Research-Track Residents

Our research-track residents represent a unique group of psychiatry residents in their talents, generosity, collegial spirit, curiosity, and desire to have fun while pursuing rigorous training. These pages hope to introduce you to who they are with the hope that their enthusiasm and commitment resonate with your own passions.

Kelley O’Donnell

Kelley O’Donnell Kelley is interested in the phenomenology and neurobiology of the subjective experience, and the therapeutic potential of manipulating it through novel interventions. Her neuroscience training began with a two-year post-baccalaureate fellowship at the NIMH, where she studied behavioral neuroscience in the laboratory of mood disorders expert Dr. Husseini Manji, working closely with Dr. Todd Gould. She then began the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCLA, where she earned her PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Alvaro Sagasti, studying mitochondrial transport and function in axon degeneration. After returning to medical school, Kelley became interested in an integrative approach to mental illness, so she decided to pursue psychiatry training and a clinical and translational research career. The goal of her current research is to understand whether and how the consciousness-altering properties of psilocybin can be harnessed to treat patients with mental illness.

Joseph Marlin

Joseph Marlin Joe is interested in understanding the neuronal circuits underlying motivated behavior and their dysfunction in mental illness. He investigates electrophysiologic models of synaptic plasticity and dopamine signaling in the rodent basal ganglia. Joe received his BS in chemistry and BA in neuroscience at UC Berkeley, and went on to complete his MD and PhD at NYU. His doctoral studies in the lab of Dr. Adam Carter detailed the synaptic connections of the prefrontal cortex and thalamus using a combination of slice physiology and optogenetics. Joe enjoys spending time with his neuroscientist wife Bianca, daughter Sage and cat Santiago Ramon y Cajal, named after the famous neuroanatomist.

Peter Na

Peter Na Peter is a resident psychiatrist in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry Clinical Research Track, where he splits his time between clinical care and research with the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine, and earned a MPH from Harvard University. Peter has interests in developing a variety of approaches to better understanding and intervening on risk factors for suicide, PTSD, and complicated grief including addressing stigma.

Xinlin Chen

Xinlin Chen Xinlin Chen is a PGY3 resident psychiatrist with research interest in medical anthropology, at the intersection of psychiatry and the social sciences. As a part of the Division of Social Solutions and Services Research at the Nathan Kline Institute, her research applies qualitative methods towards understanding stigma of mental illness. She received a B.S. in physics and philosophy from MIT. In medical school at NYU, Xinlin worked on research examining experiences of stigma among Chinese immigrants with mental illness. Presently, Xinlin is interested in how inequalities related to race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class impact people’s experiences of diagnosis, mental illness, and contact with psychiatric services.

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