Jennifer Severe, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry


Dr. Severe has several years of experience in healthcare, academia, leadership, and advocacy nationally and internationally. Her work focuses on health equity and early access to evidence-based care through collaboration, innovation, and technology. Dr. Severe’s clinical interests encompass Mood disorders (Depressive and Bipolar illnesses). She provides consultation and support to several Michigan Medicine primary care clinics providing mental health care to their patients.

Dr. Severe informs policy through research, action papers and communications with legislators. She is an expert member at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI). She is also an active member of several professional organizations and has served as a consultant for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council of International Psychiatry and co-developed the International Poster Engagement Program for the APA annual meetings.

Featured News:

When Psychiatric Care Is Far Away, Telehealth Fills the Gap – By HealthDay News   |   Feb. 11, 2022 

Most patients access telepsychiatry via video, but age affects preferences – Healio - Jan 11, 2021

Poster Program Builds Bridge Between APA Members And International Researchers – Psychiatric News - Feb 18, 2020

Psychiatrists Lobby Lawmakers on MH Parity, Workforce Development – Psychiatric News - Published Online:11 Apr 2019

Faculty spotlight: Jennifer Severe combines medicine, advocacy in her native Haiti – University of Michigan Global Reach - May 9, 2019

Access to Quality MH Care Does Not Equate to Use by Black Immigrants – Viewpoint, Psychiatric News - Published Online:16 Oct 2018

APA Council Launches Initiatives to Engage International Psychiatrists – Psychiatric News - Published Online: 29 Aug 2017

Areas of Interest

  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders – Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Mental Health Access through Primary Care Collaborative Care and Health Technology
  • Education and Health Services Research


  • Public Psychiatry Fellowship, Columbia University
  • Visiting Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Baystate Medical Center Psychiatry Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Baystate Medical Center Psychiatry Residency, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health, Partners in Health - Harvard Medical School
  • State University of Haiti, MD

Published Articles or Reviews