Training Directors


Christie Sams, MD
Director

csams@bidmc.harvard.edu

Christie L. Sams, MD is the Director of BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Dr. Sams is a graduate of Brown University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Residency Training Program, of which BIDMC was a core institution, in 2000. She completed the Adams House Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Fellowship at the Faulkner Hospital and is an academic graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She became associate training director of the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in 2002 and served as the Director of Residency Training for Harvard Longwood starting in 2011. She continued to run this program while directing its transition to the BIDMC Harvard program, which started its first class of residents in 2017. In addition to her role as director, she provides supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy to residents and is the course director for our PGYI Introduction to Psychiatric Interviewing course. She has been honored with the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at BIDMC, and maintains a private practice in general psychiatry and psychotherapy.



Christine E. Wittmann, MD
Associate Training Director

cwittman@bidmc.harvard.edu

Christine E. Wittmann, MD, is an Associate Training Director of the BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She has been an Associate Training Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2012, beginning under the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at BIDMC. Dr. Wittmann is a graduate of Yale University and of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She trained in general psychiatry at the Columbia University Residency Training Program, and in child psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital program. In addition to her role as associate director, she provides supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy to residents, co-directs the PGY2 Child and Adolescent Development course, and is active in the teaching of Harvard Medical School students in psychiatry. She maintains a private practice, where she works with both children and adults.


Timothy M. Scarella, MD
Associate Training Director

tscarell@bidmc.harvard.edu

Tim Scarella, MD, is an Associate Training Director of the BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He graduated from the Harvard Longwood Residency, of which BIDMC was a core institution, in 2016. During his residency, he served as the program chief resident and completed the Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He has been awarded the Henry G. Altman Award for excellence in medical education, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at BIDMC, and the Faculty Teaching Award for the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program; and was a nominee for the Jonathan Borus Early Career Education Award in psychiatry. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. In addition to his role in the residency administration, he sees patients on the ambulatory and consultation-liaison services at BIDMC, provides supervision to residents in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and is the director of the PGY2 Psychopharmacology course. He has worked with residents on scholarly projects involving resident wellness and educational curricula.