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 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 (1 full time position available per year), global mental health (2-3 positions, half day per week), or the research track (2-3 positions, half day per week).

The Fellowship uses a recovery oriented, systems based practice, trauma and social justice informed approach to help our fellows learn to navigate systems of care. We have trained close to 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.



Mira Bodic

Mirabela Bodic, MD: 

  • Mira 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 fellowship and specializes in Emergency Psychiatry. Other areas of interest are teaching and adult learning, and the interface between health care and technology, as well as organized psychiatry, having served as president for the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society and as the early career chair for the APA Assembly, and representative for New York State.




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 and for individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system. 

He completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s. Since then he has been instrumental in the collaboration between the Arnhold Institute of Global Health and the Ministry of Health of Belize. After residency, he completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship.

Currently, Ludwing is a psychiatrist in the integrated medicine and mental health program of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Additionally, he is a physician lead for collaborative and integrated care training for the Columbia University Psychiatry Residency Program. He serves as a member of the Physician Training Learning Group, an initiative from the Office of Mental Health of New York City to support integrated care medical education in New York City. Ludwing also serves as a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatry committee to develop a curriculum for residency programs.



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