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Faculty Profiles

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.

Ralph, Benedict
Email: benedict@buffalo.edu
Phone: 859-3484

Specialty/Research Focus:
Forensic Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Neurology; Psychiatry; Multiple Sclerosis; Alzheimer Disease / Memory Disorders; Neurodegenerative disorders; Neuropsychology

Research Summary:
I direct two UBMD clinics: an outpatient neuropsychology practice at the Buffalo General Medical Center and an inpatient consultation service at the Erie County Medical Center. In addition, I provide services for patients at the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center and the UB Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center. Our clinical mission is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care for patients and families affected by a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our top-rate neuropsychological services are based on the integration of neurological, psychiatric and imaging findings and structured to meet the needs of our patients and their caregivers. Our neuropsychology service is dedicated to the teaching mission of UB. We support the departments of neurology and psychiatry as well as the rehabilitation services in the orthopaedic, occupational therapy and physical therapy divisions at our UB-affiliated hospitals. Students, residents and fellows have a rich learning experience with us and see a wide range of diseases such as personality disorder, malingering, depression, head trauma, concussion, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, dementia, epilepsy and pervasive developmental disorders. Medical students have the opportunity to work with both children and adults during didactics, and they may choose to focus on the evaluation of either patient population based on their clinical focus. My research mission is to employ behavioral psychometrics to understand how cerebral disease affects personality, cognition, and psychiatric stability. Two memory tests I developed, the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test Revised (BVMTR) and the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test Revised (HVLTR), are widely used in neuropsychology, especially in the areas of multiple sclerosis, head injury, and schizophrenia, and they are included in consensus panel test batteries for athlete concussions in the NHL and NFL. I work to develop new tests in order to understand more about the effect of cerebral injuries and disease. I also focus my research in multiple sclerosis (MS) and have conducted several studies on pharmacological treatments for cognitive function in MS patients. I have contributed in noteworthy studies as the lead author on a consensus battery for MS patients (the Minimal Assessment of Cognitive Function in MS), which is a gold standard in the literature, and as a major contributor to the idea that brain atrophy is the primary driver of cognitive impairment in MS, and in particular, deep gray matter atrophy. My major findings also include that personality changes can be assessed in MS patients, are more common in MS dementia, and relate to clinical outcomes, that self-report is not a valid indicator of neuropsychological status in MS, and that Symbol Digit Modalities Test is a reliable and valid marker for cognitive outcomes in clinical trials.

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

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

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

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.

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.