Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chairman

Jonathan E. Alpert, Ph.D., M.D.Jonathan E. Alpert, Ph.D., M.D. 

Dorothy and Marty Silverman Chair in Psychiatry
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 
 
 

Deputy Chairman

Bruce Schwartz, M.D.Bruce Schwartz, M.D. 

Deputy Chairman
Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
President, American Psychiatric Association (2019-2020)

In addition to his academic, administrative, and clinical leadership roles, Dr. Schwartz serves as the President of the Montefiore Behavioral Care Integrated Provider Association and is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Medical Director and founding member of University Behavioral Associates, a not for profit behavioral health management services organization. Dr. Schwartz is an expert in the treatment of affective disorders and psychopharmacology.

 
 
 

Salimah VeljiSalimah Velji, MPH, MBA 

Executive Unified Administrator

Salimah Velji, MBA MPH is the Executive Unified Administrator for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Montefiore Medical Center. She completed her graduate degrees in Public Health and Business Administration at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Management. She completed her Administrative Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Prior to Montefiore, Salimah has been in leadership roles at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and in healthcare consulting.

 
 
 

Vice Chairs

Carol Bernstein MD Carol Bernstein M.D. 

Vice Chair for Faculty Development

 

 
 
 

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D.Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D. 

Professor & Vice Chair for Research in Psychiatry
Florence and Irving Rubinstein Chair in Neuroscience
Professor & Chair, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Dr. Khodakhah is an internationally recognized neuroscientist. His research interests include elucidation of the role of the cerebellum in cognition, and psychiatric and behavioral disorders.
 

 
 
 

Gary J. Kennedy, M.D.Gary J. Kennedy, M.D.  

Vice Chair for Education

 
 
 

Matthew Schneider, M.D.Matthew Schneider, M.D.  

Vice Chair, Clinical Services  

 
 
 

Scott Wetzler, Ph.D.Scott Wetzler, Ph.D. 

Vice Chair for Population Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Wetzler received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and completed a psychology internship at New York Hospital-Westchester Division. He has served on the Einstein/Montefiore faculty since 1984. Dr. Wetzler's interests focus on mood and personality disorder and behavioral health services utilization. He has published five books and more than 100 articles, and frequently appears on television.

 
 
 

Division Chiefs

Simon A. Rego, Psy.D.Simon A. Rego, Psy.D., ABPP, ACT  

Chief, Division of Psychology

 
 
 

Audrey Walker, M.D.Audrey Walker, M.D.  

Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director, Medical Student Education

 
 
 

Maryann J. Popiel, M.D.Maryann J. Popiel, M.D.  

Chief of Psychiatry, Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital

 
 
 

Andrea Kondracke, M.D.Andrea Kondracke, M.D.  

Chief, Division of Psychiatry and Medicine

 
 
 

Directors

Vilma Gabbay, MDVilma Gabbay, MD  

Director of Research

 
 


Ana R. Ozdoba, M.D. Ana R. Ozdoba, M.D.  

Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training
Director, Quality Improvement

 
 
 

Thomas F. Betzler, M.D.Thomas F. Betzler, M.D.  

Executive Clinical Director, East Campus
Clinical Director, Montefiore Behavioral Health Centers

 
 
 

Joseph Battaglia, M.D.Joseph Battaglia, M.D.  

Director, Einstein Student Mental Health Service  

 
 
 


Tyson J. Boudreaux, M.D. Tyson J. Boudreaux, M.D.  

Clinical Director, Bronx Psychiatric Center  

 
 
 

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.T. Byram Karasu, M.D.  

Distinguished University Chair Emeritus

 
 

Upcoming Events

48th Annual Leadership Conference 

Date: September 10 - 12, 2021

Brochure 2021 

CRLC Registration Form 2021 

 

Calendar

Friday, July 08, 2022 | 12:30 PM
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Grand Rounds - Long Acting PrEP and Guideline Updates
Online, virtual meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 1:00 PM
Implementation Science Grand Rounds: Sponsored by the Einstein HRIC
Zoom, https://einsteinmed.zoom.us/j/96498249721, virtual meeting room

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Media Spotlight

To Enjoy Life More, Embrace Anticipation

Simon Rego, Psy.D., says looking forward to things improves our mood and can make us less irritable. Dr. Rego is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, chief of psychology, and director of psychology training at Einstein and Montefiore.

(Tuesday, May 31, 2022)

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