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Mentoring Moments: Dr. Julie Penzner

Julie Penzner

Mentoring is critical at every level, and the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Psychiatry lucky to have many empowering mentors and faculty helping to propel the department as a leading institution in  psychaitric care, research, and education.

We thank Dr. Julie Penzner, Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry.

Dr. Penzner’s favorite part of her job is getting to know each group of Weill Cornell psychiatry residents.

“As Residency Director, I have the chance to...

Aaron Stern, MD, PhD Program in Psychodynamic Psychiatry Established With $5M Gift

Dr. Aaron Stern and Betty Lee Stern

A generous gift from Dr. Aaron and Betty Lee Stern will enable the Department of Psychiatry to build a comprehensive program that will use psychodynamics to treat patients with pathological personality disorders.

The Sterns’ $5 million gift will endow a professorship, a postdoctoral research fellowship and a prestigious visiting professorship within the Aaron Stern, MD, PhD Program in Psychodynamic Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry.

“This gift offers us the opportunity...

"Safety Signals" Help Reduce Fear and Anxiety

Stressed woman

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that learning about safety can successfully reduce fear responding, with important implications for treating anxiety disorders.

A team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Yale University recently investigated the brain circuits through which “safety signals,” stimuli in the environment that signal an absence of threat, function to reduce fear. This work suggests that safety signals...

New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression

Dr. Kiosses

Many patients with cognitive impairment have anxiety or depression, but standard treatments are difficult for people with memory issues. So, Dr. Dimitris Kiosses, Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, developed a novel approach focusing on solving tangible problems that fuel feelings of sadness and hopelessness. The approach is one of several new psychotherapies to treat anxiety and depression in...

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