Welcome from Chair & Program Director

Dr. Russell Joffe
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Timothy Sullivan
Vice Chair, Director of Postgraduate Education,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

We want to welcome you to our Institution, and are pleased that you have chosen to learn more about our programs, and the educational experience we are offering to prospective residents. You are making an important choice that will influence the kind of psychiatrist you will become, and the skills you will possess when you leave residency to begin practice and continue your professional development.

Our educational program is focused on helping you to develop the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner, whatever type of practice you pursue: whether you choose an academic career, hospital-based practice, office practice, or some amalgam of these elements, we want you, as a result of your training, to be ever curious, and confident that you can maintain your skills in the future.

In the decades to come psychiatry is likely to face both significant challenges and transformative opportunities. The changes to be wrought by the advent of Accountable Care Organizations, as required by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, as well as Health Homes and other forms of integrated care delivery, will place psychiatrists in new and important roles within healthcare teams. It will be increasingly important for psychiatrists to be comfortable with the medical aspects of psychiatric care, the interface of psychiatric and medical illnesses, and the impact of psychiatric morbidity on the outcome of both acute and chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and oncologic disorders, among others.

Our training program will equip you to cope with these demands confidently. In addition, our emphasis on holistic understanding of psychiatric conditions and symptoms, and our focus on understanding and addressing the health needs of our community on Staten Island, will prepare you to be healthcare leaders, and forces for constructive change in your communities.

“Lower Manhattan” (2002)

“Victory Boulevard at Dawn” (1985)

both by Sarah Yuster