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Sharon Batista

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  • Psychiatry & Neurology

  • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Residency, Psychiatry
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Psychiatry
    Bellevue Hospital Center


    Dr. Sharon M. Batista, MD, undertook her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology in 2002.  She then attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine, obtaining her MD in 2006 and stayed on in the Department of Psychiatry as both a resident and chief resident, graduating from the residency in 2010.  Dr. Batista completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Psychiatry at New York University in 2011, and is now a member of the faculty at the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs [CMCA] as Associate Director for Recruitment and Retention as well as the Department of Psychiatry as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.  Together with the faculty and staff of CMCA, Dr. Batista is involved in mentoring programs to encourage under-represented minority students to pursue careers in science and medicine, as well as serves as a resource for current medical students at the School of Medicine.  In addition to her responsibilities at CMCA, Dr. Batista continues her clinical work in the local community as an attending psychiatrist at the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice, a family-oriented treatment program for persons affected by addictions as well as medical illnesses.  Dr. Batista’s private practice is focused on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults with a specific emphasis on cognitive behavior therapy.

    Dr. Batista’s research and clinical interests are focused on understanding the relationships between mental illness, especially including addictive disorders, and severe and complex medical illness.  Her work in these fields began during her medical training and psychiatric residency at Mount Sinai and while still a resident she began to publish in this area.  Together with her mentor, Dr. Mary Ann Cohen, she has authored a book chapter in the Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry (Oxford University Press, 2007), and an ethics article in Psychosomatics (2007) entitled “DNR Versus DNT: Clinical Implications of a Conceptual Ambiguity.”  Most recently, she was one of seven authors of a guide for clinicians working with HIV-positive patients, the Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry (Oxford University Press, 2010). Dr. Batista has also given a poster presentation for a project she conducted during her residency entitled “Survey of Current Practice Regarding Marijuana Abuse in Liver Transplantation Patients Prior to Transplantation” at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine 2008 Annual Meeting.  It was for this project that she was awarded funding from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholar Award from 2009 through 2010.  In May of 2012, Dr. Batista will be presenting a symposium at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting entitled “Trauma, PTSD, and HIV: Psychodynamic and Educational Approaches to Adherence in a Community Medical Setting.”


Batista SM, Schiano T, Klipstein K.  “Survey of Current Practice Regarding Marijuana Abuse in Liver Transplantation patients Prior to Transplantation”  (manuscript in preparation)


Cohen MA, Goforth HW, Luz JZ, Batista SM, Khalife S, Cozza KL, Soffer J. Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, New York, Oxford University Press; 2010.

Cohen MA, Batista SM, Luz JZ. Chapter 2: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Psychiatric Consultation in Persons with HIV and AIDS . In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Cohen MA, Batista SM, Soffer J. Chapter 3: HIV Through the Life Cycle . In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Batista SM, Goforth HW, Cohen MA. Chapter 6: Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders. In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Cozza KL, Goforth HW, Batista SM. Chapter 7: Psychopharmacologic Treatment Issues in AIDS Psychiatry. In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Cohen MA, Batista SM. Chapter 13: Ethical and Legal Aspects of AIDS Psychiatry . In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Batista SM, Cozza KL. Chapter 14: Resources for Persons with AIDS and Their Caregivers . In: Handbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Cohen MA, Batista SM, Gorman JM. Chapter 11: Anxiety Disorders. In: Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry. New York, Oxford University Press;.

Martin RD, Cohen MA, Weiss Roberts L, Batista SM, Hicks D, Bourgeois J. DNR versus DNT: clinical implications of a conceptual ambiguity: a case analysis. Psychosomatics; 48(1).

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