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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

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

Vision, Mission & Values

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health 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

Message From Chair

Education and Training

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (DOPBH) 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 3rd year FIU psychiatry clerkship, our medical students benefit from the breadth of our faculty expertise. Third year FIU psychiatry clerkship students rotate through our 13 clinical sites.

The Department offers 4th-year psychiatry elective rotations for our International Visiting Medical Students program as well as provides clinical training for Masters 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.

View our educational training sites here.

Psychiatry Residency Program

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Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds 2018-2019


The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health 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:

Nexus Newsletter


Faculty research within the Department focuses on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in youth, integration of behavioral health and primary care, exploring treatment and recovery of people with schizophrenia and educational research.

Faculty currently involved in research:

  • Rodolfo Bonnin, PhD
  • Eduardo Camps-Romero, MD
  • Daniel Castellanos, MD
  • Adriana Foster, MD
  • Leonard Gralnik, MD, PhD
  • Eugenio Rothe, MD
  • Margaret Sibley, PhD

Affiliated Hospitals & Organizations

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


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC1 348
Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305.348.4147
Fax: 305.348.4331

Faculty and Staff

Secondary Faculty

Angela Laird, PhD 
Associate Professor

Jeremy Pettit, PhD
Associate Professor

Jonathan Comer, PhD 
Associate Professor

Raul Gonzalez, Jr, PhD
Associate Professor

William Pelham, Jr, PhD 
Associate Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Adrianna Cortes, MD 
Adjunct Assistant Professor

James Waxmonsky, MD
Adjunct Professor

Community-Based Faculty

Maria Alonso, MBA

Xenia Aponte, MD
Assistant Professor

Aramys Barzaga, MD
Assistant Professor

Regina Maria Carney, MD
Assistant Professor

Raul Corredor, MD
Assistant Professor

Richard M. Dreize, MD
Assistant Professor

Leslie Annette Garrad, PhD
Assistant Professor

Berta Guerra, MD
Assistant Professor

Ciomara Lynn Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Sean Horan, MD
Assistant Professor

Hugh Humphrey, MD
Assistant Professor

Michael Inesta, MD
Assistant Professor

Patricia Junquera, MD
Assistant Professor

Gary X. Lancelotta, PhD
Assistant Professor

Mark Laty, MD
Assistant Professor

Julio C Machado Jr., MD
Assistant Professor

Michelle Mantilla, PhD
Assistant Professor

Gabriel M. Martinez, MD
Assistant Professor

Rosa Martinez-Casuso, MD
Assistant Professor

Dhizarah Matus De La Parra, MD
Assistant Professor

Jules G. Molina, MD
Assistant Professor

Kathy Monroy, MD
Assistant Professor

Venkateswar Nemali, MD
Assistant Professor

Hung Nguyen, MD
Assistant Professor

Ana M. Ojeda, PhD
Assistant Professor

Juan Diego Oms, MD
Assistant Professor

America Padilla, MD
Assistant Professor

Alexander G. Perez, MD
Assistant Professor

Francisco Quintana, PhD
Assistant Professor

Ana Rivas-Vazquez, PhD
Assistant Professor

Michael Sanfilipo, MD
Associate Professor

Melina Visser, MD
Assistant Professor

James Waxmonsky, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor

Peysaf W. Worthalter, MD
Assistant Professor