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Caban-Aleman, Carissa, MD

Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health; Director of Behavioral Health Services at Student Health Center

Office: Student Health Center

Phone: 305-348-2401


Specialty: Community Psychiatry, Public Psychiatry

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

Education: MD, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Practice Location: 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199

Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Cabán-Alemán is Board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a graduate of the public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York. Her main interests are cultural humility, systems-based practice, climate change and mental health, advocacy for social justice in medicine, and the relationship between poverty, social inequality and mental health. She is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Dr. Cabán-Alemán mentored medical students as Administrative Chief Resident of Medical & Physician Assistant Student Education at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She pioneered a community psychiatry elective in her residency and served on the Psychiatry and Law and the Minority Mental Health Disparities councils from 2011 until 2013 as a diversity leadership fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She served on the DSM-5 Task Force as an advisor for the Sleep-Wake Disorders Workgroup and is an APA representative to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Dr. Cabán-Alemán is a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP) and of CrearConSalud, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to mental health education, awareness and advocacy in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Cabán-Alemán is the medical director for behavioral health at FIU Student Health Services since 2017. She is committed to excellence in psychiatric treatment and medical education while targeting the systemic and social determinants of health.


  • Fellowship, Public Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • Residency, Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • MD, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • BA, General Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Community Psychiatry
  • Public Psychiatry/Systems-based practice
  • Minority Mental Health
  • Cultural Humility


  • William and Margaret E. Menin Humanistic Sensitivity Award 2011-2012. House Staff Institutional Graduation. Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kenneth D. Cohen Academic Excellence Award 2013. Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Department of Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA


  • Caban-Aleman, C. (2017). 4. Cultural Humility. In Tse, J.& Yuan Volpp, S. (Eds.), A Case-Based Approach to Public Psychiatry (29-36). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Agarwal V, Cabán-Alemán C and Greenspan D: Identifying an Evidence Based Tool for Cognitive Screening in Psychiatric Patients: Literature Review, in Abstracts Presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2014; Spring; 26(2).