John Rozel

Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Adjunct Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC


Dr. Rozel has been working in emergency mental health for over 25 years and has been the medical director of resolve Crisis Services since 2010.  He is the President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, the leading national organization dedicated to the improvement of compassionate, evidence based care for people with psychiatric emergencies.  As the medical director of resolve Crisis Services, he leads a team of 150 crisis professionals who deliver over 130,000 services every year to the residents of Allegheny County through phone, mobile, walk-in and overnight programs delivered through a person centered, recovery oriented model.  Dr. Rozel trains and consults with teams across UPMC and the country on projects related to violence and threat management, staff injury prevention, and firearm injury prevention.  He is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.  Dr. Rozel is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a 2018 recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Dr. Rozel regularly provides clinical and didactic training to medical students, residents and fellows at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; mentors graduate students through the Center for Bioethics and Health Law; co-teaches the Mental Health Law course at the School of Law; and teaches regional law enforcement professionals through the Crisis Intervention Team training program.  He is the creator of the Clinical Homicide and Aggression Management Practices for Inpatient, Outpatient and Nontraditional Settings (CHAMPIONS) training.  

Dr. Rozel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Ethics and his MD at Brown University.  He received a Master of Studies in Law from the University of Pittsburgh.  He completed his general psychiatry residency and child and forensic psychiatry fellowships at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.  

Dr. Rozel is a member of the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and previously chaired the Legislative Affairs Subcommittee.  

Dr. Rozel, along with his colleague Dr. Layla Soliman, runs the @ViolenceWonks feed on Twitter, providing short summaries of new violence research.