Andrew N Merling, PhD
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
Dr. Merling completed undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, CanaDr. Merling completed undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he graduated with First Class Honors in Psychology and received the James McGill Award for Academic Achievement. Upon completion of this degree, Dr. Merling worked in the behavioral neurology clinic at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal where he conducted neuropsychological assessments with patients suffering from a variety of neurological disorders and researched new methods of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
In 1996, Dr. Merling completed his Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While in graduate school, he completed two years of clinical training at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center, followed by a clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In 1996, Dr. Merling began working at the Addiction Institute of New York at Mt. Sinai West Hospital (AIMS) where he was the Supervising Psychologist on the inpatient unit for 22 years. In September, 2017, Dr. Merling transitioned to working in the AIMS outpatient department where he lead various therapy groups and was director of the College Outreach Prevention Program (COPE). He was the founder and co-director of the Psychology Externship Training Program at AIMS, and was the Director of the Faculty Practice in the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai West/St Lukes. In addition to his work at Mt. Sinai, Dr. Merling was a Supervising Psychologist at PsychAssociates Group from 1997-2017 where he lead a team of psychologists who provided psychological services to patients in long-term care facilities. Dr. Merling is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and is now in full-time private practice through Mt. Sinai's Faculty Practice group.
Dr. Merling has taught courses in substance abuse treatment at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was an adjunct faculty member. He has appeared on television, radio and panels to discuss issues related to gay marriage and has written a memoir with his husband and parents titled THE WEDDING: A FAMILY’S COMING OUT STORY
Dr. Merling is a general practitioner who treats individuals and couples seeking help for a wide range of mental health problems. His expertise is in the integration of cognitive-behavioral therapy with more exploratory, insight-oriented approaches. Areas of specialty include:
- Individual and Couples Therapy
- Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Depression and Anxiety
- LGBTQ+ issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
- Analytical Therapy / Psychoanalysis
- Anger Management
- Bereavement / Grief Counseling
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotional/Physical/Sexual Abuse
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Services
- Mental Health Services
- Stress Management/Anxiety Disorders
Bachelor of Arts, McGill University
Masters/PhD, Yeshiva University/Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
First Class Honors in Psychology, James McGIll Award for Academic Achievement, University and Faculty Scholar
Doctoral Training Award
Chertkow H, Bub D, Bergman H. Increased semantic priming in patients with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 1994; 16(4): 608-622.
Grober E, Merling A, Heimlich T, Lipton R. Free and Cued Selective Reminding and Selective Reminding in the Elderly. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 1997; 19(5): 643-654.