Message from our Leadership Team

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Our mission is to promote research, education and clinical care. We aim to discover new treatments by bringing together the brightest minds in our field, mentor the next generation of mental health professionals and provide high-quality psychiatric services to our community. 

Our faculty are engaged in broad scientific research activities spanning the spectrum of translational research from basic neurosciences to innovative clinical trials. Armed with some of the most advanced imaging equipment in the country, including a new simultaneous PET/MRI imaging system, our team is poised to tackle some of the most complex diseases of our time. Our faculty at Stony Brook possess world-class expertise in such areas as multimodal brain imaging techniques, cognitive neuroscience, computational analysis, biomedical engineering, and epidemiology, working collaboratively with researchers across the university and beyond.

Our department has two general psychiatry residency training programs, one at Stony Brook University Hospital and another at Stony Brook Medicine Eastern Long Island Hospital. We have an outstanding training record, boasting a 100% pass rate for the psychiatry boards and placing graduates in a broad range of disciplines and practice settings. Our faculty are invested in the success of our residents and take pride in the camaraderie that our residents develop with one another. Fellowship programs in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry offer additional opportunities for advanced study of psychiatric subspecialties. We also provide Clinical Psychology training through the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and have recently added an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner residency training program.   

In collaboration with multi-disciplinary staff and community partners, our faculty possess a wide range of expertise in providing emergency, inpatient, consultation-liaison, and ambulatory psychiatric services across the lifespan and establishing programs designed to care for those with complex or protracted psychiatric conditions. We also support several signature programs, including our Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD) and the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. Our department has also joined efforts of the Renaissance School of Medicine and Stony Brook University to address healthcare inequity in mental health. This strategic initiative, led by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is featured on our website.   

We invite you to explore our website, attend our grand rounds presentations, and learn about new research discoveries and ongoing clinical trials.


Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD
Chair for Department
Scott Moeller
Scott Moeller, PhD
Vice Chair for Research

Poonamdeep Gill, MD
Director for Hospital Psychiatric Services

Lauren Spring, MD
Vice Chair for Education

Brian Bronson, MD
Vice Chair for Hospital Clinical Affairs

Adam Gonzalez, PhD
Vice Chair of Behavioral Health

Nikhil Palekar, MD
Vice Chair for Ambulatory Clinical Affairs