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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, adjunct & community-based faculty

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

Siramene Abraham, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Gil Abramovici, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Maria Alfonso, MBA, CHCQM
Instructor
 
Rosa Amurrio, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Xenia Aponte, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Rebecca Arana, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Sergio Balcazar, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Jacqueline Barrett, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Aramys Barzaga, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Victoria Baskin, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Michelle Benitez Cabrera, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Madiley Broz, PsyD
Assistant Professor
 
Carmen Cantero, LCSW
Instructor
 
Regina Maria Carney, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Susan Elaine Chalfin, PhD
Assistant Professor
 
Aminata Cisse, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Maria Collado, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Raul Corredor, MD
Assistant Professor
 
John D'Andrea, DO
Assistant Professor

Akiva M. Daum, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Jeevan Diptee-Rodrigues, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Richard M. Dreize, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Bryan Charles Ellerson, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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

Berta Guerra, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Richard Hamilton, PhD
Associate Professor
 
Ciomara Lynn Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Sean Horan, MD
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Hoy, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Hugh Humphery, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Emil Ibrahim, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Michael Inesta, MD
Assistant Professor
 
James Jordan, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Patricia Junquera, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Debra Frances Kirsch, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Maha Lahoud-Bladykas, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Rossana Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Julio C Machado, Jr., MD
Assistant Professor
 
Matthew Malone, DO
Assistant Professor 

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

Angela Mooss, PhD
Assistant Professor
 
Celeste Nadal, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Olga E. Navarro-Rodriguez, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Heather Neeley, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Venkateswar Nemali, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Hung Nguyen, MD
Assistant Professor

Kristal Nicht, MD
Assistant Professor

Mohammad Asim Nisar, MD
Assistant Professor

Ana M. Ojeda, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Juan Diego Oms, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Americo Padilla, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Shlomo Pascal, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Anna Maria Patino-Fernandez, PhD
Associate Professor
 
Arlene L. Pena-Gonzalez, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Neda Picuric, DO
Assistant Professor

Steven Proctor, PhD
Associate Professor
 
Francisco Quintana, PhD
Assistant Professor
 
Ana Rivas-Vazquez, PhD
Assistant Professor
 
Jorge Enrique Rivera, MD
Assistant Professor

Eric Robbins, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Maria Rodil, MD
Assistant Professor
 
David B. Rooney, MD
Assistant Professor

Carlos Salgado, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Michael Sanfilipo, MD
Associate Professor
 
Jada Santos, PsyD
Assistant Professor
 
Indu Senapati, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Silvia Silva-Duluc, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Richard S. Solomon, MD
Assistant Professor
 
Barbara Sparacino, MD
Assistant Professor
 
David Tobolowsky, MD
Associate Professor
 
Yadira Torres, PsyD
Assistant Professor
 
Melina Visser, PsyD
Assistant Professor
 
James Waxmonsky, MD
Adjunct Professor
 
Peysaf W. Worthalter, MD
Assistant Professor

Tamara Zec, MD
Assistant Professor