Dr. Elizabeth B. Weller, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in the School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), passed away on November 29, 2009. She was 60 years old.
Appointed to the faculty in 1997, Dr. Weller had also served as the first chair of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at CHOP. She was revered for her scholarship in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders.
Among her many awards and honors, she received the Best Teacher Award from the 2007 graduating class of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows at CHOP. In her honor, the fellows established a lectureship in her name to be given to the best teacher in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her other honors included the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Award for Research in Depression or Suicide.
Dr. Weller was involved in numerous professional organizations including the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
She earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, in 1971 and 1975, respectively.
Dr. Weller is survived by her husband, Dr. Ronald Weller; children, Andrew Weller and Christine Weller; her brother, Varoujan Boghossian; and a niece and nephew.
Memorial donations may be made to: The AGBU Armenia Orphan Fund, 55 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022-1112.