Faculty

Our faculty comprises clinicians and researchers dedicated to advancing psychiatry through education, science, and exceptional patient care. 

David C. Banthin, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: New School University, 2011; Veteran Administration/Mount Sinai fellowship in mental illness research and treatment, 2014. Interests: trauma, relationship issues, personality disorders, couples, intersection of dialectical behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis (candidate at William Alanson White Institute)

Jessica Brodsky Macklin, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service, Child and Family Institute. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Pace University, 2013. Interests: Dialectical behavior therapy, adolescent development, group dynamics, family therapy, anxiety disorders

Victor J. Cattolico, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Advanced Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degrees: UC Santa Barbara, 1998; John F. Kennedy University, 2009. Interests: Cognitive behavioral, health psychology, HIV/ LGBTQ-affirmative, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, multicultural, and psychodynamic psychotherapy

Anthony DeMaria, PhD, Interim Director of Adult Outpatient Services. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: New School University, 2014. Interests: Assessment and treatment of personality and personality disorders; psychodynamic psychotherapy; group therapy; integrating research and practice

Meredith Friedson, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Adelphi University, 2015. Interests: trauma, substance abuse, personality disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, social justice issues, and psychoanalysis

Mariel Gallego, PhD, Clinical Director, Staying Home Program, Spencer Cox Center for Health. Degree: New School University, 2010. Interests: Relational Psychotherapy; integration of Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy; motivational interviewing; DBT; personality disorders; addictions; HIV; traumatic and acquired brain injury

Peter Glick, PhD, Director of Clinical Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry in the World Trade Center Mental Health Program. Degree: The New School for Social Research, 2011. Interests: trauma, personality disorders, and furthering a psychoanalytic understanding of how trauma and personality pathology interact and influence each other

Leora R. Heckelman, PhD, Director of Psychology Education and Training. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Harvard University, 1992. Interests: Cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders (certification)

Jennifer Herring, PhD, Associate Director of Child Psychology Training, Supervising Psychologist, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: St. John's University, 2013. Interests: Adolescent development, substance use, mood and anxiety disorders, CBT, DBT, PTSD, and complex trauma

Anna Hickner, PsyD, Associate Director of Adult Psychology Training, Supervising Psychologist, Institute of Advanced Medicine. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: The George Washington University, 2012. Interests: psychodynamic psychotherapy, individual and group modalities, mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, HIV/LGBTQ affirmative trx, multicultural/diversity, integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy

Nadia Hidayatallah, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist, Child and Family Institute. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 2013. Interests: child-parent psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy; group therapy

Marie-Anne Issa, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: The Graduate Center – CUNY/John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2016. Interests: Personality disorders; severe mental illness; psychopathy; trauma; empathy; dialectical behavior therapy; diversity and multiculturalism; microaggressions; healthcare and criminal justice reform

Avytal Izaak, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2001. Interests: Depression; anxiety; severe mental illness

Wendie Klapper, PhD, Director of the Parent Infant Center, Child and Family Institute. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Hofstra University, 1990. Interests: Parent-infant/dyadic treatment; attachment theory; teen pregnancy; public health; trauma

Rahael Kurrien, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute, Parent-Infant Center. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Clark University, 2008. Interests: Parent- infant psychotherapy; diversity issues; early childhood mental health; risk and resiliency models of treatment

Kelly Mule, PhD, Assistant Director, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Teachers College, Columbia University, 2012. Interests: Adolescent development, substance use disorders, school consultation and testing, dialectical behavior therapy

Margaret Rauen, PhD, Psychologist, Child and Family Institute: Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) and Outpatient Department. Degree: The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017. Interests: complex trauma, substance misuse, adolescent development, mood disorders, integrative psychotherapy

Michael E.J. Reding, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Child and Family Institute Outpatient Department. Degree: University of California, Los Angeles, 2016. Interests: mood and anxiety disorders, adolescent development, parent engagement, integrative psychotherapy

Paul Rosenfield, MD, Director, Education and Training, Department of Psychiatry. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1996. Interests: Community psychiatry

Joseph Ruggiero, PhD, Assistant Clinical Director, Outpatient Programs, Addiction Institute of New York. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Fordham University, 1995. Interests: Addiction, LGBT psychotherapy

Martha A. Sparks, PhD, Associate Director of Mental Health Services, Institute for Advanced Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: 2010 Fairleigh Dickinson University. Interests: Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, integration of medical and mental health care, HIV, LGBT affirmative care

Shilpa R. Taufique, PhD, Director of Psychology, Mount Sinai Health System; Chief Psychologist, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, and Director, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Services (CARES). Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: New York University, 2004. Interests: : Organizational and program development; systems theories; group dynamics; co-occurring disorders (substance use and mental health); adolescent and young adult development; diversity issues

Andrew Twardon, PhD, Director, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Clinical Associate, New School University. Degree: New School University, 1993. Interests: Assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy of personality disorders; application of Buddhist meditation in psychotherapy; self and language

Rachel Weller, PsyD, Project Manager and Clinical Training Director, AIMS-CoA Alliance.  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Degree: Pepperdine University, 2018. Interests: trauma and resilience, co-occurring disorders (mental health and chemical dependency), diversity issues, and program development

Elaina A. Zendegui, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist, Child and Family Institute Outpatient Department. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Rutgers University, Piscataway, 2015. Interests: anxiety disorders, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, increasing access to evidence-based treatment

Supplemental Faculty

Chi Chan, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: University of Central Florida, 2016. Interests: serious mental illness, psychosis; acceptance and commitment therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; exposure therapy; translational research

Claudia Diez, PhD, ABPP, Supervisor. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: New School University, 2008. Interests: Personality assessment; integrative psychodynamic psychotherapy

Kamran Fallahpour, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: The Fielding University, Clinical Psychology, 2001. Interests: Anxiety, stress, ADHD, brain injury, peak performance

Sarah Gundle, PsyD, Supervising Psychologist and faculty at the Mount Sinai human Rights Clinic. Clinical Director of Octave Health. Degree: Wright Institute, 2004. Interests: Combined treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders; immigration

Kimberly Hall, PhD, Supervisor. Degree: New School University, 2003. Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Anton Hart, PhD, Teacher, Department of Psychiatry. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989. Interests: Relational psychoanalysis

Yariv Hofstein, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service. Degree: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009. Interests: Delinquency in adolescents, coping skills, substance abuse, LGBT issues

Lisa Litt, PhD, Supervisor, President of the New York State Psychological Association Division on Addictions, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at the New School for Social Research. Degree: Adelphi University, 1996. Interests: integrated treatment of traumatic stress and substance use

Olivia Mandelbaum, PhD, Supervising Psychologist. Degree: Long Island University--Brooklyn. Interests: Personality development and assessment, conflicts of adolescence and emerging adulthood, co-morbid learning and school problems, self-esteem and identity formation

Jon McCormick, PhD, Process Group Leader. Degree: Adelphi University, 1984. Interests: Group psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy (certification)

Andrew Merling, PhD, Supervising Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Yeshiva University, 1998. Interests: Substance abuse; LGBT; geropsychology

Karen Merns, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Yeshiva University, 1994. Interests: Group psychotherapy, multicultural issues in psychotherapy, forensic psychology

Matthew Oyer, PhD, Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: City University of New York, 2016. Interests: Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, group therapy, intensive treatment of personality disorders and the psychoses

Paul Rinaldi, PhD, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine. Degree: Fordham University, 1995. Interests: Substance abuse, dual diagnosis

Morton Rosenbaum, PhD, Supervisor of Psychotherapy Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Long Island University Brooklyn, 2016; Interests: relational psychodynamic therapy; personality structure and personality disorders; individual and group psychotherapy, teaching, private practice

Michael Rothman, PhD, Supervisor of Psychotherapy Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Degree: Adelphi University, 2002. Candidate, The William Alanson White Institute. Interests: Couple and family dynamics; twins; siblings; psychoanalysis

Vijayeta Sinh, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Owner TherapyCouchNYC, Supervising Psychologist, Mount Sinai Health System. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mentor Access Mindfulness. Degree: Columbia University, 2011. Interests: Young adulthood, South Asian mental health, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, HIV/LGBTQ affirmative trx, multicultural/diversity, integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy

Sumru Tufekcioglu, PhD, Supervisor. Degree: Adelphi University, 2015. Interests: Psychotherapy research, models of psychotherapy and integration, psychodynamic case formulation, trauma, personality disorders

Sejal Vyas, PhD, Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry. Degree: University of California, Fresno, 2002. Interests: Neuropsychology