Public Psychiatry Fellowship


The Public Psychiatry Fellowship of New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center is in the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research. It is a one-year training program for psychiatrists who have completed accredited psychiatric residency training and who plan to devote their careers to working with people who have complex health needs and underserved populations who receive health care in the public sector.

The fellows can choose to be part of the general track, or sign up for a speciality track working on policy in the office of the CMO for OMH, global mental health, or the research track.

The Fellowship uses a recovery oriented, systems based practice, trauma and social justice informed approach to teach fellows to navigate systems of care. We have trained over 400 alumni and more than half hold leadership positions locally and nationally. With our guidance and based on our model, there are now over 20 Public/Community Psychiatry Fellowships around the country.

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Core Faculty


Stephanie Le Melle

Stephanie Le Melle, MD: 

  • Dr. Le Melle is currently the Director of Public Psychiatry Education at Columbia University Dept of Psychiatry/ New York State Psychiatric Institute. Prior to this position, 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. Dr Le Melle did her psychiatric training at Columbia Dept of Psychiatry and is an alum of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Dr. Le Melle is interested in public/community psychiatry particularly in the treatment and care of people with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or complex needs. Dr Le Melle has served as an expert advisor and as a member of several local and national committees that are focused on the interface between the legal system and behavioral health. 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 on 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. She is also a member of the Columbia Psychiatry Dept Committee on Inclusion and Diversity.



Stephen Rosenheck, PhD:

  • was one of the original founders of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship. A former historian, he specializes in public policy in mental health and has published articles on the history of de-institutionalization. He is currently doing cross national research on government health insurance programs and outpatient mental health care. Mr. Rosenheck also teaches in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (in Social Work) at Columbia University Medical Center.



Maria Mirabela Bodic

Mirabela Bodic, MD: 

Mira Bodic completed her medical school at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn NY. She is an alum of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University, where she is currently on faculty. She specializes in Emergency Psychiatry, with a particular focus of bringing recovery-oriented care and a trauma informed approach to acute care settings. She is using her interest in teaching and adult learning, and the interface between healthcare and technology, in her role at Maimonides Medical Center Residency Training Program. Mira is the Director of Communications for the American Association of Community Psychiatry, and a passionate dog lover.




Ludwing Salamanca Flores

Ludwing Florez-Salamanca, MD

Ludwing completed his medical school in Colombia, where he was involved in public health projects with war refugees and underserved communities. After moving to the United States he worked at the New York Psychiatric Institute in research of the epidemiology of substance use and treatment interventions for Hispanics. He did his residency training at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s and then completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship. During fellowship and for few years after completing it Ludwing worked as a psychiatrist in an integrated medicine and mental health program serving a mostly Hispanic underserved population. Currently, he is the collaborative care medical director for an electronic platform supporting behavioral health integration across the US. He additionally participates in different domestic and international initiatives that aim to build the capacity of providers to assess and manage mental health problems, and advocacy efforts to increase access to mental health care, including the fellowship's global mental health track. His areas of interest are integrated and collaborative care, and global mental health.



Stephanie LeMelle, M.D., MS, DFAPA
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Box 75
New York, New York 10032