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Past Doctoral Students
Eleni Vousoura, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Psychological Distress among Mothers of Young Children in Rural Ghana and Uganda and its Association with Child Health and Nutritional Status
Eleni Vousoura, MSc, MPhil, PhD received her B.S. (Honors) in Psychology from the University of Athens, Greece, and her M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research and scholarly interests lie in adapting, testing, and disseminating interventions for common mental health disorders among at risk, underserved populations from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds globally.
Bonita Schneider, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Interpersonal Distress and Interpersonal Problems Associated with Depression
Jessica Keith, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Models of Evaluating the Clinical Significance of Depression Treatment in Developing Countries: The Case of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Rural Southwestern Uganda
Jessica is a psychologist and the Program Manager of the Center for Sexual Treatment Services. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2009 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on working with female veterans with trauma histories at Bay Pines VAHCS. She has expertise in working with survivors of childhood and adult sexual trauma using multiple approaches including cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and relational psychodynamic. In her current role, she leads the interdisciplinary CSTS team and conducts individual and group therapy with Veterans with PTSD secondary to sexual trauma in residential and outpatient settings.
Rebecca Prince Kennedy, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Into Psychotherapy Training in Clinical Psychology PhD Programs
Rebecca is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Midtown Manhattan. She treats adolescents and adults. She helps people sort through challenges, better understand themselves, and make real, meaningful changes in their lives. Sh been trained in a variety of theories and approaches, which allows her to tailor treatment to meet each patient’s needs. Most frequently, she draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relational psychotherapy.
Johari Massey, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Personality Traits, Family Characteristics and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Sample of Maltreated Children
Traci Stein, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Moderators of Treatment Response in Northern Ugandan Adolescents Undergoing Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression
Traci has worked in New York City hospitals doing education and research in oncology and cardiac surgery settings, and she is the former Director of Integrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She also teaches a course on Integrated Psychotherapy at Columbia University's Teachers College, and supervises psychology doctoral students about how to work with both the medically ill and physically well using an integrative, whole-person approach.
Elizabeth Watson, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Emotion Regulation in Affluent Adolescents: Investigating the Relationship between Regulation and Functioning
Eric Lewandowski, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Community Impact of Group Interpersonal Therapy in Rural Uganda.
Eric is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. Though his current appointment is in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he works with a wide range of clients, including children and teens, young adults, mid-life, and older adults. He is the founder and clinical director of the Adolescent Depression Program at NYU Child Study Center. I have extensive experience in treating depression at all stages of life. I also have specialty training in the management of grief, and treatment of prolonged grief reactions.
Karen Shoum Teel, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Grief Following Miscarriage: a Study of Its Unique and Shared Characteristics with Depression
Karen is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She specializes in treating anxiety disorders in children, teens and adults. She takes a collaborative approach to treatment that is warm, empathic, and importantly, goal-oriented and developmentally sensitive so that the work is tailored to each individual’s unique need.
Vijayeta Sinh, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Patterns of Symptom Improvement Among Depressed Adolescents Treated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) in School Based Clinics
Vijayeta is an experienced Licensed Psychologist and believes that therapy can help one find balance, joy, healthy relationships and self-worth. She specializes in helping people understand themselves better to be able to let go of unhelpful, sabotaging behaviors. She is committed to providing a caring and non-judgmental space where one can work through life's challenges together and learn ways to feel more content, satisfied and fulfilled.
Sadia R. Chaudhury, Ph.D. | Doctoral Dissertation: Attitudes Towards the Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression Among South Asian Muslim Americans
Sadia is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In her private practice, she offers individual therapy; couples therapy; family therapy; group therapy; psychological, psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing; and school consultation.
Erica Roisen| Doctoral Dissertation: Neuropsychological Test Performance and Other Predictors of Adult Outcome in a Prospective Follow-up Study of Children with ADHD
Brian Sherman | Doctoral Dissertation: Stability of Temperament from Adolescence to Adulthood: Profiles and Pathways to Psychiatric Disorder Among Offspring at High and Low Risk for Depression
Brian is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a focus on treating anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and substance abuse. He has experience working with diverse populations in individual and group formats integrating treatment approaches to meet patient needs. His research interests include the association between temperament and psychopathology, and the effects of family environment on adolescent mental health.
Charlie Baily is a sixth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Teachers College. He is currently on internship at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he works mostly with children and families. Charlie started working for Dr. Verdeli as a research assistant on her global mental health research in 2008, and continued to do so after becoming her doctoral student in 2009. Charlie also has an adjacent line of research investigating the psychological needs of unaccompanied immigrant children in New York City. These are children who came to the United States without a parent and are currently in legal proceedings to determine whether they will be deported to their countries of origin. Charlie's dissertation is an interview study combining quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the mental health needs and service utilization of this vulnerable population.