Stony Brook Medicine's vision of transforming medicine by translating research into practice serves as a guide star for our initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Building on an established research program, we launched an imaging program that will provide clinicians with new diagnostic and prognostic tools.
“Better care for more people-better care through research; better care through education; better care for more people through expanded clinical services” has become the rallying cry. Spurred on by tremendous growth in programs and services over the last few years, our faculty and staff have embraced the challenge before us to continue this growth to meet the ever expanding needs across Long Island.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is a leader among clinical departments in research. Our portfolio ranges from basic neuroscience, epidemiology and behavioral science to clinical and translational research.
When Dr. Parsey came to Stony Brook from Columbia University, he brought with him the core of his brain imaging lab. The group, under the direction of Dr. Christine DeLorenzo, uses advanced imaging modalities to investigate psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Two major studies are aimed at discovering biomarkers that predict treatment response in major depression and bipolar disorder, as well as advancing our understanding of the biology of these diseases.
Thanks to the generosity of Lisa and Robert Lourie and the James Simons Foundation, we now have one of the country's first combined PET/MRI scanners, enabling us to conduct unique studies that combine the two modalities.
Dr. Brian Bronson has assumed responsibility as the Vice-Chair of the department's clinical services, as he continues to lead the Consultation and Liaison team which improves the timeliness and quality of consultations and establishes liaison positions in primary care and specialty services across the organization. We are working with state and county officials to improve access and quality of care in CPEP, our Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, as the number of annual visits reaches 7,000 for the first time in our history. To further support Dr. Bronson’s leadership as Vice-Chair, Dr. Abdullah Hasan has joined our faculty as the director of CPEP, Dr. Erin Dainer has joined as Director of Adult Outpatient Services, Dr. Wilfred Farquharson has joined as Director of Child Outpatient Services, Dr. Emily Hill has joined as Director of Adult Inpatient Division, and Dr. Adam Gonzalez has assumed the new position of Director of Behavioral Health Services
Training of medical students, residents and fellows remains a departmental priority. From the foundational course in molecular and cellular biology through advanced fellowships in geriatric and child and adolescent psychiatry, the department's faculty are actively involved in the Medical School's educational mission.
Our faculty continues to garner honors from professional organizations. Dr. Evelyn Bromet was presented with the Hamilton Award by the American Psychopathological Association. Dr. Gabrielle Carlson received the Association's Zubin Award for her role in psychopathology research. She also received the American Psychiatric Association's Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention.
The Department of Psychiatry was fortunate to recruit a highly skilled administrator, Dr. Kristie Golden, to serve as Administrative Director for the department, as well as Susan Wilner, LCSW, as Behavioral Health Services Assistant Director. We are working collaboratively to create a balanced scorecard approach to the operation of the department.
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