Meet The Officers

Meet the Officers

The American Society for Hispanic Psychiatry fosters multidisciplinary collaborations in mental health treatment with a particular focus on Latino Populations. Members are practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health workers.

It is essential to our growth and success that we maintain a broad-based membership and it is essential to have the support of the academic research community to continue to provide opportunities for continuing education for psychiatrists all over the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Juan Gallego, MD, President
Dr. Gallego is a psychiatrist, a physician-scientist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Behavioral Science at Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. He received his medical degree from Universidad CES in Medellín, Colombia, completed his residency training in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, completed a research fellowship at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, the psychiatric hospital for the Northwell Health in Glen Oaks, NY and completed a master’s degree in clinical research methods at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. His work has focused on studying first-episode schizophrenia by conducting randomized controlled trials and studying gene expression and inflammatory biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid and peripheral blood samples. He has recently started incorporating neuroimaging approaches to complement his work. He has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (K23 award) and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. He has been a member of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry for several years and has served as board member and secretary. He is the current president-elect.

Pamela Montano, MD, Treasurer
Pamela Montano Arteaga, MD is Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University. She works as a psychiatrist and Director of Latino Bicultural Clinic at Gouverneur Health. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University. She was born and raised in Colombia. Dr. Montano completed her medical school training at Universidad del Valle in Cali (CO). As an APA Minority Fellow (2014-2016), she participated in the Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities. She is currently the Co-Chair of the APA workgroup trying to develop a toolkit to guide providers treating undocumented immigrant population. She is one of the recipients of the 2018 Young Physicians of the Year Awards given by the National Hispanic Medical Association. She also provides consultation for the program of Integrated Care with the Obgyn Department at her work site and she also worked for the Empower Program for victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Trauma. She is a board member and part of the executive council of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASHP). Dr. Pamela Montano is the officer of Infrastructure and Advocacy for the Hispanic Caucus of the American Psychiatry Association (APA) and she is a consultant member for the APA Council Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities for the 2019 – 2021 period. She was recently elected as the chairwoman for the Council of Young Physicians of the National Medical Hispanic Association (NHMA)

Gerardo Villarreal, MD, Secretary
Dr. Villarreal is staff psychiatrist at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is also director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training at the UNM psychiatry residency program. Dr. Villarreal interests include the neurobiology and treatment of PTSD, medical informatics and data mining. He has published studies on neuroimaging and psychopharmacology of PTSD.


    Board Members

    Ivan Montoya, MD
    Gerardo Villarreal, MD
    Ruby Castilla, MD
    Bernardo Ng, MD
    Maria Alejandra Canas, MD
    Daniel Castellanos, MD
    Nancy Catherine-Colimon
    Hector Colon-Rivera, MD
    Juliana Gomez-Makhinson, MD
    Fructuoso Irigoyen, MD
    Yaid Jimenez
    Daniel Enrique Jimenez, MD
    Ricardo Restrepo-Guzman, MD
    Maria Adleaida Rueda-Lara, MD
    Mauricio Tohen, MD
    Michelle Victoria

    Frances Bell – Secretariat

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    Dallas, TX 75357-0218
    Office: 972-613-0985
    Fax: 972-613-5532
    Email: francesrotonbell@gmail.com

    Past Presidents

    • Moises Gaviria 1982-1984
    • Eduardo Val 1984-1986
    • Evaristo Gomez 1986-1988
    • Jose Arana (elected & deceased)
    • Bruno Lima (elected & deceased)
    • Jaime Trujillo 1990-1992
    • Walter Pedemonte 1992-1994
    • Renato Alarcon 1994-1996
    • Juan Mezzich 1996-1998
    • Jose Canive 1998-2000
    • Pedro Delgado 2000-2002
    • Javier Escobar 2002-2004
    • Manuel Trujillo 2004-2006
    • Alex Kopelpwicz 2006-2008
    • Maria Oquendo 2008-2010
    • Margarita Alegria 2010-2012
    • Roberto Lewis Fernandez 2012-2014
    • Mauricio Tohen 2014-2016
    • Carlos Zarate, M.D. 2016-2018
    • Bernardo Ng 2018-2020
    • Ruby Castilla-Puentes 2020-2022