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
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC1-348 Miami, FL 33199
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. This promises to be a busy and exciting year as we focus on expanding our clinical services, educational programs, research, and partnerships with our community.
The Treatment Resistant Depression Program now includes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and SPRAVATO services. Several exciting research initiatives are ongoing, including innovative interventions for early neurocognitive changes, the use of rTMS for treatment-resistant depression, and the integration of behavioral health in primary care and mental health in older people across cultures.
We continue to expand the Department of Health Behavioral Health Integration program by partnering with local pediatricians to offer psychiatric consultation to the child and adolescents in the community with behavioral health needs. And we look forward to highlighting our faculty and staff's hard work and accomplishments toward addressing mental health in our community.
Patricia Junquera, MD
Interim Chair, Director of Multidisciplinary Education
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:
- FIU Health Ambulatory Care Center
- Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP
- FIU Student Health Services
- Clinical Services
- Clinical Service Contracts
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.
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
Ibrahim Abi Rafeh, M.D.
Rodolfo Bonnin, Ph.D.
Founding Assistant Dean for Institutional Knowledge Management; and Associate Professor
AHC2 - 491
Luis M. Carcache, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Assistant Clerkship Director
Eduardo B. Camps-Romero, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Behavioral Health, Department [...]
Marietta Castellanos, M.D.
Priscilla Chaves, MBA, MPH, CLSSBB
Director of Operations
AHC1 - 345
Nicola M. Chung, Ph.D.
Rafael M. Conte, M.D.
Nicolle Anne DeLeo, Psy.D., LMHC
Juan Espinosa, M.D.
Douglas S. Feltman, M.D.
Alexius Girard, BA
Leonard M. Gralnik, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Chief of Education; Clerkship Director; Senior Medical Director
Jorge A. Herrera Pino, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas A. Hunter, M.D.
Student Health Center
Bobbie Sue Janjua, LMHC, LMFT
Patricia Junquera, M.D., FAPA
Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Associate [...]
Andrew Lagomasino, Psy.D., ABPP
Lisa Lee, MBA, M.S.
Manager of Administrative Services
Autumn Ning, M.D.
Kathy Palacios, BA
William Pulido B.S.
Sr. Behavioral Health Care Coordinator
Melanis Rivera-Rodriguez, Psy.D.
Eugenio M. Rothe, M.D.
Professor; Assistant Clerkship Director
Nathaly Shoua Desmarais, Psy.D.
Assistant Dean, Student Success and Well-being; Director, Student [...]
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Pilar Siman, LCSW
Clinical Therapist III
AHC1 - 348
Jose Taque, M.S., LMHC
Clinical Therapist III
Heidi von Harscher, M., Ph.D.
Director of Medical Student Support Services; HWCOM Student Ombudsman; [...]
Vivian C. Wulff, B.A.
Coordinator Admin. Services