Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows 

Arkaprava Deb MD
Psychiatry Residency:  Johns Hopkins University
Preventive Medicine Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Fellowship:  Urban Institute Health Policy Center (Washington, DC)
Current Job Site:
Kings OnTrackNY - First Episode Psychosis program based out of Kings County Hospital (Brooklyn,NY) and sponsored by OnTrackNY (New York State Psychiatric Institute)


Matthew Dominguez MD
Residency: University of Illinois 
Minority Fellowship Program, APA/SAMHSA
Psychoanalytic Fellowship, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Reproductive/Women's Mental Health Fellowship, University of Illinois
Current job site:
Transgender Psychiatry Fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai


Nicholas Figueroa MD
Residency: Maricopa Integrated Health System. Phoenix , Arizona
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Fellowship Mount Sinai St Lukes. New York, New York.
Current job site: Community Health Network, Washington Heights Clinic


Ludwing Florez-Salamanca MD
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Saint Luke's-West Hospital Center
Job site: Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at Integrated Medicine and Psychiatry program at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Instructor in Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. 


Sasidhar Gunturu MD
Residency- Bronx Lebanon Hospital Centre 
Fellowship- Consultation Liaison Psychiatry - University of Miami Hospital.
Current Job site - Morris Heights Health Center.


Eve Kellner DO
Residency: Westchester Medical Center
Current Job Site: Janian Medical Center - Intensive Mobile Treatment


Vijal Parikh DO
Residency: Nassau University Medical Center
Current job site: Project Renewal, telepsychiatry


Rishi Sawhney MD
Residency: Adult Psychiatry at Mount Sinai
Current job site: Office of Mental Health, Managed Care Division, under Tom Smith, MD


Jennifer Severe, MD
Residency: University of Massachusetts, Baystate Medical Center
Current job site: Thrive NYC, Integrated Care


Job Sites

Fellows have the opportunity to develop themselves as leaders in team-based clinical settings and to explore the approaches that have proven effective in the public sector. The following is a list of selected job sites in recent years, however fellows can pursue other job sites depending on their interests and the ability of the site to accommodate the academic time.


Janian Medical Care (formerly PPOH) of the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) recruits psychiatrists to work on-site at outreach programs, shelters, drop-in centers and transitional and permanent residences for mentally ill homeless persons.


Contact: Tony Carino


Project Renewal, a not-for profit community based rehabilitation agency providing residential, counseling and social services to homeless adults who are suffering from substance abuse, mental illness and/or AIDS


Contact: Alison Grolnik


ICL is an award-winning not-for-profit, human service agency offering health care, mental health care, family support, residential assistance, and treatment to almost 10,000 adults, families, and children.


Contact: Jeanie Tse


NYS Office of Mental Health Facilities: https://www.omh.ny.gov/

  • Washington Heights Community Service (WHCS), Audubon and Inwood Clinics, New York, NY . A state-run comprehensive treatment program for the severely and persistently mentally ill living in the inner city.
  • Rockland Psychiatric Center, Orangeburg, NY, is the largest state hospital in New York, treating 400 inpatients and 3500 outpatients.
  • South Beach Psychiatric Center, Staten Island, NY. A model state psychiatric facility, providing comprehensive community and inpatient service to patients from Staten Island and Brooklyn.
  • Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Wards Island, 125th St OPD, NY provide state-of-the art inpatient and outpatient services for the severely and persistently mentally ill living in the inner city.
  • Bronx Psychiatric Center, The Bronx, NY, affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, providing inpatient and outpatient services, including an ACT team.
  • Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, Wards Island, NY, a maximum security hospital providing secure treatment and evaluation for the forensic patients and courts of New York City.
  • One fellow each year has the opportunity to work with the Chief Medical Officer for the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). This placement mainly involves participation in the development of NYS OMH policies.


Maimonides Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Brooklyn, NY, one of the nation's first Community Mental Health Centers


Contact: Mira Bodic


Community Healtcare Network (CHN): CHN is an FQHC whose mission is to provide access to quality, culturally competent and comprehensive community-based primary care, mental health and social services.


Contact: Gertie Quitangon


Mount Sinai Health System (including sites at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's Hospitals). A comprehensive public sector mental health service system with a variety of programs and settings.


Contact: Paul Rosenfeld


New York Presbyterian Hospital Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program (CPEP): The CPEP includes a psychiatry emergency room, extended observation beds and mobile crisis team.


Contact: Diana Dragatsi


Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)- comprehensive recovery oriented program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


DOHMH-  Mental Health Service Corp through the Thrive NYC initiative provides integrated collaborative care in primary care programs throughout the city. There are also opportunities to act as a consulting psychiatrist to various other behavioral health, medical and community programs in NYC.


Jenny Rebecca Weis

Myla Harrison

Contact: Rebecca Weis MD, and/or Myla Harrison MD


The Bridge- Offers a comprehensive range of evidence-based rehabilitative services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training and job placement, healthcare, education and creative arts therapies.


Michael Blady

Contact: Michael Blady MD


Bellevue Hospital- the largest mental health hospital in NYC, part of Health and Hospital Corporation, with a variety of services and programs for the mentally ill.


Havens, Jennifer

Contact: Havens, Jennifer MD Director of Child Psychiatry  


Alternate Field Sites - In consultation with Fellowship faculty, Fellows may choose an alternate site in a public mental health facility in the Metropolitan New York area. Sites may operate under federal, state, municipal, or non-profit auspices. Fellowship faculty will evaluate proposed sites with regard to their potential for relevant clinical and administrative work, availability of a field site supervisor, training and research opportunities, and value as an educational experience. Final site selection will be made jointly by faculty, the incoming Fellow, and field site supervisors. 


Job Description

PPF Job - Expectations

The ideal job is one that can become a fulltime job at the end of the fellowship year. Each agency is encouraged to send the PPF faculty a job description outlining the combination of activities available to a potential Fellow.

 The fellow’s job description and responsibilities should include a combination of clinical,  (including participation in team meetings), administrative and evaluative activities.  The details of the job description are negotiated between the Fellow, PPF faculty and the job site supervisor/representative.

The ideal job description/expectation at a particular site includes the following:

  1. There is a responsible cap put on caseloads and evaluations given the part-time availability of the Fellow  
  2. There is flexibility in duration of appointments to allow for person-centered care
  3. There is a minimum of 4 hours per week of un-scheduled time allotted for management and evaluation activities.
  4. The agency should assign a senior staff member to serve as job supervisor, who will meet with the fellow on a regular basis (minimally every 2 weeks, preferably every week) and oversee the fellow’s clinical, management and evaluation activities. The fellow will have a faculty preceptor with whom s/he will meet weekly and who will be in periodic contact with the job supervisor.
  5. The job agency will pay the Fellow directly, a minimum of $70,000 plus benefits. Most agencies pay a higher amount to improve chances of recruiting a Fellow to that agency. There will also be a stipend from NYS Psychiatric Institute paid directly to the fellow. If the agency and Fellow wish to negotiate extra time for extra pay, they need to inform the faculty.