Maria De Las Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez

Maria De Las Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD


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About Me

Dr. Perez is Director of the Medical Student Clerkship for Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Medical Student Education for Psychiatry, Assistant Training Director for Research for Psychiatry, Medical Director and Director of Research Training for the Critical Connections Psychosis Research Program, and Social Cognition Section Co-Chief for the Center for Affective Neuroscience.

Her work, funded by the NIH, the CDC, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), the VA MIRECC, and industry collaborations, aims to elucidate the neurobiological underpinnings of risk and resilience to psychosis spectrum and trauma-related disorders, with a focus on cognition and social cognition. The goal of Dr. Perez’s lab is to develop and test new treatments for psychosis spectrum and trauma-related disorders informed by the neurobiology of the cognitive and social cognitive impairments commonly present in these disorders.

Dr. Perez has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including more than 70 papers in in peer-reviewed journals and 15 book chapters. 

As Assistant Training Director for Research and Director of the Medical Student Clerkship, Dr. Perez plays a key role in educating and mentoring medical students and residents at Mount Sinai. She co-directs the T32-supported program for Training the Next Generation of Clinical Neuroscientists, the R25-supported Combined Psychiatry Residency and PhD Program and the Physician-Scientists Psychiatry Residency Research Track at Mount Sinai

Her commitment to training the next generation of physician-scientists has been recognized with her appointment to the AAMC Committee on Creating a Physician-Scientist Training and Career Development Home. Dr. Perez is a Friedman Brain Institute Research Scholar and a Faculty Scholar at Mount Sinai's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, which focuses on fostering diversity in our clinical and research workforce.

Dr. Perez is a Fellow Member of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and an elected member of the board of directors of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Mount Sinai Queens
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital