Healthy Minds Blog Contributors

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Hind Benjelloun, M.D.
Hind Benjelloun, M.D. currently works full time as a crisis telepsychiatry physician evaluating patients in emergency rooms and hospitals in over ten states in the United States. She currently serves as the President of the Washington Psychiatric Society's DC Chapter and is the American Psychiatric Association’s Early Career Representative for the US midatlantic region. Dr. Benjelloun is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at Georgetown University. She is very active in social media advocacy and is passionate about mental health education, fighting stigma, and equality.

    Roberto Blanco, M.D.
Roberto Blanco, M.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the division of Child Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee and completed both general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During fellowship, he served as an APA Fellow in Public Psychiatry where he worked with the APA Council on Communications as well as the APA Institute of Psychiatric Services Scientific Programming Committee. With the help of wonderful friends and colleagues, he is actively engaged in bringing psychiatric services to first generation Latino immigrant children and families, homeless women, and to the rural populations of North Carolina.  His main interests include the effects of technology on children’s growth and development, evaluating treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, exploring the effects of culture and immigration on mental health, nutrition, and improving access to mental health care to geographically isolated and underserved communities. He is a firm believer in the healing power of art, exercise, self-reflection, access to affordable housing, and being a part of something larger than one’s self.
    Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist, is the CEO/Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Borenstein is the host of the public television series, “Healthy Minds,” which airs on public television stations across the country. He serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Services Council of New York State and on the Commissioner’s Medical Advisory Panel of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. He is the Chair of the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein has received the National Alliance on Mental Health of NYS Connie Lieber Research Award, the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare Outstanding Service Award, the Health and Business Alliance Impact Award and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health - Man of the Year Award.
    Sara Coffey, D.O.
Sara Coffey, D.O., is a psychiatry resident at the University of Chicago. Dr. Coffey is a recent recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Additionally, Dr. Coffey is the chair of the American Medical Association’s Public Health Committee for the Resident and Fellow’s Section. Dr. Coffey’s interests include advocacy and public health. Throughout her medical school and residency training, Dr. Coffey has advocated on behalf of patients and her profession on both a national and state level. She has meet on several occasions with her local and federal representatives in her home state of Oklahoma, as well as Illinois where she is currently in training. Dr. Coffey is committed to advocating for improvements and access to mental health care.
    Serina Deen, MD MPH
Serina Deen, MD MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of San Francisco, California. She completed her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and completed a dual MD/MPH program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, graduating with a distinction in research. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Columbia University and then pursued a public psychiatry fellowship at UCSF. Dr. Deen's interests include mindfulness, psychotherapy, and medical education. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences and has published several papers. Dr. Deen is a member of APA's Council on Communications.
    Gina Newsome Duncan, M.D. 

Gina Newsome Duncan, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, GA.  A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA and received her M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.  Dr. Duncan completed her internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency training program in Boston, MA.  In her fourth year of residency, she served as Chief Resident of Psychotherapy in the MGH outpatient clinic and was a recipient of the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship where she worked with the APA Council on Communications.  Dr. Duncan’s areas of special interest are: disparities in health and achievement that disproportionately affect minority communities, strength-based approaches to building resilience and self-worth, the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry, the use of media to impact the community, and motivational speaking and writing.  While in residency at Harvard, with funding from APA/SAMHSA, she started a community-based participatory research project called Abundant Life Through Applied Resilience (ALTAR), which is a church-based mental health promotion program, and she is continuing that work at Georgia Health Sciences University.


Matt Goldenberg D.O.
Matt Goldenberg D.O. is a Psychiatry Resident at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and has a strong interest in Addiction Psychiatry.
Dr. Goldenberg has published four peer-reviewed articles, given several Grand Round presentations and has presented original work at national conferences.

Dr. Goldenberg has also advocated for improving the delivery of mental healthcare on both the State and Federal levels. More about Dr. Goldenberg's research can be found here.

    Gariane Phillips Gunter, M.D.
Gariane Phillips Gunter, M.D., is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She recently completed her General Psychiatry residency and is currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow at the USC Department of Neuropsychiatry/Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. Dr. Gunter is passionate about fighting to eliminate the negative stigma of mental health and has had the exciting opportunity of discussing this topic nationally during and since her reign as Mrs. United States 2008. When she is not Stigma-Busting, Dr. Gunter enjoys making memories with her family, sewing children’s clothing and watching her daughter grow up.
    Sara Johnson, M.D. 
Sara Johnson, M.D., was born and raised in rural Kentucky and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigative Sciences and Epidemiology in addition to her Medical Degree. Dr. Johnson is currently a fellow in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Louisville and hopes to focus on women’s mental health. She has been active in the American Psychiatric Association throughout residency and currently holds the position of Member in Training Trustee. Dr. Johnson also served as chief resident at the University of Louisville and Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry Resident’s Journal.  Her academic interests include topics related to women’s mental health and addictions, residency education and physician wellness.  She has presented at multiple local and national psychiatric meetings, including the Association for Academic Psychiatry, AADPRT and the APA annual meeting, and has authored numerous publications. She also teaches courses to medical students and residents on a regular basis.

Ahmed Raza Khan, M.D., M.P.H
Ahmed Raza Khan, M.D., M.P.H., is a child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) fellow at Stanford University. He completed his medical schooling at University of Illinois-Chicago and his adult psychiatry residency at Emory University. Dr. Khan has a deep interest in why people do the things they do and how understanding this can optimize their future. He is dedicated to decreasing the stigma that encapsulates psychiatry in many cultures and is specifically creating a workshop that will tackle this issue in Indian, Pakistani, and Bengali communities. He is also working with colleagues internationally to mold an infrastructure for global mental health in countries that have a gap in psychiatric care. He is actively involved with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and is on their council for international relations. He was awarded the Jeanne Spurlock Fellowship (AACAP) and Young Leaders award (AACAP) in medical school and the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship by the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in residency. In addition, Dr. Khan was chosen to be a SAMSHA fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and serves on the APA Council on Communications.  He has presented locally, nationally and internationally on topics like pediatric bipolar disorder, cyberbullying, cultural psychiatry, sports psychiatry and child and adolescent global mental health. Dr. Khan also loves all sports and enjoys the interfacing of mental health with elite athletics.

    Steve Koh, MD, MPH, MBA
Dr. Koh is Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Director for UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellowship, and UCSD Outpatient Faculty. He was Clinical Faculty in Dept. of Psychiatry at Naval Hospital Balboa in San Diego, where he was psychiatrist at the Naval OASIS residential program for complicated PTSD, imbedded geriatric psychiatrist for Naval Hospital Internal Medicine Dept., and Attending for Consult Liaison Services. He is Immediate Past President of San Diego Psychiatric Society, Chair of Early Career Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), member on the APA Council on Government Relations and Advocacy. He is past member of APA Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance, Board of Trustees, Minority Fellows Chair, Assembly of MITs Chair, and Chair of American Medical Association’s Resident/Fellows Section Public Health Committee. He sits on the Board of San Diego NAMI and of Glenner Center. He is member of Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry with the Psychopathology and Publications Committee. He was past Board Member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). He is recipient of SDPS Visionary Award, AAGP Stepping Stones Award, Group for Advance of Psychiatry Fellowship, APA Minority Leadership Fellowship, Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence, SDPS ECP Award, UCSD Lew Judd Research Award, and UCSD Dept. of Psychiatry Teaching Award. Dr. Koh received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at the Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Public Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and Masters in Business Administration from the JHU Carey School of Business. He received Medical Doctor Degree from University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine. He finished internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York before coming back to UCSD to continue residency, finished Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Fellowship and Geriatric T32 Research Fellowship. He is passionate about effective and efficient mental health care delivery in the public sector, care of older populations, innovative mental health care models and mentoring future leaders in psychiatry.
      Molly McVoy, M.D.
Molly McVoy, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who advocates for the needs of children and adolescents with mental illnesses. She works in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland and serves as Assistant Training Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Prior to joining the University Hospitals of Cleveland, she graduated medical school from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received my undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College. When not working in the hospital, she is a community educator at the Discovery and Wellness Center for Children where she facilitates educational programming for community organizations, school teachers, school psychologists about childhood psychiatric disorders.

Dimas Tirado-Morales, M.D.
Dimas Tirado-Morales, M.D. is a first-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA where he also received his adult psychiatry training. He is a Minority Diversity Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on APA’s Council on Communications. Dr. Tirado-Morales is originally from Puerto Rico where he completed his BA in Industrial Microbiology from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and he received his medical degree from UCC School of Medicine. Before medical school he worked for years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has always been interested in positions of leadership and served as president of the student council in medical school. During his residency and fellowship he participated in multiple councils and presented at national meetings. During medical school he was awarded the University Excellence Recognition on Volunteer Work and during residency with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Award. He is interested in improving mental health services in the Hispanic/Latino community with particular focus on child and adolescents.

    Claudia Reardon, M.D.
Claudia Reardon, M.D., is a psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, and Associate Residency Training Director at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She completed her college, medical school, and residency training at the University of Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Resident. She is an American Psychiatric Association member expert in Sports Psychiatry and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry. Dr. Reardon is interested in the use of exercise as a treatment for mental health and also in the various ways in which mental health impacts athletes. She is a staunch advocate for the mentally ill and spends significant amounts of time working with legislators to advocate for access to high quality psychiatric care for patients and families. Dr. Reardon is also interested in women's mental health and currently serves on the governing body of the American Medical Association's Women Physicians Congress.
    Faith Rowland, M.D. 
Faith Rowland, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic where she completed her adult psychiatry residency. A Maryland native, she graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA only a few months before Hurricane Katrina flooded the region. She received her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. While in medical school, Dr. Rowland organized a multidisciplinary group of volunteers that helped with the rebuilding of New Orleans. Dr. Rowland serves on APA's Council of Communication and is an awardee of the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship.  Her fellowship projects included the development of a workshop for mental healthcare clinicians that explores the important relationship between Christianity and Psychiatry in the African American community and the implications this interaction has for the provision of mental health treatment for this population. 

Dr. Rowland's other career interests include: emergency response, providing culturally-competent care, resilience-based and community-based approaches to mental health, developing strong children and families, and enhancing the number of ethnically underrepresented physicians. Dr. Rowland hopes to continue engaging families and communities to promote a holistic approach to mental health.  In her free time, Dr. Rowland enjoys tennis, bowling, decorating, volunteering with children, mentoring, and spending time with family and friends.

Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.

Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office

of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system.  As New York's “chief psychiatrist”, he provides medical leadership for a $3.5 billion per year mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.


Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.


Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.


In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as over 350 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications like, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post/AOL, where ~150 of his posts and videos have appeared. He is the Mental Health Advisor for upwave, Turner Broadcasting’s new multi-media platform for health and wellness.


His new book, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care (Foreword by Glenn Close), is for families of people with mental illness. His even newer book, co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, is The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody on the DSM.


Dr. Sederer’s website is

    Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. 

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D., is a Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He practices as a resident child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, in addition to being a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a trained family physician, having completed training under the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr. Vahabzadeh is deeply interested in neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia.  His research experience has encompassed several lines of study including genetics, novel psychopharmacology, and social cognition.  He has published and presented over 40 papers, articles, posters, and book chapters since starting residency.  Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a strong proponent of mental health education, he has written numerous editorials for PsychologyToday, the Huffington Post, APA HealthyMinds, and CNN. Dr. Vahabzbadeh is also the current Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry's Residents Journal.   

During residency, Dr. Vahabzadeh has been recognized with several awards including the American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin Fellowship, the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Award, three successive Joe and Hope Skobba Resident Research Awards, a CADEF travel grant, and the Emory University Department of Psychiatry's Medical Student Teaching Award. He has also been awarded the AADPRT IMG Fellowship and BRAIN scholarship. 


 Dr. Vanderlip


Erik Vanderlip, M.D.

Dr. Vanderlip is the George Kaiser Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Vanderlip is a graduate of the School of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and completed post-graduate training in both Family Medicine and Pychiatry at the University of Iowa. He has a master’s degree in public health (MPH) and health services research blending primary care and behavioral health clinical services from the University of Washington in Seattle, and specializes in chronic care of medically and psychiatrically complex individuals.

He shares a dual appointment within the Departments of Medical Informatics and Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma where he is actively developing innovative health service models that blend general health, behavioral health and social service disciplines into team-based chronic care workflows utilizing data from a state-of-the-art Health Information Exchange. He delivers invited lectures nationally on the role of psychiatrists in the physical health of underserved populations with behavioral health disorders, with particular emphasis on emerging models of integrated care and adaptations to the traditional Assertive Community Treatment service model. He is the author of two textbook chapters and several peer-reviewed publications, and consults nationally with Assertive Community Treatment teams to incorporate general healthcare into their menu of services. His primary professional goal is developing state-of-the-art holistic healthcare services for poor and underserved populations.

Dr. Vanderlip was pleased to serve a nationally-elected position as the American Psychiatric Association Resident-Fellow Trustee through 2014, and currently serves as a Trustee to the Board of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. He is the co-chair of the American Psychiatric Association/Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Workgroup on Dissemination of Integrated Care and is a member of the Scientific Programming Committee of the Institute for Psychiatric Services.        

   Felicia K. Wong, M.D.
Felicia K. Wong, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and wellness consultant in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University in Providence, RI and completed her psychiatry residency at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA.  Dr. Wong has completed additional fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center.  Dr. Wong is currently an attending psychiatrist at Kaiser West LA, and is on the voluntary clinical faculty at UCLA.  Dr. Wong is interested in exploring the interface of psychiatry and medical illness, with a particular focus on cancer care and survivorship. She is committed to bridging the mind-body gap, and is working towards developing collaborative care programs between psychiatry and primary care.  In addition, Dr. Wong has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a SAMHSA Minority Fellow.  As an activist and advocate, it is her mission to fight the stigma of mental health and to make mental health care more accessible to everyone.  She has developed a mental health educational website for Asian Americans at When she's not working, she enjoys photography, cooking, music, yoga, and traveling with her husband.  

Brad Zehring, DO
Dr. Brad Zehring is a resident psychiatrist at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He went to medical school at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zehring is deeply passionate about helping those battling mental illness and eating disorders. His passion drives his research interests and learning opportunities. Dr. Zehring wants to challenge the status quo society has on these issues by creating conversation and educating the public on the most recent research in these areas.

During residency, Dr. Zehring was recognized by the University of Arizona College of Medicine with the House Officer of the Year Award in Psychiatry for 2013-2014 academic year for his enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion in teaching medical students.