I work as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist and medical director of outpatient behavioral health for Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City, Nevada. In addition, I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada at Reno School of Medicine.
I am currently most engaged with the mental health and health impacts of climate change. I am a founding member of Climate Psychiatry Alliance, https://www.climatepsychiatry.org, chair of the Climate Committee for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, a Climate Reality leader for Al Gore, and producer and lead for “And Then the Climate Changed”, a film exploring how parents can build climate-resilient children. Through these activities, I give presentations, write papers, and participate in local initiatives to educate psychiatrists and the public about the mental health impacts of higher temperatures, air pollution, and other climate disruption, and to work towards sustainable policies in my town, hospital, and country.
In terms of training, I am a board-certified Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital. I completed my fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at NYPH, and training in psychoanalysis at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Research. I was pleased to have my work as a teacher and clinician, recognized with the honor of the inaugural Creedmore Teaching Award. I was also a New York “Super Doctor” from 2013 until my relocation to Nevada in 2016 :). I completed medical school at the Yale School of Medicine in 1993.
I have additionally been an editor for the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Trustee for the Association for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, founding Executive Committee member for The Helix Center, and member of the Disaster Psychiatry Committee for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. In the past, I have supervised, lectured, and published in the areas of gender and sexuality, personality, adult relationships, sexuality, bipolar disorder, and pain management.I am also pleased to note past volunteer work for the Burning Man mental health team and Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance.