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NSMC Mental Health Clinicians Earn Top Honors
4/24/2015

North Shore Medical Center’s (NSMC) Jefferson B. Prince, M.D., and Marguerite Roberts, C.N.P., are the 21st annual recipients of the Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke Memorial Award. This award is given by the NSMC Medical Staff to recognize professional excellence and service to the community.

Dr. Prince, director of child psychiatry at NSMC, was recognized for his dedication to improving the lives of children with psychiatric disorders. In addition to seeing pediatric patients at MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, he serves as vice chair of the department of psychiatry at NSMC, is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital in the child psychiatry and pediatric psychopharmacology clinics. Dr. Prince is involved in research focused on the characterization and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan as well as pediatric mood, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Prince. “I hope to be able to embody the spirit of community and the compassion that Dr. Holyoke once did.”

Dr. Prince earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and completed residencies in psychiatry and acute psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Subsequently, he completed his clinical fellowship in child psychiatry at Massachusetts General and McLean hospitals in Boston.

Marguerite Roberts, C.N.P., director of the Family Resource Center at MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, was recognized for her dedication to improving the lives of children and families managing psychiatric disorders.

“The work of supporting families with psychiatric disorders over the past 14 years has been the most rewarding part of my career as a nurse practitioner,” said Roberts. “I’m so incredibly grateful and honored to be nominated and receive this award. I am humbled and thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

Roberts co-founded the Pediatric Behavioral Health Resource Center in 2003, for families and professionals, and in 2004 helped to establish the North Shore Chapter of Learn to Cope, a support group for families whose loved ones struggle with addiction and substance abuse. She is a member of the board of directors for Learn to Cope and coordinates its weekly support group at North Shore Medical Center.

Together, Dr. Prince and Roberts founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at NSMC in 2010, and have been teaching classes for adults, teens, children and caregivers ever since.

Dr. Holyoke, for whom the Holyoke Award is named, was an eminent 18th century Salem physician, whose professional life spanned generations, having a tremendous impact on the health and well being of his community. Each year, the recipient of this award is nominated by his/her peers.

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed

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