Experts for Media - Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, Ph.D

Chairman, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Alpert is the Dorothy and Marty Silverman University Chair of the Department of Phychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pediatrics. His academic interests include innovative treatments for difficult to treat mood disorders, childhood onset depression, depression comorbid with other medical illnesses, multi-cultural mental health, drug-drug interations, behavioral health integration, ethical issues in the conduct of human studies, and medical education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Drug Interactions

Selected Media Coverage


T. Byram Karasu, MD

Chairman Emertitus, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Karasu is one of the world’s foremost psychiatrists and the author of 18 books. He is a well- known commentator on relationships and has had many of the rich and famous as his private patients. He has appeared on television on numerous occasions. Dr. Karasu has served on the Task Force of the DSM for defining psychiatric disorders, currently being revised.

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychotherapy
  • Depression
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Personality Disorders

Selected Media Coverage

The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek

Scott Wetzler, PhD

Vice Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Wetzler is a well-known expert on human relationships and has authored several books on the subject, including the best-seller, “Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man.” He is the Director of the Supporting Healthy Relationships Program, aimed at couple in the South Bronx. He has made frequent media appearances.

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Health Economics and Service Utilization
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Passive-Aggression and Personality Disorders

Selected Media Coverage

The Wall Street Journal

Gary Kennedy, MD

Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Kennedy is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He has been widely interviewed on network television on caregiving issues in dealing with loved ones with Alzheimer’s, and on maintaining cognitive abilities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Prevention of cognitive impairment
  • Depression in declining health
  • Research for aging population


Selected Media Coverage

ABC News GMA Health, USA Today

Simon Rego, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center

Director of The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Rego is a licensed clinical psychologist with close to 20 years of experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based psychological treatments.

Areas of Expertise

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Obsessive/compulsive disorders
  • Anxiety and stress disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Body focused repetitive behaviors (nail biting, compulsive hair pulling, skin picking, etc.)

Selected Media Coverage

Fox News, MSNBC, FOX, Huffington Post