The Public Psychiatry Education Program
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Jules Ranz MD
Stephanie Le Melle MD
Michael Weinberg EDD

Program Overview

Education: The Public Psychiatry Education Program was established to advance the involvement of our department in the field of Public Psychiatry by teaching the systems based practices, the principles of recovery and the administrative / clinical role of psychiatrist in these areas.  The program also coordinates workforce development by working with supervisors as well as with trainees to become organizational leaders. The PPE faculty teach the public psychiatry curriculum across all four years of residency training in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. This curriculum includes didactic lectures, clinical rotations, supervision and a Person-Centered Systems Evaluation (PCSE) tool developed to encourage residents to consider the diverse systems that patients have to navigate.

Research: The program is conducting research to better define and operationalize the principles of public psychiatry. We began with a national multi site study that empirically validated a Four Factor Model of systems based practice (SBP). This research informed the development of several educational tools, including a conceptual SBP overview of the Four Factor Model, the PCSE, a Supervisory tool and an SBP clinical problem solving guideline.  The Four Factor Model is now being used in a multi site consultation project that is meant to improve the teaching of systems based practices in residency training programs.

Policy: The program has made recommendations  to ACGME and the Psychiatry RRC as they revise competencies in public psych and SBP. The program also has a national presence in the the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators.

This page was updated on Februry 24, 2015