Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship


This one-year full-time clinical fellowship was established in 1985 by Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the New York State Office of Mental Health.  The program has two primary goals: (1) to develop excellent geriatric psychiatrists to become national leaders; and (2) to disseminate expertise in geriatric psychiatry to underserved urban and rural areas and to foster development of a geriatric mental health workforce.

The program consists of two ACGME-accredited tracks to meet these goals.  Both tracks are administered by the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and taught by Department faculty. Each track can support two fellows, so that the program can train a total of four geriatric psychiatrists annually.

The Binghamton Campus Track is based in Binghamton New York. It includes rotations at a wide range of clinical sites in the Binghamton and Ithaca areas with additional time in NYC. Sites in the Binghamton area include: the Greater Binghamton Health Center (a state psychiatric hospital with an inpatient, interprofessional geropsychiatry ward) and mobile outreach teams, a general hospital and a tiered living facility (independent living to nursing home). Additionally, the fellows in the track follow patients in a collaborative care clinic based in NYC via Telehealth. This track has a focus on public psychiatry.

The NYC Campus Track is based in northern Manhattan and Rockland County. Fellows spend time at Rockland Psychiatric Center (a state psychiatric hospital with an inpatient geropsychiatry unit) as well as sites based at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in the Washington Heights area of New York City. Interested applicants may choose a clinical research track which meets ACGME-requirements and encourages research with Columbia University faculty working in geropsychiatry and the neurosciences.

Training at both sites is focused on the practice of geriatric psychiatry in acute inpatient, community-based clinical sites, state hospital, residential outpatient and nursing home settings. All fellows jointly attend a weekly didactic program via Telehealth platforms.

The outstanding feature of the program is its innovative and unique combination of educational and clinical experiences in a variety of University academic settings and federally-designated medically underserved urban and rural areas. The program involves outreach and collaboration originating from its academic base at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, to medically underserved areas served by Greater Binghamton Health Center and Rockland Psychiatric Center. This outreach is facilitated by an internationally renowned faculty of academic psychiatrists, psychologists and research scientists. Core faculty members from Columbia provide weekly didactic instruction, conduct clinical case conferences, provide one-to-one supervision, and present grand rounds as integral components of the fellowship program.

The fellowship is accredited by ACGME; successful completion leads to board eligibility for Certification in the Subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Core Faculty


  • Completion of a US accredited psychiatric residency training program
  • New York State medical licensure
  • Demonstration of serious interest and commitment to geriatric mental health

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. We accept application beginning January 1 (18 months before the July 1 start date) and begin interviewing applicants in March (15 months before the July 1 start date) and continue until all slots are filled.

Applicants for the Fellowship should submit a CV and personal statement, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Mark Nathanson.


Director: Mark Nathanson, MD

Program Coordinator: Karen Cruz
Phone: 646-774-7505
Fax: (646) 774-6398

New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Box 27
NY, NY 10032