Our Doctors

Founding Faculty

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

Youth Anxiety Center Clinical Site Director, Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Dr. Albano is Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Director of the Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Albano has devoted her career to the study of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults, and is co-author of an award-winning book for parents, You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life (Penguin/Avery Press). She has published more than 100 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals and of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children, all published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Albano served as a Principal Investigator of a 6-site, National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored study entitled "Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study" (CAMS) and also was a PI for the Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). Both trials examined the relative efficacy of psychotherapy, medication, combination treatment, and pill placebo in youth. Dr. Albano is on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and is the inaugural editor of the new journal “Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health” published by the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is active in teaching and supervision, and is a frequent speaker for schools, professional organizations, and parent groups. In 2015 Dr. Albano received the honor of “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities” by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Shannon Bennett, PhD

Shannon Bennett, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Clinical Site Director, Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Bennett is Co-Clinical Director of the NYPH Youth Anxiety Center where she works with adolescents and young adults with anxiety and related conditions in individual and group treatment modalities at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center. Dr. Bennett also oversees the Youth Anxiety Center clinical services in the NYPH Outpatient Department and Partial Hospitalization Programs. Dr. Bennett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian, where she serves as the Director of Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Co-Directs the Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. Dr. Bennett specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, tic disorders, and related conditions in children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Bennett’s primary research interests include the development, evaluation, and dissemination of cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and related disorders, testing the efficacy of novel treatments for these disorders, and better understanding mechanisms involved in symptom change. Dr. Bennett currently oversees multiple research studies in the areas of anxiety and tic disorder treatment, and has written of several papers, book chapters, and treatment manuals on these topics. Dr. Bennett is also committed to training psychologists, psychiatrists and other care professionals in cognitive behavioral interventions to improve access to these treatment approaches for youth with anxiety and related impairments. Dr. Bennett was honored with a Career Development Leadership Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH

Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH

Youth Anxiety Center Clinical Site Director, Washington Heights Clinic

Youth Anxiety Center Clinical Site Director, Washington Heights Clinic Dr. Duarte is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and Co-Director of the Youth Anxiety Center - Washington Heights Clinic. Dr. Duarte is an expert on development of mental disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults of disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the use state-of-the art sampling, recruitment and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she generated population-based knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved and understudied populations. Currently, she is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans). Dr. Duarte and the Washington Heights Clinic team adopt the highest quality and latest evidence available to treat multicultural young adults with anxiety disorder.

Francis Lee, MD, PhD

Francis Lee, MD, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Research Co-Director

Dr. Lee is the Mortimer D. Sackler Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, and attending psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He has focused his research program on leveraging molecular neuroscience tools to improve our understanding of anxiety disorders. His current research has centered on plasticity factors –neurotrophic growth factors and endocannabinoids - which have profound effects on neuronal function within neural circuits. He and his collaborators have established vertically integrated research strategies to perform parallel genetic mouse model studies with human behavioral and functional imaging studies to identify how individual variation contribute to risk and resilience for anxiety disorders and how clinical treatments can be optimized for individuals and targeted to the biological states of the developing brain.

Herbert Pardes, MD

Herbert Pardes, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Executive Director

After serving from January 2000 through September 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Dr. Pardes became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Under his leadership NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital escalated to one of the highest ranked hospitals and comprehensive health care institutions in the United States. Dr. Pardes has been an outspoken proponent for academic medicine, medical research, children’s health education, mental health, access to care, humanism, and empathy in care delivery, Information Technology, and medicine. He has chaired three different departments of psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, the University of Colorado, and Columbia University. He served from 1989 to 2000 as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vice President for Health Sciences. A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was also President of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also received the United States Army Commendation Medal and the Sarnat International Prize for leadership in the field of mental health. In 2014 he was given the first Pardes Humanitarian Award in mental health sponsored in part by leaders of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). He has served on commissions related to health policy appointed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. He serves on the NYeC Board Executive Committee for Information Technology and is Vice Chairman of the New York Genome Center. He is the former Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Hospital Association of New York (and contributes as a board member today), the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the New York Association of Medical Schools.

Moira Rynn, MD

Moira Rynn, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Program Co-Director

Dr. Rynn is the Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Division at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian. Dr. Rynn’s expertise is in the area of treatment development for pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, with a focus on pharmacotherapy. She has served either as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous controlled pediatric clinical trials that have involved the study of medications as monotherapy or in combination with psychosocial treatments. She has led seminal medication clinical trials in pediatric anxiety. Recently, her area of research has expanded to working with children and adolescents with anxiety disorders who have failed first line treatments, and to examining the potential underlying mechanism of pediatric anxiety disorders. Dr. Rynn is the Co- Director of the T32 Translational Research in Child Psychiatry and she is the Director of the Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC; http://columbiapsychiatry.org/pamrc) and Children’s Day Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. As a top ranked pediatric psychopharmacologist she has been nominated by her peers multiple times for inclusion in Best Doctors in America and as well as in New York Magazine’s list of best of child and adolescent psychiatry doctors.

David Shaffer, MD, FRCP, FRC

David Shaffer, MD, FRCP, FRC

Youth Anxiety Center Founding Director

Dr. Shaffer is the Irving Philips Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Columbia University, former Chair of the Division of Child Psychiatry, NYSPI. He originally trained in pediatrics in London and in pediatric neurology at Yale. He obtained his psychiatry training at the Maudsley Hospital in London. His longstanding interest in the diagnosis, classification arose from participation in each version of DSM starting with DSM III. His research interests have ranged from the use of SSRI’s in treating enuresis, the neurological correlation of children with ADHD and for much of his career on the characteristics of youth who commit suicide, and includes the development of screening strategies to identify youth at risk for suicide (the Columbia Teen Screen). His most recent research interests have been on the interaction of cognitive and mood sequences in adolescents prior to executing a suicide attempt and on the role of anxiety in leading to suicide. Dr. Shaffer established and continues to lead the Youth Anxiety Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Research Co-Director

Dr. Simpson is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Center for OCD and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Simpson’s research focuses on translating scientific advances into superior treatments for individuals who suffer from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders.

John Walkup, MD

John Walkup, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Program Co-Director

Dr. Walkup is Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Walkup has specific expertise in anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. He also has expertise in the conditions that commonly co-occur, including Tourette syndrome, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. His consultations often focus on children and adolescents with refractory psychiatric disorders and include a review of the diagnostic assessments, the pharmacological treatment approach and whether there are environmental/behavioral factors that may function to sustain or enhance clinical impairment.

Philip J. Wilner, MD, MBA

Philip J. Wilner, MD, MBA

Youth Anxiety Center Managing Director

Dr. Wilner is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Westchester Division. He is Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and an Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Wilner is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and the New York Psychiatric Society.

Clinical Faculty Who See Youth Anxiety Center Patients

Angela Chiu, PhD

Angela Chiu, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist in the Partial Hospitalization Program and at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Chiu is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety and mood disorders. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as modular approaches to treatment for a wide array of presenting problems including social phobia, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, specific phobias, trauma, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. Dr. Chiu is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and an Assistant Attending Psychologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She provides a variety of services including diagnostic assessments, therapy, and consultation for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Jill Domanski, LCSW

Jill Domanski, LCSW

Youth Anxiety Center Social Worker at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Ms. Domanski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, using evidence-based practices. She has received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, behavior management interventions, family therapy, and group therapy. Ms. Domanski has expertise in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and families struggling with anxiety disorders (such as social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, health anxiety, specific phobias, and selective mutism) and mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). She provides a variety of services including diagnostic assessments, consultation, and individual, group and family therapy at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center.

Pamalyn Esperanza, MD

Pamalyn Esperanza, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Esperanza is both a pediatrician and child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Esperanza’s clinical interests are focused on pediatric and adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, anxiety, and psychopharmacology. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, parent training, consultation and community outreach services.

Rebecca Erban, PsyD

Rebecca Erban, PsyD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist in the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Erban is a bilingual English-Spanish clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, health psychology, working with underserved populations and treatment of adolescents and young adults. She previously worked at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center and a clinical psychologist in the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety Center Clinic. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, parent training, consultation and community outreach services.

Avital Falk, PhD

Avital Falk, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist in the Partial Hospitalization Program and Hospital Outpatient Department and at Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Falk is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety and mood disorders. She is an Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and is engaged in treatment and research on anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Falk specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention for OCD and anxiety disorders. She provides a variety of clinical services including diagnostic assessments, therapy, and consultation. This summer, she will be launching groups as part of an intensive treatment program for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, parent training, consultation and community outreach services.

Eve Khlyavich Freidl, MD

Eve Khlyavich Freidl, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist at the Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Dr. Freidl is a board-certified Child and Adolescent psychiatrist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Freidl specializes in the evaluation and psychopharmacological and psychotherapy treatment of children, adolescents and their families. She also has clinical expertise in evaluation and treatment of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and avoidant/resistant food intake disorder. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and family therapy, medication management, parent-training, and school consultations.

Megan Hughes Feltenberger, PhD

Megan Hughes Feltenberger, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist at the Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Division

Dr. Hughes-Feltenberger specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions for mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. She provides a variety of clinical services including diagnostic evaluation, consultation and psychotherapy. Dr. Hughes-Feltenberger is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Westchester Division and Assistant Director of Education for Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She provides diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy, parent-training, and school consultations.

Ali Mattu, PhD

Ali Mattu, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist at the Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Dr. Mattu is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder). Dr. Mattu also serves as a coordinator of the Launching Emerging Adults Program at CUCARD. He provides diagnostic assessments, individual, group and family therapy, parent-training, and school consultations. Dr. Mattu is also passionate about destigmatizing mental health problems and translating psychological science into practical applications. His work has appeared in several popular press websites, he is the founder of an award-winning blog, a regular presenter at conventions celebrating the popular arts, and hosts The Psych Show on YouTube and Facebook.

Elena Mayville, PhD

Elena Mayville, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist at Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Elena Mayville is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy supervisor at the Cornell Cognitive Therapy Clinic. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for people with anxiety and mood disorders by providing diagnostic assessments, individual, group and family therapy, parent-training, and school consultations. She also treats individuals, couples, and families dealing with relationship issues.

Justin Mohatt, MD

Justin Mohatt, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Mohatt is Vice Chair for Faculty Practice, Chief of Ambulatory Services in the Division of Child Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center and Clinical Director of the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center. The Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center offers expert assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders by a multi-disciplinary team of academically-oriented clinicians in a discreet, comfortable outpatient setting. The Specialty Center offers expertise in disorders across the lifespan and an approach that is sensitive to each individual's life context. Services at The Specialty Center include assessment, medication management, psychotherapy, couples' counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and neuropsychological and educational testing. Specific Youth Anxiety Center programs are embedded within the larger clinical services of the Specialty Center.

Michelle Pelcovitz, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Partial Hospitalization Program and Hospital Outpatient Program and at Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Pelcovitz is a psychology postdoctoral fellow with experience in treatment of anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based interventions for a wide array of presenting problems, including anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Pelcovitz provides a variety of services including diagnostic assessments, therapy, and consultation for children, adolescents, and young adults, at the NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Manhattan Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs.

Jasmin Reyes-Portillo, PhD

Jasmin Reyes-Portillo, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist in the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Reyes-Portillo is a bilingual English-Spanish clinical psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Reyes-Portillo obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center (Child Track), Dr. Reyes-Portillo was awarded the Sallie Foundation Child and Adolescent Mental Health Technology Program Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University. This fellowship provides training in using health information technology to improve outcomes for depressed, anxious, and suicidal youth. She is currently working in the Youth Anxiety Center Washington Heights Clinic providing diagnostic assessments, individual, group and family therapy, parent-training, and school consultations.

Khadijah B. Watkins, MD, MPH

Khadijah B. Watkins, MD, MPH

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Watkins is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she is the Co-Director of the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults and is available for diagnostic consultations, psychopharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy. She has special interest in the areas of Anxiety Disorders, Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, student mental health, mental health within schools and suicide prevention. In addition to working in the outpatient department, Dr. Watkins works with children, adolescents, and young adults in her faculty practice through the Youth Anxiety Center.

E. Blake Zakarin, PhD

E. Blake Zakarin, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist at the Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Dr. Zakarin is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and a senior clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Zakarin specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sleep difficulties, and related parenting interventions in children, adolescents, and young adults. Through her extensive training in multidisciplinary medical settings, Dr. Zakarin has also developed expertise and interest in evidence-based interventions for anxiety management and improved functioning in the context of somatic symptoms, eating difficulties, and chronic pain. She provides individual, group and family therapy, parent-training, and school consultations.

M. Carolina Zerrate, MD, MHS

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist and Medical Director in the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Zerrate is a bilingual English-Spanish board certified adult, child and adolescent Psychiatrist. She an Instructor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the medical director of the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). Dr. Zerrate graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Medical School in Bogota, Colombia. Before continuing her clinical training she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and completed a Masters of Health Science in Mental Health at JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Zerrate trained in adult psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, and at NYPH Columbia and Cornell Universities Program for her child and adolescent fellowship. She later completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship and then joined the Youth Anxiety Center Washington Heights Clinic. She provides individual, group and family therapy, medication management, parent-training, and school consultations.

Administration

Erica Chin, PhD

Erica Chin, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist in the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Chin serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chin is a licensed clinical psychologist with interests in anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders. She previously served as the Director of Psychology at the Child Day Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, a clinical research unit for children and adolescents with OCD, anxiety, and depression, as well as the Director of Assessment at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Barbara Linder, MPA

Barbara Linder, MPA

Youth Anxiety Center Administrative Director

Ms. Linder is the Director of the Behavioral Health Service Line of New York Presbyterian Hospital. She joined NYP in 2012, following five years directing the operations of acute, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Ms. Linder comes to NYP with over a decade in the banking industry serving as executive consultant to the technology leadership of JPMorgan Chase and Merrill Lynch during the mergers and acquisitions that produced today’s mega-banks. She brings her administrative, managerial, and information technology expertise to her cross-campus role and is honored to serve as Administrative Director of the Youth Anxiety Center.

Yiu Kee Warren Ng, MD

Yiu Kee Warren Ng, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist in the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Ng is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with an interest in HIV, public psychiatry, and family issues. He is Director of clinical services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He is also the medical director of the Integrated Mental Health Program, Home Based Crisis Intervention Program, and the School-Based Mental Health Program. He serves as treasurer of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and has been the past president of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.