Stephanie Le Melle, MD

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
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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, 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. She is also a member of the Columbia Psychiatry Dept Committee on Inclusion and Diversity.

Dr Le Melle received her MD from Mt Sinai School of Medicine and she has an MS in Molecular Biology from Hunter College CUNY. Dr Le Melle did internship and residency in psychiatry at Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute and then completed the Public Psychiatry Fellowship also at Columbia.

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 and boards 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 a member of 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. Dr Le Melle is a member of the NYC Community Service Board and acted as the Expert Advisor to Mayor de Blasio’s Behavioral Health Taskforce for NYC/Riker’s Island.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry


  • Female


We have developed a curriculum to teach residents systems based practice (SBP) and community psychiatry, both of which are ACGME requirements. We are currently conducting a consultation study to help other programs enhance their training in these areas and we are testing an evaluation tool that we developed to access residents performance and knowledge of SBP.

We have implemented a new component to our Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program called, the Peer Advisor Program. Each of our fellows will now be teamed up with a person with lived experience in the behavioral health system to learn more about providing recovery oriented care. We are conducting a program evaluation to see the impact of this new training approach.