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. Our recent partnership with Eastern Long Island Hospital has extended the provision of psychiatric care to the east end of Long Island, and the growth of our substance abuse service, in particular, across the east end.
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 the new role of Vice Chair of Clinical Strategy, further emphasizing the continued growth of our department, while also continuing to lead the Consultation-Liaison team which improves the timeliness and quality of consultations and establishes liaison positions in primary care and specialty services across the organization.
Dr. Jaskanwar Batra has joined the department as the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, assuming all responsibility for all psychiatric inpatient, outpatient and emergency services. 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 over 8,000 for the first time in our history. Our inpatient and outpatient services continue to grow as well. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our department's move to Telehealth with over 4,000 Telehealth visits during the first five months of the crisis.
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.
The Department of Psychiatry was fortunate to recruit a highly skilled administrator, Jeanette Buonora, to serve as Administrative Director for the department. We are working collaboratively to create a balanced scorecard approach to the operation of the department.
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