Chief of Mental Health Services
Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
Since 2009, Dr. Paul Deci has served as the Chief of the Mental Health Service at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). In this role, he is responsible for the mental health, substance abuse, and homeless services provided to the 100,000 Central Florida veterans served by the Orlando VAMC. He was Interim Chief of Staff of the Orlando VAMC from October 2009 through May 2010. Deci teaches at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine as a Professor of Psychiatry.
In his previous roles in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Dr. Deci functioned as Director of the Mental Health Service Line at the Tuscaloosa VAMC from 2000 to 2007 and as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Alabama Capstone School of Medicine from 2000 to 2009.
Prior to Tuscaloosa, Dr. Deci was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He was a staff primary care psychiatrist at the Charleston VAMC from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Deci also worked for 12 years with a nationally recognized rural assertive community outreach team as a clinician and researcher. From 1992 to 1995, he served as Special Assistant to the South Carolina State Director of Mental Health. As Special Assistant for Towards Local Care, Dr. Deci was responsible for implementing and evaluating a statewide initiative to transition adults on long term state hospital inpatient units into individualized community services.
Dr. Deci graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in biological sciences in 1983 and from the University of Florida College of Medicine with honors in research in 1986. He completed his psychiatry residency in 1990 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in Psychiatry, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.