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Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry

Connecting The World Of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) is honored to sponsor the Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry. With origins in a generous bequest to the NUMC Department of Psychiatry from Long Island psychiatrist Dr. Olga Von Tauber, and her husband, Dr. Robert Von Tauber, the Institute's vision is to study the phenomenon of globalization in the delivery of sensitive and culturally competent care to Long Island's multiethnic patient population.

By examining the physician migrant experience in the United States and abroad, the Institute proposes to highlight issues faced by international medical graduates in the United States. The aim of the Institute is to create more effective training models and to offer informed perspectives in teaching the next generation of medical professionals.

Dr. Olga Von Tauber (1907-2002), a psychiatrist and philanthropist, served the Long Island community and was named the first female director of a state psychiatric hospital. Dr. Olga Von Tauber was a pioneer of progressive values in psychiatry. By using her bequest to establish the Institute, we are supporting the behavioral resilience of the people in the Long Island communities she served and cared for, while creating a lasting memorial to her exemplary values and work.

As psychiatry addresses the social and behavioral well-being of the whole person, it is a holistic medical specialty that is profoundly impacted by the social effects of globalization -- perhaps more than any other specialty. As physicians move across national boundaries, they must read the signs and symptoms of illness through the lenses of the mainstream cultures. Psychiatrists are equipped to appreciate the profound impact of relocation to new cultural contexts, and their work is challenged by the necessity to reframe observations from the perspective of the new society.

Growing Trends

Since the 1950s, increasing numbers of physicians from across the globe have traveled to North America in search of medical education and training. These immigrant physicians, known as international medical graduates (IMGs), occupy one-third of all residency positions and account for one-quarter of all psychiatrists in the United States. They play a critical role in caring for the seriously mentally ill and are overrepresented in the care of the uninsured and the minorities.

The initial focus of the Institute has been defined to emphasize the study of the impact of international translocation on the education and careers of immigrant psychiatrists learning and practicing in cross-cultural contexts, in relation to the needs of the multicultural patients they treat.

Future goals for the VTIGP are to organize conferences on global psychiatry; facilitate travel and exchange of psychiatric residents and scholars across countries and continents in order to learn from one another; foster knowledge and future study on globalization as it relates to cross-cultural aspects through specific workshops and symposiums; and prepare research grant proposals to study the various aspects of globalization and culture in further support of VTIGP's mission.

Vision & Mission

Vision:

  • To lead in the education, culturally competent training and cutting edge technological advancements available to all those physicians who seek training at NuHealth, including its International Medical Graduates.
  • To lead in delivering culturally competent, state-of-the-art clinical care to the surrounding communities of NuHealth, including immigrants and refugees living on Long Island.
  • To lead psychosocial research focusing on the interface between acculturation, medical education and practice, and in disseminating the knowledge thus gained for the advancement of the field.

Mission:

  • To serve as the intellectual wing of the Department of Psychiatry in its mission to deliver safe and high quality clinical care and support faculty development needs.
  • To advance and disseminate knowledge and develop best practices in community psychiatry, supporting the interface between psychiatry and primary care.
  • To help develop department services and innovative models of care to support NuHealth's commitment to the realization of the 'Triple Aim' goal of improving the health of the population; enhancing the patient experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability), and providing value through increased efficiencies.
  • To help the Department of Psychiatry develop strategies and practices supporting NuHealth's commitment to the education of physicians and other disciplines, including nursing.
  • To study the impacts of globalization on the immigration patterns of physicians across the globe as they affect physician workforce policies currently developing within the United States.
  • To study the health workforce needs of the underserved population on Long Island and advocate policies that that help advance healthcare on Long Island.
  • To study the impact of migrant communities on local cultures, and vice versa, in developing successful acculturation models.
 

Advisory Board

Francis G. Lu, MD

A professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Francis G. Lu, MD, is also the director of the Cultural Competence and Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he has worked for over 29 years. He is the founder of the Asian Focus Psychiatric Inpatient Program, which served as a model for five other focus programs serving Black, Latino, women, gay/lesbian and HIV patients. In 1987, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) awarded these programs a Certificate of Significant Achievement.

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John J. Norcini, PhD

John J. Norcini, Ph.D. became the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) in May 2002. Prior to his position at FAIMER, Dr. Borcini worked at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for 25 years, working his way up from data analyst and associate in psychometrics to Director of Psychometrics. He held two senior positions at ABIM from 1988 to 1997 and from 1997 until 2002.

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Nyapati R. Rao, MD, MS

Nyapati R. Rao, known to his friends as Raghu Rao, completed his undergraduate medical education in India and migrated to the United States for postgraduate training in Psychiatry. He completed his residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he was later appointed the director of residency training in psychiatry. Subsequently, he directed the psychiatry training program at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center and is now the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NUMC and the Chief Academic Officer at NuHealth.

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Laura Roberts, MD

Laura Roberts, M.D. is the Charles E. Kubly Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She founded and serves as Director of the Empirical Ethics Group, a multi-site, multidisciplinary research team devoted to exploring clinical ethical issues in medicine.

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Dr. Roberts received fellowship training and served as the Director of Programs at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago prior to her tenure in New Mexico. She has written extensively on innovations in medical ethics education and she has guest-edited special issues on the topic for Academic Medicine in 1989 and Academic Psychiatry in 1996. Dr. Roberts is the recipient of two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards and has received several NIH-funded research grants, including a Career Scientist Award from the NIMH.

Through multiple avenues on local, regional and national levels, Dr. Roberts focuses on improving the care of people with serious illnesses. A valued teacher, she has received many honors and awards from medical students, residents and faculty colleagues. In her role as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she continues to teach, present, and publish on topics related to ethics in physical and mental health care, research ethics, rural ethics, and medical education.

Her scholarly work has focused on six lines of conceptual and empirical study, all related to ethical issues in clinical care, research and education involving special populations. She has pursued a systematic, sequential elaboration of two themes: clarifying the nature, determinants, predisposing features and ramifications of human vulnerability and strength; and seeking to understand the relationship between experience, education and moral development. Dr. Roberts envisions that her scholarly life will continue to be dedicated to these related conceptual areas and to discovering ways to apply what she has learned in a sound manner within the profession of medicine.

Dr. Robert's work focuses on the translation of concepts and observations (i.e., theory and data) into concrete, constructive interventions to enhance the experience of others. She contends that valuing and finding ethical meaning in the perspective of the individual, and then discovering the patterns present in groups of individuals, are special gifts that the field of psychiatry can bring to clinical ethics.

Joel Yager, MD

Joel Yager, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and also Professor Emeritus at both UCLA and the University of New Mexico. His research has focused on eating disorders, primary-care psychiatry, medical professional development and education, practice guidelines and mental health services research.

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Dr. Yager currently chairs the American Psychiatric Association's Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines and serves on the Oversight Work Group and Scientific Review Committee for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5). He has previously served in many other capacities for the American Psychiatric Association and on Committees of the Institute of Medicine and NIMH. He has also served as president and chaired major committees in several professional organizations and been appointed to editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry and Academic Psychiatry. He currently serves an associate editor of Journal Watch for Psychiatry and on the editorial boards of seven other psychiatric journals. He has published more than 250 articles and chapters and eight edited books.

Throughout his career, Dr. Yager has received honors and awards from the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, National Institute of Mental Health, Association for Academic Psychiatry, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the National Eating Disorders Association.

Jacob Sperber, MD

Jacob Sperber, M.D. has been a psychiatry residency training director for eleven years, and is currently the Vice Chair for Education & Training, and the Residency Training Director, in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), East Meadow, New York. In addition to overseeing the psychiatry residency, two psychiatry fellowships, and medical student rotations from three medical schools, he also heads the curricula for interviewing and for psychotherapies training, and lectures on the neurobiology of addiction. Under his leadership in 2007 and in 2013 the NUMC residency program twice received the maximum ACGME accreditation of five years, with commendation. He has also chaired or co-chaired many institutional committees, including the hospital's Competencies and Curricula Committee, the APA's IMG Institute, and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatrys Global Psychiatry Committee. His is the founding Associate Director of the von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry, www.vtigp.org.

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Second Annual Von Tauber Award

(Left to right) Drs. Nyapti Rao, Dinesh Bhugra, & Jacob Sperber

On November 12 and 13, 2013, the von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry, a research arm of NuHealth's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, honored Professor Dinesh Bhugra with the Second Annual von Tauber Award for Global Psychiatry, in recognition of his outstanding service and accomplishments in world psychiatry. At the ceremony in the NUMC Amphitheater, NUMC Psychiatry Chair and von Tauber Institute Director Nyapati Rao, MD, MS, praised the recipient for his extraordinary accomplishments in the field, which include presidency of the UK Royal College of Psychiatry and upcoming presidency of the World Psychiatric Association.

Panelists at the Tuesday evening colloquium on Public Psychiatry, hosted by the NuHealth Medical Director Steve Walerstein, included Robert Detor, Executive Director of the Long Island Home, James Dolan, Nassau County Commissioner of Mental Health, Robert Hettenbach, CEO of PSCH, and David Nemiroff, VP of Patient Transitions for FQHCs. Newly-appointed NY State Commissioner of Mental Health, Ann Sullivan, joined the colloquim by speaker phone, and the first von Tauber award winner, Hofstra sociologist Margaret Abraham attended the ceremony to congratulate Dr. Bhugra. Jacob Sperber, MD, von Tauber Associate Director, expressed the Institute's pride in having as its Director Dr. Rao and first two awardees Drs. Abraham and Bhugra, three professionals whose work exemplifies not only exceptional scholarship but also fierce advocacy for groups who are victims of stigma and discrimination. In addition to the two celebratory events, Dr. Bhugra taught NuHealth residents, fellows, and faculty at a clinical case conference and a presentation of research projects, offering his wise clinical teaching and sharp editorial feedback.

DATE

PRESENTER

September 3 2014

Department Meeting

Raghu Rao, MD, MS

September 10, 2014

Nyapati Rao, MD

 

September 17, 2014

 

Alan B. Ettinger, MD

Chief, Division of EEG and Epilepsy,

Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Long Island Jewish Medical Center,

"Attention deficit disorder and epilepsy

 

September 24, 2014

 

Petros Levounis, MD, MA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital

"Marijuana"

October 1, 2014

Departmental Meeting

October 8, 2014

 

Richard A. Friedman, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

 

October 15, 2014

 

 

October 22, 2014

 

Rachel Yehuda, MD

Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center at James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

 

October 29, 2014

 

Philip R. Muskin, MD

Professor of Psychiatry @ CUMC

Chief of Service: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Univ. Medical Center Chair: Scientific Program Committee for the APA Annual Meeting

“Perspectives on the hospital experience from an analyst who wears a white coat: Why do doctors sometimes act like borderlines?”

November 5, 2014

Departmental Meeting

November 12, 2014

Von Tauber Day

Francis Lu, MD

Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Step VII, Emeritus

University of California, Davis

"Cultural Issues in Diagnosis and Formulation: From DSM-IV to DSM-5"

November 19, 2014

 

Joseph F. Goldberg, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

"Suicide Risk and Management in Bipolar Disorder"

 

November 26, 2014

 

Katharine Phillips, M.D. (Tele Grand Rounds)

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Director of Research for Adult Psychiatry

Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program

Rhode Island Hospital

Body dysmorphic disorder

December 3, 2014

Departmental Meeting

 

December 10, 2014

 

Ann Sullivan, MD

Queens Health Network Senior Vice President

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

"Healthcare Reform and the Transformation of the New York State Public Mental Health System".

December 17, 2014

 

Michael Garrett, MD
Vice Chairman and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis in a Psychoanalytic Frame

December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

December 31, 2014

New years Eve

January 7, 2015

Departmental Meeting

January 14, 2015

Jack Barchas, MD

Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chair

Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, The New York-Presbyterian Hospital,/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Adventures in Psychiatry and Health Policy: Some Rules of Play”.

January 21, 2015

Joseph E LeDoux’

The Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, and professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University.

"Coming to Terms with Fear"

January 28, 2015

Howard Kassinove, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology and

Director, Institute for the Study and Treatment of Anger and Aggression; Fellow, American Psychological Association

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Advances in the Treatment of Anger.”

February 4, 2015

Departmental Meeting

February 11, 2015

Joel Yager, MD (Tele Grand Rounds)

Eating Disorders: An update on diagnosis and treatment

February 18, 2015

Stephen R. Marder, M.D. (Tele Grand Rounds)

Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA

"New Clinical Targets for Improving the Outcome of Schizophrenia".

February 25, 2015

Michael First, MD

March 4, 2015

Departmental Meeting

March 11, 2015

Christoph U. Correll, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine

Medical Director; Recognition and Prevention Program

The Zucker Hillside Hospital

After CATIE, CUtLASS, CAFÉ and EUFEST: How Should We Treat Schizophrenia?”

March 18, 2015

Michael Stone, MD

March 25, 2015

Robert L. Leahy PhD

Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

"Emotion regulation and psychopathology"

April 1, 2015

Departmental Meeting

April 8, 2015

Christopher Cain, PhD

Research Assistant Professor; NYU Langone Medical Center, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

April 15, 2015

Carol Bernstein, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training

New York University School of Medicine

Past President, American Psychiatric Association

The Changing Face of Medicine: The Next Generation of Psychiatrists

April 22, 2015

Ramin Parsey, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Stony Brook University Hospital
Director of PET Research

April 29, 2015

Gabrielle R. Chiaramonte, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York Presbyterian Hospital

May 6,2015

Departmental Meeting

May 13,2015

Edmond Pi, MD

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine,

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.

"Cross-cultural Psychopharmacology: A Current Clinical Perspective"

May 20, 2015

Laura Lamontanaro, PsyD

May 27, 2015

Scott Haltzman, MD

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
"Why Psychiatrists Should Care about Marriage; and What They Can Do about It"

June 3 2015

Departmental Meeting

June 10, 2015

Philip G Janicak, MD

Rush Medical College
Professor and Medical Director, Psychiatric Clinic
The Efficacy of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression: A Review of the Evidence"

June 17, 2015

Richard Krueger, MD

Paraphilic disorders in DSM-5 and ICD-11.”

June 24, 2015

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Grand Rounds Schedule
September 2013 - June 2014

Date

Presenter

Topic

September 4, 2013

Department Meeting

September 11, 2013

Jacob Sperber, MD

Vice-Chair for Education & Training, Residency Director - Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Nassau University Medical Center

"The Difficult Patient Part 1"

September 18, 2013

Ross Levin, PhD

Behavioral sleep specialist in independent practice in New York City

"Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia"

September 25, 2013

Ramin Parsey, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Stony Brook University Hospital Director of PET Research

"Brain Imaging in Mood Disorders"

October 2, 2013

Department Meeting

October 9, 2013

Alan Silver Esq.

Partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP and the director of the firm's Elder Law Practice.

"The Mental Hygiene Law"

October 16, 2013

Wayne Goodman, MD (Canceled)

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Deep brain stimulation for intractable OCD"

October 23, 2013

Robert Ronis, MD

Douglas Danford Bond Professor and Chairman Department of Psychiatry University Hospitals Health System, Ohio

" The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's Maintenance of Certification Program: Lifelong Learning in the Era of Public Accountability "

October 30, 2013

Joseph Goldberg, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Controversies in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder"

November 6, 2013

Department Meeting

November 13, 2013

Dinesh Bhugra, MD

President- Elect of the World Psychiatric Association, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, London

" Migrants and mental health"

November 20, 2013

Daniel N Klein, PhD

Chair, Department of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, at Stony Brook University

"Chronic Depression"

November 27, 2013

Jacob Sperber, MD

Vice-Chair for Education & Training, Residency Director - Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Nassau University Medical Center

"Addicted Brain, Derailed Mind, Self-Defeating Behavior:
Neurobiological Mechanisms of the Addict's Inability to Learn from Past Bad Outcomes"

December 4, 2013

Department Meeting

December 11, 2013

B Timothy Walsh, MD

Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

"Anorexia Nervosa: what is new about an old illness?"

December 18, 2013

Tomer T. Levin MBBS, FAPM, ACT

Associate Attending Psychiatrist

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

"Acute cancer cognitive therapy"

December 25, 2013

Winter Holidays

January 1, 2014

New Year's Day

January 8, 2014

Department Meeting

January 15, 2014

Charles Kellner MD

Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"ECT"

January 22, 2014

Alan B. Ettinger, MD (Canceled)

Chief, Division of EEG and Epilepsy, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Long Island Jewish Medical Center

"Attention deficit disorder and epilepsy"

January 29, 2014

Petros Levounis, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

"The Behavioral Addictions, Drug Interactions, the Neurobiology of Addiction, and the DSM-5 "

February 5, 2014

Department Meeting

February 12, 2014

Andrew Francis, M.D. and Rachit Patel, MD (Chief Resident)

Professor of Psychiatry Director of Inpatient & Day Treatment Services Associate Director of Residency Training, SUNY Stony Brook

"The Mental Experience of Catatonia"

February 19, 2014

John Kane, MD

Vice President for Behavioral Health Services of the North Shore - LIJ Health System; Chairman of Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital

"Pharmacologic treatment of schizophrenia: How far have we come?"

February 26, 2014

Lloyd Sederer, MD

The Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH)

"The Family Guide To Mental Health Care"

March 5, 2014

Department Meeting

March 12, 2014

Christopher U. Correll, MD

Professor of psychiatry and molecular medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and medical director of the Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program at the Zucker Hillside Hospital

"Best Clinical Practices in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: An Introduction"

March 19, 2014

Delores Malaspina, MD

Anita and Joseph Steckler Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center; NY, NY: Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, NY, NY: Consulting Psychiatrist, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, NY State Department of Mental Health.

"Sporadic Schizophrenia and beyond the genome"

March 26, 2014

Carrie Ernst, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Issues in the HIV Positive Patient"

April 2, 2014

Department Meeting

April 9, 2014

Steven Schreiber, MD

Feinstein School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago

"Changes in GME, and the Future of Psychiatry"

April 16, 2014

Charles O'Brien, MD, PHD

Chief of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center

"From animal's models to a personalized treatment for alcoholism, an incremental improvement in efficacy"

April 23, 2014

Fred Goodwin, MD

Professor of Psychiatry at The George Washington University and Director of the University's Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society

"Why DSM-V should have returned to Kraepelin's concept of manic-depressive illness"

April 30, 2014

Laura Lamontanaro, PhD

Director of Psychology Training Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Nassau University Medical Center

"Understanding and Treating Severe Character Pathology"

May 7,2014

Department Meeting

May 14,2014

Wayne Goodman, MD

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Deep brain stimulation for intractable OCD"

May 21, 2014

Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD

Professor and chairperson of the Psychology Department at St. John's University and Director of Education at the Albert Ellis Institute

"Distinctive features of Cognitive Behavior Therapies and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy"

May 28, 2014

Paola Conte, PhD

"ACT Mindfully: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy"

June 4, 2014

Department Meeting

June 11, 2014

Alec L. Miller, PsyD

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Montefiore Medical Center Co-Founder, CBC

"DBT with Adolescents, skills development"

June 18, 2014

Nassir Ghaemi, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Mood Disorders Program, Tufts Medical Center

TBD

June 25, 2014

TBD

TBD

First Annual Von Tauber Award

Margret Abraham, Ph.D. receives the Olga von Tauber award for scholarly contributions to global mental health.

The Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry presented the first annual Olga von Tauber Award for scholarly contributions to global mental health to Margaret Abraham, Ph.D.

The award presentation was followed by Dr. Abraham's discussion on Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. NUMC and Hofstra staff and trainees, as well as interested members of the public attended.

Dr. Margaret Abraham is Professor and former Chair of Sociology, and Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives, at Hofstra University. She is the Vice President, Research, of the International Sociological Association (2010-2014). She also serves as the American Sociological Association Representative to the International Sociological Association for 2010-2014. Her receipt of the von Tauber Award reflects her unique achievements in combining scholarly research on the neglected topic of trauma to immigrant women with strong advocacy for the subjects of her study.

The Von Tauber Institute for Global Psychiatry originated with a generous bequest to the NUMC Department of Psychiatry from Long Island psychiatrist Dr. Olga Von Tauber and her husband Dr. Robert Von Tauber.

Olga Von Tauber's Many Gifts

In 1945, Olga Von Tauber came to the United States from Vienna at the age of 38, and became a naturalized citizen in 1951. In the US, she started her career as a resident doctor in psychiatry at St. Joseph's Hospital in the Bronx, NY from 1946 to 1947. Later, she obtained board certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). For a brief period (1944-45), she served as a visiting professor to the University of Haiti at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Beginning in the early the 1950s, Dr. Von Tauber had served in Kings Park State Hospital in various positions, initially as a supervising psychiatrist, then as an associate director, and finally as the first woman director in 1968. As the first woman director of a State Hospital in New York, Dr. Olga von Tauber was a pioneer for progressive values in psychiatry.

In 1986, the National Faculty Directory reported that Von Tauber was a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook, NY. After a long and luminous career and life, Dr. Von Tauber died at the age of 95.

Dr. Von Tauber's philanthropic activities were many. Huntington Hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, received a donation from the estate of Robert Von Tauber and Olga Von Tauber in 2004. In 2010, Nassau Health Care Foundation (NHCF) reported receiving a bequest of $188,665 from the Von Tauber Revocable Trust, to enhance the department of psychiatry at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). This bequest is an initial partial distribution of the total pledge of approximately $350,000 being made to Nuhealth to be used solely and exclusively to improve the Department of Psychiatry programs. With such a generous gift, the department launched The Von Tauber Institute for the Study of Global Psychiatry to realize the vision behind the Von Tauber's bequest by studying the phenomenon of globalization and its various manifestations with the goal of delivering sensitive and culturally competent care to Long Island's multiethnic patient population.