The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (PBH) was established in the fall of 2008 as part of the new FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. PBH collaborates with hospitals and other organizations throughout South Florida to provide training and education, innovative research, and superior clinical services.

Vision, mission & values

PBH seeks the pursuit of emotional, behavioral and physical health through quality education, superior health care, and the development and dissemination of science based innovation.

  • Promote independent and lifelong learning
  • Provide exemplary, evidence based patient services through the application of medical knowledge to patient care
  • Foster academic quality and provide education of the highest standard
  • Seek the advancement of research
  • Maintain honesty and integrity
  • Seek excellence in everything we do

Contact

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC1-348 Miami, FL 33199
Tel: 305-348-4147
Fax: 305-348-4331
psychiatryinfo@fiu.edu

Clinical

PBH has a diverse range of clinical programs. Services are delivered in multidisciplinary, patient centric efficient manner which meets the needs of the community. Clinical programs are located at the following sites:

Affiliated hospitals & organizations

  • AGAPE Network
  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
  • Camillus House & Health
  • Citrus Health Network
  • Fort Lauderdale Hospital
  • Memorial Regional Hospital and Medical Center
  • Miami VA Healthcare System
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Smith Community Mental Health
  • South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center
  • South Florida State Hospital
  • The Key Clubhouse of South Florida

Education and training

PBH faculty are actively involved in the teaching of multiple learners. Our medical students are exposed to our faculty teaching across all years in the curriculum. From active participation in courses in the 1st-year to the 4th-year FIU medical students benefit from the breadth of our faculty expertise. FIU psychiatry clerkship and elective students rotate through our 16 clinical sites.

PBH offers 4th-year psychiatry elective rotations for our International Visiting Medical Students program as well as provides clinical training for Master of Physician Assistant Studies students. Our department faculty and staff therapists provide individualized training and clinical supervision throughout our clinical sites.

The Citrus Health Network-FIU psychiatry residency program serves as a model for outpatient- and community-based training as the first psychiatry residency program sponsored by a Federally Qualified Health Center. Residents actively participate in clinical quality improvement through their rotations in psychiatry and primary care at Citrus Health Network and medicine and neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Department’s faculty participate across all years of training.

Research

PBH clinical faculty and staff are committed to the diverse communities they provide services for. We aim to contribute in solving public health problems like substance use disorders, suicide and child and adolescent disorders. We pursue research that addresses social determinants of health and their effect on the well-being and functioning of people with severe mental illness. We develop educational interventions to enhance the communication between patients and their healthcare providers. We involve trainees at all levels in the design, implementation and dissemination of research.

Faculty & staff

  • Secondary faculty

    Jonathan Comer, PhD
    Associate Professor

    Raul Gonzalez, Jr, PhD
    Associate Professor

    Angela Laird, PhD
    Associate Professor

    William Pelham, Jr, PhD
    Distinguished University Professor

    Jeremy Pettit, PhD
    Professor

  • Adjunct faculty

    Margaret Harper Sibley, PhD
    Associate Professor

    James Waxmonsky, MD
    Adjunct Professor

  • Community-based faculty

    Mary-Ann Abraham, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Siramene Abraham, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Gil Abramovici, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Maria Alfonso, MBA, CHCQM
    Instructor
     
    Rosa Amurrio, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Xenia Aponte, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Rebecca Arana, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Sergio Balcazar, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Jacqueline Barrett, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Aramys Barzaga, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Victoria Baskin, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Michelle Benitez Cabrera, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Madiley Broz, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Carissa Cabán-Aleman, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Carmen Cantero, LCSW
    Instructor

    Norma Campos, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Regina Maria Carney, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Mariel L. Cataldi, M.D.
    Instructor
     
    Susan Elaine Chalfin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Aminata Cisse, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Maria Collado, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Raul Corredor, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Jose Cruz, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Elie Crystal, DO
    Assistant Professor
     
    John D'Andrea, DO
    Assistant Professor

    Akiva M. Daum, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Zachary Demko, M.D.
    Instructor
     
    Jeevan Diptee-Rodrigues, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Richard M. Dreize, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Spencer Eth, M.D.
    Adjunct Professor
     
    Leslie Annette Garrad, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Jose Manuel Gonzalez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Alina Gonzalez-Mayo, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Ernesto M. Grenier, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Berta Guerra, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Victor Guzman, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Richard Hamilton, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

    Michael Hann, M.D.
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
     
    Ciomara Lynn Hernandez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Sean Horan, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Elizabeth Hoy, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Hugh Humphery, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Emil Ibrahim, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Michael Inesta, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    James Jordan, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Aleksander Kaipov, MD
    Assistant Professor
     
    Debra Frances Kirsch, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Maha Lahoud-Bladykas, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Rossana Lopez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Julio C Machado, Jr., M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Rosa Martinez-Casuso, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Dhizarah Matus De La Parra-Pellot, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Karina McCoy, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Kathleen "Molly" McShane, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Zina Meriden, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Militza Mizray, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Jules G. Molina, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Angela Mooss, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Olga E. Navarro-Rodriguez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Hung Nguyen, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Kristal Nicht, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Mohammad Asim Nisar, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Ana M. Ojeda, Ph.D., M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Juan Diego Oms, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Americo Padilla, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Shlomo Pascal, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Anna Maria Patino-Fernandez, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
     
    Arlene L. Pena-Gonzalez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Juandalyn Peters, M.D.
    Assistant Professor 

    Neda Picuric, DO
    Assistant Professor

    Steven Proctor, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
     
    Francisco Quintana, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Ana Rivas-Vazquez, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Jorge Enrique Rivera, M.D.
    Assistant Professor  

    Maria Rodil, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    David B. Rooney, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Michael Rosenthal, M.D.
    Adjunct Instructor

    Carlos Salgado, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Michael Sanfilipo, M.D.
    Associate Professor
     
    Jada Santos, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Indu Senapati, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Silvia Silva-Duluc, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Sachin Singh, DO
    Assistant Professor
     
    Barbara Sparacino, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Saneya H. Tawfik, PhD
    Associate Professor

    Melvin J. Thomas, M.D.
    Instructor
     
    David Tobolowsky, M.D.
    Associate Professor
     
    Yadira Torres, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    Melina Visser, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor
     
    James Waxmonsky, M.D.
    Adjunct Professor

    Kristi Wintermeyer, M.D.
    Instructor

    Peysaf W. Worthalter, M.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Tamara Zec, M.D.
    Assistant Professor