Spreading Suicide Prevention Awareness


To spread awareness about suicide prevention, the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry is partnering with our colleagues in medicine to spread prevention awareness to different communities. To learn more about how to spread awareness or provide support to yourself or someone in need, we invite you to explore our resources, follow us on social media and attend our suicide prevention month events.

Empowering Communities and Saving Lives with the Program for Substance Use and Stigma of Addiction

Dr. Jonathan Avery in classroom teaching about addiction psychiatry

Substance use disorders and the stigma surrounding addiction continue to be pressing issues in society, particularly in relation to the devastating impact of opioid addiction. Weill Cornell Medicine is dedicated to combating these challenges through its Program for Substance Use and Stigma of Addiction. Led by Dr. Jonathan Avery, Vice Chair for Addiction Psychiatry, the program aims to diminish the stigma associated with addiction while enhancing the lives of those affected.

Shining a Light on Mental Health: Observing Mental Health & Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Months

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May is a significant month for mental health advocates and professionals alike, as it marks both Mental Health Awareness Month and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Awareness Month. With the aim of promoting understanding, reducing stigma and emphasizing the importance of mental well-being, these observances serve as powerful reminders of the ongoing work needed to support individuals facing mental health challenges.

Welcome Dr. Justin A. Chen, Vice Chair for Ambulatory Services and Vice Chair for Health Justice


We are happy to announce the growth of our leadership team to include Justin A. Chen, M.D., M.P.H. As of February 1, 2023, Dr. Chen will be joining the faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine as our new Vice Chair for Ambulatory Services and Vice Chair for Health Justice. In these new roles, Dr.

Welcome to Dr. Leonardo V. Lopez, Vice Chair for Inpatient Services

Leonardo V. Lopez

The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry continues to grow its leadership team with the addition of Leonardo V. Lopez, M.D., as Vice Chair for Inpatient Services effective February 1, 2023. In this new role, Dr. Lopez will be responsible for collaborating with NewYork-Presbyterian leadership to contribute to the development, implementation, and ongoing oversight of the psychiatry inpatient hospital services at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Behavioral Health, and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist.

Managing Stress this Holiday Season

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As the winter holiday season begins and the year comes to an end, we may find ourselves experiencing a form of stress or grief that we are not used to. We may be missing a loved one that has passed, worrying about the financial constraints of gift giving, or stressing over unwanted family interactions. Dr. Nicole Butler has shared coping strategies and reminders that can help us get through the holiday season by managing our stress and expectations.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Resources, Treatments and Support for Patients and Families


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has instituted a Borderline Personality Resource Center, which provides assistance to patients and their families all over the country. The Resource Center was created in the memory of Pamela Tusiani, a young woman who lived with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The Center’s mission is to educate those affected by the disorder and connect them to treatment and support in their state or locality.