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CUCARD Staff and Affiliates


Moira Rynn, MD

Medical Director


Anouk Allart, MA

Clinical Extern


Evan Alvarez, MA

Program Coordinator


Eve Freidl, MD

Psychiatrist


Kristin Kunkle, PsyD

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Vasco Lopes, PsyD

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Ali Mattu, PhD

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Irene Ortiz-Quinones

Practice Manager


Meredith Owens, PhD, ABPP

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Cara Settipani, PhD

Senior Clinical Psychologist


Jeneane Solz, PhD

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow


Bradford Stevens, MA

Clinical Extern


Rachel Terry, MS

Clinical Extern


Yael Warach

Program Coordinator


E. Blake Zakarin, PhD

Senior Clinical Psychologist

CUCARD Westchester


Samantha Morrison, PhD

Director, School Refusal Program


Rachel Ginsberg, PhD

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow

Psychopharmacology @ Columbus Circle


Kathleen Jung, MD

Psychiatrist


Denise Leung, MD

Psychiatrist

Neuropsychology @ Columbus Circle


Claire Golden, PhD

Neuropsychologist

Samantha Busa, MA
Clinical Extern

Samantha Busa, M.S. is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Ms. Busa received her B.A. with honors in psychology from Muhlenberg College and is currently a doctoral student in the combined school-clinical psychology program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She has held externship positions at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School in White Plains, New York and at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center: Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department where she had gained extensive experience in cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Ms. Busa's research interests are focused on the advancement of evidence-based practices in treatment settings. Her doctoral research project is focused on assessing barriers and facilitators towards adoption of evidence-based treatments by master's level clinicians in low-resource community clinics.

Ms. Busa has presented at a number of national conferences and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, and the National Association for School Psychologists.

Anouk Allart, M.A
Clinical Extern

Anouk Allart, M.A. is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Ms. Allart received her B.A. with honors in psychology from Barnard College and is currently a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has held externship positions at the NYU Child Study Center, at Weill Cornell Medical College - Department of Neurological Surgery, and at the Center for Psychological Services (a community mental health clinic) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Through these positions, she has gained extensive experience in cognitive-behavioral interventions, as well as in neuropsychological assessment.

Ms. Allart's research interests have focused on examining features of coping strategies and social support and their impact on cognitive functioning and general mental health. In 2013, she also received a community service grant from the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Foundation, aimed at augmenting the therapeutic value of assessment feedback. Her doctoral research project is focused on assessing the role played by social support in moderating the relationship between social evaluation and cognitive performance.

Ms. Allart has presented at a number of national conferences and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (Division 40) and the New York State Psychological Association.

Evan Alvarez, MA
Program Coordinator

Evan Alvarez, MA earned his master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. While studying, he served as Student Senate Representative for the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Department and also worked as Project Manager for the Clinical Psychology Program. In addition, he contributed to several grant writing projects under the supervision of Dr. Lena Verdeli for the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College. Evan also worked part time as Research Assistant for a pilot study investigating the effects of cognitive - emotional training for depression at the Mount Sinai Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (MAP). During this time, he received training in psychological assessment and data analysis. He concurrently volunteered at CUCARD, assisting with clinical administration and the provision of group therapy services for teens and young adults.

Prior to becoming Program Coordinator for the Youth Anxiety Center, Evan worked as Research Coordinator for the NIMH funded Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Long-term Study (CAMELS) at Columbia University. The study sought to determine whether acute clinical improvement and treatment type (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or their combination) for children and adolescents with anxiety predicted remission of anxiety six years after treatment termination, as well as predictors of outcomes at follow-up. In addition to coordinating study visits, he administered regular psychological evaluations for teen and young adult study participants and completed independent evaluator quality assurance reviews for the five collaborating sites. Evan has also co-authored several publications investigating anxiety and depression.

Meredith Owens, PhD, ABPP
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Owens earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from St. John's University in 2007. She completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship and fellowship in clinical child psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ). In 2008, Dr. Owens joined the faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) of LIJ where she developed a specialty track for the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. This program provides specialized, evidence-based psychotherapy for children and families. In addition, the program provided training and supervision for psychology and psychiatry trainees in cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT). In her position, Dr. Owens focused on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

During her tenure at LIJ, Dr. Owens was also appointed Associate Director of Internship Training, overseeing the child and adolescent track of the APA accredited internship program in clinical psychology at ZHH. In early 2015, Dr. Owens earned board certification in cognitive-behavioral psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Owens is pleased to join the team of expert clinicians at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) where she provides high quality, evidence-based clinical services for children, adolescents and emerging adults. She is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. John's University.

Dr. Owens' primary clinical expertise is in the area of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders such as trichotillomania, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and Tourette's syndrome. She is also interested in the application of Mindfulness and of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treating anxiety disorders.

Dr. Owens has given presentations on the treatment of child anxiety disorders at local and national meetings and is a member of the APA, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA; CBT Division).

Jeneane Solz, PhD
Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow

Jeneane Solz, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow and clinician at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Solz specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with attention, disruptive behavior, developmental, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety disorders. She has expertise in using evidence based treatments to work collaboratively with parents and schools to address child behavioral disorders, and is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) from PCIT International.

Dr. Solz received her B.A. with honors from Boston University, where she majored in psychology and minored in statistics. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the child and adolescent clinical track at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Solz also completed training programs at The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Trauma Psychiatry Division, and at Hofstra University's Child and Parent Psychotherapy Services, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Autism clinics.

Dr. Solz's research interests focus on parenting stress, and the use of technology to enhance behavioral treatments. Dr. Solz is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, New York State Psychological Association, and Association for Behavioral Analysis International. Dr. Solz has presented her work at several professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, the World Psychiatric Association, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International.

Bradford Stevens, MA
Clinical Extern

Bradford Stevens, M.A. is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Stevens received his B.A. in psychology from Princeton University. Mr. Stevens is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University. As a doctoral student, Mr. Stevens has received specialized clinical training in cognitive-behavioral interventions including exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Mr. Stevens is passionate about the treatment of anxiety disorders, and the focus of his clinical research is the identification of strategies to better motivate patients to engage in exposure-based interventions.

Prior to joining the CUCARD team, Mr. Stevens trained as a psychology extern at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. Mr. Stevens has presented at a number of national conferences, and he is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Rachel Terry, MS
Clinical Extern

Rachel Terry, M.S. is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Ms. Terry received her B.A. with honors in Psychology from Barnard College and is currently a doctoral student in the Combined School-Clinical Psychology program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Ms. Terry has held externship positions at The Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, as well as The Family Mental Health Clinic of Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, New York, where she gained experience in a wide range of cognitive-behavioral interventions for children and adults.

Ms. Terry's research interests are focused on helping families receive effective, high quality mental health care within community settings. Specifically, Ms. Terry's doctoral research project focuses on assessing the barriers and facilitators to the long-term sustainability of transdiagnostic evidence-based treatments for youth within community mental health clinics. In addition to this work, Ms. Terry is engaged in research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she assists with projects aimed at improving psychosocial support for families facing medical challenges.

Ms. Terry has presented at a number of national conferences and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, and the National Association for School Psychologists.

Yael Warach
Program Coordinator

Yael Warach, BA, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Prior to her role as Program Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent division at CUCARD, Yael worked as a Research Assistant and Lab Manager at Columbia Business School, overseeing research operations and experimental studies that focused on gender and diversity within the workplace. As the manager for Intakes in the Child and Adolescent division, Yael seeks to provide the highest level of customer service and compassion when speaking to each caller.

Ali Mattu, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Ali Mattu, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). 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.

Dr. Mattu received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Mattu also completed training programs at the DC Department of Behavioral Health's Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Service, and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.

Throughout his career, Dr. Mattu has served in a variety of leadership roles in psychology. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives Leadership Team and is part of the Translational Issues in Psychological Science's Editorial Board. Previously, Dr. Mattu served on the American Psychological Association's Policy and Planning Board, the Executive Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association, was the Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, was a member of the American Psychological Association Good Governance Project task force, was appointed to the New York State Psychological Association's Executive Committee, and worked on multiple Society for the Teaching of Psychology task forces.

Dr. Mattu is also passionate about destigmatizing mental health 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.

Eve Freidl, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Eve Khlyavich 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 earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed internship and adult psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Freidl also completed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. She continued training at Columbia University to develop research and eating disorder expertise as a T32 Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship on Affective, Anxiety, Eating and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Freidl joined CUCARD in July 2013.

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.

Dr. Freidl's research interest is in eating behavior in patients with eating disorders, as well as overweight and obese children and adolescents. She has participated in the clinical assessment of surgical candidates for bariatric surgery, as well as longitudinal research investigating psychological and cognitive symptoms of adolescents in the bariatric surgery program. In addition, Dr. Freidl served as a treating clinician in a longitudinal research study of adolescents with bulimia nervosa, and has developed expertise in the cognitive behavioral therapy and psychopharmacological treatment of bulimia nervosa. Dr. Freidl received an Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pilot Research Award to study genetic contributions to stimulant medication side effects of weight loss and growth suppression.

Steve Mazza, MA
Clinical Extern

In addition to his role as psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Steve Mazza is a therapist at Child and Parent Psychological Services, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, and Student Counseling Services at Hofstra University.

Steve is currently a third-year doctoral student at Hofstra University, where he received his M.A. in clinical psychology in 2013. He also received an M.A. in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2012. In 2007, Steve graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College in 2007 with a B.S. in elementary education.

Steve specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. He is a trained PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) therapist and utilizes this intervention in the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and disruptive behavior disorders. As Senior Crisis Counselor at Hofstra University from 2013-2014, Steve has managed a variety of after-hours psychological crises including suicidality, homicidality, disordered thinking, self-injurious behavior, sexual assaults, and manic episodes in undergraduate and graduate students.

Steve is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association.

Irene Ortiz-Quinones
Practice Manager

Irene Ortiz-Quinones is the Practice Manager of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), and oversees all day to day and fiscal operations of the clinic. Prior to arriving at CUCARD, Irene was as an Administrative Assistant at Montefiore Medical Center in the Cardio Thoracic Surgery Department. She initially joined CUCARD in 2009 as the Billing Coordinator and held this position for 5 years before being advanced to the level of Practice Manager. Irene's extensive experience in medical clinic management is evident in her warm and helpful responses to our clients' inquiries, and in the efficiency and professionalism that is extended to our clients through her efforts. Irene is dedicated to her work and strives to provide excellent customer service at all times.

Bridget Poznanski
Program Coordinator, Youth Anxiety Center

Bridget Poznanski, BS graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Classical Languages. She previously worked as an Assistant Math Teacher and Behavioral Aide at The Lang School, and as an Education and Lead Counselor at the NYU Child Study Center's Summer Program for Kids. Both of these positions provided Bridget with valuable experience in working with children with ADHD, anxiety, and related emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additionally, over the past four years she has worked as a field researcher and research assistant for projects related to the 4Rs Intervention Study at Fordham University, which aim to examine the effect of school climate continuity or discontinuity on students' developmental outcomes across the middle school transition. Prior to beginning her current position as Program Coordinator for the Young Adult Center, Bridget worked for a year at CUCARD as a volunteer and received training in clinic administration and assisting in the provision of group therapy services for teens and young adults.

E. Blake Zakarin, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. E. Blake Zakarin is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Zakarin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Behavioral Pain Medicine.

Dr. Zakarin specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sleep difficulties, and parenting interventions associated with the treatment of pediatric anxiety and related disorders. 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, chronic pain and medical presentations. She provides individual, group and family therapy, parent-training, and school consultations.

Dr. Zakarin has provided clinical services in a number of treatment facilities, including the Eating Disorders Research Unit at Columbia University Medical Center, the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program and Sleep Medicine Clinic at Children's National Medical Center, the Kellar Center's Attention and Learning Disorders Service within the Inova Health System of Virginia, and the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

Dr. Zakarin's research is focused on understanding and treating factors that contribute to pediatric anxiety and mood symptoms from a developmental psychopathology perspective, including examining the role of parenting, sleep-wake processes, eating behaviors, and chronic pain. She has given presentations related to this research at professional conferences, including the Society for Research on Child Development and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Dr. Zakarin is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
Director

Anne Marie Albano is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Albano is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. In 2008, Dr. Albano received the Rosenberry Award for service to children, adolescents and families from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Albano is Past President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and also past-president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is past editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and currently is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She has published more than 90 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 CBT, medication, combination treatment, and pill placebo in youth. Her book with Leslie Pepper, Helping Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life, was the 2014 Self-Help Book Award winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and received a 2014 Seal of Merit from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Moira Rynn, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Moira Rynn is Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Division, Department of Psychiatry, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is the Medical Director of The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and Unit Chief of the Children's Day Unit. She was recruited by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2006, as an established, expert pediatric psychopharmacologist, and appointed Deputy Director of Research. Dr. Rynn's research program studies improving treatments for children and adolescents with treatment refractory mood and anxiety disorders. Her research examines the efficacy and safety of experimental pharmacologic treatments as well as studying combination treatment (medication and psychotherapy) approaches in the pediatric population. She has led and contributed to the seminal treatment trials in the field of pediatric anxiety. More recently, through her collaborations, she is examining treatment models for adolescent depression in the primary care setting as well as novel augmentation strategies for pediatric OCD. Her programs have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child and Health Development.

Dr. Rynn graduated from Goucher College with a BS in biology. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She completed the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Child Guidance Center, followed by a Neuropsychopharmacology Research Fellowship, sponsored by the NIMH at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Prior to joining Columbia University, she had been the Medical Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Section of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine overseeing the largest clinical trials research group at UPENN. During that time she researched novel medication treatment for both adults and children.

Sandra Pimentel, PhD
Associate Director

In addition to her role as the Associate Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Dr. Sandra Pimentel is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center-New York State Psychiatric Institute and a Senior Psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD).

Dr. Pimentel received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a Faculty Commendation for Excellence. She specializes in cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and behavioral difficulties. She provides comprehensive assessments and consultations and individual, group and family therapy.

Dr. Pimentel is committed to providing advanced training and mentorship. Her research interests have focused on the dissemination of evidenced-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders and the evaluation of the most effective strategies for training and transporting treatments to school and community settings. She has delivered multiple professional training workshops on CBT for anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior disorders in youth, as well as workshops for parents and community organizations. Dr. Pimentel has served as a CBT consultant for school-based clinicians throughout New York State and for the New York State Office of Mental Health's statewide clinician training initiative. She was named a 2007-2008 New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar. At CUCARD, she coordinates the onsite Externship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs.

Dr. Pimentel is actively involved in professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and she often volunteers for community-based programs.

James Hambrick, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jamie Hambrick has been with CUCARD since 2006. Dr. Hambrick specializes in work with adolescents and adults, particularly young adults in the transition period from high school to college, or college to career, and addressing the ways that anxiety can disrupt those effective developmental transitions. In addition to his individual group work, Dr. Hambrick frequently conducts short-term groups for individuals 17 and up with a wide array of anxiety issues, and along with Dr. Sandra Pimentel oversees the extern training program at CUCARD, helping with the next generation of therapists specializing in empirically supported treatments. In addition to his active schedule at the clinic, Dr. Hambrick also teaches undergraduate courses in clinical and developmental psychology at Princeton University.

Dr. Hambrick trained with Dr. Richard Heimberg at Temple University where he specialized in empirically supported group and individual treatments for adults suffering from social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. He completed his graduate training as an intern at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of issues in individual, group, and family settings. Dr. Hambrick also served as chief intern at Bellevue for a year, before moving to Columbia as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently a full clinician and member of the clinical faculty at the Columbia University Medical School.

Vasco Lopes, PsyD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Vasco Lopes, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist with a specialty in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behaviors, aggression, severe temper tantrums, and emotional dysregulation. He has experience treating children through various modes of intervention including parent management training, teacher behavioral consultation, and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Lopes typically treats children with a multi-modal approach- focusing on giving parents and teachers the tools needed to help their child thrive and children the coping skills needed to best manage their behavior and emotions.

Dr. Lopes earned his doctorate in school psychology from St. John's University in 2011 and completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Andrus, a day and residential treatment center for children with severe emotional disturbances. Dr. Lopes was part of a team charged with developing and leading the first school-wide positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) program at Andrus. Dr. Lopes went on to complete a clinical and research fellowship in the Pediatric Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL) at Fordham University where he developed a specialization in diagnosing and treating children with severe emotional dysregulation.

Most recently, Dr. Lopes has served as a staff psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, in their ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorder Center. Dr. Lopes specialized in evidence-based treatments for disruptive behavior disorder and severe emotional dysregulation, including Parent Management Training (PMT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Lopes also developed a long-term collaboration with schools in the community, including Harlem Village Academy, and used evidence-based treatments to train teachers how to manage disruptive classroom behavior in at-risk students.

Dr. Lopes has co-authored several publications on topics related to child psychopathology, including a leading article in the American Journal of Psychiatry on a new child psychiatric disorder- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. He has also published a research article on ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and a book chapter on pediatric social phobia. Dr. Lopes has also presented to various professional and parent groups on topics related to childhood ADHD, disruptive behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and parenting behaviors, and has made several media appearances, including HuffPost Live, ABC Eyewitness News, and the Katie Couric Show.

Samantha Morrison, PhD
Senior Psychologist; Director of the School Refusal Accelerated Program

Dr. Samantha Morrison received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Tulane University and completed her predoctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, at the Child and Family Therapy Clinic. In 2008, Dr. Morrison joined the Anxiety Disorders Center/ Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Harford Hospital's The Institute of Living and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. She remained at the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a staff psychologist from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Morrison joined Columbia University's Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) Manhattan location in February 2012 and remained until 2015 when she transferred to CUCARD Westchester. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) and is the Director of the School Refusal Accelerated Program at CUCARD Westchester, a specialized and unique treatment program for children and adolescents who are unable to attend school regularly due to anxiety, behavioral, or mood-related concerns.

Dr. Morrison is a member of several professional societies, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Her research interests include the role that cognitive processes play in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as examining the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders.

Dr. Morrison specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Her clinical interests include school refusal, parent training, behavior management, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety, specific phobias, and panic disorder. Dr. Morrison has been featured as an expert psychologist in several media pieces including The Today Show, Confessions: Animal Hoarding, and Hoarding: Buried Alive.

Kristin Kunkle, PsyD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Kristin Kunkle, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Kunkle specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders. Her specific clinical interests include separation anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, parent training, behavior management, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Kunkle graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. in Psychology from West Virginia University, where she conducted research on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Dr. Cheryl McNeil. She then received her Psy.D. from Long Island University – Post, completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CUCARD. Dr. Kunkle has also provided cognitive-behavioral therapy to individuals in a variety of other treatment facilities, including Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhattan Psychology Group, PC, The Psychological Health Collaborative, PLLC, and the LIU-Post Psychological Services Center.

Dr. Kunkle's research interests focus on early childhood parenting issues and evaluating the effectiveness and acceptability of behavioral parent training program components. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented on these topics at regional and national psychology conferences. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, and the New York State Psychological Association.

Cara Settipani, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Cara Settipani, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Settipani specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders among children, adolescents, and adults. She also has clinical expertise in early childhood interventions for youth with disruptive behavior disorders and other behavioral and developmental concerns.

Dr. Settipani received her B.A. with honors in psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical child and adolescent psychology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and continued her specialization in anxiety and related disorders through a post-doctoral fellowship at CUCARD. Dr. Settipani has provided clinical services at several other treatment sites, including the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University and the Division of Behavioral Health at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Dr. Settipani's research has examined social functioning in youth with anxiety disorders, direction of change between parent factors and youth anxiety over time, and the role of child distress and parent factors in accommodation of anxiety. She continues to have a particular interest in better understanding the relationship between parenting and anxiety in youth and considering the implications of the research in this area for cognitive-behavioral therapy. She has published her work in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored book chapters, and presented at professional conferences.

Dr. Settipani is a member of several professional societies, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the American Psychological Association. She currently serves as President of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group of ABCT.

Anthony Puliafico, PhD
Director

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. He serves as director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD) Westchester. He is also co-director of psychology at the Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Disorders Research Clinic (PAMRC), where he oversees cognitive-behavioral treatment services. Dr. Puliafico specializes in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood and externalizing disorders. His research focuses on the treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and the adaptation of cognitive-behavioral interventions for young children.

Dr. Puliafico received his B.S. with Distinction from Cornell University, where he majored in Human Development, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University. He completed his clinical psychology internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Medical Center, during which time he served as a clinician at the NYU Child Study Center, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). He has published his work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and regularly lectures on the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders.

Rachel Ginsberg, PhD
Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow

Rachel Ginsberg, Ph.D., graduated with her Ph.D. from Hofstra University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at North-Shore LIJ Medical Center. Dr. Ginsberg specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with mood, anxiety, and related disorders. She has served as an extern in research and clinical positions at NYSPI, within the Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC), and the Columbia University/NYSPI Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where she conducted diagnostic assessments and specialized in providing treatment for OCD and OCD-spectrum disorders. She has also completed yearlong clinical practicums in working with parents with perinatal and postpartum issues, and in providing individual and family treatment for first-episode mental illness. Dr. Ginsberg is trained in evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and has worked in a variety of settings, including pediatric and adult clinics, as well as partial hospital and inpatient hospital settings. Further, she has worked within the Anxiety and Depression clinic, Autism-Spectrum Disorders clinic, and DBT clinic at Hofstra University. Dr. Ginsberg serves as a clinical postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders Westchester (CUCARD Westchester), and provides individual and group therapy for anxiety and related disorders, OCD, and school refusal/avoidance. Her research interests include finding novel ways to maximize treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in youth and young adults.

Kathleen Jung, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Kathleen Jung is a board certified child & adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Columbia outpatient faculty practice and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Jung earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and her child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. She became faculty at Columbia University Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Jung specializes in comprehensive evaluation, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. As one of the psychiatrists at Columbia's School Based Mental Health Program, she has extensive experience working with families and schools in helping address academic and emotional needs of students. She has clinical expertise in evaluation and treatment of ADHD, behavioral and mood dysregulation, and anxiety disorders. She has additional interest in working with children, adolescents and adults with cultural assimilation difficulties and young adults transitioning from school to work. She sees individuals and families for psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment, and combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.

Denise Leung, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Leung is a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She joined the Columbia University faculty in 2007 and currently serves as the Program Medical Director for the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Outpatient Child and Adolescent Pediatric Psychiatry Service at Columbia University Medical Center. She also formerly served as the Program Medical Director at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Special Needs Clinic, which specializes in the treatment of individuals and families who are experiencing symptoms from both medical and psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Leung earned her medical degree from the McMaster University School of Medicine (Hamilton, Canada). She completed her general psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) and her Child and Adolescent fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities. During her second year of child psychiatry training, she was selected to be the Chief Fellow for the Consultation Liaison Service at CUMC. She also completed her Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University.

Dr. Leung specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families using psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological techniques. She has a particular expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and families who are affected by chronic medical and psychiatric conditions. Her other areas of interest and expertise include: mood and anxiety disosrders, transitions between life stages, and childhood and adult ADHD. She believes in a collaborative approach with patients and their families to achieve their treatment goals.

Claire Golden, PhD
Neuropsychologist

Dr. Claire Golden is a certified School Psychologist and a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in Developmental Neuropsychology. She is a neuropsychologist at the Promise Project at the Columbia University Medical Center and has a private neuropsychology practice through the Columbia University Faculty Practice with an office at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD).

Dr. Golden earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013, where she was the Gilleece Fellow from 2007-2012. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Promise Project at Columbia University Medical Center and focused on neuropsychological evaluations with underserved children.

Dr. Golden specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with children who are struggling in school. She assesses students' cognitive abilities, academic skills, language, memory, executive functioning, and social-emotional well-being in order to clarify diagnoses and plan for future treatment and interventions. She has worked with both private and public schools throughout the tri-state area in order to ensure her patients have the best classroom placement and services possible.

Dr. Golden is a member of several professional associations and is in the process of becoming Board Certified in Clinical and Pediatric Neuropsychology through ABPP.