Bio


Dr. Zein received her dual bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Physiological Science at UCLA and worked initially as a healthcare consultant, developing programs that improve healthcare access for vulnerable populations. She returned to school to pursue a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she further developed her interests in the intersection of medicine and broader social-cultural themes, particularly the impact on mental health. Her research foci were disaster response interventions for physical and mental health and the impact of the built environment on public health. During her masters, she worked with the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore to help address the acculturation and psychological stress the Baltimore refugee population faced in resettlement.

In 2010, Dr. Zein began her medical training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During medical school she continue to pursue interests in global and cultural health. She represented McGill nationally as the Global Health Advocate in the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, and focused on national and local clinical projects to support refugee and asylum seeker access to medical and mental health treatment. She was awarded the Mona Bronfman Sheckman Prize in Psychiatry for her work. During her psychiatry residency training at New York University (NYU), Dr. Zein continued pursuing her interest in global mental health, working as a group leader for refugees/asylum seekers in the Bellevue Survivors of Torture program, and the Association for Culture and Psychiatry. She also became interested in Integrated Behavioral Health, particularly the University of Washington's Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMs) model, or Collaborative Care Model. She founded the Integrated Behavioral Health resident working group and designed a two-year resident training program in the Collaborative Care Model as well as pioneered other electives in HIV psychiatry and psych-oncology. She completed training in the AIMs model and also was part of an intensive collaborative pilot with the AIMs center to a complete a quality-improvement (QI) project in the Bellevue Hospital primary care site. As part of the two-year resident training program she developed a Collaborative Care model in one of NYU Langone-Brooklyn's FQHC sites. In her last two years of residency she was an APA Leadership Fellow, and served on the APA Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Committee. She worked on a Decisional Capacity Guidelines paper with other committee members, and presented on Consult Liaison educational opportunities and Integrated Behavioral Health Models at the APA conference. She completed residency as a chief resident and won awards for Excellence in Resident Teaching as well as for humanism and clinical excellence in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

Dr. Zein completed her Consult Liaison Fellowship at Stanford and has remained as clinical faculty. She is currently serving as an attending psychiatrist on the General, Intensive Care, and ED-Psychiatry consult services and developed an Integrated Behavioral Health model for the Stanford Primary Care Clinic serving Cisco employees and their families. She is currently working on expanding Integrated Behavioral health to other Stanford Primary Care Clinics, has worked with Stanford's digital health team to start and expand psychiatry e-consults for primary care. She also has taken on a new role as the Behavioral Health Director for Cisco, applying principles of organizational psychiatry and public health to assess company behavioral health strategy and provide support for Cisco employees.

Clinical Focus


  • Psychiatry
  • Consult-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary and Specialty Care
  • Organizational Psychiatry

Academic Appointments


  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Education


  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (2019)
  • Board Certification, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2019)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2019) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2018)
  • Residency: New York University Psychiatry Residency (2018) NY
  • Medical Education: McGill University Faculty of Medicine (2014) Canada

All Publications


  • Musical Memories-Musical Hallucinations in a Lung Transplant Recipient: Case Report and Literature Review JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF CONSULTATION-LIAISON PSYCHIATRY Zein, M., Sher, Y. 2021; 62 (1): 140-149
  • A Call to Action: A New Era Calls for Incorporating Social Justice Into Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF CONSULTATION-LIAISON PSYCHIATRY Robinson, D. M., Taylor, A. D., Zein, M., Behbahani, K. S., Khandai, A. C. 2021; 62 (1): 157-158
  • Musical Memories-Musical Hallucinations in a Lung Transplant Recipient: Case Report and Literature Review. Psychosomatics Zein, M., Sher, Y. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.psym.2020.06.009

    View details for PubMedID 32977990

  • A Call to Action: A New Era Calls for Incorporating Social Justice Into Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Psychosomatics Robinson, D. M., Taylor, A. D., Zein, M. n., Behbahani, K. S., Khandai, A. C. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.psym.2020.09.004

    View details for PubMedID 33097226