Columbia Leadership

Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD

Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. 

Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who uses molecular and translational neuroscience research tools in the pursuit of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

As a predoctoral fellow, medical student, and resident, he trained in human molecular genetics in the laboratory of Edwin H. Cook at the University of Chicago. He expanded his research experience with a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular neuroscience with Randy Blakely and Jim Sutcliffe at Vanderbilt University, with the goal to develop mouse models of social dysfunction and repetitive behavior.

Currently, his molecular lab focuses on the serotonin, oxytocin and glutamate systems in genetic mouse models related to ASD and OCD. While developing a molecular neuroscience research program, he also built a clinical/translational research program to study new treatments for ASD and Fragile X Syndrome. He moved both arms of his research program to Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in 2014 to continue to pursue novel treatments for children with these challenging conditions.

Laura Mufson, PhD

Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Laura Mufson is Associate Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. 

Dr. Laura Mufson is Associate Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, a Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Director of the Department of Clinical Psychology at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

In addition, she is Director of Clinical Child Psychology in Child Psychiatry and directs the training program in empirically supported treatments for children and adolescents in the Dept of Child Psychiatry. She is an expert on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression (IPT-A) and is the author of many publications on adolescent depression, temperament, psychopathology, and risk factors for psychopathology.

Dr. Mufson's primary interest is in the evaluation of empirically supported psychotherapy outcomes both in the efficacy and effectiveness arenas. She currently is studying the efficacy of IPT-A for depressed and suicidal adolescents and a model of stepped care for adolescent depression delivered in pediatric primary care clinics. She is a co-investigator and/or consultant on several grants studying adaptations of IPT-A in school-based clinics, adaptations of IPT-A for prevention of disorders and for prepubertal depression, testng other empirically supported therapies for children and adolescents, and the implementation and dissemination of empirically supported treatments into community settings. She is the recipient of the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance as well as both a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and NARSAD Independent Investigator Award.

WARREN NG, MD

Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Warren Ng is the Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health and the Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

Dr. Warren Ng is the Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health and the Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ng is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with an interest in HIV, public psychiatry, and family issues. He is the Director of the Special Needs Clinic, a family based mental health program at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the Co-Director of the Family Care Center at Harlem Hospital, a pediatric HIV program. He is also the staff psychiatrist for a skilled nursing facility for HIV infected children and adolescents, Incarnation Children's Center, and an outpatient clinic for behaviorally infected youth, Project Stay.

He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto and completed a residency in Family Medicine at McGill University, with an interest in HIV and international health. He then completed an adult psychiatry residency at SUNY-HSC at Brooklyn, and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He has been the past president of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a delegate to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is on the guidelines committee of the AIDS Institute at the New York State Department of Health.

ERICA CHIN, PhD

Associate Director of Clinical Services, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Erica Chin is the Associate Director of Clinical Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Erica Chin is the Associate Director of Clinical Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

She previously served as the Director of Psychology at the Child Day Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Director of Assessment at NYPH/ CUMC. Dr. Chin received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University, specializing in family therapy and infant parent therapy. She serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Child Clinical Psychology Internship Program- NYPH, Assistant Professor in Medical Psychology in Psychiatry- Columbia University Medical Center, and is a clinical supervisor to the psychiatry residents and fellows at Columbia

Rachel Marsh , PHD

Director of MRI Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Rachel Marsh is the Director of MRI Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Rachel Marsh is the Director of MRI Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Rachel Marsh received a B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the City University of New York. The focus of her graduate work was on the cognitive development of infants.

For her postdoctoral training, she began developing expertise in fMRI techniques and studying the functioning and development of the fronto-striatal circuits that support self-regulatory capacities in healthy individuals and in those with childhood psychopathologies (e.g., Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). After publishing fMRI data showing deficient activation of fronto-striatal circuits in adults with Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Dr. Marsh began studying adolescents with BN and is now conducting a longitudinal multimodal MRI study aimed at understanding how abnormalities in overlapping frontostriatal neural circuits contribute to the persistence of BN over adolescence and adulthood. In summary, Dr. Marsh's research investigates the functioning and structure of the neural circuits that support self-regulation, learning, and memory in normal development and in the development of psychiatric disorders that arise during childhood and adolescence. The overarching goal of this work is to determine when in development abnormalities in these circuits arise, so that we can determine where, when and how to intervene, and thereby prevent illness persistence.

MOLLY ALGERMISSEN, PhD

Clinical Director, Promise Project

As Clinical Director of Promise Project, Dr. Algermissen is committed to helping children in need with learning disabilities get the support they need to succeed. Dr. Algermissen is a clinical psychologist in the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at Columbia University.

Dr. Molly Algermissen is the Clinical Director of PROMISE at Columbia.  Dr. Algermissen is a clinical psychologist in the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at Columbia University Medical Center. She also participates in research at the New York Psychiatric Institute.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Mason University in May 2000.  She completed her internship in at Penn State Geisinger Medical Center and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children's Hospital. Her areas of specialization include neuropsychology, learning disabilities, autism, and developmental disorders. 

Dr. Algermissen is commited to helping impoverished children with learning disabilities get the support they need to succeed.  She supervises and trains the staff of four postdoctoral fellows who administer the neuropsychological evaluations and who create recommendations for the child. She also oversees the work of the educational consultant who is responsible for educating the parents about the child's learning issues and helps the families get the services the child needs from the schools.  Dr. Algermissen works closely with PROMISE PROJECT in developing the program and initiatives and assures the standards of excellence while maintaining the productivity goals. 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Tomb, PhD

Associate Clinical Director, Promise Project

Dr. Meghan Tomb is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Meghan Tomb is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Tomb serves as Associate Clinical Director of Promise Project and specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children and young adults.

Amy Margolis, PhD

Research Investigator, Promise Project

Dr. Amy Margolis' passion for research and desire to understand the mechanisms that lead to change through treatment has led her to join the Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry to research the biological bases of learning disabilities.

Dr. Amy Margolis' passion for research and desire to understand the mechanisms that lead to change through treatment has led her to join Dr. Bradley S. Peterson at the Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry to research the biological bases of learning disabilities.

Dr. Margolis' area of research has focused on neural correlates of intelligence and how discrepancies between abilities arise in individuals. Dr. Margolis is Co-Principal Investigator of the Promise at Columbia research studies aimed at understanding the neural correlates of learning disabilities.

Dr. Margolis received her Ph.D. in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2000.

    

 

Elisabeth Guthrie, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an Associate Attending in Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York.

Elisabeth Guthrie, M.D. graduated with honors from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She completed a Pediatric residency at Babies Hospital (MS CHONY) followed by an Adult Psychiatry and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residencies at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as general Pediatrics and Neuro-Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Guthrie's expertise is in pediatric consultation liaison and psychiatric aspects of developmental deviance and delay.
For thirteen years Dr. Guthrie was head of the Department of Psychiatry/Psychology at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York, where she helped establish the Learning Diagnostic Center.

Dr. Guthrie returned to Columbia University in 2002 and is presently the Director of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Columbia and Cornell Universities.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an Associate Attending in Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the MS Children's Hospital of New York.

The recipient of several awards, Dr. Guthrie was chosen as an AACAP Harvard Macy Teaching Scholar in 2005.

Jonathan Posner, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Jonathan Posner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Jonathan Posner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Jonathan Posner is board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He works closely with families and individuals to develop a treatment approach that best meets his patients' needs.  Dr. Posner incorporates a wide range of treatment modalities including medication and psychotherapy. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Posner is also an active faculty member at Columbia University where he conducts research, teaches, and supervises resident physicians as they train to become psychiatrists. Dr. Posner's research involves the use of brain imaging to examine how the mind focuses attention and regulates emotions. He is the principal investigator on federally funded projects, has published in multiple peer reviewed journals, and regularly presents at national and international conferences. 

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