Meet the 2023 PGY-1 Psychiatry Residents!

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to welcome our twelve incoming PGY-I residents to the program!


Meharry Medical College

An Ohio native, Tayo is currently a 4th year medical student at Meharry Medical College. Prior to medical school, she taught 5th grade through AmeriCorps and received an MBA from Case Western Reserve. As a medical student, she is part of the Tennessee Area Health Education Center Scholars Program, which trains health care professionals to become leaders in serving vulnerable populations.


Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

A New Jersey native with deep family roots in Washington Heights, Tito studied psychology at NYU before entering medical school at the University of Vermont. In medical school, Tito was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was class representative for the Dean’s committee on Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Currently interested in child psychiatry, Tito received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to create pre-recorded talks on mental health and wellness for young adults.


Georgetown University School of Medicine

While an undergraduate at Occidental College, Ashley completed a fellowship at the United Nations in which she produced policy memos on health disparities. She went on to receive her MPH from Yale and then to matriculate at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is an accomplished writer, whose health justice-focused opinion pieces have been featured in numerous publications, including USA Today and Scientific American. As a medical student, she will complete the Health Justice Scholars track and has conducted research on Black American patients’ access to Clozapine.


Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

No stranger to NYSPI, Laura is a Columbia VP&S student who completed her PhD work in the lab of Christoph Kellendonk. She will receive both her MD and PhD in June. As an undergraduate at Yale, Laura, who is fluent in French, studied abroad in Senegal. Here at Columbia VP&S, Laura helped to create an Anti-Bias Task Force that produced a set of guidelines and a publication in Academic Medicine. Laura’s dissertation work, which has led to 3 first-author publications, used mouse-models to investigate the adolescent development of the prefrontal cortex and mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus.


Emory University School of Medicine

After receiving his BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, Matthew went on to receive an MHS from Hopkins and then to matriculate at the Emory University School of Medicine. As a medical student, Matthew advocated for student wellness and chaired the Student Curriculum Committee. He also held leadership positions in the Black Mental Health Allianceand the Emory Chapter of SNMA.


Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeon

Abigayle studied international relations at Claremont McKenna College, and then earned a masters in developmental studies at the University of Cambridge. She then worked for three years as a tutor in the foster care system of NYC before completing her post-baccalaureate studies at Columbia and starting medical school at Columbia’s VP&S. In medical school, Abigayle held leadership positions at the Q clinic, a student-run primary care clinic for LGBTQ+ youth, and she is completing a scholarly project with Walter Bockting on a revie ofchildren, adolescents and young adults referred to Columbia’s Gender Identity Program.


Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Meg will graduate in June with an MD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Meg was an undergraduate at Dartmouth and wrote educational content for a women’s healthcare start-up in New York City. She has continued her interest in women’s mental health, extending her medical training by a year to conduct research on brexanolone for postpartum depression.


University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Currently receiving his MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, Olivier studied Chemistry and Africana Studies as an undergraduate at Williams College. Following college, Olivier taught English in Spain as a Fulbright Fellow. As a medical student, Olivier held leadership positions in many organizations, including SNMA, completed the Medical Education Scholarship Track, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Catherine, who studied psychology as an undergraduate at Davidson College, is currently a 4th year medical student at Columbia VP&S. Prior to medical school, Catherine conducted research on cognition and memory in older adults at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and worked as the clinic coordinator of our own PI resident clinic (PIRC). At VP&S, Catherine was selected as Education Chair and was a student clinician at the Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership.


Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

As a statistics major at Harvard, Catherine studied statistical measures that assess agreement of survival results of cancer cell line assays. After college, she was a data analyst for the Morgan institute for Health Policy at MGH. Now a 4th year medical student at Columbia’s VP&S, Catherine is completing a scholarly project with Lisa Dixon on perspectives of OnTrackNY participants and families about transition of care. She is also Cultural Chair of the VP&S Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

A psychology major at the University of Florida, Monica will graduate with an MD from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Fluent in Spanish, Monica worked as a bilingual provider at the Caridad Center, Florida’s largest free health-care clinic. During 4th year of medical school, Monica was a participant in our Dr. June Jackson Christmas program.


New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Before entering the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Warren was an undergraduate at Cornell and a Research Fellow at the NIH. He pursued his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Thales Papagiannakopoulos, using mouse models to investigate the progression of lung tumors. His work led to several peer-reviewed publications, including a first-authored article in Cell Metabolism. He was also a semi-finalist for the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation.