Stephanie Le Melle, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Dr Le Melle is currently the Co-Director of Public Psychiatry Education at New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University. For 10 years she was the Associate Director of the Washington Heights Community Service which is the clinical community program at New York State Psychiatric Institute. She held the title of Clinical Director of New York State Psychiatric Institute for 3 years and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University.
Dr Le Melle received her MD from Mt Sinai School of Medicine and she has an MS in Molecular Biology from Hunter College CUNY. Dr Le Melle did a residency in psychiatry at Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute and then completed the Public Psychiatry Fellowship also at Columbia.
Dr Le Melle is interested in public psychiatry particularly in the treatment and care of people with severe mental illness (SMI). She is also a consultant and teacher for the Columbia University HIV and Mental Health Training Project that trains clinicians how to address HIV prevention and treatment of people with SMI. She has worked as a staff member in the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship program and is the course director for the public psychiatry training in the Columbia University Psychiatry Residency program. Dr Le Melle is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing which is a program that promotes "Housing First", a model that was developed by Pathways to Housing. She was a member of the Mac Arthur Foundation's Network on Mandated Community Treatment that looked at how housing and other social /criminal justice entities are used to leverage people into psychiatric treatment.
Dr Le Melle served as the Area 2 representative on the American Association of Community Psychiatrist board for the past 4 years and has been a member of the AACP for over 10 years. She was elected in 2012 to be the Vice President of the AACP. She is also on the National Advisory Board for SAMSHA and is active member of the American Psychiatric Association.
We have developed a curriculum to teach residents systems based practice (SBP) and community psychiatry, both of which are ACGME requirements. We are currently conducting a consultation study to help other programs enhance their training in these areas and we are testing an evaluation tool that we developed to access residents performance and knowledge of SBP.
We have implemented a new component to our Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program called, the Peer Advisor Program. Each of our fellows will now be teamed up with a person with lived experience in the behavioral health system to learn more about providing recovery oriented care. We are conducting a program evaluation to see the impact of this new training approach.