Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program Faculty

Nationally Recognized Psychiatry Faculty Provide Expert Guidance in UH Psychiatry Fellowship Program

College Transitional Dual Fellowship, Program Directors
L-R: Farah Munir, DO | Erin Murphy, CNP | Patrick Runnels, MD

The Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship features training from faculty members who bring a depth and breadth of experience and expertise in a variety of areas:

  • Patrick Runnels, MD
  • Farah Munir, DO
  • Erin Murphy, CNP

Patrick Runnels, MD

Patrick Runnels, MD, attended medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia, completing his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University. In 2018, he also completed his executive MBA at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

He is currently the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Population Health for the University Hospitals healthcare system in Cleveland, as well as Director of Adult Clinical Psychiatry for the Department of Psychiatry. In both roles, his focus is on improving efficiency of and access to behavioral health services at the regional level, as well as developing value-based models of healthcare delivery across a diversity of patient populations. Prior to that, he served as medical director for The Centers for Families and Children for eight years, which included oversight and implementation of one of the original 13 SAMHSA PBHCI grants as well as other models of integrated care and workforce development.

Academically, he is an Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he is director of the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship, which has graduated more than 50 fellows over the past decade, and which has pioneered models of interprofessional training and distance learning. He is the Chair of the National Council Medical Director Institute and Chair for the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Government Relations; in these roles, he has focused on championing efforts to increase access to psychiatric services at the national level. He has served in the past on the Board of Trustees for the American Psychiatric Association, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Ohio Chapter, and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Farah Munir, DO

Farah Munir, DO, received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and her medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed her psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic and is a graduate of the UH/CWRU Fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. She joined the faculty of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in 2006 and since then has been actively working in community psychiatry in northeast Ohio.

Dr. Munir currently serves as Medical Director of Psychiatry for Signature Health, a large, integrated community health center with locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula Counties. Prior to that she served as Chief Medical Officer for Circle Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Cleveland, and also has previously served as Medical Director at both the Centers for Families and Children and Recovery Resources, community mental health centers in Cuyahoga County. During her tenure at Circle Health Services and the Centers for Families and children, Dr. Munir helped to bring together the two organizations, which affiliated in 2017, and for working to advance primary care and behavioral health integration at both organizations.

Beyond her clinical and academic work, Dr. Munir is the chair of the Medical Advisory Board for NAMI Greater Cleveland. She serves on the Council of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA), representing the Cleveland area and has previously served as a member of the Government Relations Committee. Dr. Munir is a member of the Board of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF), the charitable arm of the OPPA, and has served as Board President since 2017. In 2018, Dr. Munir was recognized as a Physician Innovator by Crain’s Cleveland for her leadership at Circle Health Service and the Centers for Families and Children.

Erin Murphy, CNP

Erin Murphy, CNP, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from John Carroll University and received her master’s degree in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She completed the Public and Community Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in 2013.

As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at The Centers for Families and Children, she is the Lead Clinical Mentor for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship and is lead clinician for a high utilizers pilot program, which provides intensive clinical attention to patients with one year of frequent use of inpatient and emergency medical services. She also is the clinician lead for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones integrated care clinic in partnership with Cleveland Clinic. The program is a successful and sustainable example of a partnership between a large medical system and a community mental health center to provide direct integrated care. More recently, she has taken on work providing integrated care at a Federally Qualified Health Center and is working to help revise clinical workflows to emphasize true clinical and administrative integration.

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