Psychotherapy Laboratory

Psychotherapy Laboratory

Psychiatrist talking to patient.

Psychiatrist William Breitbart directs the Psychotherapy Laboratory at MSK.

William Breitbart, MD, Director

This group will mount a series of trials of individual, group, couple, and family therapy, as well as a group of studies involving microdissection of the aspects of therapy that prove therapeutic. A dedicated laboratory has been established with video-recording capacity in two individual psychotherapy rooms and two group and family therapy rooms. This enables the fidelity of any intervention to be studied to be certain that a model under study is properly and faithfully applied.

Current studies of meaning-centered psychotherapy led by Dr. Breitbart and trials of family therapy led by Dr. Kissane are well underway. Other studies include cognitive-behavioral treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in bone marrow transplant survivors, maternal coping with bone marrow transplantation, and the development and evaluation of family problem-solving and multiple family groups.

Faculty Members
William S. Breitbart, MD
William S. Breitbart

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Jimmie C. Holland Chair

Yesne Alici, MD
Yesne Alici

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Clinical Ethics Consultant, Ethics Committee, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD
Allison J. Applebaum

Founding Director, Caregivers Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Matthew Doolittle
Matthew N. Doolittle
Memorial Sloan Kettering psychiatrist Julia Kearney
Julia A. Kearney

Associate Attending Psychiatrist

Memorial Sloan Kettering psychologist Wendy Lichtenthal
Wendy Lichtenthal

Clinical Psychologist

MSK psychologist Christian Nelson
Christian J. Nelson

Chief, Psychiatry Service

Memorial Sloan Kettering child psychologist Stephen Sands
Stephen A. Sands

Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center psychologist Talia I. Zaider
Talia I. Zaider
Affiliated Faculty