Counseling and Psychological Services Directory

  • Dr. Yaniv Phillips joined Columbia Health in 2004. Prior to Columbia, he was a senior clinical psychologist and supervisor at North Central Bronx Hospital, where he worked with HIV patients and their families, men with sexuality concerns, and couples. Yaniv earned his B.A. at Tel Aviv University, Israel and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Adelphi University Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. He completed his internship at the Karen Horney Clinic. He continued on to complete specialized training at the advanced couples and family therapy program at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

    Dr. Phillips’ professional interests include couples therapy, the psychology of immigration, relationship issues, and men’s experience of intimacy and sexual health. He sees individuals and couples for psychotherapy, and conducts experiential workshops for couples on enhancing relationships, as well as offering ongoing intensive workshop on procrastination. A member of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services' Outreach Team, Yaniv is bilingual, fluent in English and Hebrew.

  • Dr. Wendy Greenspun joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to Columbia, Wendy created and directed the Family Therapy Unit at New York Foundling Hospital. Early in her career she was a clinical associate at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She also had a faculty appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she taught and supervised family therapy.

    She earned her BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her PhD at Adelphi University's Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at Bronx Psychiatric Center and went on to do further advanced training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She completed psychoanalytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

    Wendy's professional interests include couples therapy, the integration of psychoanalytic and family systems theories, helping individuals cope with a family member who has a severe psychiatric illness, spirituality, mindfulness meditation, coping with pain and medical illness, and trauma experiences in couples and families. In addition to her work at Columbia, she is also on the faculty of the Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Couples Therapy at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has published in the fields of couple and family therapy, as well as psychoanalysis.

  • Dr. Victoria Grosso-Goddard joined Columbia Health in 2003. Prior to Columbia, Victoria was a supervising psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. She has also worked at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Therapeutic Nursery and was a staff psychologist at Trinitas Hospital. She earned her BA at Fordham University and her PhD at City University of New York. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at Roosevelt Hospital.

    Victoria's professional interests include trauma and bereavement, acculturation, working with international students, and the integration of mindfulness and spirituality into therapeutic practice.

  • Sophia Savory joined Columbia Health in 2003.

  • Shirley Matthews joined Columbia Health in 2009. Prior to Columbia, Shirley was the director of counseling services at Seton Hall University. She received her B.A. from Hamilton College, M.A. in organizational psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Shirley completed her doctoral internship in psychology at Gouverneur Hospital and Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

    First and foremost, Shirley sees herself as a generalist who is deeply interested in the developmental issues of young adults. Additional areas of focus include community level mental health interventions, positive psychology, and the development of intuitive eating strategies as a means of developing optimal weight, health and fitness. Shirley also has a strong interest in developmental and acculturation issues, especially those of professional women of color. She also specializes in the treatment of individual, group and relationship counseling.

  • Dr. Sherina Persaud is a clinical psychologist at Columbia Health. Prior to joining as full-time staff, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services. Sherina completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel with rotations in neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with women’s perinatal mental health, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, and community mental health in both Spanish and English.

    Sherina earned her B.A. in psychology at Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. She has comprehensive research and clinical experience in sexual and gender identities, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse, attachment theory, and with families who have used assisted reproduction to conceive.

    Working from a primarily psychodynamic perspective, Sherina aims to approach treatment in an open, nonjudgmental way to integrate various techniques to best fit the needs of the patient. At Counseling and Psychological Services, Sherina is on the trauma team as well as the sexual and gender identity issues team and the multicultural concerns team. Her professional interests include multicultural and racial issues, sexual and gender identity, women’s health, trauma-related disorders, mindfulness and substance abuse.

  • Sara Berger joined Columbia Health in 2005. Prior to Columbia, Sara was an administrator of outpatient and residential treatment programs. She also provided administrative and quality assurance consultation to a variety of mental health agencies, including the New York State Office of Mental Health.

    Sara's professional interests include the administration of clinical programs to ensure that they remain responsive to the populations they serve and provide their client populations with highest level of clinical care. While Sara is licensed to practice social work, she uses her training to enhance her role as a full-time administrator at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Dr. Sadi Fox joined Columbia Health in 2018. She received her Ph.D. from Auburn University and her B.A. in Psychology at The Ohio State University. Prior to Columbia, Sadi worked as a senior staff psychologist at The Ohio State University’s counseling center where she also completed her doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship.

    Sadi’s professional interests include working with students who are struggling with eating disorder or body image concerns, support for LGBTQ students, anxiety issues, perfectionism and stress concerns, and work with relational concerns.

  • Dr. Richard J. Eichler has a long affiliation with Columbia, having earned his BA, MS, MPhil, and PhD at Columbia. He joined what was then the Columbia College Counseling Service in 1986 as a staff psychologist. Since 1992, Richard served as director and subsequently executive director of the Counseling and Psychological Services division of Columbia Health.

    While completing his PhD, Richard trained at a Veterans’ Administration clinic and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he completed his internship in clinical psychology. Among other professional activities early in his career, he worked on a research project on sex role socialization in nursery schools and day care centers, reflecting a long-standing interest and commitment to gender equality. Prior to joining the Columbia Health team, he provided psychotherapy to a culturally diverse population at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and concurrently studied the delivery of health care services for disabled and chronically ill children at the Preventive Intervention Research Center for Child Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

    Richard has taught numerous undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral courses in psychology and psychotherapy, including classes in human development at Columbia College and classes in psychodynamic psychotherapy and developmental psychopathology at Teachers College. He has also taught courses and seminars in adolescent development and college mental health practice at the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program of the William Alanson White Institute.

    Dating back to his time at the Veterans Administration, he maintains an ongoing interest in the welfare of military veterans. Other areas of particular professional interest include: psychological opportunities and pitfalls of adolescence and young adulthood; early intervention and prevention strategies; the impact of cultural variables on personal development; evolving relationships through the lifespan; social injustice and trauma; psychological obstacles to academic and career success; and the application of psychoanalytic thinking to brief therapy.

    Richard is also especially versed in helping students with learning disabilities navigate university life, and helping young adults and their parents renegotiate their evolving relationships. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and community events, addressing various topics such as transitioning to college, the social and emotional concomitants of learning disabilities, improving access to mental health care, and suicide prevention.

    Richard has served as a consultant to the College Mental Health section of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and in collaboration with its membership, co-authored a paper in response to mental health crises on college campuses. He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Jed Foundation and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

  • Dr. Regina Lara joined Columbia Health in 2008. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, and her Medical Degree at the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, also in the Philippines. She came to New York City for her residency in general adult psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center. Afterward she completed her two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Hospital. 

    Lara worked as an attending physician on the child/adolescent inpatient unit, as well as medical director for the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and Integrated Family Care Program at the  Mount Sinai Hospital. She also worked for two years as a child psychiatrist with the Staten Island Mental Health Society.

    Lara enjoys the opportunity to engage with young adults  who are discovering and developing their identities while also navigating the challenges of an exacting academic institution. She is as interested in working with issues of adapting to a new country or culture while remaining steadfast in holding important traditions and beliefs. While working with her will usually entail the use of medications, whether for anxiety, or depression, or ADHD, she always emphasizes that incorporating non-pharmacologic practices and cultivating meaningful and healthy relationships are essential for anyone to achieve true mental and psychological health.

  • Dr. Rebecca Klein joined Columbia Health in 2018. She is currently completing her residency in adult psychiatry at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Rebecca’s clinical interests include transitional age youth, technology in psychiatry and substance use disorder.

  • Rachel Rush joined Columbia Health in fall 2016. Prior to Columbia, Rachel worked as a social worker at Bellevue Hospital in both the Psychiatry Walk-in Clinic and the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, where she assisted individuals in getting connected to mental health resources. She also provided triage and crisis management services, conducted individual and group psychotherapy, and supervised graduate social work and psychology students. 

    Prior to Bellevue Hospital, she worked at the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice, where she provided individual and group psychotherapy to individuals with primary substance use disorders.  She received her M.S.W. in clinical social work from New York University and her B.A. in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel also received her seminar in field instruction certification from the Hunter School of Social Work in 2014, and her certificate in relational psychotherapy/psychoanalysis from the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies in 2015. 

    Rachel’s professional interests include assisting individuals in connecting to mental health services that match their clinical and financial needs, as well as the intersection of spirituality and psychotherapy, identity development, mindfulness for stress reduction, and group psychotherapy.

  • Dr. Rachel Efron joined Columbia Health in 1992. Prior to Columbia, Rachel was the director of a drop-in center for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse issues in New York City. She was also staff psychologist at the Vernon Center for Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy.

    Rachel completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Lawrenceberg Community Mental Health Center. Her professional interests include trauma, with a specialty in sexual assault, sexual abuse, and partner violence, as well as sexuality, Jewish identity, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. In addition to her work at Counseling and Psychological Services, she is an advisor to the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center.

  • Dr. Priyam Talreja is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at Columbia Health. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Talreja completed a pre-doctoral internship at Lenox Hill Hospital with rotations in consult liaison psychiatry, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also trained at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Montefiore Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Counseling and Wellness Center, the Psychological Services Center at Long Island University, and Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic at South Beach Psychiatric Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Talreja has experience practicing internationally, and has worked at psychiatric clinics in India, Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.

    Dr. Talreja’s research interests have burgeoned from observations of, and questions surrounding clinical experiences, and an inherent curiosity about trauma and resilience literature. She has led several studies exploring subjective experiences of potentially traumatic life events, including physical and sexual abuse, bereavement, and displacement, and the associated protective factors. Dr. Talreja also teaches at the undergraduate and masters level at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

    Clinically, Dr. Talreja’s professional interests include working with international students; students dealing with difficulties surrounding traumatic experiences of any nature; symptoms of anxiety and depression; difficulties stemming from troubled relationships and complicated family dynamics; as well as bereavement and cultural issues.

    Dr. Talreja views the therapeutic relationship as providing the scaffolding to achieve one’s full potential, and resolve symptoms which arise out of unresolved conflicts and anxieties. Dr. Talreja creates a safe, nonjudgmental space where patients can expand their subjective understanding of the unconscious elements which maintain symptoms outside of one’s awareness. Her approach is integrative, and involves both insight oriented treatment, and concrete strategies informed by mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

  • Petra Amrani joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, Petra worked at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. Her previous work experience also includes working in the psychiatric inpatient units at Long Island Jewish Hospital and Kings County Hospital.

    She attended the University of Paris 13, where she earned a French diploma in clinical psychology. In 2003, she moved to the U.S. and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adelphi University. Petra completed an internship in clinical psychology at Kings County Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship in inpatient psychology at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

    Currently, Petra is pursuing further training in short-term dynamic treatment for trauma within the treatment model of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy. Her professional interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues, closeness and connection/isolation and loneliness, and the ability to adjust to life changes.

  • Patricia Yoon joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, she completed her internship at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, as well as a clinical psychology externship at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center and her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University.

    Patricia's professional interests include integrative treatment approaches to trauma, minority mental health, depression and anxiety, and addictions.

  • Dr. Nonso Enekwechi joined Columbia Health in 2016. Nonso completed his residency in psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He also completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell and Columbia Universities, with a focus on child and adolescent public psychiatry.

    Nonso earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and masters of public health degree from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In addition to his position at Columbia Health, he is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist at New York City Children’s Center.

  • Nicole Vigoda Gonzalez, Psy.D., joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Nicole completed a pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center with rotations in neuro-pediatric developmental psychology, medical rehabilitation, and inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with survivors of trauma, cross-cultural issues, crisis intervention and community mental health with English- and Spanish-speaking populations.

    Nicole earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes in her hometown of Bogota, Colombia. Later, she completed an Ed.M in psychological counseling at Teachers College, and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. In her clinical work, Nicole uses a primarily psychodynamic approach, yet strives to create an individualized treatment that best fits the needs of the patient. As a bicultural and bilingual woman, Nicole pays particular attention to aspects related to cultural identity that may impact the treatment. In addition to English, she is fluent in Spanish.

  • Ngozi Okezie joined Columbia Health in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Ngozi was a staff psychiatrist in outpatient mental services and the director of child and adolescent outpatient services at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Westchester. She was also an assistant professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College.

    Ngozi attended Bryn Mawr College and Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and went on to do further advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She then completed a research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, concentrating on child mental services delivery. Ngozi's professional interests include ADHD, mood disorders and cultural issues.

  • Dr. Motoni Fong Hodges joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, Motoni taught at Teachers College as a lecturer and adjunct assistant professor. Motoni completed her doctoral internship in counseling psychology at University of Oregon Counseling Center, postdoctoral fellowship on feminist psychodynamic psychotherapy at Stony Brook University Wo/Men’s Center, and psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.

    Motoni’s professional interests include acculturation and marginalization, and working with international students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.

  • Mildred Vil joined CPS in June 2018. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a case manager for two years at a mental illness/chemical addiction (MICA) men's shelter. Her years of experience also include working at the Student Health and Counseling Services at The City College of New York, as well as the Helen B. Atkinson Health Center in Harlem. Mildred also used to volunteer in the Emergency Department of New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

     

  • Michelle Chu joined Columbia Health in 2018. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York Presbyterian with rotations in inpatient treatment, acute outpatient treatment, and DBT. She has also trained at the William Alanson White Institute, John Jay College Counseling Center, and Rockland Psychiatric Center. 

    Michelle is primarily psychodynamic in her approach, but integrates various other techniques to fit the needs of students. Her professional interests include mood disorders, trauma, and the impact of spirituality and culture on mental health.

  • Mary Beth Cull joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to Columbia, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center, where she completed rotations in the outpatient and inpatient services in the psychiatric Emergency Department and in neuropsychological assessment. She also has trained at the Child Development Center at Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services and at CARES, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. In addition, she has provided therapy at the Long Island University Psychological Services Center and the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy. Prior to her graduate school training, she had clinical and research experience in the field of autism.

    Mary Beth's doctoral research interests centered around feminist psychology, with a focus on body shame and the ways in which sexual objectification in the social milieu interacts with personal and family characteristics. Her professional interests cover a wide range of concerns, including identity development, depression and anxiety, relationship patterns, distress around body image, and trauma.

  • Margaret B. Walker joined Columbia Health in 1986. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Derner Institute at Adelphi University, M.A. in French Poetry and Counseling Psychology from Tufts University, and B.A. from Boston University. While at Tufts, she taught French to undergraduates and worked for two years as an intern at the Tufts University Counseling Center. She completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at The Bronx State Psychiatric Center.

    Maggi's interests have always focused on late adolescent development. She is particularly interested in the issues associated with leaving home for college and forming a separate identity from parents, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She specializes in individual, couples, and group counseling, ADHD screening, body image issues and relationship issues.

  • Dr. Madeline Lippman joined Columbia Health in 2018.  Prior to Columbia, Maddy worked at several university mental health centers, including SUNY Purchase, CUNY’s Graduate Center, and The New School, where she was Assistant Director of Clinical Training. She also held the position of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Student Wellness and Counseling Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. 

    Maddy completed her internship in clinical psychology at Columbia Presbyterian-Psychiatric Institute. She also completed psychoanalytic training in the Postdoctoral Program at NYU, where she also trained in couple therapy. She received a certificate in Human Sexuality through the Psychiatry Department at NYU Medical Center.

    Maddy’s professional interests include young adult development, creativity, bereavement, mindfulness and psychotherapy, couple therapy and sex therapy. 

     

  • Latisha Culley is a health services assistant at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Dr. Kwame Akowuah joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Kwame was director of the Continuing Day Treatment program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Audubon Clinic, where he also worked as a staff psychiatrist. Additionally, he was an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    Kwame completed his residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. He then went on to complete a fellowship in psychiatry and the law at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital.

    Kwame's professional interests include mood disorders, psychosis and perceptual disorders, drug and alcohol use, medicolegal ethics, and questions surrounding religion and spiritual identity.

  • Kori Bennett joined Columbia Health in 2015. Ze received hir doctorate of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis and completed a doctoral internship at Wichita State University’s Counseling and Testing Center. Prior to joining Columbia, ze completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of California, Merced Counseling and Psychological Services, and Stanford University’s CAPS in the Gender and Sexual Identities Track. Much of Kori’s clinical and outreach work has focused on the wellbeing of students who are gender expansive, sexual minority, international, and first generation.

    Ze is also interested in working with students to explore issues relevant to identity intersectionality, gender and sexuality, perfectionism, mindfulness, and relational patterns.

  • Julia Perault joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to Columbia, Julia worked as a senior social worker at Bellevue Hospital in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Julia completed advanced training in relational psychotherapy/psychoanalysis at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She received a Seminar in Field Instruction certification from the New York University Silver School for Social Work, and supervised social work and psychology graduate students at Bellevue Hospital. She trained in prevention and early intervention for families and young children at the NYU Child Study Center, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and the Anna Freud Center in London.

    Julia is committed to creating a trusting and supportive relationship that adapts to the individualized needs of the student. Her professional interests include young adulthood transitions, self-esteem, race and social justice, gender and sexual identity, interpersonal relationships, and the integrative use of creative expression, mindfulness, body movement, and guided imagery in healing and emotional regulation. She uses her extensive experience in navigating the complicated referral systems in New York City to help students connect, when needed, to community resources that best fit unique needs.

  • Jessica (“Jessi”) Suzuki joined Columbia Health in 2018. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. She has also trained at the Manhattan campus of the New York Harbor Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital, the Dean-Hope Center for Psychological Services at Columbia Teachers College, and at Manhattan Testing and Counseling. Prior to her graduate training, Jessica worked with family members of dementia patients at the Alzheimer’s Association in New York City. Her previous career was as a middle and high school teacher. Her experiences have provided her with the opportunity to work with a broad range of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, stress-management and self-care, substance use, trauma, bereavement, caregiving, and parenting challenges.

    Jessica aims to create a warm, supportive setting in which students feel free to be themselves as they work on the concerns that have brought them to therapy. She integrates a variety of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques in order to flexibly meet students’ needs. Her professional interests include work with couples and families, coping with life events and transitions, enhancing motivation and productivity, and helping students improve the quality of their relationships.

  • Jenna Blewis joined Columbia Health in 2018. Prior to Columbia, Jenna trained at three other university counseling centers in the tristate area. Most recently, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Pace University Counseling Center in NYC. Jenna has also worked with adults and older adults in hospital and community mental health settings.

    Jenna believes in C.S. Lewis’ famous quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”With that goal in mind,Jenna offers her students a safe and collaborative space through which they can better understand their experiences, create more meaningful connections, cope with difficult feelings and situations, and change patterns in which they feel stuck.

    Jenna is primarily a psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapist with specialty interests in working with performing artists and treating complex trauma and dissociation. Her other professional interests include anxiety and depression, relationship concerns, self-esteem and identity issues, separation and loss, and other attachment and emotional concerns.

  • Javier Cordova joined Columbia Health in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Javier worked as an administrative assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation center in New Rochelle, New York. Javier has eight years' experience working as support staff in a clinical setting. Javier's interests include movies, dining, sports, and traveling. He plans to pursue a degree in computer science.

  • James Pollock joined Columbia Health in 2014. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yale School of Medicine. At New York University, Pollock studied and published on behavioral research in HIV, substance use, sex and mental health.

    James enjoys teaching and was an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College for several years. He is currently an adjunct professor at New York University in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to pursuing a career in psychology, he was a New York City public school math teacher in the South Bronx. A Teach for America alumnus, he remains committed to multiple social justice issues.

    James has trained in LGBTQ mental health in multiple settings, including the Institute for Human Identity and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ students. Other professional interests include Health Psychology and Veterans health and wellness.  He is also committed to working with students to address problematic substance use and other addictions. James is an editorial board member for the Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism.

  • Dr. Hina Pant has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is licensed as a psychologist in the states of New York and New Jersey. She uses an integrative orientation in her clinical work, combining aspects of psychodynamic and cognitive therapy, with an emphasis on cultural factors. Her clinical interests include issues related to cultural identity and immigration, anxiety, depression, international student concerns, support for LGBTQ students and first generation college students. Her research interests include personality assessment, psychotherapy outcome and acculturation. 

  • Dr. Helene Keable joined Columbia Health in 2004, while continuing as a psychiatrist at the Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Service. Prior to joining Columbia, she received her M.D. from Laval University in Canada and completed residencies in internal medicine at McGill Hospital Center, as well as in pediatrics and psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital Center in New York. She went on to further advanced training in consultation-liaison at Long Island Jewish Hospital and psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

    Helene's professional interests include the impact of gender, trauma and culture on the development of young adults, the optimal integration of psychotherapy and medication, learning problems in young adults, and systems of delivering health care. In addition to her work at Columbia, she teaches and supervises the faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She has written and lectured on the impact of medical illnesses on the psychological development of teenagers and young adults, and on the integration of psychotherapy and medication.

  • Eugenia Cherkasskaya joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, she completed a clinical psychology internship at Beth Israel Mount Sinai and a clinical psychology externship at Bronx State Psychiatric Center. She also worked as a clinical fellow in college mental health at the City University of New York College of Staten Island.

    Eugenia's professional interests include trauma, sexual health and women's sexuality, couples therapy, relationship and identity difficulties, and developmental issues specific to emerging adulthood, as well as mental health concerns associated with international humanitarian and development fieldwork.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mirabello joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, Elizabeth was chief of psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital. She has worked also as a staff psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in various clinical settings including inpatient, emergency room and the intensive outpatient program. She was also an assistant clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

    Mirabello attended Barnard College and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her psychiatry residency at the New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic (now New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center). Her professional interests include mood and anxiety disorders as well as women’s issues in psychiatry.

  • Elisa Lee, Ph.D. joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Columbia, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance and a clinical psychology internship at Pace University’s Counseling Center. She also worked as a clinical fellow in college mental health at John Jay College. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

    Elisa’s professional interests include gender roles, trauma, anxiety and depression, identity development specific to emerging adulthood, and the impact of intersectionality on mental health.

  • Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta joined CPS in February 2018. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in health psychology. Prior to Columbia, she was a supervising psychologist at Lincoln Medical Center, part of the NYC Health & Hospital/Physicians Affiliates Group of NY. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of medical psychology at the CUNY School of Medicine.

    She has been dedicated to providing quality care to underserved communities in NYC. As staff member of the CUMC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood & Marrow Transplantation service, she served as Chair of its Diversity & Health Disparities Committee of the Children's Oncology Group. In her role, she participated in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill representing the viewpoints of stakeholders about disparities in healthcare.

    Dr. Cruz-Arrieta received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, followed by a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship and pre-doctoral fellowship at NYU Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship program, and received her doctorate from the City University of New York Graduate Center at City College. Her expertise and interests includes mood disorders, chronic illness, eating disorders, trauma and post-tramatic stress, life transitions (loss, grief, and end of life),multicultural concerns, as well as diversity and health disparity-related issues, complementary medicine (body/mind coping strategies; hypnosis; homeopathy), and psychology and the arts.

    Eduvigis is originally from Puerto Rico and Spanish is her first language. She has resided in New York City since 1988, after retiring from professional classical ballet dancing and serving as an educator with Ballets de San Juan. Eduvigis believes in people’s capacity for continuous change and renewal, as they identify and fortify their inner strengths. Her goal is to help members of the Columbia University community to reach their goals.

    Education:

    • Ph.D. and M.Phil., CUNY Graduate Center
    • M.A. and B.A., University of Puerto Rico

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Licensed to practice psychology in the state of New York
    • American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology (2018 Board Certification Applicant under review)

    Professional Experience:

    • Senior Psychologist, Adult/Child & Adolescent Outpatient Services, HHC Lincoln Medical Center/Physicians Affiliate Group of New York
    • Supervising Psychologist, Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation & Psychiatry Divisions, Columbia University Medical Center
    • Senior Psychologist, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer & Blood Disorders, NYU Langone Medical Center
    • Senior Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center

    Publications

    • Bhatia M, Kolva E, Cimini L, Jin Z, Satwani P, Savone M, George D, GarvinJ, Paz ML, Briamonte C, Cruz-Arrieta E, Sands S. Health Related Quality of Life following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Sickle Cell Disease, Biology of Blood and MarrowTransplantation (2015), doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2014.12.007.
    • Cruz-Arrieta, E., Weinshank, L.: Multidisciplinary Approach to Psychosocial Care: The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Model. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(7): 63-67
    • Cruz-Arrieta, E., Pill-swallowing training in pediatric cancer: a brief report. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(7): 49-53

    Memberships:

    • American Psychological Association
    • American Board of Professional Psychology
    • Children’s Oncology Group/National Cancer Institute
    • New York State Psychological Association
    • Asociación de Psicólogos de Puerto Rico

    Languages Spoken

    • Spanish
    • English
  • Earmanese Granger joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to Columbia, Earmanese was an administrative assistant at The American Assembly, a public policy forum affiliated with Columbia University.

  • Drew Bianchi joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, he completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University.  In addition to his work at Columbia Health, he is also a staff psychiatrist at Barnard College.

    Drew's professional interests include the treatment of anxiety and depression in young adults. He is also interested in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation, spirituality in psychiatry and is pursuing advanced studies in Jungian psychoanalysis.

  • Dr. Doreen Han-Faver joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, she worked as an attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric unit and the psychiatric emergency room. She also worked in long-term outpatient treatment settings, including Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She earned a BA in biochemistry at Columbia University and received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then completed a psychiatric residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Doreen's professional interests include combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, mood and anxiety disorders, and cross-cultural issues.

  • Diana Morrobel, Ph.D., joined Columbia Health in 2013. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Diana worked as a psychologist and supervisor at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic for 11 years. In addition to her work at Columbia, she was an adjunct faculty member at Teachers College and supervised doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology at City College. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University and a B.A. from New York University. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

    Diana’s professional interests include acculturative stress and adjustment, multicultural and racial diversity, first-generation college students, developmental issues related to emerging adulthood, family and interpersonal conflicts, trauma and mood disorders.  

  • Dr. Debra Domenech joined Columbia Health in 2001. Prior to Columbia, Debra was a supervising psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. In addition to her degrees from Fordham University and The City University of New York, she completed advanced training at the New York University Postdoctoral Program, where she obtained a certificate in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

    Debra's professional interests include psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, cultural diversity issues, treatment of affective disorders, and couples therapy. In addition to her work at Columbia, she is a clinical instructor at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

  • Dr. David Hittson joined Columbia Health as a psychologist in 2017. He also completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to Columbia, David trained at the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses of the New York Harbor Veteran’s Administration Hospital, at Interfaith Medical Center, and at Barnard’s Furman Counseling Center. David attended New York University’s counseling psychology program and graduated in the summer of 2016. While there, his research interests focused on the relationship of acculturation to mental health. David’s professional interests include veteran’s issues, issues of acculturation, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues, relationship concerns, and adjustment concerns.

  • Dr. Cory Frank joined Columbia Health in 2002. Prior to Columbia, Cory was the assistant chief psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Earlier in his career, he was the director of an acute care psychiatric day treatment program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt for people with severe depression and bipolar disorder. He was also a senior psychologist at Queens Hospital Center.

    Dr. Frank earned his BA at the University of Rochester, and his MA and PsyD at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He completed a clinical internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received advanced training in dialectical behavior therapy.

    Cory's professional interests include working with people in a crisis state and group therapy. In addition to his position at Columbia, Cory teaches and supervises at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

  • Dr. Susan Vitti joined Columbia Health in 2016. Susan has spent the majority of her career working with veterans and their families. She worked for 10 years at Veterans Affairs and is intensely interested in the concept of moral injury as the central trauma of exposure to war and combat. The deep philosophical and moral wounds these experiences can leave have led to her focus and explore suffering and the human relationship with suffering. Susan is interested in the use of meditation practice and its by product, mindfulness. She employs therapy models that focus on the inherent efficacy of each person in determining a life course that suits them as unique individuals that centers on self-compassion, self-awareness and personal responsibility. These models include acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based practices.

    For the last five years, Susan has been a volunteer group facilitator at Omega Institute’s annual 5-Day Veteran’s retreat, hosted by a Vietnam Veteran who is also an ordained Zen Buddhist Monk. In addition, she works with individuals who are interested in cultivating a healthier relationship with alcohol and other substances, which can include toxic relationships, high-risk behavior and anger.  

  • Arielle Toporovsky joined Columbia Health in 2018. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center, where she completed rotations in the Psychiatric Emergency Department and the Adult Inpatient Unit, conducted neuropsychological assessments, and provided outpatient treatment for individuals across the lifespan. She also has trained at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Center for Mental Health, Baruch College Counseling Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s adult inpatient unit, and the Center for Psychological Services at Adelphi University.

    In her clinical work, she works primarily from a psychodynamic framework while integrating various techniques in order to meet the unique needs of each student. Above all, she strives to create a safe, warm, and collaborative environment that promotes healing and understanding. Her professional interests cover a wide range of concerns, including developmental issues in emerging adulthood (i.e., identity development and relational difficulties), anxiety and depression, trauma, and the impact of pain/chronic illness on mental well-being.

  • Dr. Annette Santiago-España joined Columbia Health in 2006. She became clinical team leader of the Eating Disorders Team in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Annette served as a psychologist at Princeton University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Indiana State University, M.A. at Andrews University, and B.A. at Rutgers University. She completed an internship in professional psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center.

    Annette's professional interests include eating disorders and body image, mindfulness and spirituality, acculturation and racial/ethnic identity development. In addition to individual therapy, Annette also facilitates the women of color support group. She enjoys helping students and communities identify strengths and resources that promote healthy development.

  • Dr. Anne Goldfield joined Columbia Health in 1994. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and her B.A. in Psychology at the City University of New York. Prior to Columbia, Anne worked as a clinical psychologist at North Central Bronx Hospital (NCB) and the Bronx Psychiatric Center and was director of the psychology externship program at NCB. She completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at The Bronx State Psychiatric Center.

    Anne's professional interests include depression, anxiety, identity issues, first generation college students, the treatment of students with alcohol and other drug concerns, and developmental issues of emerging adulthood.  In her outreach capacity, Anne works closely with many campus partners and student groups, and is committed to promoting mental health awareness on campus.

  • Andrew Colitz joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, he completed a clinical psychology internship at North Shore Long Island Jewish-Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as clinical psychology externships at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy, William Alanson White Institute,  Maimonides Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He also worked as a university mental health provider at Long Island University.

    Andrew is interested in working with a variety of student concerns, including identity development, complicated relational issues and family dynamics, major life changes and adjustment, coping with traumatic experiences, as well as working with couples and students in group settings.

  • Dr. Allan Cassorla joined Columbia Health in 1997. He has served as associate director since 2001. Prior to Columbia, Allan was associate chief psychologist and director of training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

    Allan completed a clinical psychology internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and held clinical appointments at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology of The City University of New York, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Allan's professional interests include the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of psychological problems, as well as teaching and training mental health professionals.

  • Alexcia joined Columbia Health as a medical assistant in 2008. She is a patient services assistant at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Dr. Aisha Holder joined Columbia Health in 2015 as a postdoctoral psychology fellow. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed her internship at Princeton House Behavioral Health, as well as clinical psychology externships at Rockland Psychiatric Center, Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and Iona College Counseling Center. Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Aisha was a vice president at JPMorgan Chase in the corporate training group as a facilitator and project manager. During her tenure, she also served as a human resources business partner in the Investment Banking and Consumer Banking divisions, as well as a senior career advisor and project manager in the Career Advancement Program and as an associate in the Human Resources Associate Program.

    Aisha received her PhD in counseling psychology from Fordham University, her MA in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her BA in psychology from Spelman College. Aisha’s professional interests include multicultural counseling, racial microaggressions, career development, and eating disorders.

  • Dr. Addette Williams joined Columbia Health in 1999. Prior to Columbia, Addette completed a clinical psychology internship at North Central Bronx Hospital. She was also a therapist at the Brooklyn Center for Children and Families, and completed a graduate fellowship at the Psychological Counseling and Adult Development Center at The CUNY Graduate Center. She earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University and a Ph.D. from The City University of New York. She has received professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the Gottman Method for couples therapy.

    Addette has a broad range of professional interests that include the psychological effects of trauma, the mental health of people of color, the integration of psychodynamically informed therapy with mindfulness-based practices, couples and gender issues. In addition, she facilitates a mindfulness group for those interested in learning how to meditate.

  • Adam Johnson joined Columbia Health in 2017. Adam received his doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in traumatic stress from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Ill. He also completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis in 2012.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Adam completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health and medical clinics. His clinical work and interests have focused on issues related to trauma, loss, bereavement, health psychology (e.g. smoking cessation, weight management, chronic and terminal illness), mindfulness, and relational patterns.

    Adam is committed to the mental health of LGBTQ and veterans. He enjoys incorporating an individual’s creative talents (i.e. music, art) and spirituality into therapy. Adam also has extensive experience working with issues related to acculturation and cultural diversity. He has completed international psychology projects focused human rights, education and program development in Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. 

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