About

Academic and Professional Training

  • 1970: B.A. University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • 1980: M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1980-1981: Medical Internship – New York Hospital/Payne Whitney Clinic,Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY
  • 1981-1984: Residency in Psychiatry,,New York Hospital/Payne Whitney Clinic, Cornell University Medical College,New York, NY
  •  1984-1990: Certificate of Completion of Training in Psychoanalysis,  Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York, NY

Board Certification November 1985: The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Appointments

1. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

  • 7/1/81 – 6/30/83: Clinical Associate in Psychiatry
  • 7/1/83 – 6/30/84: Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • 7/1/84 – 6/30/90: Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry
  • 7/1/90 – present: Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

2. Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research

  • 7/1/90 – present: Lecturer in Psychiatry

Clinical/Hospital Appointments: Department of Psychiatry, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, NY

  • 7/1/81 – 6/30/84: Assistant Psychiatrist 2,3 and 4
  • 7/1/84 – 6/30/90: Clinical Affiliate
  • 7/1/90 – present: Assistant Attending Psychiatrist

Teaching Experience and Responsibilities

Payne Whitney Clinic/The New York Presbyterian Hospital

  • 1990 – 1996: Instructor – Couples Therapy Case Conference PGY-IV Residents in Psychiatry  (summary of “Evolving Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Love – 1905 -1995” for psychodynamic perspectives component of course:
  • 1988 – 1996: Supervisor of psychiatric residents conducting couples therapy
  • 1988 – 1996:  Faculty: Marital and Family Therapy Clinic,
  • 1990 – 1995: Instructor “The Psychological Transition to Marriage: Normative and Pathological : Development and Integrative Therapeutics” –  Elective given to Medical Students of Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • 1996 – present: Instructor – 2nd year Medical Student course on “Psychiatric Interviewing Skills.” Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • 1999 – present: Instructor – 1st year Medical Student course on “Physician Development,” Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Teaching Award 2009: Recipient of Teaching Award from Medical Education Department of Weill-Cornell Medical College

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

  • Feb.-April 2009: Instructor: “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Religion and Spirituality”Elective for Advanced Psychoanalytic Candidates included reading and discussion of works by William James; Sigmund Freud; Carl Jung; Marion Milner, Ernst Kris; Jacob Arlow; Erik Erikson; Heinz Kohut; David Winnicott; Ana-Marie Rizutto; Hans Loewald, Julia Kristeva, Michael Eigen, Paul Marcus, Wilfred Bion, Moshe Halevi Spero, Otto Kernberg and others.

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Rado Advanced Psychoanalytic Study Groups

  • 1994 – 2007: (Chair) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on The Bible and Related Texts The group explored stories and commentaries of the Bible, texts on mysticism, and underlying psychoanalytic themes in an attempt to understand the power that this text has had for thousand of years.
  • 1997 – present: (Co-Chair)Psychoanalysis and Religious Experience Participate in monthly meetings examining a rich array of topics related to religious experience from the perspective of varied religious and spiritual traditions.
  • 2007 – 2009: (Chair) “Psychoanalysis, Religion and Spirituality”        A multidisciplinary group of psychoanalysts and non-analysts, clinicians and non-clinicians explore an eclectic variety of topics at the interface of psychoanalysis, religion, and spirituality.

  Extramural Professional Activities and Responsibilities

  • 1990 – 1999: Co-editor of the Newsletter for the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research with David Stein, M.D.
  • 1991 – 1996: Contributing Writer to Child magazine: Co-authored with Miriam Arond a bi-monthly column on marital Issues relating to couples with young children
  • 1992 – 1997: Consultant to the Family Court of New York City on Custody Evaluations of Difficult, Contentious Divorces

Additional Training, Educational Activities and Study Groups:

American Psychiatric Association Courses:

  • 1985 Behavioral Therapy
  • 1989 Public Speaking with the Media
  • 1990 Child Custody Evaluations
  • 2012 Clinical Psychopharmacological Update

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research:

  • 1989 – 1994: Rado Advanced Psychoanalytic Study Group “Parenthood and Issues of the Family.” Chair: Murial Morris, M.D.
  • Arden House Retreats, 1990, 1992, 1993

American Psychoanalytic Association:  

  • 1989 – 1998: Annual Meeting Discussion Group: “Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis”

New York Psychoanalytic Institute: 

  • 1990 – 1998: Study Group: “Psychoanalysis and Couples Therapy”

New York State Council on Divorce Medication :

  • Annual Meeting, April 1992

New York State Bar Association

  • Conference on Children’s Rights and Parents Rights, April 1992

State Supreme Court:

  • Judge’s Monthly Conference on Divorce and Custody Evaluations,  March/April 1992

Regional Conference of the New York Area Psychoanalytic Association:

  • Weekend Retreat on “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Marriage” 1991

Professional Associations:

  • Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
  • American Psychoanalytic Association