Adult Outpatient Clinic
The Adult Outpatient Clinic consists of a team of psychologists, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and social workers. In addition to performing evaluations and carrying individual and couples cases in the adult clinic, postdoctoral fellows may elect to co-lead therapy groups. Currently, the clinic offers a process group as well as a variety of disorder-specific therapy groups: Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Mood Disorders and Obesity, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Fellows are encouraged to develop new groups based on their interests and specialties. Members of the adult outpatient clinic participate in a weekly multi-disciplinary treatment team meeting and monthly case conferences.
Child Outpatient Clinic
The Child Outpatient Clinic consists of a team of psychologists, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatrists, psychiatry fellows, and social workers. In addition to performing evaluations and carrying individual and family cases in the child clinic, postdoctoral fellows will co-lead therapy groups. These include the Children of Divorce Intervention Program and Social Skills Groups. Fellows are encouraged to participate in other groups based on their interests and specialties. For example, the clinic currently offers several parenting groups.
Affective Disorders Inpatient CBT Unit
The Affective Disorders Unit is a 25-bed inpatient unit treating adults 18 and older with primary diagnoses of Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, and Schizoaffective Disorder. The unit has a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy orientation and psychology is part of an interdisciplinary team approach to assessment and treatment. Psychology Fellows have the opportunity to receive supervision in CBT assessment and formulation, co-lead CBT groups, perform brief individual therapy, and collaborate with other disciplines in this acute setting.
Eating Disorders Program
The Eating Disorder Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division is part of an integrated Center for Eating Disorders at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The program on the Westchester campus includes an inpatient unit, a partial hospitalization program, and an outpatient clinic. Also called “The Outlook,” the inpatient eating disorder unit provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and developmentally-appropriate programming for adolescent and adult individuals with eating disorders. The behaviorally focused program offers state-of-the-art treatment for patients, emphasizing weight restoration, interruption of disturbed eating behaviors, and therapeutic management of associated psychological symptoms. “The Outlook” uses a multidisciplinary treatment approach that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, postdoctoral fellows, social work therapists, nurses, nutritionists, as well as therapeutic activities specialists. Treatment is informed by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and involves individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, nutrition education, accredited schooling, and therapeutic recreational activities.
The Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program provides patients the opportunity to eat three times per day with the support of caring and well-trained behavioral specialists. In addition to meal and snack support, patients receive individualized care while having access to a host of groups focusing on goals such as establishing understanding and use of cognitive behavioral therapy skills, mindfulness practice, assertiveness, and the regulation of one’s emotions. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to participate in each of these experiences.
The Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic provides thorough evaluations, individual, and family therapy, and medication management to adolescents and adults. Postdoctoral fellows will have the unique opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings, to collaborate with other disciplines, perform evaluations, co-lead groups on the inpatient unit and partial hospital program, and carry individual and family cases in the Outpatient department. Fellows may also have opportunities to either participate in or start therapeutic groups in all of these settings.
Under the leadership of George Alexopoulos, M.D. the Weill Cornell Medicine Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry oversees the geriatric clinical services of the Department of Psychiatry. At the Westchester Division, the geriatric clinical service consists of an inpatient unit, the Psychiatry Outpatient Practice for Older Adults, and a nursing home consultation program. Adult fellows have the opportunity to see geriatric patients through the adult OPD under the supervision of individuals who specialize in psychotherapeutic interventions in older adults. In addition, fellows can participate in the geriatric didactic series which includes a weekly case conference led by Dr. Alexopoulos, a weekly research seminar, and a two-hour per week geriatric lecture series taught by leaders in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Further, a wide range of clinical research opportunities are available that focus on advancing treatments of late-life mood disorders.
The Horizon Unit
The Horizon Unit offers a special track for Orthodox Jewish patients, designed to meet particular requirements that would significantly enhance the comfort level of certain patients during their hospitalization. The inpatient unit is open to adults, 18 years of age and over, with general psychiatric disorders, and addresses the special needs of patients requiring kosher meals and other cultural accommodations. A flexible schedule allows opportunities for religious observance. The Horizon Unit provides comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment in an inpatient setting. Postdoctoral fellows can pursue a variety of career development goals through participation in unit activities (e.g., program development, unit staff training, and clinical supervision of psychology externs).
Neuropsychology Assessment Service
The neuropsychology assessment service provides diagnostic and prognostic information in a wide variety of suspected and confirmed psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Our faculty members, who meet the highest standards of education and training in neuropsychology, use the most advanced techniques for behavioral evaluation of brain function in both pediatric and adult patients. Assessment services are offered on both our acute care inpatient units and through our outpatient department.
Personality Disorders Institute (PDI)
The Personality Disorders Institute (PDI), under the leadership of Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., director, and John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., co-director, is an internationally recognized group of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who examine the range of personality pathology, including that of borderline personality disorder, and develop empirically supported treatment for these patients.
The Personality Disorders Unit
The Personality Disorders Unit provides comprehensive dialectical behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment in an inpatient setting. The patient population presents with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including personality disorders and severe anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, in addition to co-morbid substance use disorders and dementia. Postdoctoral fellows can pursue a variety of career development goals through participation in unit activities (e.g., program development, unit staff training, and clinical supervision of psychology externs).
The Psychotic Disorders Division
The Psychotic Disorders Division at New York Presbyterian comprises units or treatment programs that serve individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. The Division includes inpatient services in the Second Chance Program (3 North), 3 South, and the Partial Hospital Program (3A North).
Second Chance (3 North) is an intermediate term, 30-bed inpatient unit on the Westchester campus that enrolls people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. The majority of enrollees in the program present with particularly severe forms of psychotic illness and many have been judged as “Treatment Refractory.” Many care recipients present with enduring, idiopathic negative symptoms that co-occur with profound deficits in the independent performance of activities of daily living and other areas of functional behavior. The Second Chance program combines psychopharmacological treatment with intensive behavioral rehabilitation of skills deficits using social learning principles.
3 South is a 24-bed acute inpatient unit located on the Westchester campus. 3 South provides psychiatric services to individuals with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
The Partial Hospital Program provides services for people with a range of psychotic disorders that are currently living in the community. The program provides symptom stabilization services, relapse prevention, and a psychosocial treatment platform that underscores Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Remediation. Care recipients in the program work on treatment and rehabilitative goals germane to their aspirations and valued social roles.
The Social Skills Group Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents
This program provides social skills training for children ages 5-18 who are in need of help with peer relationships. Groups typically run in 12 session cycles. The most common diagnoses of children referred are ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Women’s Inpatient CBT Unit
The Women’s Inpatient Unit is a 25-bed acute inpatient unit serving women ages 18-65. Cognitive-Behavioral principles are infused throughout the unit structure and treatment. Postdoctoral fellows can pursue a variety of career development goals through participation in unit activities (e.g., program development, unit staff training, and clinical supervision of psychology externs).