Public Psychiatry Fellowship

Public Psychiatry Presence at the Institute for Psychiatric Services: October 4-7, 2018, Chicago

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM -11 AM

Title: Criminal Justice and Mental Illness: Stepping Up

Presenters: Daniel Gillison, Steve Leifman JD, Stephanie LeMelle MD, Fred Osher MD, Thomas Dart, Altha Stewart  MD

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00PM (Poster Session)

Title: Perspective of Patients With Serious Mental Illness on Reverse Integration: A Qualitative Study

Presenters: Rachel Talley MD

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00PM (Poster Session)

Title: Promoting Mental Health Awareness in the Christian Community Through Collaboration

Presenters: Claudine Elaine Jones-Bourne MD

Friday October 5, 2018
Time: 10 AM-11:30 AM

Title: Women Physicians: Wellness and Burnout in the Time of #Metoo and #Timesup

Presenters: Carine Nzodom MD, Kathleen Crapanzano MD, Eva M. Mathews MD, Rumneet Kullar DO, Lauren Mulligan MD

Time: 10 AM-11:30 AM

Title: Comparing Interventions to Achieve Mental Health Equity at the Local Level: Telepsychiatry Versus Collaborative Care

Presenters: Stephanie LeMelle MD, Arkaprava Deb MPH MPA MD, Sasidhar Gunturu MD, Ludwing Florez Salamanca MD, Vijal Parikh DO, Rishi Sawhney MD

Time: 1PM-4PM

Title: People with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Answering a Cry for Help

Presenters: Kenneth Minkoff MD, Fred Osher MD, Jacqueline Feldman MD, Stephanie LeMelle MD MS

Sunday October 7, 2018

Time and Location: 08:00 AM-09:30 AM

Title: Increasing Access to Care for Homeless Clients: Clinical Pearls and Models of Care

Presenters: Michaela Beder MD, Tony Carino MD, Joanna Fried MD, Deborah Pink MD

Time and location: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Title: Tools to Treat Mental Needs and Promote Well-Being of African Americans During the Current Political and Social Climate

Presenters: Carine Nzodom MD, Jean-Marie Bradford MD, Rahn Bailey MD, Kimberly Gordon-Achebe MD, Michelle Durham MD, Latoya Frolov MD




WHAT: A community outreach event where APA Fellows will share their educational experiences in pursuing Science, Medicine, and more specifically, Psychiatry with minority high school students in underserved school districts

TIME COMMITMENT :About 1-2 hours high school visit on either  Fri 10/5/18 AM, during the time period of APA IPS

Specific school location TBD

MISSION: Through partnership with the AMA's Doctors Back to School (DBTS) Program, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) DBTS program aims to accomplish goals below:

1) Encourage minority youth to pursue college and careers in the healthcare professions by sharing personal training experiences of being a Physician and Psychiatrist

2) Enhance minority youth’s understanding of Psychiatry as a medical specialty

GOALS: By increasing minority youth’s understanding of Psychiatry as a medical specialty, APA DBTS program aims at reducing stigma associated with mental healthcare. Additionally, the DBTS program gives children from underrepresented minority groups a better idea of what doctors do and to help them recognize that they, too, can become successful healthcare professionals.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: If interested, please sign up via the Google Sheet below:

CONTACT: Please email  Carine Nzodom  at OR Emily Wu at for any questions!


The Public Psychiatry Fellowship of New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center was initiated in 1981 with funds from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). OMH's goal was to facilitate recruitment and retention of high caliber psychiatrists in the public sector. The Fellowship is a one-year training program for ten 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.

We use a recovery oriented, systems based practice approach to help our fellows learn to navigate systems of care. We have trained over 300 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.

Core Faculty

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.


Jules Ranz, MD:

  • has over forty years experience as clinician-administrator in the public sector. He was Director of Training at the Tremont Crisis Center (an innovative three year social and community psychiatry residency program), Clinical Director of Bronx Psychiatric Center (a state-run inner-city inpatient and outpatient facility), and Director of the Huguenot Center (a comprehensive community service that specialized in systems-oriented care of adults with severe and persistent mental illness). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Project Renewal. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He was the recipient of the APA/NIMH 2013 Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award.


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 representative for New York State to the APA assembly.


Juliana Ekong, MD:

  • A 2001 graduate of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University, Juliana Ekong is grateful to have the opportunity to help guide the next generation of public psychiatry leaders.   Using skills that she honed during her years as a clinician and administrator in community psychiatry, her more than a decade as a Medicaid-managed care executive and a Public psychiatry faculty member, and most recently as one of the founding team members of a collaborative-care start-up, Juliana brings a system-oriented, person-centered, holistic approach to her patients, teaching and administrative work.  She draws heavily on empathy and identification with the ‘other’ as a means to finding solutions not only at the personal but also the administrative level. Juliana received her college education at the University of Chicago and her medical education at Harvard Medical School. After completing her psychiatric residency at Columbia University, she remained at Columbia to complete her fellowship in Public Psychiatry.  



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