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.


Pamela Montano, MD, President

Pamela Montano Arteaga, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical School. She is the Director of the Latino Bicultural Clinic and the Chair of the GV Equity Steering Committee at Gouverneur Health/NYC Health +Hospitals. 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 medical school training at Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She was an APA Minority Fellow in 2015-2016. She has worked on different initiatives with APA, including creating a toolkit for providers working with undocumented immigrants and covid factsheets for diverse populations. She also provides consultation for Integrated Care in the Obgyn Department and worked in the Empower Program for victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Trauma at her site. Dr. Montano Arteaga was one of the recipients of the National Medical Hispanic Association (NHMA) Young Physicians Award of the Year (2018), and She was the National Chairwoman of the NHMA Council of Young Physicians (2020-2021). She is also a faculty advisor for Latino American Medical Association. She is a member of the APA Council Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Montano Arteaga received the APA Award for Excellence in Service and Advocacy in 2021. Dr. Montano Arteaga was part of the highly selective cohort of the WEL (Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership) national program for women physicians (2021-2022). She is part of WARMI -International Collaborative Network for the Improvement of Women’s Mental Health in Latin America. Her main interests are Structural Cultural Competence, Immigrant Mental Health, Psychiatry, Medical/Residency Education, Trauma, and interdisciplinary and community collaboration. She is the current President-Elect (2024-2026) for ASHP.

Juan Gallego, MD, Past 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.

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

  • Daniel Enrique Jimenez, MD – President Elect
  • Ricardo Restrepo-Guzman, MD – Secretary
  • Maria Adelaida Rueda-Lara, MD – Treasurer
  • Gerardo Villarreal, MD
  • Ruby Castilla, MD
  • Bernardo Ng, MD
  • Daniel Castellanos, MD
  • Nancy Catherine-Colimon, MD
  • Hector Colon-Rivera, MD
  • Juliana Gomez-Makhinson, MD
  • Fructuoso Irigoyen, MD
  • Mauricio Tohen, MD
  • Giselle Plata, MD
  • Barbara Trejo-Ortega, MD
  • Maria Alejandra Canas, MD
  • Santiago Álvarez, MD


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
  • Juan Gallego 2022-2024