2021 Highlights

Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Throughout this time of heightened mental health challenges related to the pandemic, our department has continued to dedicate its acclaimed expertise and innovation to the patients and communities we serve and to colleagues across our health system as we join together to create a better future.

Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD, Professor and University Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Note from the Chair

Welcome to our 2021 Highlights. In a period of global health crisis and societal unease, I could not be more proud of the faculty, staff and trainees of our department who have risen to the challenges of the time with an unrelenting and inspiring commitment to patient care, teaching and research informed and propelled by their far-ranging knowledge and skills, creative drive and values of social justice.

DATA & STATISTICS

2021 by the numbers

600,000

Annual ambulatory visits

20,000

Unique patients served

1,050

Inpatient discharges

12,500

Psychiatry consultations across inpatient units and emergency departments

Innovations and achievements

Pioneering the future of treatment and care

Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research top 50 NIH-funded departments of psychiatry ranking

Thanks to the growing activities of our Psychiatry Research Institute, our department has more than doubled its NIH-funded activity during the past year, placing us among Blue Ridge’s top 50 NIH-funded departments of psychiatry in the US. The translational partnership with the Department of Neuroscience, ranked #19 in the nation, reflects a critical synergy on behalf of individuals with mental illness and addiction.

Sandra Pimentel, PhD, announced President-Elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Dr. Pimentel is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Montefiore Einstein. The ABCT, founded in 1966, is one of the foremost multidisciplinary organizations for mental health professionals involved in research, prevention and treatment, grounded in evidence-based behavioral, cognitive and biological principles.

Research Review

Improving care and outcomes through research

In 2021, our department made robust contributions in research spanning a variety of topics. Members of our team published on the advancement of knowledge into COVID-19, addressing race and racism and understanding health disparities, psychiatric conditions across the life span and translational insights about psychiatric disorders, among others.

Explore our latest

research.

Team News

New roles and additions to our department

Salimah Velji, MPH, MBA

Unified Executive Administrator, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Yesie Yoon, MD, MS

Director, Quality Improvement, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Rubiahna L. Vaughn, MD, MPH

Director, Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry
Program Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Melanie Fox, PsyD

Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Program at Montefiore (EDPM)
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Rebecca I. Klein MD

Associate Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services at Moses

Melissa E. Platt, PsyD

Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry Associates
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Howard L. Forman, MD

Director, Montefiore-Einstein Addiction Consultation Service
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Anthony Rocchio

Senior Director, Business Development, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Sabrina Mueller, LCSW

Senior Director, Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Gifty G. Ampadu, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Specialization
Attending, Moses Child Outpatient Psychiatry Division
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Yash Bhambhani, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)
Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Nicole Eskenasi PsyD

Attending, Einstein Student Mental Health Services (ESMHC)
Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry Associates
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Shilpa Lad, MD, MS

Attending, Montefiore’s Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Liza Pincus PsyD

Attending Psychologist, Moses Child Outpatient Psychiatry Division

Antonio E. Ramírez Capó, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Attending, Moses Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Attending, Center for Positive Living/Infectious Disease Clinic

Sarah Kay, PhD

Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry Associates
Attending Psychologist

Bao-Tran Nguyen, PsyD

Attending, Wakefield Child Outpatient Psychiatry Program
Attending, Montefiore Einstein Behavioral Associates

Raymond Chiong, DO

Attending Psychiatrist
Psychosomatic Medicine Specialist

Natalia Markova, DO

Clinical Director, Wakefield Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS

Clinical Professor, General Internal Medicine
Clinical Professor, Family & Social Medicine
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Commissioner, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)

Merrill R. Rotter, MD

Director, Prevention and Health Initiatives, New York State Office of Mental Health
Director, Division of Law and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dala Badreddine, PhD

Psychologist/Team Leader, OnTrackNY, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry

Benjamin Glueck, PhD

Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry Associates
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Kashmira Rustomji, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Wakefield Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Mahrokh Shayanpour, MD

Attending, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)
Attending, Ambulatory Consults, Urgent Treatment and Evaluations (ACUTE) Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ana Valentin, LCSW

Director, Clinical Operations, Wakefield Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Patient referrals

At Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, we know providing patients with the best possible care includes teamwork and trust. We work closely with our valued referring physicians to ensure open communication and reliable expertise. 

Contact us

Tina Bonanno
Executive Assistant, Chair’s Office

1-718-430-2290 
tbonanno@montefiore.org

Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD
Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
jalpert@montefiore.org

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Montefiore-Einstein Psychiatry Associates