Residency Program Directors

The Residency Program Directors have many roles including providing you with guidance about developing your career. The Program Directors also develop fair processes to assure that all stakeholders, including residents, faculty, institutions and our patients, have an opportunity to have input into decision making about the program.

Robert Rohrbaugh, MD
Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, Program Director, and Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Rohrbaugh has been a medical student, resident, fellow and faculty member at Yale. He was the Associate Program Director for the residency program for 7 years and has been the Program Director since 2008. His academic interests have included program development and educational training for elderly patients needing care at the intersection of medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Rohrbaugh is also interested in the development of core clinical skills like ensuring PGY 1 residents learn to master the bio-psycho-social formulation. He has been awarded the Yale Psychiatry Resident’s Association Faculty Teaching Award on three occasions. Dr. Rohrbaugh also consults with a hospital system in Changsha China on the development of post graduate residency education.


Esperanza Diaz, MD
Associate Program Director and Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Diaz was born in Colombia and received her M.D. degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine. She joined our residency as a PGY II resident. Dr. Diaz is a national leader and specialist in Latino Mental Health and is the Director of the Clinica Hispana at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She has been active in training the next generation of Latino mental health care providers. Trained in psychoanalysis, Dr. Diaz will head up our interpersonal communications skills training program and ensure our residents provide outstanding patient care.

David Ross, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Ross was an undergraduate, medical student, and resident at Yale and has recently joined the department faculty. Dr. Ross has a longstanding interest in neuroscience having completed his Ph.D. thesis on the neuroscience of individuals with perfect pitch. During residency, he became interested in treatment of patients with PTSD utilizing a novel psychotherapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Ross is also the medical director of an evidence based psychosocial intervention team. These experiences in neuroscience and evidence based psychological and psychosocial rehabilitative treatments provide a terrific background for his role in ensuring our didactics program is the best in the country.

Vinod Srihari, MD
Associate Program Director and Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Srihari was born in India and received his BA and M.D. degrees from the University of Rochester. He came to Yale as an intern in the primary care program and transferred into our psychiatry residency as a PGY II resident. His academic interests include developing systems for early interventions for patients with psychotic disorders. Dr. Srihari is also an international leader in the theory and practice of evidence based mental health . Dr. Srihari will lead our efforts to educate residents to improve their own practice and to develop their understanding of how to work within and improve the system of care.