Who We Are

Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester

Who We Are

Part of Columbia University’s Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, CUCARD Westchester is comprised of PhD-level clinicians, all of whom have specialized training in the assessment and treatment of OCD, anxiety, and impulse disorders.

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Clinic Director
Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
(914) 631-4618

Dr. Anthony Puliafico is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. He serves as director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester, an outpatient clinic in Columbia University's Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry that specializes in accelerated outpatient care for children, adolescents, and young adults whose lives are impaired by anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and related disorders.

Dr. Puliafico specializes in the assessment and cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood, and externalizing disorders. His research focuses on the treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and the adaptation of cognitive behavioral interventions for young children.

Dr. Puliafico received his BS with distinction from Cornell University, where he majored in human development, and his PhD in clinical psychology from Temple University. He completed his clinical psychology internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Medical Center, during which time he served as a clinician at the NYU Child Study Center, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). He has published his work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and regularly lectures on the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders.

Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Instructor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Nicholas Crimarco is an Instructor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry). He also serves as a staff psychologist in the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)–Westchester. Dr. Crimarco specializes in the assessment and cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders across the lifespan. His research interests include the treatment and characterization of obsessive-compulsive disorder and the effects of head injury on athletes. Dr. Crimarco’s dissertation was an investigation of the relationship between subconcussive head trauma and neurocognitive functioning for NCAA Division I athletes.

Dr. Crimarco received his BA in psychology and his MS in mental health counseling with distinction from Pace University. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. His clinical psychology internship was completed at the University of Michigan, where he served as a clinician at the Mary A. Rackham Institute Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family. Dr. Crimarco completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Northwell Health Behavioral Health College Partnership. He has received specialized training in several empirically supported treatments, including: exposure and response prevention for OCD (EX/RP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), parent training, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal and social rhythms therapy (IPSRT).

Rachel Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Rachel Ginsberg is an Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC. She also serves as a staff psychologist at CUCARD Westchester. In addition to providing clinical services, she will oversee CUCARD Westchester’s school-refusal and young-adult treatment programs and supervise trainees. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with mood, anxiety, and related disorders.

Dr. Ginsberg received her PhD from Hofstra University, and completed her predoctoral internship at North-Shore LIJ Medical Center (Northwell Health). She has worked with the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for several years, most recently having completed her postdoctoral fellowship at CUCARD Westchester. She served as an extern in research and clinical positions at NYSPI, within the Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC) and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where she conducted diagnostic assessments and specialized in providing treatment for OCD and OCD–spectrum disorders. She has completed yearlong clinical practicums in working with parents with perinatal and postpartum issues, and in providing individual and family treatment for first-episode mental illness. Dr. Ginsberg is trained in evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT), and has worked in a variety of settings, including pediatric and adult clinics, as well as partial hospital and inpatient hospital settings. Further, she has worked within the Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic, and DBT Clinic at Hofstra University. Her research interests include finding novel ways to maximize treatment for anxiety disorders in youth and young adults.

Alexandra Canetti, Ph.D.
Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

Alexandra Canetti, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist with an interest in community psychiatry and family issues. She currently serves as the Program Medical Director at the NewYork-Presbyterian Special Needs and School-Based Mental Health clinics. At the ColumbiaDoctors—Tarrytown faculty practice, Dr. Canetti works with children, teens, young adults, and adults affected by anxiety, ADHD, depression and other mood disorders, as well as psychosomatic disorders. She also provides medication consultation and management services. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

Jonathan E. Posner, MD
Psychiatrist
Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
Director, Posner Lab

Jonathan Posner, MD, graduated from Wesleyan University in 1996 and then received his medical degree from the State University of New York, where he graduated with honors. After medical school, Dr. Posner completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as adult psychiatry. 

In 2010, Dr. Posner joined the faculty in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at Columbia University Medical Center, where he is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Posner's clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Posner is the director of the Posner Lab and he teaches and supervises psychiatric residents. 

Courtney DeAngelis

Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD

Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow

Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD, is a clinical postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)–Westchester. Dr. DeAngelis specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention, disruptive behavior, posttraumatic-stress, and anxiety disorders. Dr. DeAngelis has trained in a variety of settings, including a private college preparatory school, an outpatient clinic within a children’s hospital, a private practice, an academic medical center, and a community mental health clinic. Across these contexts, she has gained extensive experience collaborating and consulting with schools, other disciplines, and outside professionals to address children’s emotional and behavioral issues.

Throughout her career, Dr. DeAngelis has received specialized training in the provision of several evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She received her BA degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College, and received her MA and PsyD degrees in clinical psychology from La Salle University. Dr. DeAngelis completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she served as a clinician in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic. Her research interests focus on youth athletes’ experiences of sport performance anxiety. Her dissertation examined the acceptability, reception, and perceived utility of a group workshop that aimed to reduce sport performance anxiety in adolescent athletes. Dr. DeAngelis is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Jenna Duncalf

Jenna Duncalf, MA

Clinical Psychology Extern

Jenna Duncalf, MA, is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester. Ms. Duncalf holds a BS in human development from Wheelock College and received a MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the school-clinical child psychology program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.

Ms. Duncalf has received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents and is working towards certification in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). She has experience using a variety of additional evidence-based approaches, including exposure and response prevention (Ex/RP), behavioral parent training (BPT), habit-reversal training (HRT), and trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). Ms. Duncalf is experienced in working with children and families affected by child sexual and physical abuse, as well as children engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviors. She has also treated obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), separation anxiety, specific phobias, selective mutism, disruptive behavior, and childhood traumatic grief. Ms. Duncalf has experience working in and collaborating with private and public schools to ensure that children's needs are met across settings. She is passionate about creatively tailoring evidence-based treatments to meet individual needs to optimize engagement and motivation.

As a member of the Ferkauf Anxiety Research Lab, Ms. Duncalf's current research investigates shame, guilt, and disgust as predictors of OCD symptomology and severity. Ms. Duncalf has coauthored a number of posters that have been presented at national conferences, and she is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).