October 16, 2017
CUCARD has partnered with a technology startup company, Headset Health, to develop a novel immersive virtual reality (VR) program. Our program, among the first of its kind, was designed for use with adolescents and emerging adults struggling with social anxiety and/or the transition to college. The VR scenarios take place in virtual dorm rooms, parties, and classrooms and offer skill-building in assertiveness, social skills, and anxiety management, as well as exposure to anxiety-provoking situations (e.g., asking a professor for an extension, meeting new people at a party). CUCARD clinicians are currently using the VR program during the assessment process, as well as during individual and group treatment.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lauren Hoffman at 212-342-0969.
May 19, 2017
Does your child have an intense fear of dogs? Insects? Heights? Thunderstorms? Needles?
Summer break is an excellent time for children and teenagers to face their fears without the added demands of the school year.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is short-term treatment that helps individuals overcome their phobias using evidence-based strategies.
This program offers:
A comprehensive initial evaluation with an anxiety specialist
Education on skills for coping with anxiety and reducing the likelihood of fainting
Gradual exposure to fears while practicing coping skills, all with the guidance and support of a clinician
Exposure practice may include an intensive, one-time session (approximately 3 hours) or shorter regular meetings
This specialty program is led by Dr. Kristin Kunkle, a licensed clinical psychologist at The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), a ColumbiaDoctors clinic located at 3 Columbus Circle (Broadway between 57 Street and 58 Street), Suite 1425.
For more information, please contact Yael Warach, CUCARD's Program Coordinator, at 212-342-0951.
May 1, 2017
Intensive group treatment will be offered to support emerging adults in developing and refining the skills they need as they transition into independent adulthood. Groups will meet four mornings a week for two weeks. Material will be tailored to cover the specific areas that group members identify to be most important for their own growth. Sessions may include skills such as organization, time management, effective communication with peers and professors, healthy sleep habits, emotion regulation, and managing adult responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on setting and executing daily goals, overcoming anxiety and mood symptoms, and working towards long term goals. Emerging adults will leave the group prepared with the skills they need to succeed during this important and exciting transition into adulthood.
April 24, 2017
College Readiness Groups are part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) and include:
- Assessment of social-interpersonal skills and readiness for independence
- Education about anxiety, development, and the transition from home to college life
- Skills training in managing difficult emotions and frustrations, assertiveness skills, and problem-solving skills
- Role play and real-time practice in handling college situations: doing college interviews, traveling on one’s own, interacting with professors, finding friends on campus, seeking out resources such as tutors and office hours, making appointments and managing health care. The aim of these exposure role plays is to increase the student’s ability to manage these situations independently
- Organizational skills and time management
- Sleep hygiene training and tips for managing sleep independently
Skills are presented in a group exposure-based approach to reduce anxiety and increase self efficacy and independence in managing anxiety-provoking and developmentally challenging situations through the transition to college/independent living. Exposures are conducted in session but also in the community and real settings where the challenges occur. Faculty from our program serve as role players for these groups.
This group is offered intensive (daily for 1-2 weeks), short term (twice weekly for 5-6 weeks) or longer term (10 weeks) depending upon the individual teen’s needs. Our summer college readiness groups will be available starting in June. Groups are led by senior clinicians at CUCARD.
We welcome active collaboration with current care providers in developing realistic goals and objectives.
Separate parent-young adult "transitions sessions" are offered to promote independence and address family concerns.
Please contact program coordinator, Yael Warach, at 212-342-0951.
April 21, 2017
Dr. Anne Marie Albano goes on Charlie Rose to discuss anxiety disorders in young adults with Dr. Francis Lee and Dr. John Walkup.
Click on the below link to watch the video:
April 17, 2017
Anxiety: Friend or Foe?
Click on the link below to see a video of Dr. Anne Marie Albano discussing whether anxiety is a friend or a foe at Columbia University's Office of Student Affairs wellness series.
April 11, 2017
Click on the link below to hear Dr. Albano discuss anxiety and the use of mindfulness strategies with children and adolescents:
February 17, 2017
The Program for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior is excited to announce a new summer program to help set emerging Kindergarteners up for success.
This 4-week day camp will prepare your emerging Kindergartener to:
· Listen to teacher instructions
· Transition from activities quickly
· Regulate emotions and activity level in the classroom
· Improve cooperative play
· Overcome shyness and school-related fear
The Kindergarten-Ready Camp uses evidence-based approaches, including:
· Positive reinforcements throughout the camp day
· Teacher-child Interaction Therapy (TCIT) strategies
· Social skills training
· Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to improve school-related fears
· Weekly parent training meetings to help manage disruptive home behavior
Location: CUCARD at 3 Columbus Circle
Dates: July 10th - August 4th
The camp is intended for emerging or repeating Kindergarteners with mild to moderate disruptive classroom behavior. It is led by Dr. Vasco Lopes, senior clinical psychologist at CUCARD and coordinator of the Program for ADHD & Disruptive Behavior. For more information, contact our referral line at 212-342-0951.
February 2, 2017
CUCARD director Anne Marie Albano PhD discusses childhood anxiety with Lena Dunham and moderator, Jenni Konnor, at this special event presented by the 92nd Street Y.
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2007 at 8 pm
Location: Kaufmann Concert Hall; 1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Street)
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.92y.org/Event/Lena-Dunham-and-Anne-Marie-Albano
January 18, 2017
CUCARD is planning to launch the following social anxiety groups in February, 2017:
Middle School Social Anxiety Group (Ages 10-13)
High School Social Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17)
Young Adult Social Anxiety Group (Ages 18-28)
For more information on these groups, please call 212-342-0951.
November 15, 2016
In January 2017, CUCARD will be launching a group for parents of children with ADHD or disruptive behaviors. Parents attending this group do not need to have a child in treatment at CUCARD. Throughout this 12 session group, parents will learn to:
· - Use your attention to increase your child’s positive behavior
· - Use rewards, privileges and other positive reinforcements
· - Work with teachers and improve school behavior
· - Use consistent consequences for negative behaviors
For more information, please call 212-342-0951.
December 1, 2015
Dr. Anne Marie Albano discusses Reactive Attachment Disorder and provides evidence-based treatment recommendations: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/experts-parents-discuss-rad-reactive-attachment-disorder-34667787
November 24, 2015
Dr. Albano provides tips for managing holiday stress: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-media-anxiety_56534766e4b0d4093a587400
November 19, 2015
Dr. Albano provides tips for coping with anxiety about terror threats: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/health/how-to-cope-with-anxiety-during-terror-threats.html?_r=0 and discusses PTSD and terrorism in an interview with the French Press: http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/united-by-trauma-14-years-apart-new-york-and-paris-1246072
November 5, 2015
Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships in Anxiety Disorders
Clinical postdoctoral fellowships are anticipated starting between July 1-Sept 1, 2016 at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Primary responsibilities include conducting diagnostic/intake evaluations and individual, family and group psychotherapy utilizing empirically supported treatments. School evaluations, treatment planning and consultation, and behavioral programming are also conducted as needed. Applicants should have a strong background in CBT and experience evaluating children, adolescents or adults using the ADIS interviews and treating patients across the anxiety disorders spectrum and including OCD and school refusal behavior. Experience with The Coping Cat and related empirically supported treatments, and also those with a focus on adolescents making the transition to adulthood will strengthen an application. Opportunities for teaching, publishing, and professional presentations are also made available. Qualified applicants should hold a PhD or PsyD from an APA-approved clinical psychology program, with completion of an APA approved internship.
CUCARD is comprised of a highly energetic, vibrant, and fun group of clinical psychologists who all have expertise in treating anxiety and mood disorders. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by our licensed staff including Dr. Albano, will conduct group therapies with Dr. Albano and other staff members, and will be mentored individually and by the collective group. Participation in ABCT and APA's Division 53 will be encouraged and benefits include a travel stipend. Applicants should send a cover letter, vita, and three letters of reference by regular mail to:
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
3 Columbus Circle, Suite 1425
New York, NY 10019
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) - Westchester
155 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY
CUCARD Westchester is an outpatient treatment clinic in the Child and Adolescent Division of Columbia University's Psychiatry Department and is located in Westchester, NY. CUCARD Westchester specializes in the diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD and related disorders in children, adolescents and young adults, with focus on accelerated treatment programs for youth exhibiting marked impairment in their functioning at home or school. We are recruiting a clinical postdoctoral fellow to begin in the summer of 2016. The postdoctoral fellowship at CUCARD Westchester provides specialized training in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders and OCD. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct diagnostic assessments and cognitive-behavioral treatment in individual and group formats, and will gain experience providing accelerated treatment up to five times weekly. Postdoctoral fellows will receive weekly supervision and will attend didactic seminars both at CUCARD Westchester and within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. There will also be opportunities for teaching and professional presentations. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree from an APA-accredited institution. Applicants should have experience providing cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, and particularly exposure-based interventions, as well as considerable experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation to:
Anthony Puliafico, PhD at email@example.com
Please contact CUCARD Weschester at 914-631-4618 if you have questions.
October 29, 2015
Fall Group Program for Young Adults (ages 18-28) with Anxiety
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is pleased to announce the start of our fall cognitive-behavioral groups in the NYPH Youth Anxiety Center (YAC) for young adults (ages 18-28) with anxiety disorders.
Groups are part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) and include:
Skills are presented in a group exposure-based approach to reduce anxiety and increase self efficacy and independence in managing anxiety-provoking and developmentally challenging situations (e.g., job interviews/, advocating for one’s self, dating, meeting new people, assertiveness, speaking with persons in authority). Exposures are conducted in session but also in the community and real settings where the challenges occur.
This group is short term (10-12 weeks) and will meet weekly. Our fall groups will be available starting mid November. Groups are led by our YAC staff at CUCARD.
We welcome active collaboration with current care providers in developing realistic goals and objectives. Separate parent-young adult "transition sessions" are offered to promote independence and address family concerns.
Please contact the Youth Anxiety Center Program Coordinator, Evan Alvarez, via phone: 212-246-0481 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16, 2015
Middle School Social Anxiety GroupsForming now for November 2015
For boys and girls ages 10-13 (grades 5-8) who have difficulty in social situations due to anxiety, avoidance, or social skills deficits.
Our 10-week groups are formed based on children's age and maturity.
Groups focus on:
Children learn to:
Groups are led by Dr. Kristin Kunkle, a licensed clinical psychologist at The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.
Please contact our Intake Coordinator for more information, (212) 246-5740.
May 30, 2015
May 28, 2015
Summer College Readiness Group Therapy Program for Emerging Adults with Anxiety
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is pleased to announce the start of our summer cognitive behavioral groups in the NYPH Youth Anxiety Center (YAC) for young adults (ages 18-28) with anxiety disorders.
Groups are part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) and include:
Skills are presented in a group exposure-based approach to reduce anxiety and increase self efficacy and independence in managing anxiety-provoking and developmentally challenging situations (e.g. interviews, advocating for one's self, dating, meeting new people, assertiveness, speaking with persons in authority). Exposures are conducted in session but also in the community and real settings where the challenges occur.
This group is short term (4-6 weeks) and will meet two or three times per week. Our summer College Readiness groups will be available starting in June. Groups are led by our YAC staff at CUCARD.
We welcome active collaboration with current care providers in developing realistic goals and objectives. Separate parent-young adult "transitition sessions" are offered to promote independence and address family concerns.
April 25, 2015
Dr. Ali Mattu hosts a webinar through the Trichotillomania Learning Center Boldly Go Into the Next Generation of CBT: Mindfulness, Acceptance, and DBT for BFRBs
April 8, 2015
Dr. Anne Marie Albano paired up with BuzzFeed to help answer common questions about anxiety. Read more: 11 Questions You Might Secretly Have About Anxiety
November 7, 2014
Read A Hypochondriac’s Guide to Dealing With Ebola on elle.com to find out more about Dr. James Hambrick's views on this timely topic.
August 27, 2014
As part of a week-long round table on mental health, Dr. Mattu joined Caroline Moderessi-Tehrani to talk phobias and how they are different and more destructive than the common day-to-day fears that we all have.
January 30, 2014
Rather than excited and engaged in college life, students who suffer with anxiety wind up avoiding their schoolwork, making new friends, engaging with professors, and settling in to the campus routine. Learn ways to spot the signs of too much anxiety and how to help the college student to tackle anxiety and move forward in healthy ways.
January 23, 2014
Dr. James Hambrick and Dr. Anne Marie Albano discuss how to spot social anxiety in your teenager, the ways that social anxiety takes your teen off track, and the latest in how to treat this common and debilitating anxiety disorder.
January 24, 2012
Dr. Albano talks about social phobia and school refusal in children with Dr. Susan White. Learn about these conditions and what parents can do to help their child.
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