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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Current Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

Current Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

As part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, our fellows are honored to serve as clinicians and members of treatment teams to provide care for the full diagnostic spectrum of psychiatric disorders, as well as to serve as teachers, mentors, consultants, and community leaders.

Second-Year Fellows

Laura Campbell, MD
Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY-5)

Laura graduated from Tufts University with a BA in clinical psychology and completed the postbaccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University. In the interval between undergraduate education and medical school, she lived in India, working with a nonprofit providing support services for pediatric oncology patients and families. She also worked in children’s mental health research at Columbia University and NYU Langone’s Child Study Center with a focus on systems of care. Laura attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed general psychiatry residency at University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center. She is looking forward to a career serving diverse, historically underserved patient populations. During residency, she served as a co-chair for the Residency Diversity and Social Justice Committee. She also has an ongoing focus on improving care for transgender and gender diverse patients. Laura’s hobbies include traveling, reading young adult literature, figure drawing, and pop culture deep dives.

Alex El Sehamy, MD

Alex graduated from NYU College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies (CAMS). He completed his medical school and general psychiatry training at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Kings County Hospital Center. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a medical student and into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society during postgraduate year 2 (PGY2). Alex is currently an American Psychiatric Association (APA)/American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow and serves on the APA’s Council on Communications. Outside of clinical activities, he is interested in clinical education and public and media communications on topics concerning mental health. His hobbies include playing live music (bass guitar and percussion), tennis, writing, and hiking.

Alexandra Hamlyn, MD

A graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, Alexandra earned a bachelor of science in biology. She completed medical school at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and completed her psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Alexandra has published papers on numerous topics including ciprofloxacin and clozapine interactions, tanning addiction, anorexia, and skin cancer correlations. She has also participated in extensive community service projects throughout medical school and residency.

During residency, Alexandra worked on a volunteer basis at the Story Time and Teen Talk programs at Mount Sinai Morningside and served as a student director for the Junior Urban Medical Pioneer Program at Cooper Medical School, where she was awarded the Century Service Award for her volunteer efforts. Her hobbies include brunching, entering Broadway lotteries, and playing with her dog. She is currently on the hunt to find the best chips and guacamole in New York City.

Ali Khan, MD
Ali is currently a second-year child psychiatry fellow and the Inpatient Chief here at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Ali completed medical school at Ziauddin College of Medicine in Karachi, Pakistan, followed by three years of an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Ali is an avid researcher with more than 25 publications in the field of psychiatry based on his various clinical trials and research experiences. He is currently working on an Umbrella Review on Vaping and mental health conditions in children within the department. His accomplishments include having won the Area V Resident–Fellow Member Poster Competition at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference, Research Excellence Award during his residency and 3rd position at New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) Resident-Fellow poster contest.

During his residency, Ali presented posters at APA, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry meetings. He also served in leadership positions as an elected class representative and member of the program evaluation committee. He has also worked as an active member of the Children’s Bereavement Center in Harlingen, Texas. During Fellowship Ali Served on House staff leadership committee, Program Evaluation Committee and Recruitment Committee. In addition to that Ali will be co-teaching an undergraduate class, “Love Actually,” part of the child adolescent psychiatry minor program here at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Ali’s professional interests include neurodevelopment, mood disorders, and addiction. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket and was a member of the national cricket team of Pakistan before pursuing his medical degree. He also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, competitive sports, and most importantly, spending time with his loving family.

Zachary Michael Lane, MD

Zach completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at NYU. He has experience in basic, translational, and clinical research with work in bacterial signal transduction at Columbia University, maternal–fetal medicine and infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and in functional neuroimaging and hormone response to bariatric surgery in patients with binge eating disorders at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Zach completed his medical training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical school and his general psychiatry residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Before starting fellowship, Zach worked in program development at The Bowery Mission in New York City, where he developed an evidence-based psychosocial screening process for client intake.

Jenna Margolis, DO

Jenna is from Westchester, New York, and attended college at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she graduated with highest distinction honors as a child development and family studies major. She completed medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jenna has received multiple awards including Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for her work as an AmeriCorps leader at a Head Start program, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Abby Marlatt Scholarship for academic achievement. She completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she was involved in various research projects related to COVID-19’s impact on the wellbeing of the pediatric population. Jenna’s interests include cooking, hiking, and stand-up comedy.

Rebecca (Becky) Sturner, MD

Becky is originally from Baltimore, where she stayed to complete her undergraduate studies in psychology and natural sciences at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on biology and neuroscience and Alzheimer’s disease research. After college, Becky spent time at Stanford University researching care coordination for kids with complex illnesses and lived in a hacker house. She then went to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she led a program for patient advocacy and started a research project to learn more about children with chronic pain syndromes. Becky completed her general psychiatry residency at University of California, San Diego. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, baking, playing tennis, and spoiling her golden retriever puppy, Ari.

Sophia Walker, MD

Sophia completed her bachelor’s degree in structural biology/biophysics, medical education, and general psychiatry residency all at the University of Connecticut. She has experience in wet lab and clinical research throughout her postsecondary education and medical training on topics including self-assembling nanoparticle vaccines, use of pharmacogenomics in pediatric populations, and development of a homicide assessment tool for adolescents. Sophia has received recognition from key stakeholder organizations for her scholarly activities and presentations, including the AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowship Award, the APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Award, and the Avielle Foundation Travel Award. As an undergraduate she was also inducted into thePhi Beta KappaSociety. Her current clinical and research interests include neuropsychiatry, neurodevelopmental disorders, and consult–liaison/collaborative care. Sophia’s personal interests include tennis, cycling, skiing, poetry, and horse riding.

Eric Whitney, MD, MSEd

Eric graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts in human biology. After graduation, he worked for two years as an elementary school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, before completing a postbaccalaureate and applying to medical school. He attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he served as a Pritkzer Chief during his fourth year.

Eric moved back to New York for residency where he completed his adult psychiatry training at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. As a resident, he was the recipient of the Department of Psychiatry’s Junior Resident Teaching Award as well as a 2020–2022 APA/APAF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship to support research work with the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service. Clinically, Eric is interested in juvenile justice, public child psychiatry, and trauma-informed care. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Arifa Zaidi, MD

Arifa is a lifelong New Yorker, who graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in psychology. She went on to SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University for medical school as a part of the BA/MD program and completed an adult psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Morningside/West, where she served on various academic committees and as a representative to the Committee of Interns and Residents Union. Arifa’s research primarily centers around childhood trauma and medical student education. She is interested in public psychiatry, and volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights to help individuals seeking asylum. Her personal interests include singing, cooking with her husband, tennis, and skiing.

First-Year Fellows

Haley Berka, MD

Haley is a California native and is excited to be experiencing a new region of the country! She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in human biology and went on to complete medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. While there, she enjoyed volunteering at student-run clinics and participated in a pilot project assessing mental health needs of refugees at a free clinic in Clarkston, Georgia. She also conducted research investigating neuroimaging for identifying focal cortical dysplasia to guide treatment of children with intractable epilepsy. She returned to the West Coast to complete her general psychiatry training at University of California, San Diego, where she had the opportunity to get further specialized training working with transition age youth at UCSD’s comprehensive eating disorders program, college mental health clinic, and research clinic for early-onset psychosis. She additionally completed a year-long fellowship with the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center and is excited to continue to pursue her interests in family dynamics and play therapy while training in New York City. In her free time, she is an avid reader and enjoys discovering new coffee shops and restaurants.

William Coe, MD, MPH

William is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. Growing up, he spent most of his time outdoors, romping around in the woods, playing sports, and making music. He attended North Carolina State University on the Park Scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in public health and residency training at Yale University. His current research with Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, is focused on structural racism in substance use disorder treatment. His clinical interests include adolescent addiction, complex trauma, and improving our systems of care. In his free time, William enjoys cooking, reading (preferably with a nice cup of coffee in hand), and taking his dog Sadie on long walks in Prospect Park.

Michael Chung, MD

Michael was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed a BA at the University of Rochester. After college, he completed an MSHS specializing in environmental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was an emergency room scribe for two years at Emory University before completing medical school at St. George’s University. During his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center–Kings County Hospital Center, Michael was involved with the Brooklyn Free Clinic, Physicians for Human Rights, and research on dual-diagnosis patients with Dr. Michele Pato. Michael is currently an American Psychiatric Association (APA)/American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow and serves on the APA’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry. Michael’s interests in psychiatry involve dual-diagnosis, trauma, psychedelics’ role in affective/trauma disorders, and anti-racism in medicine. Michael enjoys coffee (preferably cold brew), JRPG games, lifting, and spending time with his loved ones.

Sakshi Dhir, MD

Sakshi graduated from McGill University with a BS in anatomy and cell biology. She completed her medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and her general psychiatry residency at Central Michigan University. She has held various leadership positions throughout her academic years. She was one of two consultant program directors for McGill’s Comparative Healthcare System program and executed a healthcare trip to Taiwan to compare the Canadian and Taiwanese healthcare systems. She was also a team executive for McGill’s Youth Outreach program, where she volunteered at homes for youth at-risk throughout her undergraduate years. During residency, Sakshi volunteered with Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership during which she collaborated with colleagues to develop wellness presentations for various mental health providers in Michigan. She also held other leadership positions including that of junior chief, class representative, and in didactics planning. Sakshi has also participated in poster presentations and has had research publications. Her clinical interests include childhood trauma, early-onset psychosis, developmental disorders, family dynamics and psychoanalysis. Her personal interests include writing poetry, singing, learning various forms of dance, improve, and exploring the exciting food scene unique to New York.

Ann Marie Gustafson, MD, MPH

Ann Marie graduated from Oberlin College with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She received an Intramural Research Training Award to research the molecular pathology of Gaucher disease at the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical curiosity subsequently led her to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer providing asthma education and liaising for under-served families in Washington, DC. She performed additional volunteer work as an HIV tester in a mobile clinic. Ann Marie attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where her research activities included malaria treatment in Myanmar and community-based HIV prevention in Cape Coast, Ghana. As a medical student, she published a Baltimore Sun editorial on the pitfalls of physical punishment in children. Ann Marie has an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy. She completed two externships, one as a legislative aide in the Maryland General Assembly and another implementing mental health access for unhoused women in Baltimore, Maryland. Ann Marie completed her general psychiatry training at the University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program. There, she received the Whitney Rose Memorial Award for her work promoting cultural humility. She completed a fellowship at the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Ann Marie has numerous poster presentations, oral presentations, and published papers on her research. Her clinical interests include early childhood development, dyadic therapy, and psychoanalysis. Her personal interests include (re)learning Spanish, all of the dim sum that New York has to offer, and hiking in national parks.

Ethan Hochheiser, MD

Ethan completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University where he majored in international relations with a focus on cooperation and justice. Upon graduating, he worked as a healthcare analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton before making a career switch into medicine. He completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx where he led community outreach for the school’s free clinic. He completed residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital, where he developed a particular interest in psychotherapy. He’s excited to have been offered his first choice in child and adolescent training at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and so far he has found it to be a supportive, educational, and collaborative environment.

Patrick Lau, MD

Patrick attended the Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an undergraduate degree in public health studies. After graduating from college, he moved to San Francisco and did a year-long research internship at the University of California, San Francisco, Alliance Health Project where he looked into improving mental health services. He then moved to Hershey to attend the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine for medical school. Afterward, he moved south all the way down to New Orleans for his general psychiatry training at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He has had an early interest in child and adolescent psychiatry since college. As a result, he has had done various research projects in child and adolescent psychiatry, including the use of positive reinforcement to reduce locked door seclusions in inpatient settings, the relationship between zinc and anxiety/depression in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease patients, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of children. He also published a peer-reviewed book chapter on positive interventions in anxiety disorders. In addition, he has volunteered as an assistant in child life at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and he has worked as a coach for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. His career interests lie in medical education, public psychiatry, and consultation–liaison psychiatry. He came to NYU Grossman School of Medicine for his fellowship training because of the unique teaching opportunities (including teaching CAMS courses) and extensive experiences in community psychiatry. His hobbies include cooking, shopping, and writing poetry.

Chance Ortego, MD, MPH

Chance completed his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in neuroscience and anthropology. He then enrolled in Tulane’s four-year combined MD/MPH program, where his public health studies focused on systems management and policy. Following graduation from medical school, Chance completed his adult psychiatry training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he became interested in child and adolescent psychiatry after realizing his passion for working with teens and their families. His academic interests include emergency psychiatry, CL psychiatry, LGBTQ+ mental health, and medical ethics. When not working, Chance enjoys spending time with his cat Veto, running, playing tennis, following women’s gymnastics, and going to comedy and Broadway shows.

Chris Wang, MD

Chris graduated with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a BS in human biology, health, and society. He completed his medical school training at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. He then went on to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for his adult residency training. During residency, he won the Howard P. Rome Psychiatry Resident and Fellow Academic Writing Award for the best paper. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications in top journals and presented at several international conferences. Chris was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was recognized to be an exemplar of compassionate patient care serving as a role model, mentor, and leader. He has clinical interests such as working with the young child population as well as bridging the mental healthcare gaps among Asian Americans. His hobbies include going to concerts, hiking, and playing basketball.

Bryan Yoon, MD, PhD

Bryan graduated from Hanyang University in Korea with his BS in biomedical engineering. He then received his PhD in brain and cognitive sciences from Seoul National University after completing medical school at Kyungpook National University School of Medicine. Bryan is currently in residency at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth System. Bryan has done extensive research, especially pertaining to neuroimaging studies—his PhD thesis was on predicting psychosis onset in clinical high-risk individuals using functional network connectivity biomarkers for which he was presented the Best PhD Thesis Award. Bryan was a field of play physician during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He is also a competitive swimmer and has won numerous awards including gold medals in 100m butterfly and freestyle at the Arena Masters Competition, as well as a gold and bronze medal at the K-Water Masters Competition in 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle, respectively. Bryan’s hobbies include painting oil on canvas, playing piano, and exploring jazz clubs in New York City.