Dr. Paul Deci is board certified in Psychiatry and has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical field. He is the Mental Health Service Chief and a Staff Psychiatrist with the Orlando VA Medical Center. Dr. Deci is also a Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Medical Education with the UCF College of Medicine. He has extensive teaching experience, supervising and instructing staff, residents, and students throughout his career. Most recently, Dr. Deci served as the Site Director for the UCF College of Medicine Psychiatry Clerkship with the Orlando VA.
Dr. Deci is an active member of numerous committees with the Orlando VA Medical Center. He is a Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association. Additionally, Dr. Deci is a member of The American College of Psychiatrists, the Florida Psychiatric Society, and the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Psychiatric Society.
In partnership with the VA, UCF College of Medicine has identified individuals that provide a significant contribution to the college and medical students. Dr. Deci joined the college in April of 2016 as part of this partnership. VA faculty members are invited to participate in teaching assignments, curriculum and admissions committees, student affairs and research mentorship. Their contributions make a significant impact for both the college and students.
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Salkever D, Domino ME, Burns BJ, Santos AB, Deci PA, Dias J, Wagner HR, Faldowski RA, Paolone J. Assertive community treatment for people with severe mental illness: the effect on hospital use and costs. Health Services Research 1999; 34(2):577-601.
- Deci PA, McDonel EC, Semke J, Hadley T, Hogan M, Pescosolido B, Wright E, Dias JK. Downsizing state psychiatric hospitals, in Innovative Approaches for Difficult to Treat Populations. Edited by Henggeler SH, Santos AB. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press, 1997, pp. 371-394.
- Lachance KR, Deci PA, Santos AB, Halewood N, Westfall JM. Rural assertive community treatment: taking mental health services on the road, in Innovative Approaches for Difficult to Treat Populations. Edited by Henggeler SH, Santos AB. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press, 1997, pp. 239-252.
- Deci PA, Mattix G. Adult foster care: the forgotten alternative?, in Innovative Approaches for Difficult to Treat Populations. Edited by Henggeler SH, Santos AB. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press, 1997, pp. 253-262.
- Deci PA, Bevilacqua JJ, Morris JA, Dias JK. Community services development for consumers in long-stay psychiatric hospitals in South Carolina. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 1996; 19(3/4):265-287.
- Deci PA, Santos AB, Hiott DW, Schoenwald S, Dias JK. Dissemination of assertive community treatment programs. Psychiatric Services 1995; 46:676-678.
- Santos AB, Ballenger JC, Bevilacqua JJ, Zealberg JJ, Hiers TG, McLeod-Bryant S, Deci PA, Rames LJ. A community-based public-academic liaison program. American Journal of Psychiatry 1994; 151(8):1181-1187.
- Deci PA. TLC program improving lives of those who have mental illness (editorial). The Greenville News, July 3, 1994; 3G.
- Deci PA, Donnelly M. Toward local care (video). South Carolina Department of Mental Health is meeting the challenge. South Carolina Department of Mental Health, 1994.
- Deci PA, Santos AB, McLeod-Bryant S. MUSC’s rural mental health services initiatives. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 1994; 90:101-104.
Education & Specialties
- B.A., Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
- M.D., University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
- Internship, Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Residency, Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Fellowship, Community Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Fellowship, Mental Health Services Research, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute
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