Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute
At UCD since:1982
Interests: Family, Health & Mental Health, Government/Social Policy, Prevention Research
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood
Penny Knapp MD received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969, and completed her training in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven and Massachussetts General Hospital and in Psychiatry at Boston University and McLean Hospitals. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. Since 1998 Dr. Knapp has served as Medical Director, State of California, Department of Mental Health. Her current areas of expertise and research interests are in prevention and early intervention for children under the age of 5 and their families, and implementation of child telepsychiatry and distance learning. She has been project director for the Infant Preschool Family Mental Health Initiative, funded to California DMH by First 5: California Children and Families Commission. She is co P-I of the California ABCD–II project, funded by NASHP. She is currently consulting to the Department of Health Services Child Health Disability Prevention branch on increasing screening for social-emotional, behavioral, and family risk factors in pediatrics primary care. She serves on the AAP Bright Futures Infancy panel and AAP Mental Health Task Force.