Faculty

Steven Chan, MD MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

Steven Chan (@StevenChanMD, www.stevenchanMD.com) is an actively-practicing physician at Palo Alto VA Health, specializing in psychiatry, clinical informatics, and healthcare technology. Dr. Chan performs clinical research — funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — in areas of telehealth and digital mental health, with applications in underserved and minority health. Dr. Chan is a sought-after national speaker whose ideas, thoughts, and research have been featured by Talks At GoogleJAMATelemedicine and e-HealthJMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research), Wired, PBS, and NPR Ideastream.

Julie Carbray, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APRN
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic
Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
Chicago, Illinois

Julie Carbray holds her PhD and master’s degrees from Rush University, Chicago and her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A clinical professor of psychiatry and nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), she has been on faculty at UIC since 1993. As the administrative director of the Pediatric Mood Disorder Program, Dr. Carbray manages the clinical programs and multidisciplinary training for the clinic and is a clinical expert in the area of children and adolescents with mood disorders within the UIC Depression and Resilience Center. As a clinician, Dr. Carbray has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders and was recognized by the UIC community in 2008 by receiving the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Best Practices in Outpatient Mental Health Nursing Award. In 2012, Dr. Carbray was awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Inspire award for her long-standing commitment to UIC values and her inspiration of others through her work.

With a particular focus on helping families to help their children with mood disorders, Dr. Carbray is engaged in programs of research that are investigating the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, neurobiology of mood disorders, and neurobiologically informed treatments and family response to childhood mood disorders. Dr. Carbray has also been a liaison with the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, which trains officers about interacting with children with mental illness. Dr. Carbray is an internationally recognized speaker and clinical expert on therapeutic work with children and adolescents with mood disorders and has co-authored scientific papers and chapters in this area of expertise. Dr. Carbray is a leader in the field of advanced practice psychiatric nursing, chairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute and the APNA Child and Adolescent Council, and serves on the Illinois APNA Board of Directors.

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

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and has a private practice in Pomona, New York. He graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada and completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He also went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. 

Dr. Citrome was the founding Director of the Clinical Research and Evaluation Facility at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, New York. After nearly 2 decades of government service, as a researcher in the psychopharmacological treatment of severe mental disorders, Dr. Citrome is now engaged as a consultant in clinical trial design and interpretation. He is a frequent lecturer on the quantitative assessment of clinical trial results using the metrics of evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 

Dr. Citrome is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He has authored or co-authored over 500 published research reports, reviews, and book chapters within the biomedical literature. He is the author of the textbook, 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, Psychiatry & Neuroscience
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
New York, New York

My primary interests include understanding pathophysiology of depression and improving treatment outcomes of depressed patients. To achieve this goal, I have focused on understanding the role of inflammation in depression in order to guide development of novel therapeutic agents and to personalize the selection of currently available treatment. Additionally, based on my experience as a practicing psychiatrist that current measures of depressive symptom severity are inadequate to fully capture the burden of this chronic and disabling illness, I have investigated the clinical utility of studying depression-associated symptoms as well as measures of functional impairment and quality of life.

Carmen Kosicek, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
CEO and Founder
Alay Health Team
Medford, Oregon

As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner prescriber, Carmen's full scope of practice is for outpatient clients, children through adults, for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, bipolar, and schizophrenia utilizing Nutritional Psychiatry – combining nutraceutical and pharmaceutical agents for wholistic brain optimization. She further offers Pharmacogenomic Testing to specifically address clients personalized metabolization of pharmaceutical medications to aid in treatment needs. Furthermore, Carmen extends HepC treatment options to those who test positive to fully address the healthcare needs of those she treats. She additionally firmly believes in the addition of psychotherapy for her clients to complement the whole health offerings to her clients.

Carmen is a national collegiate clinical educator of APNP clinical residents, pharmacy students, physician assistant students, and entry-level nurses at the company she founded and runs, Alay Health Team. Students throughout the nation have come on-site, as well as those who come via telepsyiatry, to learn from her about innovative, wholistic care in the psychiatry and addiction arenas in healthcare. Carmen has Affiliation Agreements with over 35+ colleges and universities throughout the US to teach their students about current pharmaceutical therapies, nutraceutical offerings and wholistic care offerings via telepsychiatry as well as traditional, on-site visits. Her passion of serving in underserved markets via telepsychiatry has additionally commanded the attention of innovative market leaders in health care.   

Carmen has two post graduate certifications, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Certificate in Nurse Midwifery.

With her Master of Science in Nursing, from the globally recognized leader in nursing education, The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, Carmen's strong base in nursing education was formed at one of the country’s top collegiate programs of study.

Carmen pursued her first postgraduate education at one of the top 15 nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner programs in the country, Frontier University in Hyden, KY, where she obtained a postgraduate certificate as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Nurse-Midwifery in 1998. Undergraduate studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from St. Joseph College of Nursing at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine from Triton College in River Grove, IL, solidified Carmen's health care insights.

Carmen's second post-graduate Nurse Practitioner certification, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), was from the Apple Distinguished Program for innovation, leadership and educational excellence at the University of Cincinnati.

Carmen not only has an extensive and accomplished academic background; she additionally has a solid and multi-faceted experienced career in health care spanning women's health, prison nursing, labor and delivery, psychiatric nursing, collegiate nursing education and business – in addition to an award-winning, published nursing author.

Truly a teacher, Carmen is a nationally known professional educator who tours the United States to speak and teach health care professionals about current, cutting edge pharmaceutical therapies. From Medical Advisory Boards to Steering Committees, Carmen actively interfaces with leading key opinion leaders from across the nation to analyze clinical data and review real-world clinical experiences to further drive and develop progressive care models. In turn, she is well versed on the cutting edge and innovative pharmaceutical therapies available in today's markets for care.

Rajeev Kumar, MD
Director, Rocky Mountain Movement Disorders Center
Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence
Colorado Neurological Institute
Englewood, Colorado

Rajeev Kumar, MD, FRCPC, is the Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain Movement Disorders Center and the HDSA Center of Excellence and NPF Care Center at the Colorado Neurological Institute. Dr. Kumar is a movement disorders neurologist who attended medical school at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, completed his residency at Mayo Clinic, and fellowship at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on various movement disorders including the use botulinum toxin for dystonia and deep brain stimulation to treat various movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. He is extensively involved in conducting clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. His clinical practice spans the gamut of movement disorders, including Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremors, Tourette’s syndrome, spasticity, and restless legs syndrome.

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, DFASAM, DFAPA, ABIHM
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane University
Medical Director, ACER LLC
Medical Director
Owner/Psychiatrist, Podesta Wellness
New Orleans, Louisiana

Practicing in New Orleans, Arwen Podesta, MD is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative medicine.  She opened Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, with a team of some of the best treatment providers in the area- a multidisciplinary collaborative model with nutrition, psychotherapy, acupuncture and psychiatry. Dr. Podesta’s primary focus is access to integrative mental health and addiction treatment, with a whole health focus, for all. Her current activities include teaching (Tulane and LSU), consulting in Re-entry court, board member of the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices (www.benzoreform.org), and editing her book, HOOKED, for an updated edition. Dr. Podesta regularly travels to teach and speak on the topics of Addiction Medicine and also Integrative Psychiatry. 

Charles Raison
Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Charles Raison, MD, is the first Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to this, he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona.

Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.”

Dr. Raison serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Usona Institute. He is the mental health expert for CNN.com.

Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
P.A.L. Associates: Partners in Aging & Long-Term Caregiving Medication Management, Therapy & Consultation

Georgia L. Stevens, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, is director of P.A.L. Associates: Partners in Aging and Long-Term Caregiving. She is a nurse prescriber, psychotherapist and consultant in Washington, DC, and Maryland. For 30 years, Dr. Stevens has directed an innovative care coordination program for adult and geriatric patients with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) deinstitutionalized from state hospitals to the community maintaining a rehospitalization rate of 5 percent. Dr. Stevens earned her BSN. from Duke University, MSN in psychiatric nursing from The Catholic University of America and her PhD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is the author or co-author of book chapters, articles and training materials exploring geriatric mental health and treatment, elder abuse and neglect, schizophrenia treatment and recovery, reduction of tobacco dependence and caregiver stress management. Dr. Stevens has received awards including an APNA Best Practice Award in the Treatment of Behavioral Disorders Associated with Dementia and an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Stevens is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, where she serves on the Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute Program Committee and the Recovery Council. She also serves on the MDQUIT Advisory Board.