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Residency Training Program

Training Director

Director Sheldon BenjaminOur Training Director, Sheldon Benjamin, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Director of Neuropsychiatry at UMass Medical School, where he is also Interim Chair for Psychiatry. He has been Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program since 1995, co-directs the Combined Neuropsychiatry Residency, and is Director of the Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program. He has been a member of the UMass Medical School faculty since 1986. Having completed residency training in Psychiatry and Neurology, and fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology, Dr. Benjamin is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Neurology, and by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. He was recognized by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as the 2001 Psychiatric Educator of the Year,was elected by the UMass Medical School faculty to receive the Lamar Soutter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Education in 2008, and was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching in 2012. As winner of the Chancellor's Medal, Dr. Benjamin was asked to give The Last Lecture in May 2013. He chose as his topic, On Mentorship and Memory. He has published and lectured widely on neuropsychiatric topics and is a leader in the area of Neuropsychiatric Education. Dr. Benjamin was President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training for 2010-2011 and was President of the American Neuropsychiatric Association from 2013-2015. He is one of the Psychiatry Directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also co-author of The Brain Card®.

Dr. Benjamin's background is in both psychodynamic psychiatry and behavioral neurology. He feels strongly that UMass residents should be trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, community psychiatry, and neuroscientifically-informed biological psychiatry, in addition to becoming effective advocates and teachers.

Senior Associate Training Director

Rogoff Our Senior Associate Training Director, Auralyd Padilla, M.D., is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She completed both residency and a Child Psychiatry fellowship at UMass. She also works in Integrated Care with Family physicians providing consultation for adult and child cases, and in outpatient child psychiatry clinic in a community center. Her academic interests include education, Cultural psychiatry and Integrated Care.

Associate Training Director

Beth DeGrush (002).jpg Elizabeth DeGrush, D.O., who is both associate Training Director in the General Psychiatry Program and Training Director of combined Neurology/Psychiatry Training Program, is a graduate of the University of Rochester, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the UMass Combined Neuropsychiatry Residency Program.  She is board certified in both psychiatry and neurology and works both at UMass and at Community Neuroscience Services, our affiliated private neuropsychiatry practice.  Her interests include dementia, mild traumatic brain injury, functional neurologic disorders, multiple sclerosis and related inflammatory brain conditions, and neuropsychiatric education.


Associate Training Director for Psychotherapy Education

IMG_0314.png Our Associate Director for Psychotherapy Education, Sureyya Iscan, PhD, earned her MA in Educational Psychology and her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the Ankara University School of Psychology in Turkey. She went on to earn a second MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan and at the Austen Riggs Center, followed by a fellowship in psychoanalytic research training at the Yale Child Study Center and Anna Freud Center. She is also a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.

Program Coordinator

VickieWhite Our program coordinator, Vickie White, has been a residency training coordinator for over 30 years. She joined the Psychiatry program in 2000 after 13 years as the UMass Pediatrics residency coordinator. Vickie has presented several workshops on residency administration at annual meetings of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) and regularly provides training to other program coordinators at UMass.