Clinical Divisions

Residents in the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Psychiatry Residency interact with a variety of divisions and services. These include:

Inpatient General Psychiatry

The inpatient psychiatry service has 60 beds housed in two separate units. Residents work in both units, which provide specialized care in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. These are all locked units and can accommodate voluntary and involuntary patients.  Residents, fellows, medical students, and psychologists are integral to the comprehensive treatment team, working alongside attendings, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and occupational therapists.

Emergency Room Psychiatry

Our Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program (CPEP) provides care 24 hours a day, offering attending-led psychiatric assessment and care in an emergency room designated specifically for psychiatric patients. The CPEP includes six extended observation beds where we can evaluate adult and adolescent patients for up to 72 hours. The CPEP also includes a mobile crisis team that provides intensive follow-up and outreach to patients in the community.

Outpatient Service

Mount Sinai Beth Israel's outpatient psychiatric clinic primarily serves the nearby lower Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods, but we also accept patients from throughout the greater New York City area. We treat children, adolescents, and adults. Our subspecialty clinics, in addiction to psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry, enable us to provide the full spectrum of psychiatric care. The clinic is a teaching site for psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as psychology interns and externs. Our residents rotate through all subspecialty clinics and receive training in various psychotherapy modalities.

Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is committed to providing respectful and high-quality care for the elderly who suffer from mental illness. The service maintains inpatient and outpatient services, and liaisons with a nursing home, a geriatric medical service, and a naturally occurring retirement community. Our staff conducts research on Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, late-life depression, community treatment of the elderly, and sexual function in the elderly. The Department offers a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. The service and the fellowship are headed by Department Vice-Chair, Melinda Lantz, MD.

Division of Addiction Psychiatry

The Division of Addiction Psychiatry provides state-of-the-art treatment for patients with substance abuse and comorbid psychiatric illness. Mount Sinai Beth Israel has a full dual-diagnosis inpatient unit, as well as outpatient dual-diagnosis services. The Division also includes one unit for inpatient detox, one unit for 14- to 28-day drug rehabilitation, and a large number of opiate treatment programs, which are part of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai. The Department offers a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry.

Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry has developed as a specialized area of expertise in teaching hospitals due to the complex interface between medicine and psychiatry. The Division manages various services: an inpatient medical/surgical consultation service, an outpatient CL clinic, the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, an inpatient psychiatric consultation service, and an outpatient psycho-oncology service. As a resident, you will rotate through several services for your core training and will have research and elective rotation opportunities on other components. Typical inpatient medical/surgical consultations address the effects of medication and metabolic abnormalities on mood, cognition, and behavior; the psychological impact of medical illness; the impact of the hospital environment; and the patient's ability to participate in decisions about their care. The Department offers a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The service and the Fellowship are headed by Seema Quraishi, MD.

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The multidisciplinary Child Psychiatry service provides clinical assessment and treatment to children and adolescents in the Department's outpatient service, including individual psychotherapy, parental counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and pharmacotherapy. We offer consults for the Pediatric Emergency Department and the Pediatric Extended Observation Unit. PGY-2 residents have the option of doing a rotation through the inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Mount Sinai Morningside. The service is headed by Manuella Zisu, MD. Fellows from the Mount Sinai Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship rotate at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and contribute to the academic environment.

Division of Neurobehavior and Alzheimer's Disease

The Division of Neurobehavior and Alzheimer's Disease is a consultation and treatment service headed by Todd Feinberg, MD, who is board certified in both psychiatry and neurology. The Division cares for patients who have neurological disorders, as well as concurrent symptoms or behaviors of neuropsychiatric origin. The center specializes in diagnosing and managing dementia. Staff also evaluate patients with primary psychiatric disorders with relevant neurological factors. Residents rotate through the Division as a component of their neurology core training.

Division of Biological/Research

The Department of Psychiatry has an extensive commitment to clinical research and exposes Residents to ongoing work. The Research Division, led by Igor Galynker, MD, PhD, is staffed by research coordinators and research assistants. Residents are encouraged to the develop their own research projects early in their training. The research opportunities section provides more information.

Division of Psychology

Members of the Division of Psychology serve on all clinical treatment teams, both inpatient and outpatient. There are numerous supervising psychologists within the Division on all clinical services. They provide psychological testing and clinical expertise in psychoanalytics; cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic psychotherapies in individual, couples, family, and group modalities; research methods; and supervision/consultation. The Division accepts six interns per year. It also accepts 50 to 60 psychology externs each year from graduate school training programs in the New York City area.