Amanda Balakirsky, PsyD



Assistant Attending Psychologist


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About Me


PsyD, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University


Health Psychology, New Jersey Veteran’s Affairs


Health Psychology, New Jersey Veteran’s Affairs

Patients and caregivers come to me for help with a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, and existential distress. We address them together in our sessions, during which I actively listen, ask clarifying questions, and provide my understanding of the stressor(s) at hand. It is my hope that patients and their support system feel understood after meeting with me and walk away with a sense of hope regarding their psychological and health concerns.

I was first introduced to the world of psycho-oncology when I got involved in oncology research as an undergraduate student. I was deeply impacted by this work and became a Research Study Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to directly support people with cancer. Having this hands-on experience allowed me to appreciate the uniqueness of each patient’s and caregiver’s situation. Years later, I am honored to be a psychologist at MSK and continue to find myself amazed by the beauty and strength of this community.

Outside of the clinic, I am an avid book-reader and traveler, and I am particularly fond of the arts. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends and often escape to Central Park to enjoy nature.  


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Research and Publications

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