Residency Program Directors


Nuri B. Farber, MD assumed the directorship of the residency training program in July 2007 after having been the Assistant Director for over ten years. He received his psychiatric training at Washington University and is board certified in general adult psychiatry. After completing his residency training in 1993, he joined the faculty at Washington University. His clinical interests include psychosis, dementia, depression, and mental retardation. He is an attending on the inpatient and ECT services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to his administrative, teaching and clinical roles, he is active in research. He currently is studying the ability of several clinically important agents to kill neurons and glia in the developing nervous system. He is also investigating the antidepressant effects of ketamine.

Assistant Director

Melissa A. Harbit, MD assumed the position of Assistant Director of Residency Training on July 1, 2007. Dr. Harbit received her medical degree from the University of Iowa and then completed her general psychiatry training at Washington University in 2001. Following residency training, she completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She has been a member of the Washington University Department of Psychiatry faculty since 2002 when she assumed the position as Director of Forensic Services. In addition to inpatient and outpatient clinical practice, she has been active in psychiatry resident education and supervision.

Residency Program Staff

Dottie Kinscherf has worked in the office of the psychiatry residency director since 2000, first with Dr. Rubin and currently with Dr. Farber. Prior to that, she worked in basic science and clinical research settings at Washington University. Dottie is involved in various aspects of the program, including compliance with ACGME and WU GME requirements, recordkeeping involved with ABPN certification for graduates, and communication with other departments where residents rotate. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, knitting, yoga, and reading.

Nichole Hernandez began her career with Washington University School of Medicine in 2013. In 2015, she joined the Department of Psychiatry as the Coordinator for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She brings with her many years of experience in project and administration coordination, having served in a variety of creative and administrative roles. In her current role, Nichole works to support the Residency Training Program by coordinating resident tasks and obligations, office functions for the program, as well as staff services. She also maintains residents’ licensures, certifications, and hospital privileges. Nichole is the main contact for residents and applicants to the program.

Susan Vugteveen began working in the Department of Psychiatry as an administrative coordinator for an autism research lab. In 2018, she transitioned to the Psychiatry Residency Training program for which she provides additional administrative support. In her free time, Susan enjoys yoga and meditation, cooking, and spending time with her husband, three kids, and two golden doodles.

General questions about the residency program should be directed to:

The Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8134
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-1093
Phone: 314-362-2462
Fax: 314-362-0193