Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
CUCARD Manhattan Director
Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD
Laura Mufson, PhD
Division Associate Director
Sarah Frankel, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Vasco Lopes, PsyD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Ali Mattu, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Lauren Hoffman, PsyD
Senior Clinical Fellow
Steve Mazza, PhD
Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow
Jeneane Solz, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
E. Blake Zakarin, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Nitasha Shetty, MD
Schuyler Fox, BA
Alyssa Bernstein, MSW
Anthony Puliafico, PhD
CUCARD Westchester Director
Rachel Ginsberg, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Nicholas Crimarco, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Allison Winik, PhD
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD
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.
Nitasha Shetty, M.D., is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She also serves as a staff psychiatrist in the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety- Related Disorders (CUCARD) at Columbus Circle. Dr. Shetty specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder across the lifespan. Her clinical interests include providing evidence based trauma-informed care to children and families, providing culturally-sensitive treatment to individuals from varied backgrounds, and collaborating to provide mental health treatment of individuals coping with chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Shetty received her B.A. from Columbia University. She received her M.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Her Psychiatry Residency training was completed at Yale University, where she subsequently worked as a clinical faculty member before completing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell Medical Centers). Dr. Shetty has received specialized training in several empirically supported treatments, including: Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Alternatives for Families CBT, CBT for Anxiety and Depression, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, as well as training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Sarah Frankel, Ph.D. is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD).
Dr. Frankel graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. from Amherst College, where she majored in psychology. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed a predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Frankel also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the CARES Institute of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to complete 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. Dr. Frankel has particular expertise in treating individuals and families who have experienced trauma, and has trained with the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She also specializes in the treatment of depression in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Frankel provides individual and group therapy, and works closely with parents, providing interventions for supporting children's coping and managing behavioral challenges.
Dr. Frankel's 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, such as 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 cognitive behavioral therapy with their clients. To this end, Dr. Frankel has provided trainings focused on using CBT in particular settings, including outpatient community mental health clinics, school-based services, and inpatient hospitals. In addition, she has provided supervision to clinicians at various stages of career development.
Ilana Eisenberg, M.A. is a clinical psychology extern at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Ms. Eisenberg received her B.A. from Yeshiva University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Art-History. After graduating, she assisted clinicians at Child Mind to train teachers in implementing evidence-based practices within the classroom. She also collaborated with clinicians at the NYU Child Study Center's Institute for ADHD and Behavior Disorders to execute behavior plans and token-economy systems for children diagnosed with ADHD and comorbid disorders. Ms. Eisenberg is currently a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at Hofstra University. At Hofstra, she has gained extensive experience in applying cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents and in Parent Child Interaction Therapy.
Ms. Eisenberg's research interests include examining the effectiveness of DBT informed techniques for children and adolescents with anxiety and related disorders. Specifically, she is interested in studying the combined effects of individual and group therapy that both utilize CBT and DBT informed practices. Ms. Eisenberg has been a co-author on multiple posters at national conferences and is a member of various psychological organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Jeneane Solz, Ph.D., is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a licensed clinical psychologist 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, body-focused repetitive 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 an array of child behavioral disorders, including a specialty in treating school refusal behavior. Additionally, Dr. Solz is a certified therapist and level 1 trainer 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. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in the child and adolescent clinical track at Bellevue Hospital Center, and her post-doctoral training at CUCARD. Dr. Solz also completed training programs at The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, Northwell Health (formerly 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 national and international professional organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, the World Psychiatric Association, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International.
Arielle Linsky, M.S. is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Ms. Linsky received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry and as a Hospital Outreach Specialist with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. In these roles, Ms. Linsky gained expertise in geriatric depression and coping with childhood illness, respectively. Ms. Linsky is currently a fourth year Ph.D. student at Rutgers University, where she has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and mood disorders. Ms. Linsky previously completed a two-year clinical psychology externship at the Family Medicine Clinic at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. In this integrative setting, she provided high quality, evidence-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. She also completed a one-year clinical psychology externship at the Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project, where she received specialized training in Trauma-Focused CBT to work with youth in foster or relative care and their families.
Ms. Linsky's research focuses on social-emotional and character development for students in urban middle schools. Ms. Linsky is particularly interested in the relationship between school climate and school discipline. Through her research and clinical practice, she has co-developed school-based interventions, published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at both national and international conferences including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for Community Research and Action.
Schuyler Fox, BA, graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Psychology. Prior to her role as Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at CUCARD, Schuyler was a research assistant in the Pomona College CARE lab where she recruited participants, ran visits, conducted semi-structured interviews with participants, and analyzed data for their study investigating the relationship between parents and their young children. In the CARE lab Schuyler additionally coordinated and ran her own study assessing a relationship-based intervention with older adults. Schuyler was also a CUCARD scholar during the summers of 2014 and 2015; she assisted with both administrative and clinical tasks. Schuyler seeks to facilitate coordination between clients and therapists, as well as advance Virtual Reality research and any future ongoing projects.
Alyssa Bernstein received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia in Athens. She is a practicing licensed social worker in the state of New York with seven years of experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds in clinical and community settings. As program coordinator at CUCARD, Alyssa helps connect patients to the services that best fit their needs.
Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D. is an instructor of clinical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. He also serves as a staff psychologist in the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD) Westchester. Dr. Crimarco specializes in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders across the lifespan. His research interests include the treatment and characterization of obsessive-compulsive disorder and the effects of head injury on athletes. Dr. Crimarco's dissertation was an investigation of the relationship between subconcussive head trauma and neurocognitive functioning for NCAA Division I athletes.
Dr. Crimarco received his B.A. in psychology and his M.S. in mental health counseling with distinction from Pace University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. His clinical psychology internship was completed at the University of Michigan where he served as a clinician at the Mary A. Rackham Institute Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family. Dr. Crimarco completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Northwell Health Behavioral Health College Partnership. He is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by PCIT international and has received specialized training in several empirically supported treatments including: Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD (EX/RP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal and Social Rhythms Therapy (IPSRT).
Diane Leach is the Administrative Coordinator at CUCARD Westchester. Diane oversees all day-to-day and fiscal operations for CUCARD Westchester. Diane previoulsy worked as the Administrative Coordinator for the Vice Chair of Clinical Services in Columbia's Department of Psychiatry. Before joining the Columbia team, Diane worked as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health. Diane brings her knowledge, efficiency and professionalism to the CUCARD Westchester with the goal of providing excellent customer service to all.
Allison Winik, Ph.D. is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. She serves as a licensed clinical psychologist at CUCARD Westchester. Dr. Winik received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed a predoctoral internship at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. Dr. Winik also completed an APA-Accredited post-doctoral fellowship at Northwell Health—Zucker Hillside Hospital, during which she treated children, adolescents, and young adults across outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospital settings. Dr. Winik specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. She is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is trained in numerous evidence-based treatments, including exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), Parent Management Training (PMT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dr. Ali Mattu is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in medical psychology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. He’s a cognitive behavioral therapist who helps children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania), skin-picking disorder (excoriation), tic disorder, and Tourette syndrome.
He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. Dr. Mattu received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Child Study Center.
Dr. Mattu creates entertaining, empowering, and educational mental health media. Through his YouTube channel, The Psych Show, Dr. Mattu teaches a global audience how to use psychological science to achieve their goals. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, appeared on Buzzfeed, MTV, CBS, NBC, and PBS. He sparks conversations about mental health through storytelling performances, school assemblies, and pop culture conventions.
Dr. Mattu presently serves on the Board of Directors of The Story Collider and creates curriculum for the Pop Culture Hero Coalition. He has served in a variety of leadership roles within the American Psychological Association including the Board of Directors, Council of Representatives, Council Leadership Team, Policy and Planning Board, Good Governance Project, and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students.
Dr. Mattu has been called a “forward thinker” in psychology. He was named one of The Mighty’s mental health heroes of 2015. His work has been described as “simple, thoughtful, and actionable.”
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, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mazza received his BS with honors in elementary education from Skidmore College. He received his MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Mazza completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, where he worked in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency department settings.
Dr. Mazza specializes in applying cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. He also has clinical expertise in family interventions for youth with disruptive behavior disorders. He is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a gold-standard treatment for children with disruptive behavior, and has expertise in adapting this program for children suffering from anxiety disorders. Dr. Mazza also has extensive clinical training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adolescent emotion dysregulation and nonsuicidal self-injury and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based treatment for adolescents and adults. Dr. Mazza’s research has focused on the creation and implementation of the Brave START program, a PCIT-informed treatment protocol for children who exhibit both anxiety and oppositionality.
Dr. Mazza has appeared on SiriusXM “Doctor Radio” and has written articles published in Camping Magazine and the Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
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, 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.
Dr. E. Blake Zakarin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Associate Clinical Director 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.
Dr. Zakarin specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders. She serves as a senior clinician in the Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP), with expertise in working with young adults with anxiety and their families. 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 sleep difficulties, somatic symptoms 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 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 is Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders and Clinical Site Director of New York Presbyterian Hospital's Youth Anxiety Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Albano is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Albano received the Herbert Pardes Faculty Fellowship (2017-2020) at Columbia University Medical Center, and was the recipient of the 2015 ABCT Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual for Clinical Activities and in 2008 the Rosenberry Award for service to children, adolescents and families from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Dr. Albano is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a 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 (ABCT). She is past editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Albano is the editor of the journal "Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health" published by the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has published more than 100 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals and of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children, all published by Oxford University Press.
As a researcher, 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 the Extended Long Term Follow Up of CAMS (CAMELS) 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 a 2014 ABCT Self-Help Book Award winner and 2014 Self-Help Book Award winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. In 2015, a new ABCT award was established in Dr. Albano's name by a family to encourage the proliferation of evidence-based treatment, the Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice.
Dr. Albano is on Twitter: @AnneMarieAlbano
Clinic website: anxietytreatmentnyc.org
Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD, is the Mortimer D. Sackler, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center; Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), and Columbia University; and Co-Director of both the NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Translational Research in Child Psychiatric Disorders and the Whitaker Scholar Program in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at NYSPI/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who uses molecular and translational neuroscience research tools in the pursuit of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder and pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. He trained in human molecular genetics in the laboratory of Edwin H. Cook at the University of Chicago. Following his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, he expanded his research experience with a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular neuroscience with Randy Blakely and Jim Sutcliffe at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia in 2014, Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele was director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, where he was also an associate professor and medical director for the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele's laboratory at Columbia University and NYSPI focuses on the serotonin and glutamate systems in genetic mouse models with abnormal social or repetitive/compulsive-like behavior. His clinical/translational research program at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Center for Autism and the Developing Brain studies potential treatments for autism spectrum disorder and related genetic syndromes. His long-term goal is to be able to develop novel approaches in the molecular laboratory that can then be tested in children. Dr. Veenstra-VanderWeele's work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2017 Blanche Ittelson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. He is dedicated to helping train and develop the next generation of child psychiatrists and scientists who can generate improved understanding of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders and deliver new treatments to the clinic.
Laura Mufson, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), associate director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and co-director of the Office of Clinical Psychology at CUMC. She is also director of Clinical Psychology and unit chief of the Children's Day Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She is director of Training for the Child Track of the APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and a faculty member of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Dr. Mufson is the developer of the adolescent adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression (IPT-A) and is the leading expert on its use with depressed adolescents. She is coauthor of the prevention model (IPT-AST) and the model for preadolescent depression (FB-IPT). She is the author of numerous publications on adolescent depression, temperament, psychopathology, and risk factors for psychopathology, as well as articles and book chapters on the treatment of adolescent depression and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Mufson conducts training workshops on IPT-A throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Scandinavia.
Dr. Mufson's primary research interest is in the evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of empirically supported psychotherapies, as well as the identification of which treatments work best for whom. In addition, she is interested in the use of technology to change clinician behavior and improve adherence to effective treatment tools. She is a principal investigator, co-investigator, and/or consultant with colleagues on numerous grants studying adaptations of IPT-A to be delivered in schools, primary care clinics, and community clinics serving minority populations. Her areas of expertise include the evaluation of empirically supported intervention outcomes in clinical trials conducted in research and community settings, the implementation of treatments in the community, and models for training community clinicians in empirically supported psychotherapies. In addition, her studies have looked at the mediators and moderators of treatment response, including stress response measured by salivary cortisol levels, levels of interpersonal conflict, and comorbid disorders.
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, is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center and a senior clinical psychologist at Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Lopes specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behaviors, aggression, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation. He has experience treating children through various modes of intervention including parent 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 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.
Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Lopes served as a staff psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, in their ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorder Center. Dr. Lopes specialized in evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatments for disruptive behavior disorder and severe emotional dysregulation.
Dr. Lopes is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Kazdin's Parent Management Training (PMT). He 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. 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.
Courtney DeAngelis, Psy.D., is a clinical postdoctoral fellow at the CUCARD Westchester. Dr. DeAngelis specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention, disruptive behavior, posttraumatic stress, and anxiety disorders. Dr. DeAngelis has trained within a variety of settings, including a private college preparatory school, an outpatient clinic within a children’s hospital, a private practice, an academic medical center, and a community mental health clinic. Across these contexts, she has gained extensive experience collaborating and consulting with schools, other disciplines, and outside professionals to address children’s emotional and behavioral issues. Throughout her career, Dr. DeAngelis has received specialized training in the provision of several evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She received her Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology from La Salle University and her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she served as a clinician in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic. Dr. DeAngelis' research interests focus on youth athletes’ experiences of sport performance anxiety. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Kristin Kunkle, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Instructor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Kunkle specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety 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 provides treatment in a variety of different modalities, including individual, group, and intensive psychotherapy, as well as family coaching approaches (e.g., PCIT; CALM) and school consultations.
Dr. Kunkle graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. in Psychology from West Virginia University. 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, specifically those related to improving the effectiveness and acceptability of behavioral treatment programs. 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 Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the New York State Psychological Association.
Lauren Hoffman, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) at Columbia University Medical Center. 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 the NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, where she worked in outpatient, emergency department, partial hospital, and inpatient settings.
Dr. Hoffman specializes in providing cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She also has clinical expertise in family and school-based interventions for youth with disruptive behavior disorders, as well as extensive clinical training in dialectical behavioral therapy for adolescent emotion dysregulation and nonsuicidal self-injury. Dr. Hoffman’s research has examined parent-child agreement on treatment goals, the relationship between bullying and emotional distress, and the development of novel assessments and interventions for bullied youth. Her current research interests also include the use of novel technology, such as virtual reality, to improve access to care for youth and young adults with anxiety. Dr. Hoffman has presented her work at national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
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, 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 senior clinical psychologist 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.
Jenna Duncalf, M.A., is a clinical psychology extern at CUCARD Westchester. Ms. Duncalf holds a BS in human development from Wheelock College and received a MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the school-clinical child psychology program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Ms. Duncalf has received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents and has experience implementing a variety of additional evidence-based approaches, including exposure and response prevention, behavioral parent training, habit-reversal training, and trauma-focused CBT. Ms. Duncalf is experienced in working with children and families affected by child sexual and physical abuse, as well as children engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviors. Ms. Duncalf has experience working in and collaborating with private and public schools to ensure that children's needs are met across settings. She is passionate about creatively tailoring evidence-based treatments to meet individual needs to optimize engagement and motivation.
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.
Alaina Feliciano is the Medical Secretary of Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD); overseeing day to day tasks in clinic services. Alaina has extensive experience in the medical clinics of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) during the past three years. Prior to arriving, she was a receptionist at CUMC Radiology Department along with assisting multiple entities such as the Neurological Institute, CAPNA, and Endocrinology. Alaina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology minoring in Childhood Education. She is passionate about providing efficient and attentive care services. Alaina runs CUCARD front office working closely with the Practice Managers.
Jacqueline Graham is the practice manager at CUCARD Manhattan, overseeing the daily operations of the clinic. Prior to joining CUCARD, Jacqueline was the practice assistant to the chairman of otolaryngology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Jacqueline received her bachelor’s degree in child and family development and has over fifteen years of experience in medical and billing fields. Jacqueline brings both knowledge and professionalism to her work and strives to provide excellent customer service.