David Silbersweig, M.D.
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. Studies combining neuroimaging with therapeutic, fluid biomarker, and genetic studies, to test mechanistic hypotheses, are underway. 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. Dr. Silbersweig has significant involvement in national/international research consortia. He is a Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and has played a notable role in shaping the rapidly developing field of neuropsychiatry through his translational research, his innovative educational activities, his invited presentations in the United States and abroad, and his work with scientific journals, NIH, conferences and organizations.
Margo Funk, MD, MA
Dr. Margo Funk is the new Program Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Program where she is also the 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. She then joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic where she was an attending psychiatrist on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service and the Associate Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Funk then joined the Department of Veterans Affairs first as the Chief of Psychiatry, then Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics. In 2019 she moved to the greater Boston area with her family to lead the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Program at VA Boston and most recently transitioned to her new role at the Brigham.
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.
Hermioni L. Amonoo, MD, MPP
Associate Program Director
Hermioni Amonoo is the Associate Training Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She is a physician-scientist and staff physician in the Division of Medical Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Dr. Amonoo received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School while she also obtained a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. She is also 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 Harvard Medical School, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Brigham Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Institute of Health (NIH). Her passion for education has inspired her to engage in several scholarly projects in medical education and to pursue a wide variety of teaching endeavors and mentorship for college and medical students, residents and physician assistants.
Jacob Taylor, MD
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.
Pamela Mahon, PHD
Research Track Co-Director
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.
Rachel Conrad, MD
Child Track Director
Rachel Conrad, M.D., is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and 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.
She is now director of the Child Psychiatry Track in the BWH/ HMS Psychiatry Residency Program and 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.
Naomi Schmelzer, MD
Director of Medical Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
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. Her academic focus has been on developing clinical initiatives to improve the management of agitation, reduce the use of restraint and seclusion, and improve delivery of care for patients who are boarding in the emergency room setting. 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.
Program Administrator/Education Program Manager
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 Residency Training Program, the Consultation-Liaison Fellowship, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and the medical student clerkship programs. Michelle brings prior experience working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. 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.