1. Departments and Offices

Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine a Sinai is a global leader in research, training, and patient care. Ranked continuously in the top 10 for National Institutes of Health funding in psychiatry, in 2023 we received $70 million in active grants. Our research spans the complete spectrum of psychiatric conditions, and we publish, on average, more than 600 papers each year. With almost 400 faculty members,we are also one of the largest departments in the nation. Our dynamic research portfolio, which encompasses more than 60 centers, laboratories, and programs, is growing in depth and translational promise. Together we remain dedicated to advancing life-changing treatments for patients everywhere.

In collaboration across the Mount Sinai Health System, we offer an array of specialized diagnostic and patient care for all psychiatric conditions.  From establishing new models of care to breaking down barriers in treatment access, we are working ensure that our patients are the drivers of everything we do. Across our four Manhattan campuses our faculty treats nearly 200,000 outpatients and 6,000 inpatients annually. The Department also oversees more than 200 inpatient psych beds and an additional 70 beds for the treatment of addiction. 

Our residencies, fellowships, and training opportunities include multiple psychiatry programs at several Mount Sinai Health System hospitals, with each leveraging the strengths of its particular location. Offering a rigorous education in psychiatry, we unite the most advanced technologies and latest research with the very real and imminent needs for psychiatric care, both locally and globally. Our residency program  of the top in the nation, and our National Institute of Mental Health-supported residency & PhD program is the first of its kind nationwide. We encourage you, as trainees, to challenge, to question, and to grow.

Meet the Chair

Our Leadership

René S Kahn, MD, PhD
René S Kahn, MD, PhD

System Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Prameet Singh, MD
Prameet Singh, MD

Vice President and Chief of Strategy, Behavioral Health

Rachel Yehuda, PhD
Rachel Yehuda, PhD

Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs

Joseph D Buxbaum, PhD
Joseph D Buxbaum, PhD

Vice Chair for Research

Antonia S New, MD
Antonia S New, MD

Vice Chair for Education

Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA
Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA

Vice Chair for Community Engagement

Jan Schuetz-Mueller, MD
Jan Schuetz-Mueller, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Mount Sinai Hospital

James Murrough, MD, PhD
James Murrough, MD, PhD

Vice Chair for Clinical Research

Shilpa R Taufique, PhD
Shilpa R Taufique, PhD

Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Carisa Kymissis, MD
Carisa Kymissis, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center

Maureen D. Martino, MD
Maureen D. Martino, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai

Grant E Mitchell, MD
Grant E Mitchell, MD

Site Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health

Martin H Maurer, MD
Martin H Maurer, MD

Site Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

“Nothing would have a greater positive impact on humanity than conquering the brain disorders that cause mental illness. The Friedman Brain Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are most strongly committed to the research needed to achieve this important goal.”

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Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

“Nothing would have a greater positive impact on humanity than conquering the brain disorders that cause mental illness. The Friedman Brain Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are most strongly committed to the research needed to achieve this important goal.”

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Grant Mitchell, MD, Chair, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center

“The Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center represents a major investment to bring new models of behavioral health care to all members of our community, advance our understanding of mental illness through cutting-edge research, and educate future generations of healthcare professionals and leaders.”

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

“Nothing would have a greater positive impact on humanity than conquering the brain disorders that cause mental illness. The Friedman Brain Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are most strongly committed to the research needed to achieve this important goal.”

Grant Mitchell, MD

Grant Mitchell, MD, Chair, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center

“The Mount Sinai-Behavioral Health Center represents a major investment to bring new models of behavioral health care to all members of our community, advance our understanding of mental illness through cutting-edge research, and educate future generations of healthcare professionals and leaders.”

Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA

Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA, Vice Chair for Community Engagement, Psychiatry

“I work in lockstep with community members to develop, implement, and test culturally relevant mental health interventions. My primary focus is to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in mental health treatment, as well as to address behavioral health care needs in children and adolescents.”