Faculty

Allen Newman, M.D.
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Residency Training Program
Dr. Alan Newman joined California Pacific Medical Center July 1, 2014. A native of Little Rock, AR, Dr. Newman joins CPMC from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program, and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Program. Dr. Newman was previously at Tulane University, where he served as the Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry. Dr. Newman completed medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas, and fellowship training in Forensic Neuropsychiatry at Tulane University. Dr. Newman is a nationally-known educator in forensic psychiatry. In addition to his roles as Department Chair and Program Director, Dr. Newman provides training to CPMC residents in criminal and civil forensic psychiatry, risk management, and treatment of suicidal behaviors.
Joule Adler, M.D.
Attending psychiatrist and member of the core faculty
Dr. Adler attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine and residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Adler is a leader in the development and implementation of electronic health records. Dr. Adler heads the consult service at CPMC Davies Campus, a service that focuses on neuropsychiatric, geriatric, and addiction disorders. Areas of expertise include psychosomatic medicine and cross-cultural psychiatry.
Jeremy E. Bornstein, Ph.D.
Director, Health Psychology Program
Dr. Bornstein is the director of the Health Psychology Program, a team of clinicians specializing in the integration of psychological services into existing medical teams. The program provides integrated training experiences with clinicians specializing in breast cancer recovery, cardiac rehabilitation, neurogastroenterology, and radiation oncology.
H. Paul Chin, M.D.
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Chin is a member of the Core Faculty and Attending psychiatrist on the Inpatient service. He teaches didactic teaching in Emergency Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, Cross-Cultural Psychiatry. He is a Caseload Supervisor for the PGY-4 residents. Dr. Chin received his BS at Stanford University, his Medical Degree at the University of California at San Francisco and UCSF Department of Psychiatry (Residency).
Kathleen Fahrner, Ph.D.
Director, Child & Family Psychology Training
Dr. Fahrner runs the Child/Adolescent program for the psychology interns.
Prapti Mehta, M.D.
Attending psychiatrist and member of the core faculty
Dr. Mehta received her medical degree from the University of Alabama in 2003. She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell in 2007 and subsequently worked as the director of Bellevue Hospital clinic. She moved to the Bay Area in 2009 and took a position at the Oakland VA setting up a PTSD clinic. She joined the faculty at CPMC in January 2011. She has a number of interests in psychiatry, including Women’s health, psychodynamic psychotherapy, prolonged exposure therapy and resident education. She currently teaches the first year interviewing course. Dr. Mehta is the lead faculty in consultation service in Post-Traumatic Stress Studies.
Robert A. Root, M.D.
Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Root trained at the Yale University School of Medicine and then the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for his psychiatry residency. Dr. Root completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Seattle Children’s’ Hospital. Dr. Root is currently the medical director of the training program for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also teaches a weekly seminar. He works closely with the Department of Pediatrics and is a consultant to the Child Development Center at CPMC. He supervises residents and psychology interns in child and adult psychiatry.
Victor Torres-Collazo, M.D.
Attending Physician
Dr. Torres-Collazo joined CPMC in July of 2015. His previous work experience includes work with the San Antonia Military Medical Center, Lackland AFB and teaching at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Dr. Torres completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Health and Sciences Center in San Antonio and completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.
Sharon Tyson, Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist / Director of Psychology Training
Dr. Tyson attended the University of Michigan, B.A. in Honors College, California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is the Director of the Psychology Internship program.
Michael N. Valan, M.D.
Director, Consultation Psychiatry Service
Dr. Valan is the Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine, and course director of the Psychosomatic Medicine seminar.
Dongmei Yue, M.D.
Staff psychiatrist and member of the Core Faculty

Dr. Yue supervises residents on a weekly basis for their outpatient cases. She teaches child psychiatry courses for PGY-2 and 3 residents and supervises PGY-2 residents for their child psychiatry rotation at the Child Development Center at CPMC.

Janos Zahajszky, M.D
Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program Medical Director and Service Chief, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
As an attending psychiatrist and member of the core faculty, Dr. Zahajszky supervises residents in the Outpatient Department, is the intake supervisor and caseload supervisor for PGY3 residents. In addition, Dr Zahajszky is the chief resident supervisor as well as an instructor for PGY2 and PGY3 Psychopharmacology courses. Dr. Zahajszky graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York after receiving his B.A. from Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.