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VISN 3 MIRECC Contact Information

Larry Siever, MD

VISN 2 South MIRECC Director
Phone: 718-584-9000 ext. 5227
Larry Siever, MD is the Chief of Psychiatry and Director of the MIRECC at the JJ Peters VAMC. Dr. Siever studies the etiology of the schizophrenia spectrum and affect and impulsive aggression regulation in serious mental illness.

 Education & Clinical Practice


Bruce Levine, MD

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. 

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.



William Byne, MD, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6041
William Byne, MD, PhD employs a variety of postmortem histological and in vivo neuroimaging techniques to examine brain structure and function in serious mental illness and has recently initiated a pharmacological trial in schizophrenia.



Deborah Kayman, PhD, LMSW

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6705
As a social worker, my research priorities are to promote Veteran empowerment, safety and recovery by examining interventions to (a) prevent crises (e.g., through suicide risk assessment); (b) increase access to peer support (e.g., through new technologies); and (c) impart useful skills (e.g., for problem-solving).

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.

Marianne Goodman, MD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5188
Marianne Goodman, MD directs the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy clinical and research program and suicide prevention treatment program.

Sharat P. Iyer, MD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.3705

Deborah Perlick, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.3844
Deborah Perlick, Ph.D. investigates family factors in recovery and outcome in major mental disorders and develops and evaluates interventions to improve family and consumer outcomes in neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, mild traumatic brain disorder and schizophrenia.

Translational Research


Vahram Haroutunian, PhD

Director of Research, VISN 2 South MIRECC Acting Director
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.

Katherine Burdick, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.5227
Dr. Burdick's primary research interest is in neurocognitive dysfunction in major psychiatric disorders with a focus on understanding its underlying etiologies through genetics, neuroimaging, and novel treatment strategies. She has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), and the Stanley Medical Research Institute to conduct her research. Dr. Burdick has authored more than 50 publications in this area, including the first published book focused on the cognitive deficits common in bipolar disorder. She is considered a leader in the field of cognitive genomics.

William Byne, MD, PhD

Phone: 718-584-9000 ext.6041
William Byne, MD, PhD employs a variety of postmortem histological and in vivo neuroimaging techniques to examine brain structure and function in serious mental illness and has recently initiated a pharmacological trial in schizophrenia.

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.'s research uses neuroimaging and psychophysiological approaches to examine the neurobiology of attention and emotion processing abnormalities in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and borderline personality disorder.

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.


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