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Karen Shoum Teel

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Psychology; Minor: Sociology. Barnard College, Columbia University

M.A., Developmental Psychology; Concentration: Risk, Resilience, Development. Teachers College, Columbia University

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology. Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Therapeutic interventions in children, adolescents, and adults; mood and anxiety disorders; parental psychopathology and child development; developmental psychology; risk and resilience

Selected Publications



1. Luthar, S.S., Shoum, K.A., Brown, P.J.: Affluent adolescents’ extracurricular commitments: A scapegoat for “ubiquitous achievement pressures”? Developmental Psychology2006; 42(3): 583-597.


2.  Chaudhury, S.A., Shoum, K.A.: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents: What has the research taught us so far? Teachers College Graduate Student Journal of Psychology 2007; 9: 33-37.


3. *Shoum, K., Verdeli, H., Wickramaratne, P., Warner, V., Talati, A.: Impact of a father figure on children of families at high risk for depression. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (manuscript submitted)




1. Mufson, L., Verdeli, H., Clougherty, K., & Shoum, K. (2008). How to use Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). In J.M. Rey & B. Birmaher (Eds.) Treating Childhood Depression. Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.   

professional presentations

Presenter/Discussant: Loss and Agency in Women’s Depression. American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, 2011. Washington, D.C.

biographical information

Dr. Teel is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a MA degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in Risk, Resilience and Development. Her doctoral work focused on mood and anxiety disorders, where her experiences helped her tailor interventions to the needs of both children and adults. As a Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), Columbia University Medical Center, she was involved in research studies investigating the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a prevention for depression in at-risk adolescents. She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist at the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy where she works with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.

professional experiences

Student Therapist, Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services, New York, NY

Psychology Extern, Women's Health Project, St. Luke's Hospital, New York, NY

Psychology Intern, Adolescent Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), Columbia University, New York, NY

Clinical Psychologist, Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, New York, NY


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