Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Education and Director of Resident Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Arbuckle’s research interests focus on the intersection between education, mental health services and evidence-based practices. Dr. Arbuckle's research seeks to understand and eliminate barriers that prevent the translation of research knowledge into high quality patient care. She directs the Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for the residency training program. Dr. Arbuckle’s QI curriculum has been presented at numerous academic meetings, such as the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has been selected by the AADPRT as a "model curriculum" for training psychiatric residents in Quality Improvement. In 2014, Dr. Arbuckle received the inaugural American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Fellowship Award (one of two grants awarded nationally in the field of psychiatry). Dr. Arbuckle’s ABPN fellowship proposal is an extension of her work in curriculum development and quality improvement. Through this two year grant, she aims to link Quality Improvement strategies to Continuing Medical Education (CME) in order to try to enhance uptake of evidence based practices among psychiatrists in the field. This work also capitalizes on advances in on-line learning as a mechanism for widespread dissemination of these efforts.

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