Our Staff and Cabinet Members

Staff

  • Jean-Marie Alves-Bradford, MD

    • Director of Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Director of Washington Heights Community Service
    • Associate Director of Clinical Services, NYSPI
    • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, CUMC

    Dr. Jean-Marie Alves-Bradford, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the inaugural director of the Columbia Department of Psychiatry’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also the Associate Director for Clinical Services and the Director of the Washington Heights Community Service (WHCS) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) where she sees patients, teaches medical students, residents and fellows and manages inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services in upper Manhattan.  Dr. Alves-Bradford also serves and the training director for the Columbia University’s NIMH funded T32 Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health.   Dr. Bradford received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Harvard College and completed her Medical Degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.  She has been a Columbia faculty member since completing her psychiatric residency in Psychiatry at Columbia University where she served as chief resident.  Dr. Alves-Bradford’s professional interests include improving psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness in underserved communities in the US and abroad, medical education, faculty development and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion and belonging in medical settings. She is currently working on implementing a bias response and upstander curriculum at VP&S and has received funding for this project from the Vanneck Bailey Scholar Award from the Apgar Academy and the Innovative Course Design grant from the Columbia Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning and Innovation.

    Jean-Marie Alves-Bardford, MD
  • Marisa Spann, PhD, MPH

    • Assistant Director of Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Medical Psychology
    • Director of Early Neuroimaging, Neuroimmune, and Neuropsychology (early N3)┬álab, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
    • Co-founder of Fetal, Infant, Toddler Neuroimaging Group (FIT'NG)

    Dr. Marisa Spann is the Herbert Irving Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Spann is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialty training in developmental neuroimaging and perinatal epidemiology. The overarching goal of Dr. Spann’s research is to identify early immune, brain, and neuropsychological antecedents of childhood psychiatric risk to reduce the time to intervention for young children. She accomplishes this through two complementary lines of study involving national and international birth cohorts, and clinical cohorts of pregnant women-fetal dyads in New York. 

  • Patrice Harris, MD, MA

    • Advisor of Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, CUMC
    • Former President of AMA (American Medical Association)
    Patrice Harris, MD, MA

Cabinet Members

  • Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

    • Director of Residency Training and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry
    • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at CUMC

    Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Education and Director of Resident Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Arbuckle's interests focus on the role of medical education in advancing the translation of research into the practice of psychiatry. Dr. Arbuckle is a principal investigator on Columbia’s NIH funded R25 Research Track which aims to support the development of physician-scientists who are dedicated to translational research in psychiatry. As part of this effort, Dr. Arbuckle has also received NIH funding to support the June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Research Fellowship, a program for first year medical students who belong to historically underrepresented racial or ethnic groups with a mentored 8-week summer research experience. She is committed to supporting pipeline programs to expand and support URM individuals in psychiatry.

    Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD
  • Jonathan Amiel, MD

    • Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    Jonathan Amiel, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Innovation in Health Professions Education at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is also an Attending Psychiatrist at NewYork Presbyterian and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Amiel is past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Organization of Resident Representatives and Northeast Group on Educational Affairs leads its Core Entrustable Professional Activities pilot. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and chairs its Membership Committee.

    Dr. Amiel’s work focuses on competency-based education and its relationship to the development of health professionals' identities. In his work, he partners with educators across the medical school, medical center, university, and colleagues in national and international professional societies to advance the training of health professionals to optimally meet the evolving needs of the public. The overarching goal is to ensure that training is intentional, just, and aligned with public health needs - including developing our next generation of clinician scientists, educators, and advocates.

    Jonathan Amiel, MD
  • Adriane Birt, MD

    • Director of Mobile Crisis Service
    • Quality Medical Director of Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry at NYPH
    • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    Adriane Birt, MD is the Director of the Mobile Crisis Service and Chair for Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She completed residency training at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), serving as a Chief Resident, and completed training in the Public Psychiatry Fellowship of NYSPI.  In addition to her current positions, during her career at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, she has worked at homeless shelters, run a homeless outreach program and served on several committees dedicated to faculty advancement and diversity and inclusion.

    Adriane Birt, MD
  • Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH

    • Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent mental Health (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

    Dr. Duarte is the Ruane Professor Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child & Adolescent Mental Health in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Dr. Duarte is an expert on development of mental disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults with special emphasis on racially and ethnically minoritized youth. Her research has a strong focus on intergenerational processes that may lead to psychiatric disorders. Through the use state-of-the art sampling, recruitment, and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she generates population-based knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved and understudied populations. She is the Director of the Center for Intergenerational Psychiatry and leads the Boricua Youth Study, which studies how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latinx subgroup (Puerto Ricans). She is committed to mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty, with special interest in supporting trainees from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in science.

    Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH
  • E. David Leonardo, MD, PhD

    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    E. David Leonardo MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and an Associate Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency program.  His research aims at elucidating the mechanisms through which neuromodulatory systems impact the development of the prefrontal cortex during adolescence. In particular, he is interested in understanding how alterations in the developmental trajectory in adolescence can result in long term changes in motivated behavior.  In addition to his research, in his role as Associate Director of Residency training, Dr. Leonardo oversees research training and the neuroscience curriculum.  Prior to the establishment of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, he co-chaired the departmental committee of the same name.

    E. David Leonardo, MD, PhD
  • Stephanie Le Melle, MD

    • Director of Public Psychiatry Fellowship at New York State Psychiatric Institute
    • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    Dr. Le Melle is currently the Director of Public Psychiatry Education at Columbia University Dept of Psychiatry/ New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also the Director of the Columbia Public Psychiatry fellowship. Prior to this, Dr Le Melle was the Associate Director of the Washington Heights Community Service and then was the Clinical Director of New York State Psychiatric Institute.  She is also a member of the Columbia Psychiatry Dept Committee on Equitry, Inclusion and Diversity. She is the Course Director for Public Psychiatry Education in the Columbia University Psychiatry Residency program.

    Dr. Le Melle was Vice President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrist and continues on the board as a Member at Large. She was a member of the MacArthur Network on Mandated Outpatient Treatment, the National Advisory Board for SAMSHA and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and NAMI.   Dr Le Melle is a member of the NYC Community Service Board and acted as the Expert Advisor to Mayor de Blasio’s Behavioral Health Taskforce for NYC/Riker’s Island.

    Stephanie LeMelle, MD
  • Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD

    • Director of the NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute
    • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    Roberto Lewis-Fernández MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program, and Co-Director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic, at NYS Psychiatric Institute. His research develops culturally valid interventions and instruments to enhance patient engagement, reduce misdiagnosis, and help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups.  He led the development of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview, a standardized cultural assessment protocol. He has been PI or co-Investigator of 25 National Institutes of Health-funded studies and other research, and published over 210 articles, chapters, and books. He is President of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, chair of the DSM Review Committee for Internalizing Disorders and the DSM-5-TR Culture-Related Issues Review Committee, and co-chair of the ICD-11 Working Group on Culture-Related Issues.

    Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD
  • Warren Y.K. Ng, MD

    • Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health
    • Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

    Dr. Ng oversees the comprehensive spectrum of clinical programs in child, adolescent, and adult outpatient and community behavioral health at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Division of Community and Population Health. He oversees the psychiatric services at the MS Children's Hospital of New York within the emergency department and inpatient services.  

    Warren Y.K. Ng, MD
  • Nicole Pacheco, MD

    • Co-Chair of Psychiatry Residents Diversity Alliance
    • PGY 4 Resident of Department of Psychiatry

    Nicole Pacheco, MD is a current PGY4 psychiatry resident and women's mental health fellow at Columbia-New York-Presbyterian. She completed her medical training at the Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Pacheco has been heavily involved in advocacy work and medical student education. As a resident, she has been chair of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has co-led the Columbia Psychiatry Resident Diversity Alliance.  She has also been the program coordinator of the Fourth Year June Jackson Christmas elective that provides URiM medical students to partake in a funded one-month elective in a community psychiatry clinic. 

    Nicole Pacheco, MD
  • Raemel Pascual

    • Deputy Director of Psychiatric Center 2--Facility Administrative Services
    • Deputy Director of Institute Administration

    Mr. Pascual is the Deputy Director for Facility Administrative Services at New York State Psychiatric Institute. He oversees the state-operated administrative support functions of NYSPI, which include – Business Office, Engineering, Environmental Services, Human Resources, Nutritional Services and Safety and Security.

    Raemel Pascual, MPA
  • Niesha Voigt, MD

    • Co-Chair of Psychiatry Residents Diversity Alliance
    • PGY 4 Resident of Department of Psychiatry

    Niesha Voigt, MD is a fourth year resident at New York State Psychiatric Institute/New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia. She completed medical school at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Voigt also has an interest in women’s mental health and has been engaged in a longitudinal clinical elective this year. She also is an APA SAMHSA Minority Fellowship recipient. Dr. Voigt will be starting Public Psychiatry Fellowship of NYSPI in July 2022. She is also interested in quality improvement and service as a co-chair for the residency committee for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

    Niesha Voigt, MD