University Behavioral Associates (UBA) is an innovative behavioral management services organization. Founded and affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, UBA has access to world leaders in behavioral healthcare, behavioral healthcare information technology, academic psychiatry and clinical research.
Established in 1995, the company’s comprehensive services are designed to manage and improve the process, quality, and continuity of behavioral healthcare while successfully managing behavioral expenses and improving patient outcomes. UBA is one of the first provider-driven behavioral healthcare management companies able to successfully manage the delivery of high-quality clinical services at all levels of mental health and substance abuse care (in coordination with medical care).
UBA is a taxable not-for-profit corporation incorporated in New York State.
UBA is dedicated to helping consumers, providers, and purchasers manage and improve the quality and continuity of behavioral healthcare while successfully managing costs and improving outcomes. Our solutions are designed to enhance the relationship between patients and behavioral healthcare providers; help patients access needed mental health and substance abuse treatment; assist clients with other needed social services and benefits; outreach to patients and their families; assist clients with employment services to maintain self-sufficiency; and provide a range of wellness services to improve family stability and child welfare, including relationship and parenting education.
UBA is committed to educating the public, patients, and families about psychiatric and substance use disorders. We want to help overcome biases and pre-conceptions that are sometimes associated with emotional and behavioral problems. The stigma of mental illness is an unfortunate and unnecessary obstacle to obtaining needed care. Most psychiatric conditions, like most other medical conditions, are chronic, relapsing disorders that people can cope with, and if treated, will not interfere with people leading happy and productive lives.
T. Byram Karasu, M.D., Chairman
T. Byram Karasu, M.D. is Silverman Professor and the University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Montefiore Medical Center. The author or editor of nineteen books, author or co-author of more than 100 papers, editorial board member of nine journals, Dr. Karasu currently is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sigmund Freud Award, and the APA's Presidential Commendation. Dr. Karasu chaired the APA's Commission on Psychiatric Therapies, which produced a critical review of psychosocial and somatic therapies. In 1981, Dr. Karasu was appointed chairman of another national task force comprised of over 400 scholars, researchers, and clinicians with the goal of producing a seminal document describing the treatment of each psychiatric disorder. This four-volume report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, published in 1989, has been praised as being: "...twenty-five years ahead of its time" (Atlantic Monthly) and "the best psychiatric book ever" (Contemporary Psychiatry). In addition, Dr. Karasu is the author of the novel, Of God and Madness, and a book of poetry, Rags of My Soul.
Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director
Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D. is Professor and Deputy Chairman in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz has a national reputation in behavioral health economics and service delivery and was appointed to the American Psychiatric Association Council of Healthcare Systems and Financing. He also serves on the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services of the American Hospital Association ….
Scott Wetzler, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer
Scott Wetzler, Ph.D. is Professor, Vice Chairman and Chief of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Wetzler's interests focus on behavioral health services utilization, and he is an expert on relationship issues. He has published five books, including the best-selling Living With the Passive-Aggressive Man, and more than 100 scholarly articles. Dr. Wetzler makes frequent media appearances.
George Como, Chief Financial Officer
George Como, M.P.A. is the Executive Unified Administrator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Committee. He is interested in the development of systems that utilize evidence based programs to improve care for clients and their families and particularly programs that lead to employment and self-sufficiency. He is an advocate of unified electronic medical record systems which allow medical staff to view a patient's history regardless of what medical systems they are enrolled in.