As the chair of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and the director of the Child Study Center at NYU Langone, I lead a team of specialists whose shared goal is to enable every child to thrive. My clinical and research specialty area is infant and preschooler mental health, particularly the development and neuroscience of anxiety and mood disorders in children ages two through five.
I grew up in a family where there was a lot of commitment to children. My great grandfather was a psychiatrist and advocate for children with intellectual disabilities. My mother took a revolutionary step and, when I was seven, returned to school to become a psychiatrist. I had always been captivated by people’s stories and I knew that I, too, wanted a career in which I could make a big difference in people’s lives.
At NYU Langone, I am developing innovative tools to gather, analyze, and interpret information about children’s behaviors, emotions, and development. Translating these results into evidence-based guidance may help parents and clinicians assess children in different settings. For example, I created a diagnostic interview to help evaluate developmental symptoms and disorders in young children. I also use tools such as brain imaging to understand emotional, social, and brain development and have conducted community-based studies to understand the epidemiology of mental health issues.
My most recent work looks at ways to use technology to help improve children’s access to participation in research studies. I have led teams in developing apps that help parents learn more about their children and get evidence-based guidance in their homes and communities.
Much of the strength I can share with patients and their parents comes from being a parent, myself, who has faced unique challenges. At NYU Langone, my goal is to create more initiatives to help children by building bridges between disciplines and across specialties, such as adult psychiatry and population health. Mental health issues are just as common in young children as they are in older children and adolescents. The earlier we intervene, the better our chance of helping children get back on track with social and emotional development.
Conditions and Treatments
- emotional disorder
- behavior disorder
- anxiety disorder
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- developmental disability
- mood disorder
Insurance Plans Accepted
This provider accepts the following insurance plans.
- Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
- BCBS EPO (BlackRock Employees)
- BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
- BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
- BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
- BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
- BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Winthrop Employees)
- BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
- BCBS PPO (BlackRock Employees)
- BCBS PPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
- United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
- United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
- United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
- United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
- United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
- United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
Research Academic Contact
1 Park Avenue
Research Interests Timeline
Scientific reports. 2020 Jan 14; 10(1):616
Journal of abnormal child psychiatry. 2019 Jun ; 47(6):1075-1088
Developmental psychology. 2019 Jun ; 55(6):1164-1181