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Adjunct Faculty

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  • Bornali Basu, Ph.D.


    Bornali Basu is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in mind-body based psychotherapy. She received her B.A. in psychology from Mount Holyoke College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. in developmental psychology from Teachers College, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. Dr. Basu completed her internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac psychology at the NYU School of Medicine. She spent eight years as a senior staff psychologist at Bellevue Hospital where she founded, and was the director of the Mind-Body Program, a group based outpatient wellness service for adults living with chronic illness.

    Bornali Basu is currently in private practice in NYC, and maintains a clinical affiliation as well as supervisory responsibilities at Bellevue/NYU School of Medicine. She is an adjunct assistant professor for the clinical psychology program at Teachers College where she teaches, and supervises graduate students. Dr. Basu frequently presents lectures and workshops at community, corporate and academic venues, and has presented at conferences. She is involved with NYSPA’s ongoing outreach and public education efforts related to mind-body wellness. 

    Email: bb2434@tc.columbia.edu
  • Susan Bodnar, Ph.D.


    Dr. Susan Bodnar is a clinical psychologist in private practice with graduate training in anthropology and a certificate in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute. She considers clinical work to be an integration of individual and cultural factors and has researched and published articles about about the interaction of social and individual personality processes. She teaches at the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center as well as Teachers College. In addition she is an associate editor for the journal of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

    Emailsusanbodnarphd@gmail.com
  • Jane Caflisch, Ph.D.


    Jane Caflisch, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in issues of gender and sexuality, identity development, and trauma. She is a staff psychologist at Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services, an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, and is in private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Caflisch received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she studied religion and anthropology. She interned at North Central Bronx Hospital, and also completed clinical training at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Trauma-Focused Programs at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center, and Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center. Her research investigates the roles of fluidity, loss and mourning in the process of identity formation, especially with respect to gender and sexuality, and considers the ways in which community support and stigma affect the identity development of sexual minorities. She is also interested in psychosocial treatments for complex trauma, addictions, and psychosis. She is co-author, with Dr. Steven Tuber, of Starting Treatment with Children and Adolescents: A Process-Oriented Guide for Therapists (Routledge, 2011); winner of the 2011 White Institute Case Presentation Award; and a 2014-15 Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

    Email:  jmc2332@tc.columbia.edu

  • Edith Cooper, Ph.D.

    Dr. Edith Cooper is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, master’s degree from Harvard, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College.

    She completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is now on faculty.  Dr. Cooper is the Chair of the Psychology Division at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, and Director of their Psychology Externship program for advanced doctoral students. She is currently President-Elect of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine.

    Emailemc18@columbia.edu
  • Ted Dimon, Ph.D.


    Dr. Theodore (Ted) Dimon is the founder and director of The Dimon Institute in New York City. The Institute is based on Dr. Dimon’s pioneering work in a new field – christened Neurodynamics - the study of the human mental and physical ‘operating system’ as a holistic entity and how it works in activity. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach that includes work in neuroscience, anatomy, evolution, physiology, psychology, philosophy and mindfulness, Dimon’s work provides a groundbreaking view of human functioning and behavior leading to new foundational principles applicable in the fields of health, education, and child development. Dr. Dimon recently talked about the scope of his field at TC’s Health, Behavior and Society Colloquium and this can be viewed on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v_X1KqSf30

    Dr. Dimon received both master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University and is an internationally renowned teacher of mind/body disciplines. He has written five books including Anatomy of the Moving Body, The Body in Motion, Your Body, Your Voice, The Elements of Skill, and The Undivided Self. He lectures internationally and also runs a training program for students and teachers of Neurodynamics at The Dimon Insti-tute. More information about Dr. Dimon’s work and The Dimon Institute can be found on the website: www.dimoninstitute.org
  • Helen Fronshtein, Ph.D.

    Helen Fronshtein is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety and interpersonal trauma. Her particular interests include: mental illness and interpersonal violence in one's family of origin, life transitions, immigration and bicultural experience. She has presented at professional conferences and serves as a manuscript reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Fronshtein earned her master's and doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and bachelor's in psychology from New York University. She interned at Gouverneur Hospital. She also trained and worked in various inpatient, outpatient and research settings, including Bellevue Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Chicago Orthogenic School. She recently completed psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Until 2010, she was a staff psychologist at Gouverneur Hospital where she administered the externship training program, supervised doctoral students on psychotherapy and assessment, and taught didactic seminars on projective testing and the treatment of trauma. She also served as a psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatry residents at Beth Israel Medical Center. At Teachers College, she supervises counseling students' practicum experience at the Dean Hope Center (CEPS); in the clinical psychology department, she teaches a course on cross-cultural issues in psychopathology, resilience and coping.

    Email:  hf2278@tc.columbia.edu

  • Isaac Galatzer-Levy, Ph.D.


    I teach courses in research methods in the Clinical Psychology MA program. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from the department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Aside from being on the adjunct faculty at Teachers College, I am an Assistant Professor in the NYU Department of Psychiatry, PTSD Research Program.

    I research patterns of adaptation in response to potentially traumatic events as well as common stressful life events including bereavement, childbirth, and unemployment.  My work explores biological factors such as the stress-hormonal milieu to broad social factors such as national unemployment rates in an attempt to better understand what impacts common vs. maladaptive patterns of adaptation. Website: http://isaacgalatzerlevy.weebly.com/

    Email:isaac.gl@gmail.com
  • Jesse D. Geller, Ph.D.


    Dr. Geller received his PhD in 1966 from the University of Connecticut and has been teaching and writing about the multifaceted nature of psychotherapy ever since. Dr. Geller currently offers psychotherapy seminars as a clinical professor to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University and supervises postdoctoral fellows as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Yale University Department of Psychiatry. At the center of his theory of therapeutic change is the conviction that therapies are effective to the extent that the participants feel their communicative exchanges are characterized by mutual respect, intimacy and collaborative inquiry. It is based on his efforts to integrate the teachings of a select group of psychoanalytic and existential theorists with his personal exploration of the transformative potential of movement, and of visual imagery. During much of the past decade his work has focused on the rewards and challenges of provided psychotherapy to other psychotherapists. His most recent publications have dealt with the ways in which patients create, remember and use internalized representations of the therapeutic dialogue, and the writing of memoirs for scholarly purposes. The later include autobiographical accounts of the ways in which fathering a profoundly deaf daughter and his personal experiences in therapy have influenced his views about what it means to be a therapist and the courage required to do the work of psychotherapy.

  • Simone Hoermann, Ph.D.


    Simone Hoermann is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, where she facilitates groups in Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also has a private practice. She specializes in helping people deal with intense emotions in productive ways, and in changing problematic behavior and relationship patterns. This includes difficulties with social anxiety, general anxiety, low self-esteem, and perfectionism. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck in Austria, and completed pre- and postdoctoral fellowships at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Hoermann was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 2003 to 2004, and trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with the Columbia Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program.Her interests include anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She has conducted research on health service utilization, effectiveness of psychological interventions, and relationships between patients and health care providers. She has served as a peer reviewer for the journals Neuropsychoanalysis, Psychiatry Research, and Psychoanalytic Psychology.

    Email: sh@simonehoermann.com
  • Karen Hurley, Ph.D.


    Karen Hurley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in hereditary cancer risk. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University in 1998.  After completing a post-doctoral research fellowship in behavioral oncology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, she spent eight years on faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), providing psychotherapy to 300+ individuals, couples, and families with a variety of hereditary cancer syndromes.
    She also conducted research funded by the National Cancer Institute on patients' decisions about prophylactic surgery, and other psychosocial issues related to inherited risk for cancer. She is now in private practice in NYC, with adjunct appointments at MSKCC and Teachers College, Columbia University.  She frequently presents lectures, teleconferences and workshops to US and international audiences on psychosocial issues in hereditary cancer, including patient groups (FORCE-Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Bright Pink, Young Survivor Coalition), professional societies (the International Psycho-Oncology Society, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the National Consortium of Breast Centers) and healthcare facilities (City of Hope, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Vermont Cancer Center).  She serves on several national advisory boards for high risk individuals, including FORCE, Bright Pink, the Cancer Support Community's M.A.P. Program, and Christina Applegate's Right Action for Women website.  

    Email:kh2485@tc.columbia.edu
  • Ani Kalayjian, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kalayjian is a licensed multi-lingual clinician, scientist-practitioner, professor, consultant, Fellow of the APA and New York Academy of Medicine, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, author of four major books and many research articles, 20 years of leadership within the United Nations and its NGO community, working closely with others in the USA and overseas in 45 countries to expand human rights, peace building, conflict transformation, healing from generational trauma, and integrating mind-body-eco-spirit health. She is the founder of many NGO's such as the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention, Meaningfulworld. She is the Chief Editor of Forgiveness & Reconciliation book, as part of Peace Psychology Book Series. She has initiated Peace & Forgiveness Gardens around the globe, and has a ancestral healing meditation CD.

    Email: ak3174@tc.columbia.edu
  • Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

    Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, an adjunct at TC and at the medical center's department of psychiatry. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from N.Y.U. and did her internship at St. Luke's Hospital, after receiving a masters degree in counseling psychology from Boston University and a B.A. from Smith College. She has been at Columbia Medical Center for decades, starting her career there in 1967, and spending ten years at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as a Senior Research Scientist, during which she did cross-cultural research in depression and schizophrenia, and aging.

    She has been a pioneer in sex therapy diagnosis and treatment since the beginning of that field, and lectures and writes about this subject extensively. She is also an expert in disaster recovery, and has done psychological first aide worldwide, e.g. after 9/11, the Asian tsunami and earthquakes in China and Haiti. She has published widely in many professional journals and books on all these subjects, and presented at innumerable conferences, and supports students to develop their career by publishing and presenting. She has developed original programs including for teen life skills and HIV prevention, East/West counseling approaches, and a cross-cultural toolbox of counseling techniques.

    Her many books and articles are about relationships, sexuality, trauma, and the Middle East conflict, including works published in several languages. At the United Nations, she is active on many committees, as an NGO representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology and the World Council of Psychotherapy. In that role and as Director of Psychosocial Programs for U.S. Doctors for Africa, she has developed HIV/AIDS education and Empowerment Camps in Africa, and a Global Kids Connect Project connecting youth in Japan, Haiti and the U.S. Teaching all over the world, she is a Visiting Professor at Peking University Health Science Center and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Hong Kong University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she is on the board of the Peace Division, is the International liaison for the International Division, and is co-founder of the Media Division. An award-winning journalist for traditional and new media as well as a TV commentator, she has hosted call-in advice radio shows for 22 years and been a reporter for WCBS-TV News and CNBC-TV among others. As co-founder of the Stand Up for Peace Project, she does peace concerts and symposia worldwide. Teaching and approach looks at growth and multi-dimensional health at the levels of the microcosm of self and interpersonal relationships, to the macrocosm of intercultural and international relations. Her orientation is eclectic, combining all disciplines including cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, gestalt, humanistic, and existential psychology, with psychoanalytic underpinnings and an emphasis on diversity and an international perspective.

    Email: jk2013@columbia.edu
  • Jill Leibowitz, Psy.D.


    Jill Leibowitz is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in play therapy and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She received a B.A. from Boston College, and then went on to earn Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Leibowitz completed her internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center, and continued to work in their pediatric department for several years post-internship. Dr. Leibowitz also completed the three-year training at the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPT) at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Leibowitz has been in private practice in NYC for over a decade, where she has done play- and psychotherapy, parent work, neuropsychological testing, and cognitive/academic remediation. She has supervised doctoral students for both psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing.

    Email:
    drjleibow@aol.com
  • Dr. Mantell, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mantell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut and Vermont where he specializes in Forensic Child Clinical Psychology for the child protection and criminal courts. He received his BA from Rutgers University, a Professional Diploma from Teachers College,  and a Ph.D. from the University of Munich.  After 9 years as a research psychologist at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, he returned to the United States where he has practiced forensic psychology for 35 years.  During that time he has been a member of the adjunct teaching  faculty of the Yale Child Study Center, the University of Ct. Medical School, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He is a long standing member of both the Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Expert Psychologist Panels for the Ct. Judicial Department  performing Court Ordered Psychology Evaluations (COPE) as the Court’s expert.  Dr. Mantell has lectured and published internationally  on the social psychology of violence, forensic method, and PTSD in several populations:  WW II concentration camp survivors ; Vietnam Veterans ; and both child and adult victims and perpetrators  of domestic  family violence and sexual abuse.

  • Kelly Murphy Mason, Psy.D.

    Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, Psy.D., M.Div., LCSW is a clinical pastoral psychotherapist at the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, as well as a community minister in metropolitan New York. She has served both as the Pastoral Counselor at Union Theological Seminary and as a Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling Programs at the Blanton-Peale Institute. She is currently a regional representative to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, serving on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Region and coordinating its Emerging Professionals & Scholars Initiative. Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy. Like many clinicians today, she considers psychological and spiritual well-being integrally, intuitively related.  On the PSI staff at St. John’s Counseling Center, she provides emotionally literate, psychologically sound, and spiritually informed psychotherapy to a wide range of clients. Throughout her career, she has been fascinated by sacred story and narrative knowing and continually devoted herself to exploring their therapeutic, educative, and spiritual implications. Dr. Mason graduated from Harvard College with an honors degree in English Language & Literature; she later earned dual masters (MDiv/MSSW) degrees from Union Theological Seminary and the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 2011, she received a doctorate in Pastoral Care & Counseling Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation, with study focused on contemporary applications of logotherapy. She is also certified as a Yoga Siromani in the Sampoorna Yoga school. She regularly keeps a blog at TheReverendDr.com, a site devoted to the topic of ‘What Heals Us in Our Souls.’

    Email: Mason@tc.columbia.edu
  • Sam Menahem, Ph.D.


    Dr. Sam Menahem, Ph.D. is a spiritually oriented psychologist in Fort Lee N.J. He is the founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Growth in Fort Lee.  Dr. Menahem integrates humor and music into the therapy he does, as well as prayer, meditation and hypnosis. He believes that we all have a spiritual core which is hidden by guilt anger and fear. Therapy is eclectic, helping people to let go of these core emotional blockages and the negative beliefs that go with them to create unhappiness. Dr. Menahem is the author of two books, “When Therapy Isn’t Enough: The Healing Power of Prayer and Psychotherapy” and “All Your Prayers Are answered.” He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and past president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy in New York City. Dr. Menahem is a frequent lecturer and has made many radio and TV appearances. Web site: www.drmenahem.com
  • Jesse Metzger, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jesse Metzger is a licensed clinical psychologist on staff at the Parker-Jewish Institute at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/North Shore LIJ. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in clinical psychology from Columbia University, and her B.A. in psychology and art from Williams College. She completed her internship at Mt. Sinai/Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY, and a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montréal, QC. Alongside her clinical career, Dr. Metzger has worked for 10 years as an independent writing consultant and editor for students and academic professionals. She is also an accomplished Lego® artist. Her areas of interest and expertise include psychotherapy process and outcomes, defense mechanisms, Eriksonian development, personality disorders, self-disclosure in psychotherapy, and attachment theory (the therapist’s function as secure base). She has also studied psychology graduate training and education, including the relationship between program characteristics and valued applicant characteristics, and the impact on the field of the ‘mentor-model’ approach to clinical psychology Ph.D. program admissions. Her interest lies in both the clinical encounter itself—patient-therapist interactions and the elements that contribute to successful alliances and outcomes—as well as the broader context that encompasses the clinical encounter, such as the qualities effective therapists possess, the nature of clinical training, and the evolving character of the field.

    Email: jam2110@tc.columbia.edu
  • Nancy Nereo, Ph.D.


    Dr. Nereo conducts psychotherapy for individuals & couples, adults & adolescents, using an integrative approach that combines psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship/family issues. She also specializes in psychological and neuropsychological assessment of children for evaluation of learning disabilities and psychological concerns. Areas of research: women's functioning in the maternal role, particularly in the context of a child's medical illness or developmental delay.

    Email: nen2@columbia.edu

  • Home Nguyen


    Home H.C. Nguyen is an educator, leadership consultant, and executive coach. Facilitating experiential and transformational learning, Home integrates mindfulness and contemplative practices with psychology and scholarly research. He coaches executives and teams from the financial, educational and healthcare industries, helping them address complex and challenging relationships, overcome anxiety and distractions, and develop resiliency and creativity. 

    He has practiced various forms of meditation and self awareness for more than 20 years. For the last two years, he has taught the Self-Awareness Training course to 360 participants of the Summer Principal Academy at Teachers' College. He also teaches the Whole Mind Strategy: Mindfulness for Executives seminar series for MBA students at Columbia Business School and earned his BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His doctoral research at Teachers College is in the field of adult learning and organizational leadership, which focuses on how leaders and their teams navigate complexity and ambiguity by developing a generative mindset.

    Emailhcn2106@tc.columbia.edu
  • George Nitzburg, Ph.D.


    My primary research interest is how technological advances can affect psychosocial well-being, how technology can aid psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions, and the role human dynamics play in creating successful technology. Currently, I am working with a research team at Teachers College, Columbia University investigating how communication patterns change online and whether people are more likely to disclose personal information online versus in psychotherapy. I have also previously worked on a research team for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media studying the effects of violent videogames on middle-school youth. Other areas of research interest include child psychopathology (i.e. attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and disruptive behavior disorders), as well as research on sibling support through adversity and research on obesity, nutrition, and eating disorders.

    I have also conducted psychotherapy and psychological testing with individuals of many ages and backgrounds in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including The Dean Hope Center, The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and The Karen Horney Clinic.

    Email: gnitzb@gmail.com
  • Elizabeth Owen, Ph.D.


    Elizabeth Owen, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist, Certified Forensic Consultant, and Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor there and an associate Clinical Professor at SUNY "Downstate" Medical School, providing supervision and teaching in the areas of psychopathology, personality, and forensic psychology. Dr. Owen has testified frequently in Criminal, Supreme and Federal Courts in New York and New Jersey as an expert in Clinical/Forensic Psychology.   

    Email: eao8@columbia.edu

  • Deborah Rosenzweig, Ph.D.


    Deborah Rosenzweig is a clinical psychologist in private practice in downtown Manhattan. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and her bachelors degree from Columbia College. She did postdoctoral training in the Relational Track at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and also in Group and Couples work at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s Advanced Specialization Program.

    Her areas of expertise include  substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, sex, gender, and relational difficulties. The treatment modalities she specializes in include relational psychotherapy, mindfulness training, DBT and positive psychology techniques. She runs workshops and seminars focusing on using the techniques of Positive Psychology and Mindfulness in relation to parenting young children and is also the co-developer of “Peacetime,” a curriculum module designed to incorporate mindful attention training into the education of elementary school students. This program began implementation in the NYC public school system in 2011.

    Dr. Rosenzweig will serve as guest editor for the Summer 2013 issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, which will focus on the clinical applications of mindfulness related practices.At TC, Dr. Rosenzweig is a supervisor in the Clinical Psychology department and will be teaching “The Mind-Body Treatment of Addictive Disorders.”

    Email: deborahlynne@me.com
  • Brian Rothman, Ph.D.

    Dr. Brian Rothman received his doctorate from Long Island University, Brooklyn campus in 2010 and is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State. Prior to completing his clinical internship at Mt. Sinai/Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY, he trained at Bellevue's inpatient forensic ward and at Beth Israel Medical center. He is currently employed at ProPhase, LLC., a New York based organization providing psychometric consultation and training of investigators engaged in international research programs in psychiatry, psychology, neurology and other areas of medicine. He also maintains a clinical practice focused on assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Rothman's areas of interest and expertise include psychological assessment and testing, severe mental illness, forensic psychology, psychotherapy process and outcome, and the intersection between nutrition, lifestyle factors, and mental health.

    Email: Rothman3@tc.edu

  • Mitchell Saskin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Saskin is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The focus of his psychotherapy practice is providing counseling for individuals and couples who are struggling in terms of life transitions and major life changes. He has over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as working and consulting in public and parochial schools throughout NYC. He is currently the Upper School Psychologist at  the Bank Street School for Children. Mitchell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University.  As an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology for Adelphi and NYU he has also supervised doctoral students in their clinical practicums and internships. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Psychologist and a School Psychologist.

  • Kirk Schneider, Ph.D.


    Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for existential-humanistic psychology and is an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Schneider is also Vice President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute- ehinstitute.org .  Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 10 books.  These books include The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, The Psychology of Existence (with Rollo May), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (with James Bugental and Fraser Pierson),Rediscovery of Awe, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (with Orah Krug), Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (with Art Bohart, Barbara Held, and Ed Mendelowitz), Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation, and most recently, The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.
    His website is: kirkjschneider.com 
  • Julia Sheehy, Ph.D.


    Dr. Sheehy is a clinical psychologist whose primary areas of interest are challenges to female mental health during emerging adulthood, eating disorders, and clinical training. She served as the Associate Director of Barnard College's Counseling Center for eight years, where she also directed the Center's training program and the College's eating disorders treatment team.  She has taught in the psychology department at Barnard, and has lectured at local universities and hospitals. Dr. Sheehy has written journal articles and book chapters on the treatment of eating disorders; most recently, she contributed a chapter on the epidemiology of eating disorders to a textbook on women's health. Dr. Sheehy also maintains private practices in New York City and Westchester County. At Teachers College, Dr. Sheehy teaches the fieldwork course for master's-level students. 

    Email: js1802@tc.columbia.edu
  • Brian Sherman, Ph.D.

    Brian Sherman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works full-time at the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) a private group practice treating substance abuse and compulsive behavior problems.   He has specialized training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational approaches.  Prior to joining CMC, Dr. Sherman completed clinical training at North Central Bronx Hospital, Jacobi Medical Center, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute on inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services treating patients experiencing acute crises as well as chronic conditions.  Dr. Sherman is currently involved in clinical research on evidence-based treatment of addiction, and has worked on several NIH-funded research studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned his doctoral degree.  Additional research interests include the association between temperament and psychopathology, and the effects of family environment on adolescent mental health.



    Email: bjs2125@columbia.edu
  • Erel Shvil, Ph.D.


    Dr. Shvil received his Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. He completed his Internship in clinical psychology at Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Yeshiva University. Dr. Shvil was recently accepted to NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Affective, Anxiety and Related Disorders, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University.

    Currently, Dr. Shvil studies the neurobiological correlates of PTSD by working closely with and mentored by Dr. Yuval Neria, the Director of the Trauma and PTSD Program at NYSPI and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia. Dr. Neria's lab has a program of research that has been funded by NIMH since 2004, and the lab is currently focusing on studies aiming to examine neurobiological basis of PTSD. He is currently involved in study aims to probe extinction related behavioral and brain markers in PTSD. Both PTSD patients and matched trauma-exposed healthy controls (TE-HC) are assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and skin conductance response (SCR), during presentation of a 2 day fear paradigm.

    Email: es2297@columbia.edu
  • Vijayeta Kumari Sinh, Ph.D.


    Dr. Sinh received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where she received training in cognitive behavioral and psychodynamically oriented therapies. Her research interests are in psychopathology  with an emphasis on mood disorders and personality disorders as well as cross-cultural issues in mental health assessment and treatment. Dr. Sinh is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centers for Specialization at North Shore LIJ's Zucker Hillside Hospital where her work focuses on the evidence-based treatment of bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

    Email: vks2101@columbia.edu
  • Geoffrey Steinberg, PsyD.

    Geoffrey Steinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in gay affirmative psychotherapy, object relations therapy, and college student mental health. In addition to teaching the Fieldwork in Applied Psychology course in the Clinical Psychology Department, he also supervises Counseling Psychology students' Practicum experience at the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS). He earned his doctorate from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire and completed his clinical internship at the Stony Brook University Counseling Center. He previously worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at Pesach Tikvah's Continuing Day Treatment Program, where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to Hassidic Jews with serious and persistent psychiatric conditions. He was the founder and Executive Director of TherapySafetyNet, a referral service and coalition of socially responsible therapists who provided affordable psychotherapy to the uninsured. Prior to doctoral study, he worked as a research analyst for Westat in Rockville, Maryland, where he participated in a Human Factors Psychology research team focusing on driver behavior and Intelligent Transportation Systems. In private practice since 2006 in the Chelsea/Flatiron area, his activities today include individual and couples therapy with a predominantly gay male population, clinical supervision, and consultation to peers for private practice development.
    Website: drgeoffreysteinberg.com
    Email: Steinberg2@tc.columbia.edu
  • Lenore Strocchia-Rivera, Ph.D.


    Lenore Strocchia-Rivera is a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years experience in clinical, school, and family court settings.  Her passion for evaluations and assessments is reflected in her chapter, "Strength-Based Assessments" in D. Crenshaw's book, Reverence in the Healing Process:  Honoring Strengths without Trivializing Suffering [title of book should be underlined]. In addition to serving as Adjunct Professor at TC, Dr. Rivera teaches a similar course at SUNY-New Paltz and directs Learning Insights, an independent psychology practice devoted to evaluations and assessments for people of all ages.  Learning Insights serves clients in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, and Saratoga Springs, NY.
    Dr. Rivera received her M. A. and Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology is from Fordham University at Rose Hill. She is a Past President of the Hudson Valley Psychological Association and a strong proponent of Positive Psychology.

    To learn more, visit linkedin.com/in/lenoresrivera
     Email- ls3160@columbia.edu


  • Michael Sweeney, Ph.D.

    Dr. Michael Sweeney is the Director of the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a private practice center specializing in the treatment of anxiety. Michael prides himself on practical advice for complicated situations. Dr. Sweeney was a National Institute of Health Chief Research Fellow and a Clinical Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Sweeney has been a co-principal investigator and CBT supervisor in national treatment studies. Michael has also conducted research on anxiety's role in attention, memory and respiration. Dr. Sweeney was an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, CBT supervisor at St. Vincent's Medical Center, and the external reviewer for the Masters CBT program at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Sweeney is currently an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Michael has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of CBT. Dr. Sweeney's publications have appeared in leading scientific journals, including: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and Oxford University Press. His most recent publication, Psychosocial treatments of anxiety disorders across the lifespan, is available in Anxiety Disorders: A guide to integrating pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, edited by Stahl and Moore.  Michael has lectured nationally and internationally. His advice is currently being put to the test by his 4-year-old son.

    Website- http://metropolitancbt.com/

  • Liat Tsuman-Caspi, Ph.D.

    Dr. Liat Tsuman-Caspi is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Manhattan. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. in Psychology and the Ofakim Honors Program from University of Haifa in Israel. She completed her internship at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, working with adult and pediatric populations. She completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Personal Counseling, Brooklyn College, and a research postdoctoral fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She attended a two-year introductory program in relational psychoanalysis at the Stephen Mitchell Center and is currently undergoing advanced psychoanalytic training at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She works in psychotherapy in both English and Hebrew with adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. Her interests and areas of expertise include relational difficulties, trauma, sexuality, identity, personality disorders, psychotherapy process and training, and unconscious communication. She is particularly interested in the ways personalities and identities are constructed in the dialectical tension between self and culture and in the context of life transitions, challenges, and losses (e.g., parenthood, immigration, infertility, illness, and bereavement). She has studied how psychotherapists develop their identities and sense of self in interaction with the training environment during a time characterized by advanced technologies, global communication, and postmodernist consciousness. Most recently, working with Professor Wilma Bucci, she has studied the process of identity development of psychotherapists at the level of language and styles of narration.

  • Joseph Wagenseller, Ph.D.


    Dr. Joseph P. Wagenseller, D. Min., N.C. PsyA., L.P.C., L.P. is a Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Westport, CT, having practiced for 37 years in  Manhattan. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Temenos Institute, now celebrating its 36th year in Westport, and is past President of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He is past Chair of the Assembly of Psychoanalytic Institutes of A.B.A.P. (The American Board for the Accreditation of Psychoanalysis, Inc.) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of A.B.A.P. Additionally, Dr. Wagenseller is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Dr. Wagenseller is the author of "The Archetype of Vocation" in Protestantism and Jungian Analysis, "Spiritual Renewal at Midlife from a Jungian Perspective", Journal of Religion and Health (Vol. 37, No. 3) and "Individuation; Jung's Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual Journey", the Oxford University Press Handbook of Spirituality and Psychology, Ed. Lisa Miller, Ph.D. Pub. 2012

    Email:jw2046@columbia.edu

Ph.D. Program

  • Merav Gur, Ph.D.


    Dr. Merav Gur received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, completed her clinical internship at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center where she was trained in CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Dr. Gur completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center/Psychiatric Institute at the Anxiety Disorders clinic, and later became an Assistant Professor where she supervised clinical interviewers, participated in research and training, and provided psychotherapy. Dr. Gur has been in private practice in NYC since 2004 where she treats adolescents and adults combining IPT, CBT, DBT and psychodynamic psychotherapies. She is interested in attachment and relational issues in adults, in the treatment of pre and postpartum anxiety and depression, in anxiety and depression across the lifespan, specifically panic disorder and social anxiety, and in individuals who engage in self-sabotaging behaviors. To learn more about Dr. Gur’s research and clinical work, please go to www.meravgurphd.com.
  • Bruce Hubbard, Ph.D.

       
    Dr. Bruce Hubbard teaches a doctoral-level course on cognitive behavior therapy and supervises the clinical training of students in the clinical psychology department.

    He is also the director of the Cognitive Health Group, a private practice group of psychologists and psychotherapists offering cognitive behavioral treatment in NYC.

    Email: bh2140@columbia.edu 
  • Nancy Eppler-Wolff, Ph.D.


    Dr. Nancy Eppler-Wolff teaches Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Practicum for second year doctoral students, and supervises doctoral candidates in the clinical psychology program.

    Dr. Eppler-Wolff received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and then completed the post-doctoral re-specialization in Clinical Psychology at TC. She also received a post-doctoral certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from NYU.Currently, she is private practice in Manhattan, and also supervises doctoral candidates at the Derner Institute at Adelphi University.Dr Eppler-Wolff is the co-author of Raising children who soar: A guide to healthy risk-taking in an uncertain world (TC Press, 2009).

    Email: nepplerwolff@earthlink.net

Adjunct Emeritus

  • Jerome Kosseff, Ph.D.


    Academic background: CCNY, Honors in English and Anthropology, TC, MA, Clinical Psychology; intensive 10 week training with Carl Rogers at U. of Chicago; courses at New University, and William Alanson White Institute; psychoanalysis with Dr. David Gross, Gustav Bychowski and Janet Kennedy and various analytic supervisors.

    Dr. Jerome Kossef worked for four years during WWII for the U.S. Air Force administering academic and psychomotor tests to air cadets and completing test construction. During the Pacific Theater, he worked as a Special Service Officer for the P-38 fighter squadron and then as Chief Psychologist, 2nd Central Medical Establishment Unit, 5th Air Force. Within this capacity, Dr. Kossef assessed air crew for combat readiness and treating severe trauma in South and Southwest Pacific island bases.

    For 64 years, he has taught courses at TC in test construction, statistics, individual interviewing, psychodynamics, group therapy, supervision of  individual students, and psychoanalytic theory/practice. Dr. Kossef is a senior faculty, supervisor and training analyst at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.

    Theoretical orientation: Object-Relations Theory/Relational Theory

    Email: jk326@columbia.edu