Kurt Koches, Administrative Director
Mayada Akil, MD serves as Medical Director of the Outpatient Program and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. Dr. Akil is actively involved in teaching medical students and psychiatry residents. She is the Director of the Psychiatry Course for second year medical students at Georgetown University and teaches a course on Neuroscience and Psychiatry to the fourth year psychiatry residents. She is also actively involved in training residents and medical students at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Akil received her medical degree form the University of Damascus. She trained in Psychiatry (the research track) at the University of Michigan. She completed a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 then joined the faculty at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. In that capacity, Dr. Akil directed a Neuropsychiatry Clinic, conducted neuroscience research and participated in teaching neuroscience to psychiatric residents. In 1996, Dr. Akil joined the intramural program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where she conducted research on the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders and continued her clinical practice and her training of research fellows. In 2003, Dr. Akil was appointed Senior Advisor to the NIMH Director and she continues to function in that capacity.
Dr. Akil joined the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in March of 2007 as a full time staff member. Her clinical and teaching experience and her work in neuroscience research have culminated in her dual role as an advisor to the NIMH Director and a clinician-educator at Georgetown University.
Carol L. Alter, MD serves as Director of Policy and Community Outreach for our Center for Mental Health Outreach and as a faculty member for our Psychosomatic Medicine program. Dr. Alter is actively involved in teaching of fellows, residents and medical students, particularly in the areas of Psychosomatic Medicine, mental health policy and advocacy.
Dr. Alter received her Medical Degree from George Washington University in 1985. She completed her Residency at New York Hospital-Cornell University School of Medicine in 1989. After completing training, she held positions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Cornell University and Temple University participating in clinical, teaching and research activities related to AIDS, oncology and general CL services. She has had a longstanding interest in mental health policy and served as the Medical Director for Policy and Advocacy at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She most recently founded and currently directs a policy-action organization, Treatment Effectiveness Now, which is focusing on issues of access to care for patients with co-occurring mental and physical disorders.
Dr. Alter is recognized as one of the nation's leading mental health policy and Psychosomatic Medicine psychiatrists. We are extremely fortunate to have this outstanding faculty member as a member of our department.
Dr. Biel is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is also the Director of Residency Training for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine program at MedStar Georgetown. Dr. Biel has clinical and research interests in autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders in children and families, trauma and PTSD, reducing health care disparities, and exploring the relationships between physical illnesses and psychiatric symptoms in children.
He is active in medical education in the Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a core faculty member in MedStar Georgetown's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine training programs. Dr. Biel received a B.A. in Spanish and History at Amherst College before attending medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he also received a Master's of Science in Community Medicine. He then trained in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Joyce Y. Chung, MD
Joyce Y. Chung, MD received her BS and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She completed her psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and then a research fellowship in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include the study of sociocultural barriers to mental health care, treatment interventions for mental health problems in minority populations, ethnographic/qualitative research methods, and patient-provider discourse and communication. She is the recipient of several research grants.
Dr. Chung has also been active in the area of HIV psychiatry through her clinical practice, educational lectures and published articles about psychiatric complications associated with HIV/AIDS. She helped formulate and was the chief writer for the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with HIV/AIDS. During her eleven-year affiliation with Georgetown, Dr. Chung has served as chief of the Consultation-Liaison service at the Washington VA and as medical director of the Mental Health Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital. She is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Anthropological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Cummings provides clinical care for our inpatient and consult services and our outpatient adult programs, with a focus on neuropsychiatry and psycho-oncology. He also has a major role in teaching and supervision of Georgetown medical students and residents.
Dr. Cummings obtained his MD in 2003 from UMDNJ — New Jersey Medical School. He then completed his Psychiatry residency at New York University School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Cummings also completed a Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008.
Mary Ann Dutton, PhD
Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the area of intimate partner violence and other forms of interpersonal violence over the past 23 years. Dr. Dutton is active as a researcher, consultant, educator, and forensic expert. She is professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University where she is currently involved in research focusing on interpersonal trauma and low-income and minority women's health and mental health issues. She is Principal Investigator on several federally-funded studies focusing on longitudinal patterns of coping, health outcomes, revictimization, and coercive control among women who have been in recent violent and abusive relationships. She is also involved in several other grants focused on the traumatic experiences of violence and abuse.
Dr. Dutton is working to develop community-based, low-cost, accessible and culturally competent interventions for such traumatic experiences. Dr. Dutton has trained audiences of lawyers, judges, advocates, and health professionals concerning physical violence and sexual assault, both nationally and internationally. Her workshops and lectures have focused on understanding the dynamics, traumatic impact, and interventions. Dr. Dutton has published numerous articles, book chapters and books.
Dr. Steve Epstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
He received his BA from Yale College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing a residency in Psychiatry at Tufts-New England Medical Center, he was a fellow in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Georgetown/Fairfax Hospital. From 1990 to 2000 he directed Georgetown’s Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and he became Department Chair in 2001. He currently directs Georgetown’s Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship, Physician-Patient Communication Program, and Physician Health Committee.
Dr. Epstein has conducted NIH-funded research and published extensively in the area of Psychosomatic Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded an RO1 grant from NIMH to study primary care physicians’ decision-making in the evaluation and treatment of depression. He has also been Principal Investigator on two other NIMH grants in this area. He has been the recipient of four teaching awards from Georgetown Psychiatry residents. In 2011 he was elected by his peers to the MAGIS Society of Masters Teachers of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also co-chair of the Committee on Medical Education for the medical school.
Dr. Epstein is a member of the Psychosomatic Medicine Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He serves as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 950 member national organization for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is President-Elect of the Washington Psychiatric Society, as well as a member of the APA Elections Committee and the Physician Health Committee of the DC Medical Society.
Bonnie L. Green, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of Research and Trauma Studies in the Department of Psychiatry. She was recently appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her BA, MA, and PhD at the University of Cincinnati, where she was formerly Professor of Psychiatry at UC Medical School. She has studied the consequences of traumatic events, including disasters and war, for several decades. Her recent research focus is the mental health needs of poor women with trauma histories who receive their health care in public sector settings, with an emphasis on how trauma history affects relationships with providers and experiences in the health care system.
She is involved in treatment studies for depression and PTSD in this population, and she is developing educational and coping interventions for traumatized women in primary care. Dr. Green is past Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She has two forthcoming edited books, one entitled Trauma Interventions in War and Peace: Prevention Practice, and Policy, with colleagues at ISTSS and the United Nations, and one on Trauma and Health: Physical Health Consequences of Extreme Stress, with Paula Schnurr.
Dr. Hicks graduated from Purdue University in 1971 with a BS with Distinction in Psychology. He then went on to Indiana University Medical Center, where he obtained his MD in 1976. Dr. Hicks also attended Indiana University for his Psychiatry Residency, where he was Chief Resident. He graduated from residency in 1979, and received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1983.
Dr. Hicks is currently involved with the partial hospital program, general outpatient psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. His special areas of expertise include Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, HIV Psychiatry, Death and Dying, Ethics, and Gay and Lesbian Issues. Dr. Hicks is the Chair of Continuing Medical Education for the Washington Psychiatric Society, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Capital Area Physicians for Human Rights. He is also serves as President of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus of the APA.
Dr. Jilla provides clinical care for our outpatient child/adolescent program as well as providing psychiatric services for the Department of Pediatrics on the Kids Mobile Medical Van. She is the Co-Director of Physician Patient Communication, a course for first year medical students at Georgetown University.
Dr. Jilla obtained her MD in 2003 from the University of Virginia and she completed her Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. From 2006–2008 she was a Child and Adolescent Fellow at George Washington University. Prior to joining our Department, Dr. Jilla provided community Psychiatry services while on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine.
Stacey Kaltman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Kaltman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America. Her dissertation examined predictors of traumatic bereavement following the loss of a spouse. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in behavioral medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where her research and clinical work was primarily in the area of HIV and focused on factors that undermine and promote medication adherence as well as the secondary prevention of HIV transmission.
She also completed a two year research fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she worked on research examining the impact of victimization in women with serious and persistent mental illness and the treatment of trauma in female veterans. Currently, Dr. Kaltman collaborates with other research faculty in the department, examining the longitudinal experience of battered women as well as the impact of trauma on women's health care seeking experiences. Dr. Kaltman also is the Principal Investigator of a study examining decision-making processes regarding the smallpox vaccination.
Dr. Kupersmith has served on the faculty of the medical schools of New York University, the University of Louisville, Michigan State, and Texas Tech. A former ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet Company, Dr. Kupersmith has established innovative and successful Performing Arts programs at these medical centers. She has made numerous presentations across the country in the area of mental health of performing artists.
In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Kupersmith has extensive experience as a general psychiatry and psychotherapy supervisor. In recognition of her expertise, she has received resident teaching awards at Michigan State, Texas Tech and Georgetown University.
Avram Mack, MD
Dr. Mack is the Director of Medical Student Education as well as the director of the clerkship in the department of psychiatry. Until recently he also was the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry teaching program at RICA-Southern Maryland. Dr. Mack is a child forensic psychiatrist and directs that portion of the forensic fellowship at MedStar Georgetown. He also focuses on addiction psychiatry and medical education.
Dr. Mack received his Medical Degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1998. In 2001 he completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the Harvard Longwood Program. He completed a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in 2003 and a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in 2004. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Mack has been a productive scholar in many areas including Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction, and the History of Psychiatry. He is an Editor for Clinical Textbook of Addictive Disorders, 3rd edition, which will be released this year by Guilford Press. Dr. Mack received the award for Junior Faculty Development from the Association for Academic Psychiatry and was honored to be selected as one of the scholars in the Alcohol Medical Scholars Program. Most recently, Dr. Mack has been appointed as the editor for child and adolescent psychiatry for the annual Year Book of Psychiatry. In 2006 Dr. Mack was elected into the American College of Psychiatrists.
Alan Newman is the Residency Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, he is the Medical Director of the Inpatient Hospital Program.
Dr. Newman has had an outstanding career in Academic Psychiatry. After completing medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas , he completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane. Since completing his training in 1999, he has been on the faculty of the Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Newman served as the Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program from 2002–2003 and as Director of Medical Student Education from 2003 to the present.
Dr. Park provides clinical care in our outpatient Mood and Anxiety Disorder program as well as for our general adult program.
Dr. Park obtained his MD in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He then completed his Psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital in 2000. In 2001, Dr. Park completed a Consultation Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General. After fellowship, Dr. Park served as the Medical Director of the Inpatient Unit and as the Director of Research and Attending Psychiatrist for the Somatic Therapies Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently holds a position at the FDA as the Medical Officer in the Office of Device Evaluation, Division of Neurological, Ophthalmic and ENT devices. In this position, he reviews applications for neuropsychiatric devices at the FDA, and works on special projects in ECT, cranial electric stimulation, and Lasik.
Dr. Ruminjo’s clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and women's mental health particularly as related to pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is also involved in teaching psychiatry residents in both the Mood and Anxiety clinic and the Psychopharmacology clinic.
Dr. Ruminjo received her Master’s in Public Health and Medical Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She completed her Psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City in 2010. Between 2010-2011 she was a Psychosomatic fellow at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where she also received specialized training including specialized training in mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum.
Wendy Zack, LICSW
Dr. Zack received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Clinical Social Work Institute in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work from McGill University in 1988. She has extensive clinical and supervisory experience and has served in many capacities throughout her academic psychiatry career. From 1995-2005 she was the Chief Social Worker in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University. Since 2006, Dr. Zack has been working in the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital providing individual and couples therapy with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supportive psychotherapy. She also provides supervision and teaching in the residents training program. Her areas of interest include Women’s Mental Health, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Stage of Life Transitions.