Dennis M. Popeo
Dennis M Popeo, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Unit Chief

Department of Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine


2000 M.D State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
1996 B.S Union College, Schenectady, New York; Cum Laude graduate



Dennis M. Popeo MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, graduated Union College before receiving his MD from SUNY Stony Book.  After completing an internship in Internal Medicine and completing his first year of radiology, he left that field to pursue training in psychiatry. He completed a psychiatry residency and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After fellowship, he stayed on at Sinai and spent three years as the unit chief of the geriatric psychiatry inpatient ward, and three years as Director of the Ambulatory Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic and Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry. He then moved to New York University School of Medicine to create an ECT Service at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is board certified in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.


Research Interest

  • Depression
  • ECT
  • Psychiatry Education
  • LGBT Issues In The Elderly Population
  • Healthy Aging


Professional Activities:




New York University School of Medicine

Course Director

2015 -  present

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

2014 – present

Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Service at Bellevue Hospital Center

2012 – present

Unit Chief, Med/Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient unit at Bellevue Hospital Center

2013 - present

Educational Director, Bellevue Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

2014 – 2015

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

2012 – 2014

Attending Psychiatrist on resident teaching unitat Bellevue Hospital Center

2012 – 2013



Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

2006 – 2012

Director, Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

2009 – 2012

Director, Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry

2009 – 2011

Unit Chief of Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Ward

2006 – 2009

Chief Resident of Inpatient Service, Department of Psychiatry

2004 – 2005

Realization Center Inc., New York, NY

Staff Psychiatrist for outpatient facility for substance abuse services

2005 – 2010



  1. Popeo DM, Goldstein MA. Design and Piloting of an Integrated Neuroscience Elective for Medical Students in Their Clinical Clerkships.  Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 7.
  2. Lehmann SW, Blazek MC, Popeo DM. Geriatric Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Clerkship: a Survey of Current Education Practices. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 7.
  3. Bryson EO, Popeo DM, Briggs MC, Pasculli RM, Kellner CH. Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in Electroconvulsive Therapy. J ECT. 2014 Aug 21.
  4. Kellner CH, Kaicher DC, Banerjee H, Knapp RG, Shapiro RJ, Briggs MC, Pasculli RM, Popeo DM, Ahle GM, Liebman LS. Depression Severity in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Versus Pharmacotherapy Trials. J ECT. 2014 May 16.
  5. Bryson EO, Briggs MC, Pasculli RM, Popeo DM, Kellner CH. Depth of Anesthesia Appropriate for Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Lash Reflex Need Not Be Abolished.J ECT. 2014 Mar 12.
  6. Lapidus KA, Shin JS, Pasculli RM, Briggs MC, PopeoDM, Kellner CH. Low-Dose Right Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Effectiveness of the First Treatment.J ECT. 2013 Feb 27.
  7. Bryson EO, PopeoD, Briggs M, Pasculli RM, Kellner CH. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in Patients With Cardiac Disease: Hemodynamic Changes.J ECT. 2013 Mar; 29(1):76-77.
  8. Cerimele JM, Popeo DM, Rieder RO. A resident rotation in collaborative care: learning to deliver primary care-based psychiatric services.Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 1; 37(1):63-4.
  9. Bryson EO, Aloysi AS, Popeo DM, Bodian CA, Pasculli RM, Briggs MC, Kellner CH. Methohexital and succinylcholine dosing for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): actual versus ideal.J ECT. 2012 Sep; 28(3):e29-30.
  10. Popeo DM, Kellner CH, Briggs MC, Pasculli RM. Electrocardiographic "bleed through" to the electroencephalogram on an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) tracing: the return of the tell-tale heart. J ECT. 2012 Sep; 28(3):154-6.
  11. Briggs MC, Popeo DM, Pasculli RM, Bryson EO, Kellner CH. Safe resumption of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) after vertebroplasty.Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Sep; 27(9):984-5.
  12. Bryson EO, Popeo DM, Kellner CH. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) after pulmonary edema. J ECT. 2012 Jun; 28(2):e25-6.
  13. Popeo DM, Pasculli RM, Bryson EO, Kellner CH. Multiple episodes of intraictal cessation during electroconvulsive therapy. J ECT. 2012 Jun; 28(2):e14-6.
  14. PopeoDM, Pasculli RM, Kellner CH.The telltale heart or the Importance of the "Tap Test" in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). J ECT. 2012 Jun; 28(2):76.
  15. Kellner CH, PopeoDM, Pasculli RM, Briggs MC, Gamss S. Appropriateness for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be assessed on a three-item scale. Med Hypotheses. 2012 Aug;79(2):204-6.
  16. Bryson EO, Pasculli RM, Briggs MC, PopeoD, AloysiAS, Kellner CH.Febrile reaction with elevated CPK after a single electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in an adolescent patient with severe bipolar disorder. J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):70-1.
  17. PopeoDM, Bryson EO, Kellner CH. Concordance of motor and electroencephalograph (EEG) tracings in an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) tracing: the brain-foot connection. J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):3.
  18. Bryson EO, Aloysi AS, Katz M, Popeo D, Kellner CH.Rocuronium as muscle relaxant for electroconvulsive therapy in a patient with adult-onset muscular dystrophy. J ECT. 2011 Dec;27(4):e63-4.
  19. Popeo DM, Aloysi AS, Kellner CH.Left Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) After Oligodendroglioma Resection. J ECT. 2011 Dec;27(4):273-4.
  20. Green L, Matos P, Murillo I, Neushotz L, Popeo D, Aloysi A, Samuel J, Craig E, Porter C, Fitzpatric JJ. Use of dolls as a therapeutic intervention: relationship to previous negative behaviors and pro re nata haldol use among geropsych inpatients. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2011 Oct;25(5):388-9.
  21. Kellner CH, Aloysi A, Popeo DM. Benzodiazepine-Modified Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).J ECT. 2011 Sep; 27(3):268.
  22. PopeoD, Tobias K, Aloysi A, Kellner C.Apparent prolongation of the motor seizure beyond the electroencephalographic seizure: something's afoot.J ECT. 2011 Sep;27(3):231.
  23. Popeo DM.Delirium in older adults. Mt Sinai J Med. 2011 Jul; 78(4):571-82.
  24. Briggs MC, Pasculli RM, Bryson EO, AloysiAS, Popeo DM, Kellner CH. Troponins and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): caution in reporting results.Am J Med. 2011 Nov;124(11):e11.
  25. Pasculli RM, Briggs MC, Popeo DM, Kellner CH. Another reason to blush: unilateral electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).Am J Med. 2011 Nov;124(11):e9
  26. Kobeissi J, Aloysi A, Tobias K, Popeo D, Kellner CH. Resolution of Severe Suicidality With a Single Electroconvulsive Therapy.  J ECT. 2011; 27(1):86-8.
  27. Bryson EO, Aloysi AS, Perez AM, Popeo D, Kellner CH. Prolonged Succinylcholine Action During Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) After Cytarabine, Vincristine, and Rituximab Chemotherapy. J ECT. 2011 Mar;27(1):e42-3.
  28. Aloysi AS, Popeo DM, Kellner CH. Cases of Catatonia on an Academic Electroconvulsive Therapy Service: Lessons to Learn.J ECT. 2011 Sep;27(3):259-61.
  29. Kellner CH, Popeo DM, Aloysi AS. Electroconvulsive therapy for catatonia.Am J Psychiatry. 2010 Sep;167(9):1127-8.
  30. Burgut FT, Popeo D, Kellner CH. ECT for agitation in dementia: is it appropriate?Med Hypotheses. 2010 Jul;75(1):5-6.
  31. Popeo DM, Tobias KG, Kellner CH. Tinnitus as a Symptom of Psychotic Depression Successfully Treated With Electroconvulsive Therapy.J ECT. 2011 Mar;27(1):e7-8.
  32. Tobias K, Kellner CH, Popeo D, Lewis R. A 42-second seizure in a 24-year-old man with major depressive disorder.J ECT. 2009 Dec; 25(4):230.
  33. Popeo D, Kellner CH. ECT for Parkinson's disease.Med Hypotheses. 2009 Oct; 73(4):468-9.
  34. Popeo DM. Electroconvulsive therapy for depressive episodes: A brief review.Geriatrics. 2009 Apr; 64(4):9-12.