Faculty Profiles

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.

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

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

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

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

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

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.

Schaeffer, Rebecca, MDInpatient Attending, Adolescent Unit
Email: rlsimons@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-835-1246

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 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.

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.