DeKalb Community Service Board Chief Executive Officer Receives Psychiatrist of the Year Award

ATLANTA- February 19, 2016 – Joseph Bona, MD, was honored with the Psychiatrist of the Year Award at the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) Awards Luncheon on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Dr. Bona is the Chief Executive Officer of the DeKalb Community Service Board and also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bona is currently the President-Elect of the GPPA and will assume the position of President in May 2016.

The GPPA Psychiatrist of the Year Award recognizes a GPPA member who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to psychiatry and has used his or her skills as a psychiatrist in service to the community.

“It is truly fitting that Dr. Bona was selected for the GPPA Psychiatrist of the Year Award,” stated Stephen Preas, MD, Chair of the GPPA Awards Committee.  “He has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to psychiatry through his unflagging dedication to providing psychiatric services to the public sector.”

Dr. Bona has over 25 years of psychiatric experience and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and President-Elect of the Georgia Psychiatric Physician Association.  A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Bona and his wife Laura live in Sandy Springs, Georgia. They have a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Virginia and works in Atlanta.

DeKalb CSB is a public, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of evidence-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.  Through more than 20 locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb CSB serves more than 12,000 children, adolescents and adults annually to help them recover and resume productive lives.  DeKalb CSB employs more than 500 staff, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   Learn more about DeKalb Community Service Board at