, Antonacci DJ, (2010). Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders. American Family Physician: Vol. 8, Number 4, pp 981-86.

Saeed SA, Bloch RM, Antonacci DJ, Davis CE, Manuel C. (2009). CAM for your depressed patient: 6 recommended options. Current Psychiatry: Vol. 81, Number 8, pp 39-47.

Saeed SA. (2009). Social Anxiety Disorder: An Update on Evidence-Based Treatment Options. Psychiatric Times 26 (5): 37-41.

Saeed SA, Bloch RM, Antonacci DJ (2008) Safety of kava for patients with mild anxiety disorders. American Family Physician: Vol. 78, Number 4, pp 433-4.

Saeed SA. (2008). Working with Individuals with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities: Synthesizing the Best Information for the Practicing Clinician. Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 79:153-155.

Davis E, Barnhill LJ, Saeed SA. (2008). Treatment models for Treating Patients with Combined Mental Illness and Developmental Disability. Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 79:205-223.

Davis E, Saeed SA, Antonacci DJ.(2008). Anxiety Disorders in Persons with Developmental Disabilities: Empirically Informed Diagnosis and Treatment. Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 79:249-263.

Antonacci DJ, Bloch RM, Saeed, SA, Yildirim Y, Talley J. (2008). Empirical Evidence on the Use and Effectiveness of Telepsychiatry via Videoconferencing: Implications for Forensic and Correctional Psychiatry. Behavioral Sciences and the Law:26:253-269.

Saeed, SA, Bloch RM, Antonacci DJ.(2007). Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. American Family Physician: Vol. 76, Number 4, pp 549-556.

Saeed, SA.(2007). The DSM Revision Process and the Future Directions for Psychiatric Diagnosis. Psychiatrist Administrator: Vol. 7, Number 1, 2007, pp 3-4.

Saeed SA. (2006). New Horizons for Psychiatrists in Administration and Management. Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 77:307-308.

McGinty KL., Saeed SA, Simmons SC , and Yildirim Y. (2006) Telepsychiatry and e-Mental Health Services: Potential for Improving Access to Mental Health Care. Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 77:335-342.

Bloch RM, Saeed SA, Rivard JC, and Rausch C. (2006). Lessons Learned in Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Implications for Psychiatric Administrators, Springer: Psychiatric Quarterly 77:335-342.

Saeed, SA; Rausch, C. (2005). Translating Knowledge into Practice: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and a Case Study of Medication Algorithm Implementation Psychiatrist Administrator: Vol. 5, Number 1, 2005, pp 3-8.

Simmons, SC; Eccleston, A; Saeed, SA; Leonhardt, GG; Lancaster, M. (2005). The Need for Telepsychiatry and e-Mental Health in Publicly-Funded Mental Health Systems. Psychiatrist Administrator: Vol. 5, Number 2, 2005, pp 30-35.

Saeed, SA (2005). Evidence-Based Psychopharmacotherapy: Medication Guidelines and Algorithms. In Stout SE and Hayes RA (editors) The Evidence-Based Practice: Methods, Models, and Tools for Mental Health Professionals. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, pp.85-108.

Saeed, S.A.; Grant, RL. (2004). Atheists and Agnostics. In Josephson, A.M. and Peteet, J.R. (Eds.). Handbook of Spirituality and Worldview in Clinical Practice. Washington D.C. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. pp 139-153.

Saeed, SA. Moffic, H.S. (2004). Ethical Principles for Psychiatric Administrators. Psychiatrist Administrator: Vol. 4, Number 2, 2004, pp 39.

Yunus MB; Young CS; Saeed SA; Mountz JM; Aldag JC. (2004). Positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome and healthy controls. Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research) Vol. 51, No. 4, August 15, 2004, pp 513–518.

Miller AL; Hall CS; Buchanan RW; Buckley PF; Chiles J; Conley RR; Crismon ML; Ereshefsky L; Essock SM; Finnerty M; Marder SR; Miller D; Joseph McEvoy J; Rush AJ; Saeed SA; Schooler NR; Shon S; Stroup S; Tarin-Godoy B. (2004). The Texas Medication Algorithm Project antipsychotic algorithm for schizophrenia: 2003 update. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol. 65, No.4, pp. 500-508.

Saeed, SA. (2002). Implementing evidence-based practices in public mental health systems. Editorial. Psychiatrist Administrator: Vol. 2, Number 1, Winter 2002, pp 3.

Bruce, T.J, Saeed, S.A. (1999). Social anxiety disorder: A common underrecognized mental disorder. American Family Physician Volume 60, No. 8:2311-23.

Saeed, S.A., Bruce, T.J. (1998). Panic disorder: effective treatment options. American Family Physician. Volume 57, No. 10:2405-2412.

Saeed, S.A. & Bruce, T.J. (1998). Seasonal affective disorders. American Family Physician. Volume 57, No. 6: 1340-1346.

Saeed, S.A., Bruce, T.J. (1996). Social phobia: a clinical review. Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders. Volume 10, No.3:4-7.

Spiegel, D.A., Saeed, S.A., Bruce, T.J. (1996). An open trial of fluvoxamine therapy for panic disorder complicated by depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Volume 57(suppl 8):37-41.

Saeed, S.A. (1988). Integrated psychiatric treatment for mental disorders. London: Journal of the Royal Society of Health. Volume 108, No.3:104-109.

Saeed, S.A. (1987). Cross-cultural studies of mental disorders. London: Journal of the Royal Society of Health. Volume 107, No.6:244-248.