Faculty

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, and has a private practice in Pomona, NY. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, and went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. He is editor in chief of the International Journal of Clinical Practice and the author/co-author of over 400 published research reports, reviews, and book chapters in the biomedical literature. He is the author of the book, Handbook of Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia, published in 2013 by Springer Healthcare.

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Austin, Texas

Dr. Rakesh Jain attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India and attended graduate school at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where he was awarded the National Institute/CDC Competitive Traineeship. He graduated from the School of Public Health in 1987 with a master of public health (MPH) degree. After graduate school, he was a postdoctoral fellow in research psychiatry, under the Gerontology Center of the University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute in Houston, where he received a national research service award for the support of the postdoctoral fellowship. After this, he served a three-year residency in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and two years of child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Jain is currently involved in multiple research projects studying the effects of medications on short-term and long-term treatment of depression, anxiety, pain/mood overlap disorders, and psychosis in adult and child/adolescent populations. He is also the author of several articles on the issue of mood and pain conditions. He was recently named Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Gulf Coast Chapter, in recognition of community and peer education and championing of mental health issues.

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Adjunct Clinical Affiliate
University of Texas at Austin
School of Nursing
Austin, Texas

Dr. Saundra Jain is executive director of the Mental Aerobics Project, focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. Dr. Jain provides workshops to healthcare practitioners, organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in learning more about the power of wellness. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy, where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.

Dr. Jain is very active in the area of peer-to-peer education, especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She is the co-creator and co-presenter of a novel and extremely well-received interactive workshop/program addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric comorbidities through the use of psychiatric scales and screeners. This program reached a national audience, and according to many attendees changed the way they practice medicine. She has been instrumental in developing several other innovative tools/programs to fill current gaps in this area. She is the co-creator and co-presenter featured on an interactive DVD titled Differentiating Bipolar Depression from Unipolar Depression. Recently, Dr. Jain served as the co-host of Depression in Relationships, a medical education program broadcast in 20 major cities in the United States on several major television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX) and the Voice of America national news and talk radio system. She is also senior co-author of two very well-received books that were written for clients: Unleashed: Transforming My Battle With Depression and Unleashed: 12-Weeks to Total Mental Fitness, both directed toward the needs of patients struggling with mental health issues.

She obtained her master's degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies. She demonstrated her professional versatility by obtaining an MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has extensive clinical training in multiple sites, covering the gamut of childhood, adolescent and adult experiences in the private and the public sectors. She was selected for a postgraduate clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Manish Jha, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai

Dr. Manish Jha is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Assistant Director of the Depression and Anxiety Center for Discovery and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Center of Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Dr. Jha conducts clinical and translational research aimed at elucidating the biological underpinnings of depression and related disorders that will inform development of mechanistically-guide novel treatments. He received his Medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He is a Member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and an active member of the scientific community. In addition to his research and educational activities, Dr. Jha maintains an active clinical practice focusing on evidence-based interventions for treatment resistant depression.

Vladimir Maletic, MD, MS
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, South Carolina

Dr. Vladimir Maletic is clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. He received his MD in 1981 and his MS in neurobiology in 1985, both at the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia. He went on to serve a residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, followed by a residency in child psychiatry at Duke University. Dr. Maletic is a member of several professional organizations, including the Southern Psychiatric Association and American College of Psychiatrists. In addition, he has published numerous articles and has participated in various national and international meetings and congresses. His special areas of interest include neurobiology of mood disorders, pain, schizophrenia, ADHD, and regulation of sleep and wakefulness. Dr. Maletic is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane University; Medical Director, ACER LLC; Medical Director; Owner/Psychiatrist, Podesta Wellness

Arwen Podesta, MD, is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative & holistic medicine. Dr. Podesta has a background in biochemistry, complementary medicine, and massage therapy. She was excited to successfully merge her intellectual and vocational interests by becoming a medical doctor. Dr. Podesta graduated from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and then moved to New Orleans for a psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University. She then pursued a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.

After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Podesta was involved with psychiatric care for the most needy and disenfranchised. She was awarded the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2009. Dr. Podesta has been actively working in the public sector, as Chief Medical Officer of Odyssey House Louisiana, Medical Director of ACER, and consulting Orleans Criminal Court Intervention (Drug Court), and Municipal Court Diversion Services. She is also chair and co-creator of the New Orleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition. Dr. Podesta recently helped create, and is Medical Director of, a new treatment group, Dependency Pain Treatment Center. At all of these venues and programs, her main focus is access to holistic addiction and dependency treatment, and rational prescribing practices. Dr. Podesta continues to teach and pursue academics, is a Tulane Clinical Faculty member, serves on a dissertation committee at University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas, teaches at the NOPD Academy, and consults with several other organizations and institutions. She is a well-renowned speaker, and travels to teach and speak on the subjects of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry.

After opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into New Orleans Magazine Top Doctors every year. The team at Podesta Psychiatry includes some of the best treatment providers in the Gulf Coast. Podesta Psychiatry has grown toward the multi-disciplinary collaborative model that embodies Dr. Podesta’s wellness model for whole health.