In the Symptom Studies and Pharmacotherapy Laboratory, I am working with my colleagues to evaluate approaches to managing physical symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, and pain) and the emotional and cognitive effects of cancer and its treatment. We conduct studies to assess and manage such symptoms, with the goal of enhancing quality of life and relieving suffering.
In addition to patient care and research, I have an interest and experience in graduate medical education. I was a child and adolescent psychiatry residency training director for five years, as well as a founding member of the National Association of Pediatric Psychiatry and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program for residents and fellows.
Additionally, I served on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry committee on education and training for several years. I currently serve on the Department of Psychiatry’s training committee that oversees the psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Cancer is an illness that can have effects on the entire family. I work with children and young adults to help them identify components of the experience over which they have some control. I also help parents manage the stress of the child's diagnosis and learn parenting skills to help them on this journey. My goal is to optimize the quality of life of our young patients and their families during this challenging time.