Matthew D. Erlich, MD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
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Matthew Erlich, M.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Medical Director of State Operated Services at New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) where he oversees clinical, administrative, and quality at New York State’s Adult, Civil Psychiatric Centers with a focus upon recovery-oriented practices for persons with serious mental illness (SMI), improved access to care, and enhanced best practices across NYS OMH’s hospitals. His research interests primarily focus upon quality improvement projects and implementation science, including efforts to reduce antipsychotic polypharmacy, improve clozapine utilization, enhance suicide prevention & postvention, enhancing Cognitive Remediation & Cognitive Health for individuals with SMI, among others.


Dr. Erlich received his medical, psychiatry, and public psychiatry training at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute. He completed the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute with a focus upon the research and study of behavioral managed care organizations and NYS Medicaid Redesign during his residency. He continues to teach and research behavioral health service delivery systems in New York State and nationally. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and clinical-research work. Dr. Erlich is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past member of the APA's Council on Advocacy and Government Relations; a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists where he was a New York City Executive Committee President; and a Member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (Psychopathology Group) and their Publications Board. Dr. Erlich was an OMH Policy Scholar (2010-2012) for his research and co-creation of a clinical decision tool to reduce antipsychotic polypharmacy, and he also won an NIMH Outstanding Research Award in Psychiatry in 2011 for this work. In addition to academic writing, Dr. Erlich has written numerous articles for the popular press and websites, such as the Huffington Post and

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Consultation and Evaluation
  • PsychotherapyIndividual/Fam

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Administrative Titles

  • Medical Director, NYS OMH State Operated Services


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NY State Psychiatric Institute

Committees, Societies, Councils

Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Committee on Psychopathology

Council Member, APA Council on Advocacy and Government Relations

Executive Committee, NY Regional Chapter of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists

New York State Office of Mental Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee


Dr. Erlich is interested in psychiatric services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in the public sector. This includes the creation, implementation, and assessment of clinical-decision making tools and recovery-oriented programs that seek to improve the quality of life of mental health consumers. Current projects include expanding cognitive remediation into a recovery-oriented focus that is currently being implemented in New York State's OMH outpatient clinics; and updating suicide prevention protocols and interventions.

Research Interests

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Cognitive Remediation and Cognitive Health
  • Mental Health Services Policy and Program Implementation / Evaluation
  • Public Psychiatry
  • Suicide Prevention and Postvention

Selected Publications

  1. Erlich MD, Casoy F, Berezin J, Hernandez Y, Smith TE. Building and Landing the Plane While Flying: How New York State Addressed the Needs of People with Serious Mental Illness During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Schizophrenia Bulletin Open; Jan 2022; 3(1), sgac035. PubMed PMCID: PMC9620771; doi: 10.1093/schizbullopen/sgac035.
  2. First MB, Erlich MD, Adler DA, Leong S, Dixon LB, Oslin DW, Goldman B, Koh S, Levine B, Berlant JL, Siris SG. How the DSM Is Used in Clinical Practice. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2019 Mar;207(3):157-161. PubMed PMID: 30768542; doi: 10.1097/nmd.0000000000000953.
  3. Medalia A, Erlich MD, Soumet-Lehman C, Saperstein AM. Translating cognitive behavioral interventions from bench to bedside: The feasibility and acceptability of cognitive remediation in research as compared to clinical settings. Schizophrenia Research. 2019 Jan;203:49-54. Pub Med PMID: 28768601; PMCID: PMC5790637; doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.07.044.
  4. Erlich MD, Rolin SA, Dixon LB, Adler DA, Oslin DW, Levine B, Berlant JL, Goldman B, Koh S, First MB, Pabbati C, Siris SG. Why We Need to Enhance Suicide Postvention: Evaluating a Survey of Psychiatrists’ Behaviors after the Suicide of a Patient. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2017 Jul;205 (7):507-511Pub Med PMID: 28590263; PMCID: PMC5962958; doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000682.
  5. Medalia A, Erlich M. Why cognitive health matters. American Journal of Public Health. 2017 Jan;107(1):45-47. Pub Med PMID: 27925815; PMCID: PMC5308182; doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303544.
  6. Erlich MD, GAP Committee on Psychopathology. Envisioning Zero Suicide. Psychiatric Services. 2016 Mar;67(3):255. Pub Med PMID: 26927915; doi: 10.1176/
  7. Carruthers J, Radigan M, Erlich MD, Gu G, Wang R, Frimpong EY, Essock SM, Olfson M, Castillo EG, Miller GA, Sederer LI, Stroup TS. An Initiative to Improve Clozapine Prescribing in New York State. Psychiatric Services. 2016 Apr;67(4):369-371. PubMed PMID: 26725299; doi: 10.1176/
  8. Holloway F, Erlich M, Sederer LI. Chapter 27: Rehabilitation: An International Perspective in Enabling Recovery: The principles and practice of rehabilitation psychiatry, 2nd Edition. Edited by Frank Holloway, Sridevi Kalidindi, Helen Killaspy, Glenn Roberts. London, The Royal College of Psychiatrists Press, 2015, pp 409-424.
  9. Erlich MD, Smith TS, Horwath E, Cournos F. “Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders” in Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. Edited by Janis L. Cutler, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp 97-128.
  10. Smith TE, Erlich MD, Sederer LI. Integrated Care: Integrating General Medical and Behavioral Health Care: the New York State Perspective. Psychiatric Services. 2013 Sep;64(9):828-831. PubMed PMID: 24026832; doi: 10.1176/