Residency in Psychiatry at Staten Island University Hospital

Residency in Psychiatry at Staten Island University Hospital


Welcome! We are pleased that you have chosen to learn more about the programs and educational experiences we offer to prospective residents. Our educational program is focused on helping you develop the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner, whatever type of practice you pursue: whether you choose an academic career, hospital-based practice or office practice.

Psychiatrists increasingly hold new and important roles within healthcare teams. Therefore, we believe it is important for you to be comfortable with the medical aspects of psychiatric care, the interface of psychiatric and medical illnesses and the impact of psychiatric morbidity on the outcome of both acute and chronic medical illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and oncologic disorders. Our training program will prepare you to be a healthcare leader, so you can cope with these demands confidently and be a force for constructive change in your community. 

About the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences

Our department is the most active provider of comprehensive mental health services on Staten Island, with over 1,450 inpatient discharges and 23,000 outpatient visits per year. We offer sophisticated multi-disciplinary care through our staff of accredited psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, activity therapists, primary care physicians and allied health professionals.

With 82 total beds, our inpatient services feature three programs: 

  • Adult acute psychiatric inpatient program, with a geriatric wing
  • Substance use inpatient detoxification program
  • Substance use disorders inpatient rehabilitation program
  • Additional adolescent inpatient treatment program at Zucker Hillside Hospital (training site)

Our outpatient services feature 14 programs:

  • Two adult outpatient mental health clinics (ages 18+)
  • Partial hospital program
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Substance abuse outpatient treatment program
  • HIV primary care program
  • Four opioid treatment programs (in Staten Island and Brooklyn)
  • Vocational education program
  • Integrated care programs
  • Integrated addictions services

Our department has a dedicated residency program building located at the hospital's south site. The building includes multiple resident offices, two state-of-the-art conference rooms, and a psychiatric resource library. This is in addition to the hospital’s Regina McGinn, M.D. Education Center at the north site, which includes several conference rooms, a medical library, simulation lab, classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium and comprehensive teleconferencing center.

We are part of a major teaching hospital, with residency programs in all principal medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties; these residencies provide direct clinical services, as well as outreach programs, to the community. 

Patient diversity

Our patient population presents a wide range of diversity. Twenty percent of Staten Island’s residents are foreign-born, and 11 percent are not fluent in English. (The hospital maintains a readily available live translation service for clinicians.) Although predominantly middle-class, about 10 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line. With respect to ethnicity, 68 percent are white, non-Hispanic; 15 percent are Hispanic; 10 percent are black/African-American non-Hispanic, and five percent are Asian-Pacific Islander non-Hispanic. Of the white, non-Hispanic population, 34 percent are of Italian ancestry and 14 percent are Irish. The remainder includes some who identify themselves as having German, Polish or any other European ancestry, but also a significant and increasing number of residents from the Balkans, especially Albania, as well as the Middle East, in particular, Egypt.

Candidate qualifications

We encourage you to consider applying to our program if:

  1. you are interested in a personalized, supportive and innovative approach to medical training
  2. you prefer a seminar-based educational environment, tailored to individual learning styles, which will integrate clinical experiences with traditional didactic methods
  3. you want to be exposed to a wide range of clinical experiences that will equip you to meet the challenges of future psychiatric practice
  4. you believe that psychiatry is a medical specialty and that it is important for psychiatrists to have solid medical knowledge, fitting them for practice in the integrated systems of health care delivery that will dominate medical practice in the coming decades
  5. you believe that learning evidence-based and clinically tested psychotherapy skills is essential if you want to be a well-rounded clinician
  6. you want to be part of a dynamic healthcare system with a commitment to novel approaches to medical education, as well as creative solutions to society's healthcare needs
  7. you want to learn how to understand psychiatry in the context of community, and in an environment as stimulating as New York City

Leadership & staff

Russell Joffe, M.D. 
Email: [email protected]

Timothy B. Sullivan, M.D. 
Vice Chair, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education 
Email: [email protected]

Joanne Pietro, R.N. 
Senior Director 
Email: [email protected]

Cassandra Walkin 
Residency Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Residents 
Email: [email protected]

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Staten Island University Hospital

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Department of Behavioral Health

Addressing the diverse mental health needs of the communities we serve by providing a continuum of high-quality psychological services and behavioral health resources