Alyse F. Ley, DO
Associate Professor and Associate Chairperson
Dr. Alyse Folino Ley graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Following medical school, she completed a general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Ley is board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP). Dr. Ley is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. She has clinical expertise in working with adults, children and adolescents with trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Ley is involved in both medical and residency education. She is the director of the four-year general psychiatry residency program at Michigan State University, as well as the two-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Dr. Ley teaches medical students in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the MSU College Human Medicine. She is a co-coordinator for the MSUCOM Psychopathology course which is delivered to over 320 second-year medical students each fall. She was awarded the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Osteopathic Medical Education Award for co-founding the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Mental Health Committee (MSMH). Dr. Ley was recently recognized by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) where she was awarded the 2019 Research Mentor Award for her work with child and adolescent psychiatry residents.
Department of Psychiatry
- Associate Chairperson
- Director of the Psychiatry Residency Education Program
- Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
- Specializes in child and adolescent psychiatric evaluation and treatment
- Special interest in the treatment of children and adolescents with trauma related disorders, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders
- Co-coordinator of MSUCOM Psychopathology course
- Teaches medical students and residents
1:00 PM-1:30 PM Thu, Apr 21, 2022 Orlando, FL
What We Can Learn From the Averted Paw Paw (MI) High School AttackIn 2018, a Michigan high school student, was arrested after his mother reported that he was plotting to attack his school using modified firearms and homemade explosives. Although the school shooting was averted, he conducted an act of mass violence after his release from a juvenile detention facility three years later. This incident highlights the need for early identification, ongoing engagement, and management of adolescents and other persons of concern to promote violence desistance and rehabilitation. This case study uses publicly accessible information and information obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, publicly available documents and interviews.
The case study presents valuable lessons learned for education, public safety, juvenile justice, and behavioral health professionals regarding behavioral threat assessment and the need for community-based cross-system collaboration in the management of adolescents determined to be dangerous to promote violence desistance and rehabilitation.
- Recognize the warning signs of intended targeted school attacks
- Recognize the critical role of community-based cross-system threat assessment teams in targeted violence prevention
- Identify the importance of identifying community-based resources to engage at various intercept points to strengthen public safety as well as plotter desistance from violence and support rehabilitation.
- Participants will be better prepared to recognize the warning signs of intended targeted school attacks
- Participants will strengthen their understanding regarding the importance and creation of school-based threat assessment
- Participants will recognize the importance of following “plotters” beyond initial responses – school, law enforcement, juvenile/criminal justice to implement community-based management, intervention, treatment and support systems.