Mental Health ECHO
Upstate Mental Health REACH Intensive workshop is an educational activity organized by the Department of Psychiatry as a part of a recently received grant from Patrick Lee Foundation called Upstate Mental Health REACH Initiative. The main goal of this workshop is to provide an update on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders frequently seen and treated by primary care providers. The goal is to increase the level of competency of primary providers treating mental health disorders as they are the first providers seeing patients in the community.
This program is comprised of a one-day intensive workshop followed by biweekly ECHO sessions (1 hr) Project ECHO platform where providers can join and discuss cases from their practice with our faculty.
There are 3 separate cohort sessions for this project. The first session was held on April 14th , 2022. The following cohorts will run on October 6th, 2022 and in Spring 2023.
Workshops are made possible through the generosity of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.
Mental Health ECHO Faculty
Nevena Radonjic, MD/PhD
Dr. Radonjic is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate. A graduate of the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Dr. Radonjic has been devoted to education over the past 20 years. Dr. Radonjic has been privileged to teach students in various academic settings ranging from graduate school, post-doctoral studies, medical students and graduate medical education. She has extensive experience in developing educational programs and is currently director of Grand Rounds for the Department of Psychiatry organizing presentations on the latest updates in clinical treatments and scientific research in mental health. She has also co-founded the Reproductive Psychiatry Track for psychiatry residents at SUNY Upstate. Dr. Radonjic has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications published in prestigious journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Cell Reports, Cerebral Cortex, and has presented her work nationally as well as internationally.
Seethalakshmi Ramanathan, MD, MPA
Dr. Ramanathan is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as the Medical Director of SUNY Upstate Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, Division Chief of Maternal Mental Health and Research Director for Suicide Prevention. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Ramanathan is involved in multiple community-based activities, developing and leading multi-tiered programs to improve access to mental health in the community. She has received funding from the NIH, SAMHSA, NARSAD, and Health Foundation of Western and Central NY for her work.
Marcy is a graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She joined SUNY Upstate in September of 2021 as a coordinator for the Psychiatry Residency where she collaborates daily with residents. Marcy holds a key role in coordinating the continuous medical education program for Departmental Grand Rounds. From January 2022, Marcy has taken the role of coordinator for Upstate Mental Health Initiative REACH.