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.
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, MBBS
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 20 publications in the field of psychiatry based on his various clinical trials and research experiences. His accomplishments include having won the Area V Resident–Fellow Member Poster Competition at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference and the Research Excellence Award.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Campbell, MD
Laura graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor of arts 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 through Columbia University and NYU Grossman School of Medicine, 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 and LAC+USC Medical Center. She has a strong interest in global health and has engaged in projects in Nicaragua and Haiti.
Laura is looking forward to a career serving diverse, historically underserved patient populations, including ongoing efforts to improve care for LGBTQ+ patients. During residency, she served as a co-chair for the Residency Diversity and Social Justice Committee. Laura’s hobbies include traveling, reading young adult literature, writing and performing sketch comedy, figure drawing, dancing, and pop culture deep dives.
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 nanoparticles, pharmacogenomics, and development of a homicide assessment tool for adolescents.
Sophia has presented and published her research and received recognition from key stakeholder organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. As an undergraduate she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her current clinical and research interests include neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Sophia’s personal interests include yoga, skiing, cycling, and poetry.
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.
Sarah Benito, MD
Sarah is currently a second-year child psychiatry fellow at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is a native of Puerto Rico and completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez and the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan. She then completed a three-year adult psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut. Her clinical interests include major depression, eating disorders, and mental health advocacy for Latin American communities. In her free time, Sarah enjoys practicing piano and cuddling with her beloved cat, Haru.
Rakin Hoq, MD
PGY6, Administrative Chief Fellow
Rakin is currently a second-year child psychiatry fellow and one of the administrative chief fellows here at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is a native of Ohio and completed his education in the combined BS/MD program at Youngstown State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). He then completed a four-year adult psychiatry residency at NEOMED, where he also served as chief resident in his final year. Rakin earned the Resident Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, the David Agle, MD, Award for Best Poster Presentation at the Cleveland Consult-Liaison Society Conference, and the American Psychiatric Association (APA)–Resident Recognition Award. He has multiple publications, a published book chapter, and is an editor on a recently published textbook.
Rakin also is currently a Diversity Leadership Fellow through the APA, is a serving member on the Family Committee through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and has presented in talks and poster presentations at both the APA and AACAP annual meetings. His clinical interests include mental health stigma, mental health advocacy for minority communities, and family therapy. In his free time, Rakin is passionate about coffee, new food experiences, cycling, writing poetry, and playing with his beloved Bengal cat, Mowgli.
Roaa Jambi, MBBS
Roaa is originally from Saudi Arabia. She completed medical school at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and residency at the University of Miami and Jackson Health System. She is currently a second-year child psychiatry fellow. Her clinical interests include psychotherapy, cultural psychiatry, autism spectrum disorder, and personality disorders. In her free time, Roaa likes reading, writing, meeting new people, and intellectual gatherings and discussions.
Krista Martinez, MD
PGY5, Chief Fellow, Children's Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
Krista completed medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She enjoys learning about the history of psychiatry, women in medicine, attachment theory, and the effects of adverse childhood events on psychiatric outcomes in patients. Her clinical interests include autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety. Krista’s personal interests include hanging out with colleagues, learning to play piano, practicing yoga, and exploring New York City.
Charles McTavish, MD
Charles, a former student in the child and adolescent mental health studies undergraduate program, graduated from NYU summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in applied psychology. He then completed Hunter College’s postbaccalaureate program and went on to earn his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College.
During his undergraduate and postbaccalaureate studies, Charles worked as a music therapist, as a teacher’s aide for special needs children in Westchester public schools, and as a milieu counselor in a residential treatment center for young men in foster care in the East Village. He completed his adult psychiatry training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Charles has published peer-reviewed journal articles on topics ranging from risk factors for suicidality in gender-diverse youth, evidence-based practice in clinical social work, and the use of peer providers for a healthy lifestyle intervention for individuals with severe mental illness living in supportive housing.
His current research focuses on the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult hazardous drinking. Charles enjoys skiing, running, tennis, and playing music (violin, drums, guitar, piano, and saxophone). He has two adopted chihuahuas named Poppy and Lola, who are the apples of his eye.
Sabreen Rahman, DO, MS
PGY5, Inpatient Chief Fellow
Sabreen graduated from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with a bachelor of science in life sciences–biology, completed a master of science in clinical nutrition at NYIT, and graduated from medical school at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center.
Sabreen is a member of multiple local and national organizations including the American Psychiatric Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Medical Association, and the Bangladesh Medical Association of North America. She has presented research on the topic of opioids and a case report on post-hysterectomy psychosis. Sabreen has been a member of the Disaster Relief Partnership Group in Old Westbury, New York, and has participated in fundraisers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her hobbies include knitting, embroidery, baking, and interior decorating.
Jace Reed, MD
Jace graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of business administration in business. As an undergraduate student, he volunteered as a Big Brother within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock. He earned his MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.
Jace completed his general psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was involved in medical student education on the LGBTQ+ community. Jace has a keen interest in LGBTQ+ mental health, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders. He is currently treasurer of the Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists. His hobbies include scuba diving, traveling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and running.
Ritvij Satodiya, MBBS
Ritvij is a second-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a second-year American Psychiatric Association (APA) child and adolescent psychiatry fellow, and a Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry fellow. Following the completion of medical school in India, he emigrated to the United States. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where he was appointed as an inaugural chief resident for research and scholarly activities.
Ritvij has a strong clinical interest in clinical psychiatry, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology. He is also interested in clinical research and has received pilot grant funding from the APA and NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is presently working on his research project on the topic of understanding the influence of exogenous cannabinoids on neurodevelopment. He has been the recipient of many awards that include the APA Resident Recognition Award, the APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators Award, the AACAP Research Colloquium for Young Investigators, and the Max Fink Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research during his residency tenure.
Ritvij has received research training at academic institutions including Yale University and NYU and has presented his research at national conferences of the APA and the AACAP. He will be commencing a forensic psychiatry fellowship following the completion of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.
Ritvij speaks five languages and loves to spend time with family and friends. He enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, swimming, and playing water sports. He aspires to pursue an academic career to combine his passion for human service through patient care, research to advance the field of psychiatry, and educating future generations of psychiatrists.
Deepa Voleti, DO
PGY5, Administrative Chief Fellow
Deepa grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with both her parents and older sister. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology with a chemistry minor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in biomedical science at Rutgers University School of Medicine and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Deepa completed her general psychiatry residency training at the University of Kentucky. She has a strong interest in education and received the Psychiatry Clinical Teaching Award in 2018–19 during her adult residency training. She will continue to develop her interest in education through co-teaching an undergraduate class, “Love Actually,” part of the child adolescent psychiatry minor program here at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Additionally, Deepa is pursuing her interest in the nature of consciousness through working on a research study categorizing events termed pediatric transformational experiences of death (formally known as near death experiences). Outside of work she enjoys staying active, traveling, visiting new coffee shops, listening to live music, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jonathan Wachtel, MD
Jonathan graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor of arts in neuroscience. He earned his MD from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University where he received the Award for Excellence in Basic Research. He went on to work as an associate researcher investigating synaptic plasticity using two-photon microscopy to longitudinally image deeper cortical neurons and perform experiments with caged chromophores.
Jonathan completed his general adult psychiatry residency at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. He has been actively involved in a quality improvement initiative to optimize triage to child and adolescent psychiatric aftercare following discharge from the KiDS Emergency Department at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. His current research project with Argelinda Baroni, MD, investigates polypharmacy and deprescribing during acute inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. His clinical interests include child and adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and tic disorders. His hobbies include tennis, reading, skiing, scuba diving, and cooking.