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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship - Westchester

Overview

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital offers postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology at our Westchester Division in White Plains, New York. The fellowship offers training and supervision by faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine to psychologists that are interested in becoming academic leaders. The primary aim of the fellowship is to provide advanced science-based training that assures the development of proficiency in specific areas of clinical psychology. Fellows receive the clinical supervision necessary for licensure as well as exposure to research and scholarship opportunities with mentors, who are leaders in their fields.

Training Model Overview

The exact nature of training (e.g., honing specialized clinical expertise, exposure to ongoing faculty research) is designed on an individual basis by each of the trainees in close collaboration with his/her faculty mentor(s).  Training is based on an apprenticeship model in which the fellows work closely with faculty mentors.

Fellowship Components

The postdoctoral fellowship is comprised of a) supervised clinical experience, b) didactic seminars and c) professional development. Participation in clinical research is encouraged. Selected fellows will have the opportunity to apply for a research elective (20%) with a faculty mentor.

  • Clinical Experience
  • Fellowship Tracks
  • Clinical Services/Programs
  • Core Clinical Training Faculty
  • Research Activities
  • Didactics/Education Opportunities
  • Stipends and Benefits

Application Process 

Fellow Qualifications (to be completed by fellowship start date):

  • Completion of APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical psychology
  • Completion of APA-accredited internship
  • Obtain Limited Permit to Practice Psychology in NY State

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/psychlic.htm#permit

Application Due Date: December 15th 

Application:  

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent. In the letter of intent, applicants should specify the track to which they are applying, their career goals, a potential research mentor (if interested in the 20% research elective), and their clinical training goals for the fellowship. 

Applicants: please compile the application materials into a single PDF document labeled with your last name, first initial, and application track (e.g., “Hughes M Adult Track”). Please note: If your mentors prefer to submit their letters separately, please request that they indicate your name and the track to which you are applying in their email. Address your letter of intent to Megan Hughes-Feltenberger, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Education for Psychology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and then submit the PDF file by emailing Nina Huza, Staff Assistant at nih9002@nyp.org

For more information, please contact Megan Hughes-Feltenberger, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Education for Psychology, NYP/Westchester Division at meh9033@med.cornell.edu

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is committed to enhancing diversity (in all its meaning) among trainees and providing culturally competent care to the patients we serve. New York Presbyterian Hospital is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. We recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining women, ethnic minorities and other under-represented groups to the field. We encourage applications from candidates who are members of under-represented minority groups, from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are disabled.

Professional Development

Fellows are assigned an administrative supervisor, who provides professional development mentorship related to licensure, career goals, development of private practice, etc.  In addition, fellows attend a monthly professional development seminar that is led by leaders of the Psychology Division.  The Psychiatry Department also sponsors a biweekly Writing Seminar during which a small group of senior investigators guide the manuscript and grant writing activities of their junior colleagues.

Stipend, Benefits & Application Process

Start Date: Early September, usually the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

Duration of Fellowship: One to two years

Stipend and Benefits:
Salary is competitive.  All trainees receive a full benefits package that includes vacation, holidays and medical insurance.

Please note that subsidized housing for trainees may be available on the Westchester Division Campus and Manhattan Campuses although housing is not guaranteed.

Didactics/Education Opportunities

Anxiety Disorder Supervision Group

The anxiety disorders supervision group consists of one hour of group supervision and one hour of live, behind-the-mirror supervision weekly. Members of this clinic develop their skills in treating children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders through exposure-based cognitive-behavioral interventions. 

CBT Seminar

The CBT seminar runs weekly in the spring and early summer. The course is taught at an advanced level by experts in the field. Speakers include Weill Cornell Medicine faculty as well as guest lecturers from other universities. Topics include CBT for psychosis, CBT for geriatric depression, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into anxiety treatment. 

Children of Divorce Intervention Program

The children of divorce (COD) group program seeks to support children in understanding self and others as the family goes through the process of separation and divorce. Fellows learn age-appropriate group interventions to a) help children increase their interpersonal understanding of this transition and b) to use coping skills to address resulting dysphoric mood. 

DBT: Basic Concepts of DBT Seminar

A 20-session weekly lecture series, topics include an overview of the DBT model, dialectics, acceptance and validation, individual therapy and skills training, stylistic strategies, problem solving, behavioral analysis, contingency management, and DBT protocols.  

DBT: Outpatient Adolescent DBT Program

A limited number of psychology postdoctoral fellows at the Westchester Division will be offered an opportunity to receive DBT training through participation in our outpatient adolescent DBT (DBT-A) and DBT for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) programs.  Those who do so will attend our weekly DBT team consultation group meetings and receive weekly individual DBT therapy supervision.  Trainees participating in DBT-A track will provide individual therapy to teens and their families and will have an opportunity to co-lead our weekly DBT Multifamily Skills Group. Trainees participating in DBT-C track will conduct individual therapy with children and their parents and provide skills training on an individual family basis. Trainees are expected to carry up to two DBT patients (with a minimum of two sessions per week per family), and to assist in telephone screening and preregistration of prospective patients. 

Evaluation Clinic

The child and adolescent outpatient department is comprised of four clinical subspecialty services. These include the Pediatric Mood Disorders Service, the Anxiety Disorders Service, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Service, and the Disruptive Behaviors Service. These clinics typically begin with a 45 minute didactic on the subject area of focus, followed by a 2 hour evaluation clinic, and conclude with follow-up appointments. Evaluations are allotted a minimum of 1.5 hours for evaluation, followed by 30 minutes of focused supervision.  Evaluations are performed with a “family-based” approach.  We do not subscribe to evaluating children and adolescents purely in isolation from their families and other relevant symptoms.  One methodology employed in the service of family based assessment is the Vermont Family Based Approach, which requires that guardians fill out standardized, empirically supported instruments on their children as well as on themselves and each other, prior to the initial appointment.  Youths similarly self-evaluate prior to the appointment using these instruments. 

Geriatric Seminar Series

This consists of a weekly series of presentations at Payne Whitney Westchester by invited speakers on current developments in geriatric psychiatry. 

Listening Process Seminar

This consists of weekly case presentations through process notes and/or audiotapes for the purposes of group discussion of diagnostic impressions, case formulation, and treatment. The seminar is focused on strengthening listening and clinical judgment skills.

Neuropsychology Didactics

The neuropsychology didactics consist of weekly seminars that focus on the basics of clinical neuroradiology and detailed functional neuroanatomy of psychiatric and neurologic disorders.  In addition to discussing the cognitive presentation of the major psychiatric disorders, these seminars focus on the clinical presentation, neuropathology, and functional neuroanatomy of dementia, brain tumors, movement disorders, cerebrovascular disease, and epilepsy.   To prepare fellows for the ABPP/ABCN oral examination, regular “fact-finding” exercises are conducted.   In addition, a weekly Neuropsychology Case Conference is held.  Further, weekly neuropsychology patient rounds are offered on our inpatient service.   

Personality Disorders Institute Seminar

The Personality Disorders Institute (PDI), under the leadership of Dr. Otto Kernberg, focuses on the understanding and treatment of patients with a range of personality pathology. The institute provides training in conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder.  On Thursday mornings there is a research and didactic seminar lead by Dr. Kernberg.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

These consist of a weekly series of case conferences and lectures in which nationally distinguished scholars, clinicians and researchers are invited to speak about current issues in psychiatry and psychology 

Psychology Grand Rounds

This monthly meeting provides a cross-campus forum for the opportunity for psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows and faculty to present their research and clinical expertise.         

Social Skills Training

Fellows interested in running a social skills group are paired with a co-leader, who is a senior member of our faculty or staff. The director of the training program is Jo Hariton, Ph.D. who serves as a consultant for each group. There are social skills groups available for a variety of age groups.      

Professional Development

Fellows are assigned an administrative supervisor, who provides professional development mentorship related to licensure, career goals, development of private practice, etc.  In addition, fellows attend a monthly professional development seminar that is led by leaders of the Psychology Division.  The Psychiatry Department also sponsors a biweekly Writing Seminar during which a small group of senior investigators guide the manuscript and grant writing activities of their junior colleagues.

Research Activities

Fellows will work with one or more research mentors to develop research collaborations during the fellowship. 

Westchester Campus Research Mentors

Anthony Ahmed, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Schizophrenia/Cognitive Interventions

George Alexopoulos, M.D.
Vice Chair, Geriatric Psychiatry, Director of Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry
Area of Interest: Geriatric Depression: Clinical Biology, Psychosocial Interventions

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
Director, Eating Disorders Program Weill Cornell and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Area of Interest: Eating Disorders

John Clarkin, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Personality Disorders

Faith Gunning-Dixon, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology, Westchester Division and Associate Director of Psychology Education
Area of Interest: Neuropsycology/Neuroimaging

Dora Kanellopoulos, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Neuropsychological/Neuroimaging

Otto Kernberg, M.D.
Director of Borderline Personality Disorders Institute
Are of Interest: Personality Disorders Institute

Dimitris Kiosses, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Novel Treatment Development, Data Analysis, Geriatrics

Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain
Are of Interest: Autism, Brain Development

Patricia Marino, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Psychotherapy, Geriatics, Inpatient Service Delivery

Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D.
Are of Interest: DBT Adaptation to pre-adolescent children

JoAnne Sirey, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Community-Based Psychosocial Interventions

Victoria Wilkins, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Suicidality 

Manhattan Campus Research Mentors

Shannon Bennett, Ph.D.
Director of Weill Cornell Youth Anxiety Program
Area of Interest: Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders

Angela Chiu, Ph.D.
Area of Interest: 
Youth Anxiety

JoAnn Difede, Ph.D.
Director Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies
Area of Interest: Novel Interventions for Trauma Patients, PTSD

Marc Dubin, M.D., Ph.D.
Area of Interest: Brain Stimulation Techniques, Imaging, Treatment Resistant Depression

Susan Evans, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chair for Psychology and Director for Psychology Education
Area of Interest: Mindfulness-Based Therapies

James Kocsis, M.D.
Area of Interest: Treatment Resistant Depression/Bipolar Disorder

Core Faculty

Core Clinical Training Faculty

Susan Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Evans is Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Education in Psychology for the Department of Psychiatry.  She is the Director of the Cornell Cognitive Therapy Clinic and an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Evans is trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) developed for the treatment of chronic depression. She completed an internship in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and established the MBSR at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2000. Dr. Evans is a founding member and diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is the current President of the New York City-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association. She serves on the scientific review committee for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and is a site visitor for the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Evans’s research has focused on the psychological effects of HIV/AIDS, posttraumatic stress disorder and mindfulness approaches to anxiety.

Faith Gunning, Ph.D.

Dr. Gunning is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry.  She is the Vice Chair of Psychology and the Director of Neuropsychology for the Department of Psychiatry.   Dr. Gunning is a nationally recognized expert in the cognitive neuroscience of normal aging and aging–related central nervous system disorders. She holds an NIMH-funded R01 that integrates multiple MRI techniques to better understand the role of specific network abnormalities in the presence and persistence of late-life depression.  Her clinical expertise focuses on the use of neuropsychological assessment techniques to examine the interaction of cognitive, affective, and behavioral disturbances in the expression of psychiatric illness. Dr. Gunning oversees the Department of Psychiatry’s neuropsychology training program.  Along with Drs. Beth Rabinovitz and Chaya Gopin, Dr. Gunning teaches the Neuropsychology Track didactics. In addition, she supervises both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations of adult patients.  

Megan Hughes-Feltenberger, Ph.D.

Dr. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and the Assistant Director of Education for Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She joined the Weill Cornell Medicine Department in 2011, after completing the two-year NYPH-Westchester Division clinical fellowship. Her clinical expertise focuses on CBT for anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She is a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT) and leads the fellowship’s anxiety disorders supervision group and CBT seminar. Dr. Hughes acts as a clinical and administrative supervisor for fellows in the outpatient department in both the child/adolescent and adult tracks. Her research program has focused on cognitive vulnerability in depression and anxiety, and she is currently engaged in a treatment outcome study of attention bias modification in anxious youth.

Anthony Ahmed, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Psychologist in the Psychotic Disorders Division at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester. Dr. Ahmed's expertise is in the provision of psychosocial interventions for people with schizophrenia. He conducts studies on cognition, emotion, and the phenomenology of negative symptoms in people with schizophrenia.  He also conducts clinical trials of psychosocial interventions (e.g., cognitive remediation, social cognition training, CBT for Psychosis) for people with schizophrenia.

Tara Deliberto, Ph.D.

Dr. Deliberto is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Director of the Eating Disorders Partial Hospital Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division. She joined the faculty in 2016 following the completion of her postdoctoral fellowship training at the Westchester Division.  She provides supervision for externs and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in eating disorder training.

Barbara Flye, Ph.D.

Dr. Flye is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Flye specializes in the evaluation, assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families. She joined the Weill Cornell Medicine Faculty in 1978 following her post-doctoral fellowship training at the Westchester Division. Dr. Flye directs the child outpatient psychiatric evaluation service. As a member of the faculty, she teaches and supervises residents and psychology trainees. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher, winning multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards from both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents and Postdoctoral Fellows in Psychology. She is a member of the Children of Divorce treatment team, and the Social Skills Group treatment team. 

Dora Kanellopoulos, Ph.D.

Dr. Kanellopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry. She joined the Weill Cornell faculty in 2015 after completing a fellowship in the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Kanellopoulos’ clinical work includes cognitive assessment of psychiatric disorders, memory impairment and dementia, mild cognitive impairment, stroke and cerebrovascular disease and other conditions affecting cerebral functioning. Her research interests include using structural and functional neuroimaging techniques and traditional neuropsychological methods to understand the role of cognitive and emotional cerebral networks in late life mood disorders. 

Melissa Klein, Ph.D.

Dr. Klein joined the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2001, however, has been working in the Eating Disorder Department at the Westchester Division since 1995. She holds the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and is the Senior Psychologist at the Inpatient Eating Disorders Unit. Her clinical expertise focuses on the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy.  She has been involved in several multi-site treatment studies for anorexia and bulimia, and has had exceptional training in using cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy by many leaders in the Eating Disorder field.  She provides supervision for Psychology Fellows and interns who are working with eating disorder patients. 

Patricia Marino, Ph.D.

Dr. Marino is Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Attending Psychologist on the Personality Disorders Unit (5N) and the Horizon Unit (4N) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division.  Her areas of clinical expertise include adult and geriatric mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, with a special interest in geriatric psychology and health psychology. In addition, Dr. Marino has extensive experience in treating individuals with medical conditions. Research interests include the role of social support and social networks in mental health outcomes 

Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D.

Dr. Perepletchikova is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division. Dr. Perepletchikova has extensive experience in psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and children with severe affective instability, disruptive behavior problems, trauma-related psychopathology, depression, suicidality and self-harm behaviors. Dr. Perepletchikova received graduate training in developmental and clinical psychology. She obtained an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1996 and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University Department of Psychology in 2007. Dr. Perepletchikova obtained intensive and advanced intensive trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech. She has been established as able to deliver DBT with adherence and calibrated as a reliable DBT adherence rater by Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. She also has extensive training and experience in Parent Management Training, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adults and children, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for children. Dr. Perepletchikova currently holds grants to investigate the feasibility and initial efficacy of DBT adapted for pre-adolescent children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation.  Dr. Perepletchikova provides supervision to post-doctoral fellows interested in developing further expertise in clinical application of DBT across age groups.

Beth Rabinovitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Rabinovitz obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology: Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She completed her clinical internship at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology also at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Rabinovitz, an Instructor of Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry, is a clinical neuropsychologist at NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine. She supervises outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological assessments of children, adolescents, and adults and teaches the Neuropsychology Track didactics along with Dr. Faith Gunning. Dr. Rabinovitz's clinical and research interests include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other developmental disorders, pediatric hematology/oncology, epilepsy, movement disorders, and other disorders affecting brain functioning.

Lindsey Sankin, Ph.D.

Dr. Sankin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She joined the faculty in 2017, after completing the two-year NYPH-Westchester Division clinical fellowship. She provides CBT, DBT and BA, with a special focus on treating depressive disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Sankin acts as a clinical and administrative supervisor for fellows in the outpatient department in the adult track. She works with the Geriatric Research Institute on their research studies.

Matthew Specht, Ph.D.

Dr. Specht is Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine.  He has expertise in Tourette's disorder and obsessive-compulsive (OCD) as well as other anxiety disorders.  He also has expertise in stereotypies (typically including hand-flapping/finger-wriggling) in normally developing persons and various body-focused repetitive behaviors including hair-pulling, nail-biting, and skin picking.  He is an expert in evaluation of complex clinical presentations and clarifying treatment targets. 

Victoria Wilkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Victoria Wilkins is Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Attending Psychologist on the Affective Disorders Unit (6 North) at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division.  Dr. Wilkins is an expert in CBT and serves as both a supervisor of adult OPD cases and supervisor of group CBT work on the Affective Disorders Unit.  She studies psychotherapeutic interventions for depressed older adults with medical comorbidity, physical disability, and cognitive impairment.  She is the study coordinator and interventionist for Cornell’s NIMH-funded study of Ecosystem Focused Therapy for depressed stroke survivors.  Dr. Wilkins also has research interests in the inclusion of family caregivers in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients coping with chronic disease.  

Clinical Services and Programs

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: Young Adult Anxiety Group, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 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.

Geriatric Psychiatry  

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.  

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).  

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.  

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.  

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