Poulin brings to her role several years of experience in health care, most recently as medical director of psychiatric services and attending psychiatrist at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
At Gifford, she looks forward to providing mental health treatment to outpatients, she said, “where I can really follow their progress.”
“It is a privilege to be able to know people’s stories, and I know it really helps to have someone listen,” said Poulin, whose approach to psychiatry is neurobiological but also considers psychosocial factors that impact health, such as “people’s past experiences, their environment, and choices they’ve made.”
Prior to her positions at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Poulin completed her residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Penn. In addition to her clinical work, she has extensive experience in research and teaching, most recently at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt., and Franklin Pierce University in West Lebanon, N.H., and has published articles on topics ranging from sleep disorders and therapy to schizophrenia. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, and American Psychiatric Association. Among her numerous honors and awards are several fellowships, including an American Psychological Foundation / American Psychiatric Association Schizophrenia Research Fellowship Award. She earned doctor of philosophy, medical, and master of science degrees from the University of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree from Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
When not at work, Poulin enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and traveling.
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Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester and White River Junction, and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.