Einstein Student Mental Health Center

Students and post-docs can contact the center for appointments at 718-839-7400 or email Dr. Battaglia at joseph.battaglia@einsteinmed.edu

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

For non-life threatening emergencies, contact the Montefiore Psychiatric Emergency Department at 718-920-7460 to be directed to a directed to a psychiatry resident.


Joseph Battaglia, M.D.

Joseph Battaglia, M.D., director of Einstein’s Student Mental Health Center, is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral services and deputy director of Einstein’s psychiatry and behavior sciences residency training program. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center.

Raura Doreste, Ph.D.

Raura Doreste, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Einstein’s Student Mental Health Center. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico, where she trained in evidenced based treatments (CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing), as well as Neuropsychology and Neurosciences, which she integrates in her psychotherapy models. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, substance use, and neuropsychological disorders. She completed a research postdoctoral training in Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Sarika Persaud, Psy.D.

Sarika Persaud, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist at Einstein Student Mental Health Center. She earned her doctorate in Combined Clinical-School Psychology from Pace University, New York, where her research centered on youth suicide prevention in under-resourced international settings. She has taught seminars and graduate courses on psychoanalysis, multicultural issues in psychology, and has led psychoanalytic case conferences. She specializes in the treatment of sexuality, body image, complex trauma, identity, and relationship issues, with a wealth of experience working with immigrant, LGBTQAI+, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and South Asian populations.

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