Education / Graduate Medical Education / Prospective Residents / Psychiatry Residency Program / Faculty Faculty Mark W. Nickels MD is the Residency Program Director and Director of Transplant Psychiatry. Jeff Iler, MD is the Associate Program Director and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist who specializes in providing psychiatric care integrated within primary care practices. He supervises residents during their Highland Family Medicine and Perinatal Care Clinic rotations in PGY-3. Odysseus Adamides, MD supervises residents at Norris Clinic during their Strong Recovery rotation. Aspen Ainsworth, MD is the Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship program and is the embedded psychiatrist in the inpatient Medicine and Psychiatry unit. Adrienne Allen, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who provides supervision. Matthew Barry, DO works at the VA Outpatient Clinic and supervises the outpatient VA elective. Kathleen Baynes, MD is a Board-certified Child & Adolescent psychiatrist, and is Director of the Child & Adolescent Fellowship. Erik Bobeda, MD is a Board-certified internist who works full-time on the Medicine in Psychiatry unit and engages in resident education and supervision. Sheila Briody,SSJ, Dmin supervises residents in a clinical elective at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Peter Britton, PhD works at the Canandaigua VA Center of Excellence and teaches the "Motivational Interviewing" seminar series. Mary Burdick, DO is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who supervises residents. Eric Caine, MD is the past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He hosts a weekly case conference for PGY-1s and PGY-2s to help with case reasoning and management. Laura Cardella, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who oversees medical student education in Psychiatry, including resident teaching of med students. Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD is the Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV). She teaches the Domestic Violence Workshop and lectures in the core didactic series. Joy Choi, MD is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist who specializes in transplant psychiatry, specifically in the URMC Heart Transplant and VAD programs, also developing research in that area. J. Richard Ciccone, MD is the Founding Director of the Psychiatry and the Law Fellowship. Emily Clark, DO works in the Geriatric Psychiatry Division. She is a Senior Instructor and a graduate of the URMC Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. Kevin Coffey, EdD is the Clinical Coordinator for the Adult Ambulatory Clinic. Rebecca Copek, PhD teaches the ‘Foundations in Psychotherapy' seminar in the PGY-1 class and is a communications coach. Wendi Cross, PhD is the Director of Psychology Training and serves as a resident mentor. Katherine Duffy, MD works in the Geriatric Psychiatry division. Sue DiGiovanni, MD is the Associate Chair for Clinical Services and Chief of the Adult Psychiatry Division, and also serves as a preceptor. Katy Dorsheimer, PhD is the Director of Training who coordinates residents' rotations at the University Counseling Center. Sahar Elezabi, MD is a community psychiatrist that teaches residents about private practice and working with insurers. Catherine Flannery, MD is a graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program and is a community psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy. She provides supervision to residents. Tyler Fleming, DO, MPH is a psychotherapy supervisor in the resident Therapy Clinic, and provides a range of didactics on psychodynamics Gretchen Foley, MD is the coordinator of resident education at the Rochester Psychiatric Center and provides clinical supervision to residents at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit. Roma Fortuna-Dwulit, MD is a graduate of the URMC residency and Geriatric Fellowship programs, and provides supervision at the Adult Outpatient Services clinic on Chestnut Street. Annabel Fu, MD is a graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program. She is the Medical Director of the Adult Ambulatory Clinic and supervises resident electives there. In addition, she provides psychiatric care to patients with severe persistent mental illness. Giampaolo Gallo, MD supervises residents in CPEP. Stephanie Gamble, PhD teaches the PGY-3 "Interpersonal Therapy" seminar series. David Garrison, MD is the attending on the Adolescent Inpatient Service and is the Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship. Dr. Garrison supervises PGY-2 residents during their Child and Adolescent rotation. Paul Geha, MD has appointments in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neuroscience, works on the CL Psychiatry service, and is an active researcher in the area of Pain. Patrick Gibbons, MD provides clinical care at the Rochester Psychiatric Center and supervises residents. Oner Gonen, MD supervises residents during their Interventional Psychiatry rotations. Jessica Goodman, PhD teaches and supervises residents in Family Therapy. Alma Guerra, MD, PhD is a graduate of both the URMC Psychiatry residency program and Child & Adolescent Fellowship who actively supervises residents in one of the Psychotherapy Clinics. Laurence Guttmacher, MD is the former Program Director of the residency program, provides significant didactic teaching, and supervises residents at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center. Elizabeth Harre, MD is the Medical Director at the Schwarzkopf Clinic, where she supervises residents in the care of patients with serious mental illness. Deborah Healy, MD supervises residents and has an interest in group therapy. Adam Herbstsomer, MD is a recent graduate of the residency program, and is a teaching attending psychiatrist on the inpatient psychiatry units Adrianna Hitchins, MD is a graduate of both the URMC CL Psychiatry Fellowship and the Child & Adolescent Fellowship, who works with Neurology. She supervises residents on the CL rotation. Tara Holter, MD works with residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings and supervises the PGY-2 psychotherapy clinic. She is a graduate of both the URMC Psychiatry residency program and Child & Adolescent Fellowship. Rory Houghtalen, MD is Director of Education at Unity Health Systems and teaches the PGY-1 "Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology" seminar series. Khalid Hubeishy, MD supervises residents in CPEP. Farah Hussain, MD is a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist who also works in CPEP. Rae Insalaco, MD is a graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program who provides care and supervises residents in their rotations at Strong Ties. Tom Jacob, DO works in the Geriatric Psychiatry Division. He is a Senior Instructor and a graduate of the URMC Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. Rachael Jones, MD is a graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program and supervises residents as an attending physician on the adult inpatient psychiatry unit. Naila Karim, MD is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist who works on the CL Psychiatry service, and does some Transplant Psychiatry work while supervising residents in those settings. Mani Kurien, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who works with residents in inpatient settings. J. Steven Lamberti, MD is the Director of the Severe Mental Disorders Program, Director of the Schizophrenia Treatment Laboratory and Director of the Strong Ties Community Support Program. He supervises residents and teaches a year-long PGY-2 Schizophrenia seminar series. Hochang Ben Lee, MD is the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He is strongly committed to helping trainees establish their professional identities and careers. Janet Lewis, MD focuses on environmental psychiatry and teaches on that topic. Jeffrey Lyness, MD held many leadership roles in the Department of Psychiatry before becoming the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He currently is the President and CEO of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Sasha Massachi, MD is a graduate of both the URMC Psychiatry residency program and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, who works with residents in the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Consultation-Liaison service. Myra Mathis-Owanogho, MD is an Addictions Psychiatrist who is the Medical Director of Strong Recovery, and Director of the Addictions Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Mathis supervises residents on the Strong Recovery rotations and provides didactics about substance abuse treatment. John McIntyre, MD serves as an individual psychotherapy supervisor and helps supervise residents at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. Andrew Mietz, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who supervises residents. Stephen Munson, MD is the retired Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at URMC. He now teaches a "Classics Reading" seminar for the PGY-3 Child track residents and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows. Rachel Nadbrzuch, MD is a graduate of both the URMC Psychiatry residency program and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, and provides supervision to residents. George Nasra, MD is the Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care and Wellness, and the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Partners. He has an MBA and is Board-certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Josh Nelson, MD is a graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program, and the Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships. He provides clinical care and supervises residents at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit. Aurelian Niculescu, MD is a graduate of our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and works in CPEP. Mark Oldham, MD is a Board-certified CL psychiatrist from Yale who heads PRIME, a proactive psychiatric consultation program at URMC. He an enthusiastic resident instructor whose research focuses on delirium. Telva Olivares, MD is the Associate Chair of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Equity, Director of the Medicine in Psychiatry Services, and Director of Lazos Fuertes, a mental health program for the Latinx community. Ellen Poleshuck, PhD is a certified Marriage and Family therapist who is the Director of the Program for Mental Health and Gender Wellness in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Chief of Academic Affairs for the Division of Collaborative Care and Wellness. She is active in research for ob/gyn patients with depression and co-occurring concerns such as pain, intimate partner violence, and unmet social needs. Robert Pollard, PhD is Director of the Deaf Wellness Program and teaches clinical interviewing skills of deaf patients. Anton Porsteinsson, MD leads the University of Rochester's Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program (AD-CARE) and its Memory Disorders Clinic. Wes Rappaport, MD is a supervisor at the Schwarzkopf Clinic. Irene Richard, MD is an educational liaison between the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry and coordinates the neuropsychiatry seminar series for the residents. Segundo Robert-Ibarra, MD is a Child Psychiatrist that supervises PGY-3 residents. Andrea Sandoz, MD is a graduate of our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship who provides clinical care to children and young adults with first-episode psychosis in the OnTrack Clinic of RPC’s Schwarzkopf Clinic, where she supervises residents. Elizabeth (“EJ”) Santos, MD is the Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, the Strong Behavioral Health Older Adults Clinic, and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation Project ECHO GEMH in Long Term Care Program. She is also the Medical Director of the URMC Memory Care Program. She is very active in teaching and mentoring residents and fellows. Michael Scharf, MD is the Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education. James Schubmehl, MD serves as a psychotherapy supervisor in the residency program. His specialty is the Davanloo approach to psychotherapy. Greg Sherman, MD is a graduate of the the URMC Psychiatry residency program and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. He provides inpatient care on the Geriatric Inpatient unit, does CL work at both URMC and Highland Hospital, and is a resident supervisor. Steven Silverstein, PhD is the Department’s Associate Chair of Research. Rajendra Singh, MBBS, MD is Director of the Rochester Forensic Regional Unit and Director of Education for the Psychiatry and Law Program. Adam Simning, MD, PhD is a graduate of both the URMC Psychiatry residency program and the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. He is a resident mentor, provides clinical care to geriatric patients, and has an active research program funded through the National Institute on Aging. William Small, MD is a URMC Psychiatry residency graduate who provides clinical care and supervises residents at Strong Ties, especially in patients with first-break psychosis. Irina Statnikova, MD, PhD is a recent graduate of the residency program, and is a supervising attending psychiatrist on the inpatient psychiatry unit Shane Stegen, DO is a URMC Psychiatry residency graduate who provides clinical care and supervises residents at Rochester Psychiatric Center. Mary Tantillo, PhD teaches the "Eating Disorders" seminar and also supervises residents during their Eating Disorders rotation at The Healing Connection, an organization which she founded. Ronke Tapp, PhD provides patient care and is the Assistant Director of Multiculturalism at the U of R University Counseling Center, where she supervises residents. She also presents an in-depth seminar series on Ethnic Psychologies to PGY-3's. Paige Thompson, MD is a recent graduate of the residency program, and both works full-time in CPEP and oversees resident education there. Christopher Tidd, MD is a resident mentor and graduate of the URMC Psychiatry residency program who now works as the Clinical Director of the Rochester Psychiatric Center. Kimberly Van Orden, PhD teaches about dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and is an active researcher in the Department focusing on connectedness. William Watson, PhD is keenly interested in helping trainees. He provides significant didactic teaching including PGY-1 "Introduction to Family Therapy" and the combined PGY-2 and PGY-3 "Family Therapy" seminar series, in addition to other topics in psychiatry. Robert Weisman, DO is Senior Medical Director of Adult Ambulatory Services and Director of Clinical Care at Strong Ties for the New York State ACT/FACT team, serving mentally disordered offenders in the community. Dr. Weisman is also Co-Director of the Charles E. Steinberg Memorial Fellowship in Psychiatry and Law, at the University of Rochester. Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE is a Board-certified family physician and Medical Director of the inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry unit. Peter Wyman, PhD is Head of Academic Affairs in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Yilmaz Yildirim, MD, PhD is a Child Psychiatrist who engages with residents both clinically and through his didactics seminar. Robb Young, MD is a long-time community faculty member, and a graduate of the residency program, who works at Restart Substance Abuse Treatment Center and teaches about substance abuse treatment.