Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center psychologist Talia I. Zaider

Talia I. Zaider, PhD


Clinical Expertise

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families

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About Me


PhD, Temple University; Advanced training in couple and family therapy, Ackerman Institute for the Family


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Clinical Psychology

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in couple and family therapy. I help individuals, couples, or families who are struggling with difficulties in communication, decision-making, conflict management, or in coping with the general strain brought by illness. As a psychologist and family therapist, I provide oversight of our Family Therapy Clinic, housed within the Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center. The clinic consists of a multidisciplinary group of social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists who specialize in couple and family therapy. I work with this team to advance support of the family throughout the cancer journey. In addition, I provide supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals distressed by cancer-related issues.

The impact of serious illness often affects not only the patient but also those close to them who face the difficult task of both supporting the patient and simultaneously managing their own emotional responses to illness. Illness can bring patients and their loved ones closer together but at the same time can place considerable strain on the family, prompting changes in roles, routines, and relationships. In my work with couples and families, I help patients and/or their loved ones strengthen their capacity to work as a team, communicate comfortably with one another about cancer-related concerns, make decisions together, and address longstanding conflicts that are magnified in the setting of illness.

I also serve as Associate Co-Director of the psychotherapy laboratory, which develops and investigates novel counseling interventions for cancer patients at all stages of disease and cancer types, as well as couples and families. My research goals involve the development and testing of couple- and family-based interventions in the oncology setting. I have a particularly strong interest in understanding what components of family therapy work best and how to disseminate this understanding and train others to deliver these interventions in multiple settings. I have published several chapters and presented workshops in this area, and am a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Psycho-Oncology Society.


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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

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Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Zaider’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.