Who I Am

I received my undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. I completed my adult psychiatry training at the top ranked UCLA-West Los Angeles VA training program.  From Los Angeles I moved to New York City, where I completed my child and adolescent psychiatric training at the NYU Child Study Center.  I also completed a 2 year NIMH post-doctoral research training fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center, focusing on Trauma and Resilience in adults and children. 

While in medical school, I worked in hospital and prison based HIV clinics while studying addiction.  At UCLA, I spent a great amount of time in specialty clinics for Women's Health (reproductive psychiatry), Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Family Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression, and Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression.  At NYU, I developed expertise in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional and Disruptive behavior, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anxiety in children and adolescents. I have also had training in administering the Autistic Disorders Observation Scale (ADOS) and have worked extensively with children on the Autistic Spectrum.

Awards that I have received include: the Isaac Ray award from Brown Medical School, the Rock Sleyster award from the AMA, the Shirley Hatos 21st Century prize from UCLA, and fellowships with the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.  I have published numerous scientific papers in the areas of Addiction, Medical Ethics, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and have also consulted for private schools in Manhattan. You can view also download a copy of my curriculum vitae.

Presently, I am an Assistant Professor at New York University Medical Center in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I teach residents about child psychiatry, and I teach an undergraduate class at the College of Arts and Sciences at NYU called “Children of Divorce.” That class is part of my department’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMHS) minor.