SOM Emeritus or Emerita Status

Meet School of Medicine Emeritus and Emerita Faculty members 

The School of Medicine values and encourages the continuing academic and intellectual engagement of its emeritus and emerita faculty. It therefore strives to support and recognize such faculty who wish to continue contributing to their academic disciplines in ways beneficial to the University and the community.  Each month, the Office of Faculty Affairs will highlight several emeritus and emerita faculty members' current work contributing to their academic disciplines and community. 










Dr. Virginia Abernethy
Professor Emerita of Psychiatry 

Virginia Deane Abernethy is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry (Anthropology) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is the author of Population Politics and other books, is published in both scholarly journals and popular media, and 1989-1999 was editor-in-chief of Population and Environment. Her most recent book, The Vanishing American Dream: Immigration, Population, Debt, Scarcity, is scheduled for publication in July, 2016, by Transaction Publications [N.J.].

She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, a B.A. from Wellesley College, and graduated from Riverdale Country School. She taught at Harvard University before joining the Vanderbilt University Medical School faculty in 1975.  She was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and New York City. She now divides her time between Nashville, Tennessee; Blanchard Creek, Washington; and Gooseberry Hill in West Australia.

She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS] and formerly of the American Anthropology Association [AAA]. Previously, she has served on the Boards of 501©3 organizations Planned Parenthood [Nashville], Population-Environment BALANCE and Carrying Capacity Network.

At conferences, debates, and in the media she speaks on the side of stopping mass immigration. TV appearances included William Buckley's "Firing Line" in debate against the late editorial editor of the Wall Street Journal Robert Bartley. She continues straddling academia and advocacy, and has the view that academia owes its best efforts to young people and the successful future of the country.










Dr. William Bernet 
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry 

William Bernet, M.D., a graduate of Holy Cross College, summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School, is a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  He is board certified in general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.  As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified about 300 times in 20 states.  Dr. Bernet has written professional articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects, including: group and individ­ual therapy with children and adolescents; humor in psychother­apy; forensic child psychiatry; child maltreatment; true and false allegations of abuse; satanic ritual abuse; reincarnation; child custody and visitation; parental alienation; testimony regarding behavioral genomics; and risk management.  In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges.  Dr. Bernet edited Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11, which was published in 2010.  Dr. Bernet and his colleagues edited Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals, which was published in 2013.  He is the founder and president of the Parental Alienation Study Group.

Emeritus or Emerita Faculty Resources 

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