PPF Alumni - Bios
November 2004

Ayodele Adeigbola  (2000-01)  is Medical Director of three Project Renewal sites: the Holland House, a 300 bed SRO in Times Square, Kenton Hall, a 100 bed homeless shelter for men on methadone maintenance and the shelter on 8 East 3rd street, a 200 bed shelter for homeless men with substance abuse. She thanks PPF for introducing her to the agency where she did her placement and for which she  is pleased to be still working.

Osman Ali (2003-04)  is Medical Director of the Adult Day Evaluation & Psychosocial Treatment (ADEPT)  program at Bellevue Hospital. He is a member of the APA NY County DB Committee on Public Psychiatry. Additionally, he is working with others to improve access to psychiatric services within underserved Muslim communities.  He hopes to run the 2005 NYC Marathon.

Mary Barber (1996-97)  is Medical Director and Clinical Director of the Ulster County Mental Health Department in Kingston, NY.  She did her Fellowship placement in this agency. For the past 3 years she has served as Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) psychiatrist for Ulster County.  She is president of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists.
Anne Bauer (1986- 87) is currently working for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Greenfield Clinic, Mass. and Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield, MA.  She has decided to advocate for children's mental health needs for the next part of her career.

John Bischof (1999-00)  is Medical Director of Cascadia, the largest non-profit behavioral healthcare agency in Portland, OR. He was inspired to apply to the PPF after working 5 years for a CMHC that failed financially under managed Medicaid.  He is on the clinical faculty of the Public Psychiatry Training Program at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Brian Bronson (2002-03) is Director of C/L Psychiatry at the VA NY Harbor, NY Campus. He completed residency training at NYU in 2001 and a combined the PPF/ Long Island Jewish Hospital Consultation Liaison, Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship in 2003. He previously worked in Ecuador on multiple projects, including rural primary care psychiatric training. At the October '04 Institute on Psychiatric Services, he co-presented a primary care psychiatry workshop with Susan Deakins, Derek Tate and Julie Maggi also of the PPF.

Page Burkholder (1990-91)  is Medical Director of Ambulatory Adult Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital and on the faculty of SUNY Downstate. She is involved in developing a Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis service, collaborating with psychiatrists from the UK. Instead of a private practice she has Camila (13) and Mason (5).

Scott Clark (1989-90) emigrated to Australia in 1998 and has been Area Director of Mental Health for the South Western Sydney Area Health Service since then. He is responsible for integrated psychiatric services (inpatient, community, recovery and rehabilitation, hospital based consultation-liaison and research) for a region covering nearly 800,000 population, 5 hospitals and about 450 mental health staff.. He is also Director of the Centre for Population Mental Health Research of the South Western Sydney Area  Health Service.

Laura Dalheim  (1996-97)  is director of St. Luke/Roosevelt’s Integrated Psychiatric Services, the division of the department of psychiatry which treats adults w/ SPMI. The division includes 2 inpatient units, a 900 patient outpatient service w/ Clinic and Day Tx levels of care, and the Residential Community Service (RCS), run by Ralph Aquila, MD (another fellowship alumnus).  She has been at SL/R since her fellowship placement in RCS.

Dianna Dragatsi (2003-04) did her fellowship placement at, and is now interim director of,  the Inwood Clinic of Washington Heights Community Service. She also works as a psychiatric consultant at one of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) medical clinics, at the NYPH CPEP and at a residence through Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless. She is a member of the APA NY DB Public Psychiatry Committee.

Nicolas Du Mont (1992-93) has been Medical Director of the Tavares' Hispanic Mental Health Clinic at NY Presbyterian Hospital since 1997. He is senior adviser for the Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals (AHMHP), and membership chair of the Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists of New York. He is the child psychiatrist for Inwood Community Services and for the Adolescent Day Treatment Program at the Puerto Rican Family Institute.

Michele Fallon (1998-99) had been working for the past five years at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan as Assistant Unit Chief of an adult inpatient-teaching unit.  She recently completed psychoanalytic training at The William Alanson White Institute. She is currently on maternity leave.

Rosanne Gaylor (1988-89) is director of clinical services at South Beach Psychiatric Center. She was placed at South Beach as a fellow, and has continued to work there to the present, serving in primarily clinical capacities until two years ago. She is a member of the NYSPA Public Psychiatry Committee. She is the mother  of 13 yo triplets(2 boys, 1girl)

Gayle Goren (2002-03) did her fellowship placement in the NYPH adult outpatient psychiatry clinic, working on the Spanish-speaking team, Crisis team, and MICA service. Upon graduating the fellowship, she  volunteered to be the Director of the MICA service, in addition to the above duties.  She also  works in the CPEP (Psych ER).

A. Nazlim Hagmann (2004-05) is currently a Fellow, placed at Bronx Psychiatric Center PMHP Clinic and also covering the ACT team. She completed residency training at SUNY/Downstate and Albert Einstein/ Bronx Psychiatric Center. She is currently completing an MPH program at Heinrich Heine University in Germany.

Claire Henderson (2003-04), when not on maternity leave, is psychiatrist for the Bronx Psychiatric Center ACT team 3 days per week and spends the other 2 days conducting research at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she received her MPH. She trained in psychiatry and did mental health services research in London before moving to NY.

Andrew Kolodny (2003-04) Andrew Kolodny is the Medical Director for Special Projects in the
Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  He began working in the Division last year as his PPF field placement. Andrew serves on the Executive Council of the New York County Branch of the American Psychiatric Association and Chairs the Public Psychiatry Committee. He is also President of the NY Regional Chapter of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators

Maren Langer (1996-97)  began a new job as of July 2004 as Senior Psychiatrist, Brooklyn Region of  Premier HealthCare, the medical branch of YAI serving the MRDD population in NYC. She previously served as a Program Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Gouverneur HealthCare Services in the NYC HHC system.

Stephanie Le Melle (1997-98)  is Interim Deputy Director of New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Director of the Washington Heights Community Service at NYSPI. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing.  She is also involved with the Mac Arthur Foundation's Network on Mandated Community Treatment. She  is particularly interested in how housing is used as leverage to engage people in psychiatric treatment.

Hunter L. McQuistion (1989-90)  is Chief Medical Officer of Mental Hygiene Services in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He currently co-leads its residency curriculum in social and community psychiatry at Mt. Sinai .   He  is Chair of its Committee on Poverty, Homelessness, and Psychiatric Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.  He is also Treasurer of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Elizabeth Oudens (1999-2000) is currently Director of Psychiatry for Project Renewal, a not-for-profit organization in New York City providing comprehensive services for homeless and formerly homeless individuals. She previously served as Program Medical Director of Project Renewal's Ft. Washington Shelter. She is a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and co-editor of the AACP's newsletter Community Psychiatrist.

Jorge R. Petit (1995-96)  is Associate Commissioner for Program Services for the Division of Mental Health in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He is co-director of the Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry’s Social and Community Psychiatry curriculum. He has published the Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry and The Seven Beliefs – A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Latinas Recognize and Overcome Depression, recently awarded the 2004 Latino Literary Award for “Best Health Book.”

Claudia Sickinger (1999-2000) is Medical Director of Westchester Arc. She is a member of the Westchester DB of the  APA, the AMA, AACP and Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. She recently wrote a book chapter for: "Disaster Psychiatry: intervening when nightmares come true".  She has 3 children: ages 7, 5, and 1.

Derek Tate (2003-04) came to the fellowship after having completed residencies in  family medicine and  psychiatry.  He did his field placement at The Institute for Urban Family Health, a family medicine not for profit. In his current role as coordinator of psychiatry at the Institute he has clinical and administrative roles within the agency’s department of psychosocial services.

Sacha Vington (1994-95)  has been practicing in the public sector for the last seven years  as Director of Behavioral Health and for the past two years as ACT team psychiatrist at the East NY NFCC of Kings County Hospital. .   He has recently resigned from this position to pursue his academic interests  in the mental health aspects of cultural institution--psycho-cultural infrastructures-- as a means towards preventive mental health practices.  He lives with his partner in Bedford Stuyvesant,  Brooklyn.

Serena Volpp (2002-03), after continuing to work at her fellowship placement, the Asian Bicultural Clinic at Gouverneur, became the Associate Unit Chief of the Residency Training Unit at Bellevue Hospital a year ago.  She serves on the APA Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues (national and district branch) and on the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry's Committee on Sexual Minorities.

Rose Yu-Chin (1982-84) is Chief of Community Psychiatry and Assistant Director, Acute Hospital Psychiatry Services, Cabrini Medical Center, New York, NY.  She is immediate past President of the Alumni Executive Board of Directors of the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. In the past twenty years, she has served on the board of directors of several agencies serving the mental health needs of NYC's Chinatown and Lower East Side communities, and on several mental health boards in Housetonic area of Connecticut.