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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

Reuters

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
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression

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
  • Passive-Aggression and Personality Disorders
  • Psychological Assessment

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
  • Research for aging population
  •  Depression in declining health

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

Vilma Gabbay, MDVilma Gabbay

Co-Director, Psychiatry Research Institute at Montefiore Einstein (PRIME)
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neursciences


Dr. Gabbay's primary areas of research include multimodal studies of adolescent depression
and reward deficits, the comorbidity of depression and substance use people living with HIV,
and neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric mood disorders
  • Adolescent depression
  • depression and substance use disorder, people living with HIV and neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19 

Selected Media Coverage

Medpage Today


Carol A. Bernstein, MDCarol A. Bernstein

Vice Chair Faculty Development and Wellbeing
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Neursciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health
 

Dr. Gabbay's primary areas of research include multimodal studies of adolescent depression
and reward deficits, the comorbidity of depression and substance use people living with HIV,
and neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19.

Areas of Expertise

  • Burnout
  • Clinical mental health
  • Graduate and medical student education
  • Women’s mental health and workplace health

Selected Media Coverage

Medpage Today, Renal & Urology News


Migelina German, PhD

Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program, Montefiore Medical Group Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Director Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP)


Dr. Germán's clinical focus is on pediatric anxiety, ADHD, depression and trauma. She has special expertise in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and providing parental mental health services. Dr. Germán also specializes in the mental health of Latino children and families.

Areas of Expertise

  • Child/family mental health treatment
  • Integrated behavioral health treatment
  • Latino and Immigrant mental health issues
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Trauma-inrmed care

Selected Media Coverage

MSNBC, NPR, BronxNet, NBC News, TODAY, NPR


Traci Maynigo, PsyDMaynigo_Traci_PsyD_Portraits_2017_12_26.jpg

Program Director, Attending Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Maynigo’s research focuses on adapting couple-, family-, and group-based interventions for diverse, underserved populations. She is currently the Program Director of two family strengthening programs funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants: Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) and HERO Dads.

Areas of Expertise

  • Couples therapy, relationships
  • Cross-cultural/multicultural psychology
  • Parenting, maternal mental health/reproductive psychology
  • cross-cultural therapy with diverse couples and families

Selected Media Coverage


Howard L. Forman, MD

Director of the Addiction Consultation Service at Montefiore
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Forman is a nationally recognized leader in psychiatry and has published on topics ranging from the intersection of psychiatry and law to the relationship between pop culture and mental illness.

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychiatry and the Law
  • Psychiatry in the Medically Ill, Addiction Psychiatry
  • Pop Culture and Mental Health

Selected Media Coverage

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