Public Psychiatry Fellowship


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