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VISN 2 MIRECC Contact Information


René Kahn, MD, PhD

VISN 2 MIRECC Director
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext. 5227

Please see Dr. Kahn's full biography here

Marianne Goodman, MD

VISN 2 South Associate Director
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5188
Marianne Goodman, MD is the assistant director of the VISN 2 MIRECC. She directs the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy clinical and research program and suicide prevention treatment program.

 Education & Clinical Practice


David Kimhy, PhD

Director of Education
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext. 3844
David Kimhy, PhD is the Director of Education for the VISN 2 MIRECC as well as an Associate Professor, the Director of the Experimental Psychopathology Laboratory, and the Program Leader for New Interventions in Schizophrenia at the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Kimhy completed a 3-year NIMH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in schizophrenia research at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He also served as a Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Following his post-doctoral training, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and The New York State Psychiatric Institute were he served as faculty for 12 years before joining MIRECC and Mount Sinai. Dr. Kimhy’s research funding includes numerous grants from NIMH and the National Alliance for Research of Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD).


Yulia Landa, PsyD, MS

Fellowship Director
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext. 3703
Dr. Yulia Landa conducts clinical and translational research aimed to improve treatment outcomes for patients suffering from psychosis.  Her work focuses on developing and evaluating targeted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions for the treatment and prevention of psychosis and identifying critical mechanisms (psychological and neurobiological) of their effects.  She has established individual, group and family-based CBT programs for patients experiencing delusions, paranoia and voice-hearing. To facilitate the dissemination of CBT for psychosis Dr. Landa has developed CBT for psychosis training programs and has been teaching clinicians both in the US and internationally.

Clinical & Health Services Research


Lisa Dixon, MD

Director, Clinical & Health Services Research
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5227
Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH conducts health services research that focuses on improving the quality of care for persons with SMI including increasing metabolic monitoring, reducing smoking, increasing consumer-driven family involvement in care, and reducing disability among persons who are early in the course of a psychotic illness.

Cheryl Corcoran, MD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5227
Dr. Corcoran has expertise in schizophrenia, specifically its early stages. She has research funding to study disturbances in sensory processing, language and social cognition across stages of schizophrenia, using MRI, EEG and more recently, automated natural language processing analysis to measure semantic coherence and syntactic complexity. She has used non-invasive brain stimulation for cognitive mapping and to identify targets and circuits for therapeutic neurostimulation. Dr. Corcoran has also studied the role of stress and drug use in onset and symptom expression in schizophrenia, as well as stigma and paths to prevention and recovery.

Translational Research


Vahram Haroutunian, PhD

Director of Research
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6082
Vahram Haroutunian, PhD uses postmortem human brain and genetically modified mouse model systems we study the neurobiology of serious mental illness with a strong, albeit not exclusive, emphasis on schizophrenia and molecular biological and genetic techniques.

Stella Dracheva, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6085
Stella Dracheva, PhD investigates the role of mRNA editing and epigenetic regulation (DNA methylation and histone modifications) in suicide and other psychiatric conditions using postmortem human brain specimens and/or animal models as well as state of the art methodologies (e.g., RNA-Seq, CHIP-Seq, Infinium 450K Methylation array).

Erin Hazlett, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.3701
Erin Hazlett, Ph.D. conducts multidisciplinary clinical research using neuroimaging and psychophysiological approaches. Her studies examine the neurobiology of attention and emotion processing abnormalities in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, personality disorders, and major depressive disorder. She has received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Mental Health, and private foundations (e.g., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation). Her most recent VA Merit Award grant uses functional and structural fMRI and psychophysiology to examine emotional processing in Veterans at low and high risk for suicide. If you are interested in finding out more about our studies, please call (718) 584-9000 x3635 (Daniel Vaccaro, Abby Feinberg, Clinical Research Assistants). Dr. Hazlett has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, is an associate editor for the journal Psychophysiology and on the Editorial Board of Psychiatry Research.

Panagiotis Roussos, MD, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6080
Panos Roussos's research is focused on discerning the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric illnesses through understanding the regulation of gene expression. He applies a combination of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics approaches to tackle these questions.

Philip R. Szeszko, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5869
Philip R. Szeszko, Ph.D. focuses on the role of abnormal white matter in the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and how these abnormalities may contribute to neuropsychological and functional outcome. He has received funding from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, DANA Foundation and National Institute of Mental Health to conduct brain imaging studies in patients with psychiatric disorders. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and sits on the Editorial Boards of Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry and Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

Retired Staff

Larry Siever, MD

Retired, VISN 2 MIRECC Director
Larry Siever, MD was the Chief of Psychiatry and Director of the MIRECC at the JJ Peters VAMC. Dr. Siever studied the etiology of the schizophrenia spectrum and affect and impulsive aggression regulation in serious mental illness.

Bruce Levine, MD

Retired Director, Education & Clinical Practice
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext. 5204
Bruce Levine, MD focuses on the implementation of the full spectrum of evidence based, recovery oriented practice: assessment and diagnosis, treatment partnership, psychotherapies and psychosocial interventions, and psychopharmacological treatments. 


 Mark Levinson, Administrative Officer 
    Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.3698 
Mary Corsey, Office Manager 
    Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5227 
Evelyn Padilla, Staff Assistant 
    Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.3699 
Maureen Kilmade, Staff Assistant 
    Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6953 

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VISN 2 MIRECC Main Office
JJP VAMC Room 6A-44
718-584-9000 Ext. 5227