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Michael, Adragna
Adragna, Michael, MDClinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: adragna2@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
After completing undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Adragna graduated from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He then stayed at UB to complete a residency in General Psychiatry, after which he completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University. Throughout that time, he developed clinical and research interests in Autism spectrum disorders, teens‘ use of social networking websites, and the way in which research findings are translated into routine clinical practice.

Jeffrey, Anker
Anker, Jeffrey, MDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: jlanker@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Forensic Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychiatry; Drug abuse

Daniel, Antonius
Antonius, Daniel, PhDDirector, Division of Forensic Psychiatry
Email: danielan@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5290

Specialty/Research Focus:
Children and Adults; Clinical Neurophysiology; Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Wearing many hats, my work include administrative, clinical, academic, and research responsibilities. Administratively, I oversee our department’s forensic faculty and staff, forensic programs, and the forensic psychology training program. Clinically, I (or my team) conduct psychological evaluations that address clinical and forensic questions (e.g. emotional problems, cognitive issues, risk, competency, criminal responsibility, etc). Using social-psychological-physiological methods, I help clients overcome psychological and emotional problems and optimize their performance. Academically, I teach and supervise students at all levels, with the ultimate goal of facilitating scholarly thinking and work. All students are encouraged to get involved in my research program, which focuses on the neurobiological, behavioral, and societal factors that underlie human emotions, aggression and impulsivity.

Belito, Arana
Arana, Belito, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: bjarana@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Yogesh, Bakhai
Bakhai, Yogesh, MDAssociate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Email: bakhaiyd@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4870

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Victoria, Brooks
Brooks, Victoria, MDClinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, CPEP
Email: vlbrooks@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, working full time in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Erie County Medical Center, where I am the Medical Director as well. I also serve on the faculty of the University at Buffalo, training medical students as well as psychiatric residents both didactically and clinically.

Erin, Burch
Burch, Erin, PsyDClinical Forensic Psychologist & Assistant Professor
Email: erinburc@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 858-8198

Specialty/Research Focus:
Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

George, Burnett
Email: burnet@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 834-9200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Evelyn, Coggins
Coggins, Evelyn, MDAttending Psychiatrist ECMC/Chief Psychiatrist Erie County Forensic Mental Health
Email: ecoggins@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-1675

Specialty/Research Focus:
Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Alex, Cogswell
Cogswell, Alex, PhDAssociate Professor
Email: alexcogs@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-5454

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Dr. Cogswell‘s research focuses on adolescent personality development, with an emphasis on factors that encourage coherence in the developing personality. He also studies factors that impinge on parent-child agreement in reporting a variety of content areas (e.g., parenting behavior, child symptoms) and how disagreement may be predictive of negative child outcomes. Clinically, he works with children and adolescents on an outpatient basis, with the majority of his practice focused on adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders. Finally, he provides clinical supervision and teaches in both the psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship programs, and is the coordinator of an Advanced Practicum program for psychology graduate students.

Michael, Cummings
Cummings, Michael, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Email: mrc3@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 912-3035

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Elsa, Daurignac
Daurignac, Elsa, PhDResearch Assistant Professor
Email: ecd3@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4540

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Paula, Del Regno
Del Regno, Paula, MDAssociate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Associate Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Email: pauladel@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4221

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Lauren, Derhodge
Derhodge, Lauren, DOClinical Assistant Professor
Email: laderhod@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-1675

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Drug abuse; Psychiatry

Steven, Dubovsky
Dubovsky, Steven, MDProfessor and Chair; Adjoint Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Email: dubovsky@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5940

Specialty/Research Focus:
Children and Adults; Psychiatry; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Neuropharmacology; Signal Transduction

Research Summary:
Research Interests: Calcium Metabolism in Affective Disorders; Psychopharmacology; Psychosomatic Medicine; Medical Education. Clinical specialties: mood disorders, psychosis, interactions between medical and psychiatric disorders, psychopharmacology, difficult diagnoses, complex clinical entities

Zhanna, Elberg
Elberg, Zhanna, MDDirector of Psychotherapy Training
Email: zelberg@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-1325

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Biswarup, Ghosh
Ghosh, Biswarup, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: biswarup@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4429

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry; Neurobiology; Neuropharmacology

Vinayak, Gokhale
Gokhale, Vinayak, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: vgokhale@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Michael, Guppenberger
Guppenberger, Michael, MDAssistant Professor
Email: mtg3@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716)898-5420

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Jennifer, Haak
Haak, Jennifer, MDAssistant Professor
Email: lezama@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-828-9655

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Dr. Haak is a faculty member in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Division of Community Psychiatry. She supervises medical students, residents and fellows in child/adolescent psychiatry evaluation and treatment. She also provides medical leadership and clinical service in Community Mental Health settings and a Day Treatment Program for children and adolescents. Her scholarly interests are in the realm of psychotherapeutic intervention and in factors affecting early career development in child psychiatry.

Uriel, Halbreich
Halbreich, Uriel, MDProfessor and Director, BioBehavioral Research
Email: urielh@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-875-4989

Specialty/Research Focus:
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Psychiatry; Behavioral pharmacology; Endocrinology; Neurobiology

Research Summary:
My research is broadly concerned with studies of the biology of affective disorders and the development of biological markers and clinical laboratory tests for major depressive disorder. Hormonal modulation of brain and behavior with the emphasis on gonadal hormones and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system neurotransmitter and their metabolites. A second area of work involves studies of premenstrual changes and menopause and hormone related changes in mood and behavior in women. Studies include: influence of hormonal replacement therapy; the development of clinical and diagnostic procedures; the association between gonadal hormones and other hormones, their change over time and clinical pathology, and the relationship between affective symptomatology during periods of change in the woman‘s life cycle and affective disorders.

Laura, Hanrahan
Hanrahan, Laura, MDAttending Physician
Email: lch2@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4875

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Sergio, Hernandez
Hernandez, Sergio, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Medical Student Education Director
Email: sh52@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-3630

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I am board-certified in psychiatry, and I work as an adult inpatient psychiatrist at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). I regularly care for six hospitalized patients who have diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to substance use disorders. I have been recognized with awards for my compassionate care of psychiatric patients. I am also engaged in research, with a primary interest in medical student education. I have presented at a professional meeting--usually at the national level--every year since completing my residency. My topics have included a variety of areas in teaching, e.g., curriculum innovations and use of media in education, with an emphasis on psychiatric material. I also have a research interest in the stigma of mental disorders. One of my current projects looks at attitudes toward the mentally ill held by medical students. I am interested to see whether education in the form of a psychiatry clerkship would decrease the stigma of mental illness and, perhaps, increase the numbers of students choosing psychiatry as a medical specialty. I am deeply committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians who will care for the mentally ill. My inpatient unit is one of the primary teaching units at ECMC, and I serve on one of the primarily psychiatry teaching services at the hospital. As director of medical student education in psychiatry, most of my responsibilities and day-to-day activities include teaching and training medical students and residents. I orient and lecture the third-year medical students in my role as clerkship director, oversee the third-year medical student curriculum, coordinate the three-week psychiatry segment of the Neuroscience and Behavior course for the second-year students and lecture for a significant part of the course. I also teach the psychiatry residents on my inpatient unit and regularly deliver resident lectures. I have been recognized for teaching throughout my career, both at the school and national levels. For example, I twice received the Mentor of the Year award from UB’s psychiatry residents, and I received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association.

John, Improta
Email: jimprota@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-3465

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

David, Kaye
Kaye, David, MDProfessor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Psychiatry
Email: dlkaye@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-1064

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I provide psychiatric care for children and adolescents as developing individuals and as members of a family, community and culture. I believe strongly in the adage “there is no health without mental health” and have committed my career to bettering the lives of children and adolescents in Western New York. Understanding the child comprehensively and addressing treatment broadly is fundamental to my approach. While medication management is an important part of what I do, I prescribe and manage medication within the context of the psychosocial needs of the child. As a result, I often address my patients’ needs by providing psychotherapy, family guidance and consultation about other fundamental aspects of the child’s life, particularly school. In 2010, I led a team of five university-based child psychiatry programs to secure a major grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health, to provide education and consultation to primary care physicians across the state of New York. I am now the medical director for the national model program made possible by this collaboration, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP PC) program--the second largest in the nation of the 24 programs of its type. As such, I devote significant time collaborating with primary care physicians to increase their skills in assessing and managing pediatric mental health problems. The unique collaboration within the CAP PC network includes the original five university divisions of child and adolescent psychiatry and provides education and consultation support to primary care providers statewide. The goal of the program is to meet the public health need for greater access to mental health care via primary care. I am currently involved in research on the impact of CAP PC and receive grant support from the New York State Office of Mental Health. I serve as the vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Psychiatry. In this role, I am closely involved in the educational programs of the department and in recruiting and developing our faculty. I teach and supervise residents and medical students in outpatient settings and provide lectures to these trainees as well. In addition, I mentor residents and early career faculty, and I often write journal articles and chapters with them. My areas of academic interest include psychiatric education, psychotherapy and collaboration with primary care.

Corey, Leidenfrost
Leidenfrost, Corey, PhDResearch Assistant Professor
Email: coreylei@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716 858-2859

Specialty/Research Focus:
Children and Adults; Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
My time is split between the Erie County Forensic Mental Health Service (ECFMH) and the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). At ECFMH I conduct Article 730 competency evaluations for the courts, along with other requested evaluations from the criminal justice system. I complete clinical rounds on the Constant Observation units (suicide watch) at the Erie County Holding Center (ECHC). At ECHC I oversee a Residential Treatment Unit for inmates who have a serious mental illness and may benefit from a higher level of care. Working within a treatment team consisting of mental health staff, a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, a psychologist, and students, staff provide weekly individual counseling, weekly groups, and comprehensive psychiatric care. We conduct psychological assessment with inmates and track clinical outcomes over time. Further, we conduct research from this information on an ongoing basis. I also help to supervise graduate and undergraduate level students. At ECMC I am the Unit Chief of a new, specialized psychiatric inpatient unit--Transitions--for individuals at imminent risk for aggression or recently became aggressive primary to a mental illness. A interdisciplinary team of licensed mental health counselors, nursing, a clinical manager, a psychiatrist, an occupational therapist, and a psychologist work to stabilize patients and prevent incidents of aggression. I provide oversight of clinical programming (individual and group psychotherapy) and assessment activities. In the future we will provide all patients with assessment and track outcomes over time. This unit will also be a training unit for students and will conduct research. My other clinical and evaluation interests include sex offender treatment and risk assessment, work with individuals who have serious mental illness, particularly Schizophrenia, and mood disorders. When I primarily conducted psychotherapy in the past I specialized in working with individuals who had depression and anxiety disorders. I have also specialized in working with domestic violence, both victims and offenders throughout my career. My research interests are varied, but include aggression, violence, well-being, positive psychology topics, countertransference management, sex offender work, therapist effects, and mood disorders.

Raphael, Leo
Leo, Raphael, MDAssociate Professor
Email: rleo@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I am a psychiatrist specializing in pain medicine and psychosomatic medicine. My areas of expertise focus on the comorbidity of medical and psychiatric illness and the comorbidity of, and concurrent treatment strategies for, psychiatric illness and chronic pain conditions. Some of my research has focused on describing the psychosocial factors influencing healthcare utilization of chronic pain conditions. I have worked extensively in pain medicine education, and I am presently attempting to develop pain medicine training modules and didactics for incorporation into psychiatry residency curricula.

Kenneth, Leonard
Leonard, Kenneth, PhDDirector, Research Institute on Addictions and Professor of Psychiatry
Email: kleonard@buffalo.edu
Phone: 887-2509

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Research in our lab has largely focused on the bidirectional relationships between alcohol and social/interpersonal relationships. One of the specific questions that we have addressed is whether excessive alcohol use is a factor in bar violence, intimate partner violence, parenting behavior, and child outcomes. We have conducted this research on experimental, marital and parent-child interaction, event-based, and longitudinal studies and have made important theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of alcohol and adverse social outcomes. A second question that we have addressed is the individual difference, intimate partner, and social relationships that influenced alcohol and substance use among young adults. Our research has shown that over the transition to marriage, marital satisfaction plays a pivotal role in the reduction of heavy drinking, both directly as well as indirectly by leading to changes in the social network. Moreover, our research has demonstrated the importance of discrepant substance use patterns as predictors of marital disruptions.

Dori, Marshall
Marshall, Dori, MDAssistant Professor
Email: orm@buffalo.edu
Phone: 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I have worked for over a decade with teenagers who need acute inpatient hospitalization. My primary interest is in caring for adolescents and young adults as they begin their exciting, but sometimes challenging, transition into adulthood. To truly understand my young patients and give them the best possible care, I suspend assumptions based on my first impressions until I understand my patients’ whole story, including their family structure, economic, sociocultural and educational backgrounds, personal struggles and achievements and life goals. I take the time to get to know my patients and their families; without a full understanding of their concerns and complex histories, I cannot identify the best treatment for my patients, including whether to prescribe psychotropic medications if I think they will help. I hold teaching and mentoring responsibilities in the Department of Psychiatry. For example, I teach an ethics seminar every six weeks to third-year medical students during their psychiatry clerkship. In teaching and mentoring medical students, my overall goal is to impart a holistic view of our patients, so that regardless of the medical field my students choose—e.g., psychiatry, primary care, surgery--they will remember that, until they have asked about the “whole story,” they should guard against making assumptions about their patients or their patients’ families. My students learn from me that they cannot render the best care for a patient until they know that patient. My support of medical students extends to the student-run Human Rights Initiative. I collaborate with medical student scribes to provide much-needed forensic interviews for victims of torture who seek asylum in the United States. My partnership with the medical students demonstrates my commitment to them and to their altruism, which I think should be a hallmark of every physician. I also teach residents and fellows, both in clinical (inpatient) and didactic settings. I interact with nearly all our residents when they are on call with me multiple times each month. I address their questions, and we discuss at length their patients’ care. I foster a supportive environment for them, and I provide career advice and one-on-one mentoring when they ask me for help. Additionally, I nurture and mentor residents, fellows and junior faculty as they pursue their academic and research interests within our department.

Peter, Martin
Martin, Peter, MD, MPHClinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: psmartin@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate education at Canisius College. He completed a joint program through the SUNY at Buffalo where he obtained a medical degree and a Master in Public Health. He continued at the SUNY at Buffalo where he completed his General Psychiatry residency while simultaneously participating in the American Psychiatric Association’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship. He subsequently completed fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry through the University of Rochester. Dr. Martin is board-certified in General, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Martin is currently a SUNY at Buffalo faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. He works in a variety of settings dealing with the intersection of psychiatry and the law. He provides treatment and conducts court-ordered evaluations in both the adult and youth correctional systems. He also participates in community-based organizations focusing on youth that have complex systems-of-care needs. Dr. Martin participates in the supervision and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows.

Elisabeth, Mashinic
Mashinic, Elisabeth, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: em22@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-3465

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Annemarie, Mikowski
Mikowski, Annemarie, DOClinical Assistant Professor
Email: mikowski@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Bruce, Miller
Miller, Bruce, MDProfessor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology
Email: brumill@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 878-7645

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Dr. Miller is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. He supervises child psychiatry fellows in consultation-liaison psychiatry and child and family psychotherapy. He is an internationally recognized physician-scientist focusing on psychobiologic mechanisms by which child/adolescent stress and depression affects physical illness and somatization in children. His translational research program takes place in the Center for Child and Family Asthma Studies, (Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo) of which he is founder and co-director.

Holly, Mutton
Mutton, Holly, DOAssistant Professor
Email: hmutton@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
Dr Holly B Mutton, D.O. is a native of the Buffalo area and grew up in the City of Tonawanda. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Applied Media Arts in 1988 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and worked in the field of Graphics and Advertising until enrolling in medical school. Dr Mutton graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island NY in May 2002. She completed one year of a Pediatric Residency at The Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo NY in June 2003. Dr Mutton then transferred in July 2003 into the General Psychiatry Residency through the University at Buffalo Medical School where she graduated in December 2005. In January 2006 Dr Mutton began her Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and graduated from the program in December 2007. Through both her Residencies and Fellowship Dr Mutton served as an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University at Buffalo Medical School. In July 2004 she was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding Residents who serve as role models of ethical behavior, display compassion in both teaching and clinical care, demonstrate cultural sensitivity and excel in mentoring medical students. For July 2004-2005 Dr Mutton received the Resident Service Award for recognition of Outstanding Service to the Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr Mutton has been an attending Psychiatrist at Erie County Medical Center in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Room where she supervised psychiatric residents, medical students, and physician assistants and evaluated patients for psychiatric admission or mental health linkage within the community. Dr Mutton was also an inpatient Child Psychiatrist at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center and then in June 2008 she began working in private practice where she continues to specialize in psychopharmacology for children, adolescents as well as adults. In June 2013, DR. Mutton received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold DOC Award, which was established to give patients and family members an opportunity to pay tribute publicly to physicians when they feel the care they have received demonstrates exemplary skill, sensitivity, compassion and technical proficiency. They also recognized her values as a humanistic physician; an ally to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation organization that perpetuates the tradition of the respectful and caring doctor. In September 2013 Dr. Mutton joined the University Psychiatry Practice Inc. and is also the Psychiatrist for the Partial Hospital Program located at ECMC’s Behavioral Outpatient Program. Dr Mutton is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Osteopathic Association and the Western New York Osteopathic Medical Society.

Balwant, Nagra
Nagra, Balwant, MDAssistant Professor
Email: bnagra@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-3462

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Maria, Oliveira
Oliveira, Maria, MDAssistant Professor
Email: oliveria@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5940

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Josie, Olympia
Olympia, Josie, MDAssociate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Email: olympia@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-2090

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UB Department of Psychiatry and Director of CME at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. I received my undergraduate and medical education from the University of the Philippines. After graduating in 1967, I went through a rotating internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by psychiatric residency training at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. I held various fulltime clinical and administrative positions at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center then moved to the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center where I was Chief of the Mental Health Clinic from 1981- 1998. I was instrumental in developing the PTSD Clinic at the Buffalo VAMC. I am board certified in psychiatry and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As past president of the Western New York Psychiatric Society I still hold the post of legislative representative from that organization. I have been an active member of the UB Department of Psychiatry and I am currently the co-chair of the CME committee. In addition to the above, I remain a psychotherapy supervisor, mentor to residents and coordinate the clerkship and residency rotation at the Buffalo Psychiatric center. I had served as Department of Psychiatry representative to the UB School of Medicine faculty council for 10 years and was the co-Chair of the CME committee in 1993-95. I am a retired Colonel, USAR. I received many awards and honors in the military as well as civilian life. I continue to participate in medical missions to the Philippines. My special areas of interest are family psychoeducation and PTSD.

Seung-Kyoon, Park
Park, Seung-Kyoon, MDProfessor of Psychiatry
Email: skpark@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4889

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
NY state licensed, Board Certified, general psychiatrist, engaged in clinical psychiatry and psychiatric education(for students and residents). Interested in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment(both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy).

Cynthia, Pristach
Pristach, Cynthia, MDProfessor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Email: pristac@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4221

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Ricardo, Romero
Romero, Ricardo, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: reromero@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-3465

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Matthew, Ruggieri
Ruggieri, Matthew, MDClinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: mruggier@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
As a psychiatrist, my clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and I have special interests in neuropsychiatric manifestations of brain disease, geriatric psychiatry, and somatic therapeutic modalities, including electroconvulsive therapy. I am an attending psychiatrist in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at the Erie County Medical Center, where I work with psychiatric residents and other mental health professionals to provide timely, effective psychiatric care in an acute setting. In my role as a faculty member of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, I oversee third-year medical students rotating on their psychiatry clerkship, offering feedback on interviewing style, differential diagnosis, and treatment approach. I also provide direct clinical supervision to psychiatric residents during their emergency psychiatry rotation through CPEP, where exposure to broad psychopathology, crisis assessment, and the interplay between substance abuse and other psychiatric illness are center points of the training experience.

Joshua, Russell
Russell, Joshua, MDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: jsr9@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, my clinical practice focuses on the mental and emotional health of our community‘s youth. I primarily practice in the outpatient setting both in urban and suburban areas. I also dedicate a significant portion of my work to collaborative care, providing consultations to pediatricians with the goal of increasing their comfort level working with children‘s psychiatric concerns. This allows me to extend my reach to as many children and adolescents as possible. I emphasize communication and collaboration with families, therapists, pediatricians, and school supports to create a comprehensive treatment team for each child. I also work with and supervise medical students, residents, and fellows through the medical school, the psychiatry residency program, and the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

Alicia, Saldana
Email: saldana@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 862-8584

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Sourav, Sengupta
Sengupta, Sourav, MDClinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email: souravse@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-5454

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Sengupta completed the joint MD/MPH program at Tufts University. He did his adult and child psychiatry training at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also served as Chief Resident for Education and completed a Public Service Psychiatry fellowship while in Pittsburgh. His academic interests have centered around mental health advocacy, collaborative care, and medical education. He is currently working on projects to develop collaborative care models in pediatric and adult primary care practices in the WNY region.

Dong Yup, Shim
Email: dyshim@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 862-8578

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Joshna, Singh
Singh, Joshna, MBBSClinical Assistant Professor
Email: jsingh1@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Beth, Smith
Smith, Beth, MDAssociate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Director, Pediatric Consult Liason; Medical Director, The Children‘s Psychiatry Clinic; Director of Training in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Chief of Behavioral Health, Kaleida Health
Email: balucas@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-5454

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
After completing undergraduate education at Skidmore College, Dr. Smith graduated from the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. She then stayed at UB to complete a psychiatric residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been a faculty member in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics since 2005. Her current clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with comorbid medical illness and collaboration with primary care. Her primary clinical interest is in consult-liaison (C-L) psychiatry and she has a particular interest in adherence in medically ill children. She is widely recognized as an expert in mental health in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). She is the recipient of funding to conduct research on depression, adherence and cystic fibrosis and recently coauthored international guidelines on depression and anxiety in CF for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European CF Society. She has presented at international conferences on related topics. In addition, to her role as Training Director, she is a supervisor on the C-L service and in the outpatient clinic, a research mentor and preceptor, and a lecturer and conference leader. She is the past recipient of several teaching and mentoring awards.

Aimee, Stanislawski
Stanislawski, Aimee, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: als7@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-862-3125

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
My clinical expertise focuses on the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neuropsychiatric illnesses, for which I am subspecialty certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. My clinical interests include the neuropsychiatric manifestations of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and dementias. As chief of the inpatient psychiatry service at VA Western New York, I contribute to administrative oversight as well as provide direct patient care to individuals with acute mental health symptoms. Additionally, I am one of three psychiatrists within the VA VISN 2 who provides electroconvulsive therapy. In my role as a University faculty member, I provide extensive clinical and psychotherapy supervision to residents and students, and deliver and coordinate the advanced neurosciences curriculum for psychiatry residents as well as the neuropsychiatric case conference series for student clerks on psychiatry services. Locally, I serve on the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and nationally, I am an examination writer for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Alfonso, Tan
Tan, Alfonso, III, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Email: artan3rd@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Barry, Willer
Email: bswiller@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-2300

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
My research interests include all aspects of brain function although I generally look at issues that involve brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury including mild tbi (concussion) fascinate me. My research career has centered on the treatment of individuals living with the effects of traumatic rain injury (TBI). This has included research on family coping strategies and rehabilitation outcomes. One of my current research interests is focused onmild TBI. I am the director of research for the University concussion clinic. We have been evaluating the impact of concussion on the physiology of the patient and looking for treatments that help to ameliorate the long-term effects. We have recently evaluated the use of the Balke treadmill test to evaluate readiness to return toplay. We found this procedure to be reliable and safe and extremely useful in differential diagnosis of post concussion syndrome. We have also just completed a fMRI pilot study of individuals with PCS and found that as patients improved in their symptoms and physiologic response to treatment, that their brains were more efficient metabolically. They used less energy to accomplish the same task and the foci of activity were more consistent with the demands of the task. We also found that subjects that followed an exercise regime recovered quicker and had brain function more closely aligned with the normal controls. My second research focus relates to emotion recognition, emotion expression and emotion regulation in individuals with moderate to severe TBI. Approximately one third of individuals with moderate to severe TBA will have impaired abilities in emotion regulation. We have developed a computer based treatment protocol that was found effective in a pilot study. This protocol is currently being evaluated in a RCT that is multi-site and multi-national.

Beatrice, Wood
Wood, Beatrice, PhD, ABPPProfessor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology
Email: bwood@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716 878-7645

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I am a clinical/translational researcher. I also teach and supervise family and child psychiatric assessment and intervention in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. My research is in the realm of stress and emotional disorders in children and adolescents. In the department I am a member of the Executive Committee. In the medical school, I Chair the Ad Hoc Committee on Appointments, Tenure and Promotion, and I am active in the Committee on Inclusion and Diversity. I have a special interest in mentoring residents, fellows and junior faculty in research.

Junzhe, Xu
Xu, Junzhe, MDAssociate Clincal Professor
Email: junzhexu@buffalo.edu
Phone: 7168623200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Hong, Yu
Yu, Hong, MDAssistant Professor
Email: hongyu@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4857

Specialty/Research Focus:
Psychiatry

Research Summary:
I have been working as an attending psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, University at Buffalo NY since 08, 2005. I am in charge of 20 beds in an adult inpatient unit at the Erie County Medical Center. My other duties include outpatient clinic, teaching medical students and residents, and research.