I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a pediatrician with experience working with ill children and their families. Most recently, my work has focused on children, adolescents, and young adults who have cancer or who have been affected by cancer, with an emphasis on individual and family-focused psychological support. I also have expertise in pediatric psychopharmacology in medically ill children.
My research interests focus on the impact of bone marrow transplants on mothers of the recipients and on communications skills training in pediatric oncology. I am currently affiliated with the Psychotherapy Laboratory, which conducts clinical trials to identify aspects of therapy that prove therapeutic. I also work with the Communication Skills Research and Training Laboratory (COMSKIL), which provides communication skills training to physicians in various areas (medical, surgical, and radiation oncology; pain and palliative care; critical care; radiology; and pediatrics) as well as to fellows and nursing staff.
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.
- Clinical Expertise: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Pediatric Psycho-oncology; Pediatric Psychopharmacology
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical School
- Residencies: Brown University Combined Pediatric, Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program
As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more