Carissa Caban-Aleman, M.D.

Associate Professor; Director of Behavioral Health Services at Student Health Center

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Office: SHC 161

Phone: 305-348-1480


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

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

Dr. Carissa Cabán-Alemán is a community psychiatrist and the medical director for behavioral health for FIU Student Health Services. 

Cabán-Alemán is a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and CrearConSalud, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to mental health education and advocacy in Puerto Rico. She also co-leads the Health & Wellbeing Team of the Miami-Dade County Resilient305 Project, developing an assessment and strategic plan for climate resilience efforts.

In addition, Cabán-Alemán participates in the International Transformational Resilience Coalition Climate Trauma Mental Health and Disaster Management Preparedness Group and the Florida and Puerto Rico Clinicians for Climate Action coalitions. She is a former board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatry (AACP) and currently represents the AACP in the Social Climate Leadership Group. Dr. Cabán-Alemán has worked with disaster response initiatives since 2017 in Puerto Rico and Florida.


Fellowship, Public Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
Residency, Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
M.D., University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
B.A., General Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Areas of Interest

Community psychiatry, mindfulness, meditation, climate health, cultural humility, social justice, and structural competence in mental health.


  • Outstanding Teaching in Clerkship Didactics for Academic Year Excellence Award, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL, 2018-2019
  • Kenneth D. Cohen Academic Excellence Award, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Department of Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • William and Margaret E. Menin Humanistic Sensitivity Award, House Staff Institutional Graduation, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-2012

Selected Publications


  • Cabán-Alemán, C., Iobst, S., Luna, A. M., & Foster, A. (2020). Addressing the Poverty Barrier in Collaborative Care for Adults Experiencing Homelessness: A Case-Based Report. Community Mental Health Journal, 56(4), 652–661. DOI:
    • Espinel, Z., Galea, S., Kossin, J. P., Caban-Aleman, C., & Shultz, J. M. (2019). Climate-driven Atlantic hurricanes pose rising threats for psychopathology. Lancet Psychiatry.
    Cabán-Alemán, C. (2019). Puerto Rico Se Levanta ("Puerto Rico Rises"): From Denial and Passivity to Action and Hope. Psychiatric Times.
  • Cabán-Alemán, 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.

Non peer-reviewed:

  • Augustinavicius, J. L., Lowe, S. R., Massazza, A., Hayes, K., Denckla, C., White, R. G., Cabán-Alemán, C., Clayton, S., Verdeli, L., Berry, H. (2021) Global climate change and trauma: An International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Briefing Paper.Chicago, IL: International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Retrieved from:
  • Cabán-Alemán, C. (2019). Puerto Rico Se Levanta ("Puerto Rico Rises"): From Denial and Passivity to Action and Hope. Psychiatric Times.