Our Leadership Team
Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. David Silbersweig is a neurologist and psychiatrist, and serves as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Institute for the Neurosciences. He is the Harvard Medical School Dean for Academic Programs at Partners HealthCare and the Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silbersweig is one of the pioneers of functional neuroimaging research in psychiatry. He and his colleagues focus upon the development and application of new neuroimaging techniques to localize and characterize brain circuitry dysfunction underlying major psychiatric disorders. The aim of Dr. Silbersweig’s systems-level neuropathophysiology work is to help provide a foundation for the development of novel, targeted, biologically based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to aid those suffering with mental illness.
Vice Chair for Education
Dr. Margo Funk is the Program Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Program, Vice Chair for Education and Director of Cardiovascular Psychiatry. Dr. Funk completed her medical training at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and psychiatry training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Funk is nationally recognized for her work in Cardiovascular Psychiatry with specific interests in QTc prolongation, stress-related cardiac disorders, and the interface of cardiac adverse effects in people who inject drugs. Dr. Funk is a strong supporter of the development of institutional policies and initiatives to promote physician well-being, including those that support the retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minority physicians into healthcare leadership roles.
Associate Program Director
Research Track Co-Director
Jacob Taylor is the Assistant Training Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is also a co-director of the research track and an associated scientist at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. He completed medical school, a master’s in public health and psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins before coming to BWH in 2016. He is a co-teacher of the PGY2 Phenomenology course and also supervises the outpatient clinics for several PGY2 residents each year. His research is focused on how to best evaluate psychopathologic domains in the context of large-scale genetic studies, the implications of etiologic heterogeneity on psychiatric genetic research and how to integrate genetic findings together with psychiatric phenomenology in order to inform psychiatric nosology.
Associate Program Director
Dr. Amonoo is the Associate Training Director of the Brigham Psychiatry Residency. She is a physician-scientist and staff physician in the Division of Medical Psychiatry at BWH and the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Dr. Amonoo received her medical degree from HMS while she also obtained a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her residency training at MGH/McLean. She is a graduate of the psychosomatic medicine/psycho-oncology fellowship at BWH/DFCI. Her program of research aims to understand the impact of psychiatric illness, management strategies and palliative care in vulnerable cancer populations to develop innovative and practical psychological interventions for patients with cancer and their caregivers. Her research has been consistently funded by HMS, the BWH/Brigham Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Institute of Health (NIH).
Research Track Co-Director
Associate Vice Chair for Research
Dr. Mahon is the Director of the Mood Trajectories and Outcomes Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Research Track. She received her PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research aims to understand causes, course of illness and outcomes of mood and stress related disorders, utilizing multidisciplinary approaches to answer these questions, integrating methods from neuroimaging, genomics and neuroendocrinology. Specific goals include characterizing neurobiological mechanisms leading to different illness trajectories and developing biomarkers to predict treatment response. Dr. Mahon has authored over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts on mood, stress and related disorders and her research has been consistently funded by the NIH since 2012, including K01, R01 and U54 project awards.
Child Track Director
Dr. Conrad is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Director of the Child Psychiatry Track in the BWH/HMS Psychiatry Residency Program. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine where she was in the ethics program at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She trained in Adult Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she served as outpatient chief. She completed a fellowship in Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. Dr. Conrad lectures on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to medical students, residents and fellows. She is co-director of the Medical Ethics and Professionalism at Harvard Medical School and director of Young Adult Mental Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She publishes about ethical challenges in psychiatry as well as resilience among medical students and residents.
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Site Director
Dr. Naomi Schmelzer is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist and the Director of Medical Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH). She is also the BWFH Site Director for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)/Harvard Medical School (HMS) Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Schmelzer received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before completing her Medical Doctor (MD), Master of Public Health (MPH), and psychiatry residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai Hospital) in New York. She finished her training with a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at BWH.
Dr. Schmelzer has a clinical interest in Emergency Psychiatry and, prior to joining BWH, she was the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including a new role as core faculty for the HMS Mind Brain and Behavior preclinical neuroscience course.
Director of Outpatient Education
Dr. Millott is the Director of Education for Outpatient Psychiatry at Brigham Psychiatric Specialties where residents complete most of their general and outpatient psychiatry work. Dr. Millott coordinates psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision and is a beloved supervisor of many residents.
Director of Inpatient Education
Amy Uber, MD
Dr. Amy Uber is a graduate of the BWH/HMS Psychiatry Residency Program where she was the Academic Chief Resident in 2021-2022. In that role she led the first phase of a multi-year curriculum redesign of the residency didactic half-day. We are thrilled that Dr. Uber has joined the faculty as an inpatient psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital where she is the newly appointed Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Education.
McLean Site Director
Dr. Emily Deringer is a board-certified general and addiction psychiatrist with clinical interests including treatment of co-occurring substance use and personality disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and emergency psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Dr. Deringer is an assistant program director for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the McLean Site Director for the Brigham and Women's Psychiatry Residency.
Michelle Laflam is the Education Program Manager for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Department of Psychiatry where she supports the department’s educational efforts with the Psychiatry Training Programs. She especially enjoys supporting our residents and is committed to seeing our trainees succeed in their educational and career endeavors. Michelle is a graduate of Stonehill College in Eastern, MA where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Sarah Oswald joined the Psychiatry Department in 2021. She coordinates the the recruitment and accreditation activities for the Departments Fellowships, Psychology Internship and Medical Student Clerkship Programs. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Health Policy and Administration.