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Yuval Neria, PhD

Director of the Trauma and PTSD Program

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Departments of Pyschiatry and Epidemiology

Research Scientist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Office: 646-774-8092

ny126@columbia.edu

 

 

Yuval Neria, PhD. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and his MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD in Psychology from Haifa University, Israel (1994). He was on faculty of Tel Aviv University until his recruitment to Columbia University after the 9/11 attacks (2002).

Dr. Neria’s research has been focused on the mental health consequences of exposure to extreme traumatic events, with a particular focus on war veterans and survivors of disasters and terrorism. Additionally, he has been involved in the development of novel treatment modalities for traumatized populations with PTSD. His scientific work has been inspired by his experience in combat. He was injured in the Yom Kippur 1973 War and was awarded the Medal of Valor, equivalent to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Dr. Neria has conducted large-scale studies among prisoners of war and war veterans, and led a number of research and training programs in New York City after the attacks of September 11, 2001. His studies are funded by NIMH since 2004. Currently his group at Columbia is focused on identification of  biomarkers of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to identify brain circuits underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr Neria’s lab aims to probe for the first time neural pathways of symptomatic improvement in response to PTSD treatment.

Dr. Neria He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters in the area of trauma and PTSD, edited three text books, including  “9/11: mental health in the wake of terrorist attacks” (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and “The Mental Health Consequences of Disasters” (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and published a war-novel “Fire” (Zmora Bitan, Hebrew). He is the 2007 recipient of the Klerman NARSAD Award for outstanding Clinical Research, Honorable Mention.

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John Markowitz, MD

Research Psychiatrist
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Office: 646-774-8098

jcm42@columbia.edu

 

John Markowitz, M.D. is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He received his medical degree from Columbia in 1982 and completed psychiatric residency training at the New York Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic in 1986. He was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia and in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) by the late Gerald L. Klerman, M.D. at Cornell.

        Dr. Markowitz has conducted clinical research involving psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. He collaborated with James Kocsis, M.D. on chronic depression research and with the late Drs. Klerman and Samuel Perry on HIV-related research at Cornell. Since moving to Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in 2001, he has also focused on personality disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. He is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the efficacy of psychotherapies for chronic PTSD and is also working on other NIMH grants for neuroimaging of PTSD and for IPT treatment of women with depression and breast cancer.  Dr. Markowitz is the author, co-author, or editor of 18 books and has published more than two hundred seventy-five peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

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Franklin Schneier, MD

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Columbia University

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research Psychiatrist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-8041

frs1@columbia.edu

Franklin Schneier, M.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Schneier is a graduate of Yale College and Cornell University Medical College, and he completed his residency in psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Research at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and has served as Associate Director of the clinic.  He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Editorial Board of Anxiety and Depression.

Dr. Schneier’s research has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. He has conducted clinical trials establishing the efficacy of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy treatments in PTSD and other disorders, and he has used brain imaging techniques of SPECT, PET, and fMRI to evaluate brain function in anxiety disorders and depression. He is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has authored more than 140 scholarly publications. 

 

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Larry Amsel, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychiatry

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research Psychiatrist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 212-543-5367

lva2@columbia.edu

Larry Amsel, MD graduated Columbia University in 1978, where he studied mathematics. He then attended graduate school and taught mathematics before completing medical training at Yale University School of Medicine in 1988.  He received residency training in psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Cornell University, and a Masters in Public Health in Bio-Statistics at Columbia University, as well as completing a Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of Columbia University doing research in suicide prevention and applications of Decision Science and Game Theory to psychiatry. In 2003 Dr. Amsel organized the first ever American Psychiatric Association symposium on applications of Game Theory to psychiatry, and he has published articles and given posters on Game Theory modeling of suicide, OCD, and PTSD.

After 9/11, Dr. Amsel joined the Trauma Studies and Services division at the New York Psychiatric Institute, and has been involved in treating victims of 9/11 and their families, in training community clinicians in cutting edge treatments for PTSD and Complicated (Traumatic) Grief, as well as in doing research on optimal methods of disseminating this training. He was recently involved in preparing the training materials for the National VA PTSD CBT training program in conjunction with Edna Foa’s group at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Amsel has extensive clinical expertise within psychiatric practice and research related to PTSD, as well as expertise in applying decision science tasks in psychiatric research settings.

 

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Greg Sullivan, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research Psychiatrist

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-7633

gms11@columbia.edu

Gregory M. Sullivan, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. His areas of expertise include the diagnosis, treatment, and neurobiology of anxiety and mood disorders.

Dr. Sullivan received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1992 he received his medical doctorate from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. He remained at Columbia for residency training in psychiatry, completed a two-year NIH-sponsored research fellowship in anxiety and affective disorders, and, in 1999 he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sullivan has a particular interest in translational studies of anxiety and depressive disorders, incorporating the knowledge base of brain functioning identified through basic neuroscience research. His studies focus on the use of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging for determination of key circuitry and neurochemistry underlying anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and comorbid depression and anxiety. Dr. Sullivan has authored or co-authored over 25 articles and chapters. He is a recipient of faculty research grants from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Dana Foundation; and he was awarded K08 career award from the National Institute of Mental Health to pursue PET studies in panic disorder.

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J. Arturo Sanchez-Lacay, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Research Psychiatrist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-5849

arturo@nyspi.cpmc.columbia.edu

J. Arturo Sanchez-Lacay, MD is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New YorkCity.  Dr. Sanchez-Lacay completed General Psychiatric residency and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico and Affiliated Hospitals.  He also completed a Master degree in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Columbia University.


Dr. Sanchez-Lacay joined the Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1992 and has worked extensively in all research protocols and clinical projects, including trauma, depression and anxiety disorders.

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Erel Shvil, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York State Psychiatri
c Institute
Office
: 646-774-8013
shviler@nyspi.columbia.edu

 

Erel Shvil, PhD. is an NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Affective, Anxiety and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons and a Research Scientist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Shvil received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Dr. Shvil earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Dr. Shvil’s research is focused on exploring the biomarkers that are relevant to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He seeks to identify risk factors, and to elucidate the mechanisms involved in the development of PTSD. He uses an innovative fMRI/gadolinium method for cerebral blood volume (CBV) mapping within hippocampal sub-regions Dr. Shvil’s goal is to generate a functional/metabolic map of the hippocampal circuit in PTSD.

Dr. Shvil is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist. He is trained in psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and existential humanistic/ treatment modalities. Dr. Shvil has worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine /Jacobi Medical center, and is currently at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

 

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Donna Vermes, MS, NPP, BC

Research Administrator
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-8040

donna@nyspi.cpmc.columbia.edu

 

Donna Vermes, MS, NPP, B.C. is the Administrator of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), and Instructor in Clinical Nursing in the Department of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. Donna graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing Graduate School in 2000.  Donna has been working in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic since 1993. She was involved in conducting training workshops for clinicians in the treatment of PTSD. She is a therapist for Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Cognitive Behavior Group Therapy (CBGT) groups for Social Phobia, Individual Psychotherapy, and Problem Gambling Behavior Therapy.

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Emily Joyner, BA

Research Assistant
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-8104

joynere@nyspi.columbia.edu

 

Emily Joyner, B.A. is a research assistant for the Trauma and PTSD program in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  She is currently working with Dr. Yuval Neria on the identification of biomarkers of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  They are using fMRI to examine the neurological changes associated with successful exposure treatment for PTSD.    She is also working with Dr. Neria on testing the efficacy of Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) for PTSD. Emily received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish in May 2012.  Previously, she worked at McLean Hospital on a study examining universal healthcare and mental health as well as a clinical trial for a treatment for bipolar disorder.  She plans to pursue a PhD. in Clinical Psychology. 

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Gretchen Seirmarco, DMH, PMHCNS-BC

Therapist
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-8042

seirmar@nyspi.columbia.edu

 

Gretchen Seirmarco, DMH, PMHCNS-BC is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.  Dr. Seirmarco works as a therapist with the Trauma and PTSD team in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  She received her graduate and undergraduate education at the Columbia University School of Nursing and has worked in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings as well as teaching psychiatric nursing at Norfolk State University.  She worked with the US Navy in Sasebo, Japan providing family support services to an intercultural community.  Dr. Seirmarco holds a certificate from the International University Center for Mental Health and Human Rights and International Trauma Studies Program at New York University. She has worked in an administrative position in the Nursing Department of the New York State Psychiatric Insitute for many years and holds a doctoral degree in Medical Humanities from Drew University.

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Katharine Reiner, BA

Research Assistant
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Office: 646-774-8104

kreiner@nyspi.columbia.edu

 

Katharine Reiner , B.A. is a research assistant for the Trauma and PTSD program in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  She is currently working with Dr. Yuval Neria on the identification of biomarkers of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  They are using fMRI to examine the neurological changes associated with successful exposure treatment for PTSD.    She is also working with Dr. Neria on testing the efficacy of Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) for PTSD, as well as with Dr. Erel Shvil on identification of Hippocampal sub-region function in PTSD.  Katharine received her B.A. from the University of Southern California, majoring in Classical Theatre Research.  She is in the process of getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.   Previously, she worked as a yoga teacher in both New York City and Australia, as well as at the New York City Ballet, Roschman Dance and Cirque du Soleil.  She plans to pursue a PhD. in Clinical Psychology. 

 

 

 

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