New Faces in the Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine is pleased to welcome the following new faculty:
A leading authority on neuroimaging in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Dr. Frangou was recruited to Mount Sinai to establish a Clinical and Translational Psychosis Program. By building on Mount Sinai’s strength in clinical investigation, the program will rapidly transfer research in genetics, neuroimaging, and neurobiology into clinical trials and clinical care. The new program will also include early assessment and support, as well as relapse prevention and recovery components.
Dr. Frangou has published innovative research on the use of neuroimaging as a tool to diagnose and evaluate psychosis. Her work has marked out the neural pathways associated with disease expression, vulnerability, and resilience, along with their association with known genetic risk factors. This body of work represents an important paradigm shift in refining conceptual models for psychosis and has the potential to reduce public skepticism of psychiatry and the stigmatization of patients.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Frangou was Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Section of Neurobiology of Psychosis at King’s College London. During her tenure, Dr. Frangou led two research programs at the Institute of Psychiatry in London—Vulnerability Indicators for Psychosis and Vulnerability Indicators for Bipolar Disorders—that examined biological markers associated with the diagnosis and genetic risk within and between mood disorders and psychosis. She also served as Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust where she oversaw an 18-bed inpatient unit for patients with recurrent mood and psychotic disorders.
She received her medical degree from the University of Athens and a master’s degree in neuroscience, as well as a doctorate degree, from the University of London.
Dr. Lim will serve as Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in Psychiatry. In her new role, she will serve as the primary resource on clinical matters involving inpatient, outpatient, and transitional care, as well as outreach. She will oversee day-to-day operations and strategic development for all clinical activities related to mental health, including patient care, safety, and quality of care. Her responsibilities also include developing mechanisms and metrics to assess outcomes and improve psychiatric services.
In addition to overseeing ongoing programs, Dr. Lim will be developing and implementing new ambulatory psychiatric programs at Mount Sinai. For example, this will involve developing innovative and cost-effective systems of care that span academic and community settings during a time of rapid change in health care reform. Dr. Lim will collaborate with other departments and disciplines to coordinate behavioral health care.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Lim spent the first decade of her career at Yale University. Most recently, she served as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and Executive Director of the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Lim received her medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.