Youth Anxiety Center

NewYork-Presbyterian

Youth Anxiety Center

Advancing the Understanding and Treatment of Anxiety in Teens and Young Adults

More Top Psychiatrists and Psychologists than Any Other Hospital in the Country

The faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons are leaders in psychiatric research and education and experts in their fields. Through our affiliation with two of the nation’s top universities, our behavioral healthcare providers engage in the pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of patient care.

Multicultural Patient Care

At the Youth Anxiety Center, we recognize the importance of meeting the multicultural needs of our community. Our multilingual doctors and care team help facilitate communication, providing interpreters, when necessary to ensure a better patient experience for our young adults and their families.

Our Team of Top Doctors

Founding & Senior Faculty


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Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

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

Dr. Albano is the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry and Founder of the Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Albano is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Albano has devoted her career to the study of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She has published more than 200 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive-behavioral treatment manuals and the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children. Dr. Albano was a principal investigator of a 6-site, National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored study entitled "Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study" (CAMS) and was also a principal investigator for the Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). Presently, Dr. Albano and her team are developing and testing virtual environments for adolescents and young adults who suffer from anxiety and mood disorders intending to extend the benefits of evidence-based therapies and make meaningful lasting changes for emerging adults. Dr. Albano served in leadership positions in national professional organizations, as editor of scholarly journals, and is a voluntary board member for non-profit organizations focused on suicide prevention and improving the mental health of youth. She is active in teaching and supervision and is a frequent speaker for schools, professional organizations, and parent groups. Dr. Albano received the honor of “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities” by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In 2021, Dr. Albano became the inaugural appointee to the CUCARD Professorship, a distinction of honor and recognition of her service and career. At some later date when she retires from Columbia University, this endowed chair will be renamed in her honor. Committed to empowering parents in assisting their children in developing independence and mastery of anxiety, Dr. Albano’s family and evidence-based approach stems from personal experience as well as her years of study and clinical work with families. Her approach is summarized in her 2020 TEDMED talk, “How to Raise Kids Who Can Overcome Anxiety” as well as in a guide for parents in her award-winning 2014 book with Leslie Pepper, “You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life.” In 2021, with co-host Nina Korelitz Matza, Dr. Albano launched the “Listen More” podcast for parents of adolescents and young adults.

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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, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian, 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. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, tic disorders, and related conditions in children, adolescents, and young adults. Her 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 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.

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Cristiane Duarte, PhD, MPH

Youth Anxiety Center Clinical Site Co-Director
Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Duarte is the Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child & Adolescent Mental Health 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 the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults with special emphasis on racially and ethnically minoritized youth. Through the use of state-of-the-art sampling, recruitment, and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she generates population-based knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved, and understudied populations. She leads the Boricua Youth Study, which studies how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latinx (primarily Puerto Rican) subgroup. Dr. Duarte and the Washington Heights Clinic team adopt the highest quality and latest evidence available to treat multicultural young adults with anxiety disorders.

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Francis S. Y. Lee, MD, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Research Co-Director

Dr. Francis Lee is the Chair, Department of Psychiatry, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Psychiatrist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He obtained an MD and PhD from the University of Michigan, followed by Psychiatry residency training at Payne Whitney Clinic, Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed further postdoctoral training in molecular neuroscience at the Skirball Institute, New York University, and the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, he is the director of a laboratory whose main area of research is in basic molecular and neural mechanisms that are relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders. In particular, his research is focused on using genetic models to delineate the role of growth factors, such as BDNF, in complex behaviors related to the pathophysiology and treatment of affective disorders.

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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, 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 President of the American Psychiatric Association, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 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.

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David Shaffer, MD, FRCP, FRC

Youth Anxiety Center Founding Director

Dr. Shaffer was the Irving Philips Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Columbia University, and former Chair of the Division of Child Psychiatry, NYSPI. He originally trained in pediatrics in London and pediatric neurology at Yale and obtained his psychiatry training at the Maudsley Hospital in London. His longstanding interest in the diagnosis and 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 including 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 before executing a suicide attempt and on the role of anxiety in leading to suicide. Dr. Shaffer established the Youth Anxiety Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Research Co-Director

Dr. Helen Blair Simpson is the Vice-Chair for Research and Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. She also directs the Center for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1999, she uses clinical trials to identify the best treatments for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and partners with basic and clinical neuroscientists to elucidate how the brain produces anxiety, obsessions, and compulsions. Dr. Simpson is currently collaborating with OCD experts around the globe to identify brain signatures of OCD and is partnering with New York State to train front-line clinicians in the early detection and treatment of OCD. Advisor to the World Health Organization on the classification of OCD and author of the American Psychiatric Association’s Practice Guidelines for OCD, she works to transform care for people with anxiety and OCD. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, completed the MD-PhD program at The Rockefeller University/Cornell University Medical College, and trained as an intern and resident in psychiatry at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She joined the Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1996 and served as its director from 2006 to 2016. In November 2016, she became the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of Research at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Program Co-Director

Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele is the Ruane Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, and the Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Prior to being recruited to Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian in 2014, Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele was Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, where he received the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for Research. Currently, his laboratory at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute uses molecular and translational neuroscience research tools in the pursuit of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder and pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. This work has garnered multiple awards, including the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. His commitment to training the next generation of clinicians and researchers is evidenced by serving as co-director of a research track in the child and adolescent psychiatry clinical fellowship and a post-doctoral research fellowship in child psychiatry research, both funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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Philip J. Wilner, MD, MBA

Youth Anxiety Center Managing Director

Dr. Philip J. Wilner is Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division, where he oversees behavioral health services across all NewYork-Presbyterian campuses. He also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gracie Square Hospital, a 136-bed provider of comprehensive and personalized mental health services located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In these dual roles, Dr. Wilner’s work involves strengthening Gracie Square Hospital’s tighter integration into NYP’s robust and progressive behavioral services line. Dr. Wilner is also Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Wilner joined the former New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center as a House Officer in 1983 and was the recipient of a Readers Digest Research Fellowship in 1988, conducting studies in the biological bases of psychiatric illness. Dr. Wilner obtained his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Columbia College, his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Policy from Zicklin Business School at Baruch College. He 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


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Elizabeth Allen, PhD

Youth Anxiety Psychologist
Outpatient Department and Youth Inpatient Services

Dr. Elizabeth Allen received her PhD from Clark University where she studied with Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, the developmental psychologist who coined the term and developed the concept of “emerging adulthood.” She completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at Weill Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester campus where she worked with children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Allen continues this work as a faculty member, expanding the reach of the Youth Anxiety Center programming on the Westchester campus. In addition to increasing the number of patients who can be seen in the insurance-based and private practice outpatient clinics, she offers group dialectical behavior therapy for youth who are engaging in self-harm or suicidal behavior and consults on the inpatient units for youth who require the most acute level of care.

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Angela Chiu, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
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 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She provides a variety of services including diagnostic assessments, therapy, and consultation for children, adolescents, and young adults.

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Jill Domanski, LCSW

Youth Anxiety Center Social Worker
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.

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Pamalyn Esperanza, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist
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.

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Rebecca Erban, PsyD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
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.

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Avital Falk, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
Partial Hospitalization Program and Hospital Outpatient Department & 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 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She is engaged in treatment and research on anxiety and related disorders, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention for OCD and anxiety disorders, and 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.

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Sarah Frankel, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

Sarah Frankel, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), and serves as the training director for the CUCARD – Midtown office. Dr. Frankel graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Amherst College, received her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, and completed a predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the CARES Institute of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Frankel specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults coping with mood and anxiety disorders with particular expertise in treating individuals and families who have experienced trauma. She has trained with the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Her research focuses on adapting cognitive-behavioral interventions for children and adolescents based on their individual cognitive, social, and emotional development. Her work has been published in journals such as the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She has also presented at national conferences including the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for Research on Child Development. Dr. Frankel is particularly passionate about training other clinicians to effectively use CBT and has provided training focused in particular settings, including outpatient community mental health clinics, school-based services, and inpatient hospitals.

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Lauren Hoffman, PsyD

Youth Anxiety Center Senior Clinical Psychologist
Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

Lauren Hoffman, PsyD, is an assistant professor of medical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Hoffman specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and depressive disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. Her research has examined parent-child agreement on treatment goals, the relationship between bullying and emotional distress, and the development of novel technology, such as virtual reality, to improve access to care for young adults with anxiety. Dr. Hoffman received her B.A. with honors in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Hoffman completed her predoctoral clinical internship at NYU Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, where she worked in outpatient, emergency department, partial hospital, and inpatient settings. Dr. Hoffman has published her work in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and enjoys providing community outreach and lectures on treating anxiety disorders across the lifespan.

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Heather Makover, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Makover is a clinical psychologist at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (NYP/CUIMC) Youth Anxiety Center in Washington Heights. She is an Instructor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division of CUIMC. Dr. Makover obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Temple University. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine/Seattle Children's Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NYP/CUIMC. She specializes in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. She is also a member of the Mental Health Disparities Workgroup, which focuses on increasing access and equity within mental health services.

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Michelle Pelcovitz, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist / Partial Hospitalization Program and Hospital Outpatient Program
Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Pelcovitz is a psychology postdoctoral fellow with experience in the 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.

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Anthony Puliafico, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist and Westchester Site Director
Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

Anthony Puliafico, PhD is an associate professor of medical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. He serves as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester, which specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and related disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. He also directs CUCARD Westchester's Anxiety Day Program, which provides daily treatment programming for adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and school refusal. Dr. Puliafico is an expert in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood, and externalizing disorders. His clinical work and research have focused on the treatment of pediatric OCD, school refusal, and adapting treatments for young children with anxiety. Dr. Puliafico received his PhD in clinical psychology from Temple University. He completed his clinical psychology internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Medical Center. Dr. Puliafico has published his work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and regularly lectures on the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. He is the co-author of "The OCD Workbook for Kids" and is a co-developer of the CALM Program for young children with anxiety.

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Matthew W. Specht, PhD

Assistant Attending Psychologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

Dr. Specht is directing the programmatic expansion of the Youth Anxiety Center to the NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. He is an Assistant Attending Psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University. Dr. Specht has expertise in anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), common co-occurring conditions including Tourette's disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors including hair-pulling, nail-biting, and skin picking as well as stereotypies (typically including hand-flapping/finger-wriggling) in normally developing people. His research has primarily focused on non-pharmacological treatments for Tourette’s disorder. Dr. Specht’s clinical consultations focus on the thorough evaluation of complex clinical presentations to clarify treatment targets and develop robust multidisciplinary treatment plans to address threats to normal development. His focus is on the development, delivery, and evaluation of brief, robust cognitive-behavioral therapies that speed recovery and improve training for the next generation of clinicians.

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E. Blake Zakarin, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

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

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M. Carolina Zerrate, MD, MHS

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist and Progam Medical Director
Youth Community Behavioral Health and the Washington Heights Clinic

Dr. Zerrate is a bilingual English-Spanish board-certified adult, child, and adolescent Psychiatrist. She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the program medical director of the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety and Youth Community Behavioral Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Medical School in Bogota, Columbia, 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. She trained in adult psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, at the NYPH Columbia and Cornell Universities Program for her child and adolescent fellowship, and later completed the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship before joining the Youth Anxiety Center Washington Heights Clinic. She provides individual, group, and family therapy, medication management, parent training, and school consultations.

Administration


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Erica Chin, PhD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychologist
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 an interest 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 Irving Medical Center.

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Yiu Kee Warren Ng, MD

Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist
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, Home Based Crisis Intervention, and School-Based Mental Health programs. 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.