Who We Are

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

Who We Are

Anne M. Albano
Clinic Director, CUCARD
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
(212) 342-3800

Dr. Anne Marie Albano is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Manhattan. She received her PhD from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Albano is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In 2008, Dr. Albano received the Rosenberry Award for service to children, adolescents, and families from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Albano is past-president of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and also past-president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is past-editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and an associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She has published more than 90 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals and of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children, all published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Albano served as a principal investigator (PI) of a six-site, National Institute of Mental Health–sponsored study entitled "Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study" (CAMS) and was also PI for the "Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study" (TADS). Both trials examined the relative efficacy of CBT, medication, combination treatment, and pill placebo in youth. Her book with Leslie Pepper, Helping Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life, was the 2014 Self-Help Book Award winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and received a 2014 Seal of Merit from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Eve Freidl
Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Eve Khlyavich Freidl is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and an Assistant Professor (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Freidl earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, completed her internship and adult psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry residency at NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. She continued training at Columbia University to develop research and eating disorder expertise in a T32 Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship on affective, anxiety, eating, and related disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Freidl joined CUCARD in July 2013.

Dr. Freidl specializes in the evaluation and psychopharmacological and psychotherapy treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. She also has clinical expertise in evaluation and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and avoidant/resistant food-intake disorder.

Dr. Freidl's research interest is in eating behavior in patients with eating disorders, as well as overweight and obese children and adolescents. She has participated in the clinical assessment of surgical candidates for bariatric surgery, as well as in longitudinal research investigating psychological and cognitive symptoms of adolescents in the bariatric surgery program. In addition, Dr. Freidl served as a treating clinician in a longitudinal research study of adolescents with bulimia nervosa, and has developed expertise in the cognitive behavioral therapy and psychopharmacological treatment of bulimia nervosa. Dr. Freidl received an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pilot Research Award to study genetic contributions to stimulant medication side effects of weight loss and growth suppression.

Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychological Evaluation Service and PROMISE at Columbia
Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Dr. Claire Golden is a certified school psychologist and a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in developmental neuropsychology. She is a neuropsychologist at PROMISE at Columbia and has a private neuropsychology practice through the ColumbiaDoctor's Neuropsychological Evaluation Service. 

Dr. Golden earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Vassar College and her PhD in educational psychology with a specialization in school psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013, where she was the Gilleece Fellow from 2007 to 2012. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at PROMISE at Columbia and continues to focus on neuropsychological evaluations with underserved children in her work there.

At both PROMISE and through her private practice, Dr. Golden specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with children who are struggling in school. She assesses students' cognitive abilities, academic skills, language, memory, executive functioning, and social-emotional well-being in order to clarify diagnoses and plan for future treatment and interventions. She has worked with both private and public schools throughout the tri-state area in order to ensure her patients have the best classroom placement and services possible. She has also participated in IEP meetings and impartial hearings to help families navigate the public and private education systems.

Dr. Golden is a member of several professional associations and is in the process of becoming board certified in clinical and pediatric neuropsychology through ABPP. 

Kathleen Jung
Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Kathleen Jung is a board certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist at a Columbia outpatient faculty practice and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Jung earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. She became faculty at the Columbia University Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Jung specializes in comprehensive evaluation, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. As one of the psychiatrists at Columbia's School-Based Mental Health Program, she has extensive experience working with families and schools in helping address the academic and emotional needs of students. She has clinical expertise in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD, behavioral and mood dysregulation, and anxiety disorders. She has additional interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults with cultural-assimilation difficulties and young adults transitioning from school to work. She sees individuals and families for psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment, and combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.

Kristin Kunkle

Kristin Kunkle, PsyD

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Kristin Kunkle, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Kunkle specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders. Her specific clinical interests include separation anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, parent training, behavior management, and posttraumatic-stress disorder. Dr. Kunkle graduated summa cum laude with her BS in psychology from West Virginia University, where she conducted research on parent-child interaction therapy with Dr. Cheryl McNeil. She then received her PsyD from Long Island University–Post, completed her predoctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CUCARD. Dr. Kunkle has also provided cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals in a variety of other treatment facilities, including Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhattan Psychology Group, PC, the Psychological Health Collaborative, PLLC, and the LIU–Post Psychological Services Center.

Dr. Kunkle's research interests focus on early childhood parenting issues and evaluating the effectiveness and acceptability of behavioral parent training program components. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented on these topics at regional and national psychology conferences. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, and the New York State Psychological Association.

Vasco Lopes

Vasco Lopes, PsyD

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Vasco Lopes, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist with a specialty in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behaviors, aggression, severe temper tantrums, and emotional dysregulation. He has experience treating children through various modes of intervention including parent management training, teacher behavioral consultation, and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Lopes typically treats children with a multi-modal approach—focusing on giving parents and teachers the tools needed to help their children thrive and giving children the coping skills needed to best manage their behavior and emotions.

Dr. Lopes earned his doctorate in school psychology from St. John's University in 2011 and completed an APA–approved predoctoral internship at Andrus, a day and residential treatment center for children with severe emotional disturbances. Dr. Lopes was part of a team charged with developing and leading the first school-wide positive-behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) program at Andrus. Dr. Lopes went on to complete a clinical and research fellowship in the Pediatric Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL) at Fordham University, where he developed a specialization in diagnosing and treating children with severe emotional dysregulation.

Most recently, Dr. Lopes has served as a staff psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, in their ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorder Center. Dr. Lopes specialized in evidence-based treatments for disruptive behavior disorder and severe emotional dysregulation, including parent management training (PMT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Lopes also developed a long-term collaboration with schools in the community, including Harlem Village Academy, and used evidence-based treatments to train teachers how to manage disruptive classroom behavior in at-risk students.

Dr. Lopes has co-authored several publications on topics related to child psychopathology, including a leading article in the American Journal of Psychiatry on a new child psychiatric disorder—disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. He has also published a research article on ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and a book chapter on pediatric social phobia. Dr. Lopes has also presented to various professional and parent groups on topics related to childhood ADHD, disruptive behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and parenting behaviors, and has made several media appearances, including HuffPost Live, ABC Eyewitness News, and the Katie Couric Show.

Denise Leung
Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Leung is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. She joined the Columbia University faculty in 2007 and currently serves as the program medical director for the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Outpatient Child and Adolescent Pediatric Psychiatry Service at Columbia University Medical Center. She also formerly served as the program medical director at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Special Needs Clinic, which specializes in the treatment of individuals and families who are experiencing symptoms from both medical and psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Leung earned her medical degree from the McMaster University School of Medicine (Hamilton, Canada). She completed her general psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) and her child and adolescent fellowship at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities. During her second year of child psychiatry training, she was selected to be the chief fellow for the Consultatio-Liaison Service at CUIMC. She also completed her Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University.

Dr. Leung specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families using psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological techniques. She has a particular expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and families who are affected by chronic medical and psychiatric conditions. Her other areas of interest and expertise include: mood and anxiety disosrders, transitions between life stages, and childhood and adult ADHD. She believes in a collaborative approach with patients and their families to achieve their treatment goals.

Ali Mattu
Senior Clinical Psychologist

Ali Mattu, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder). Dr. Mattu also serves as a coordinator of the Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) at CUCARD.

Dr. Mattu received his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Mattu also completed training programs at the DC Department of Behavioral Health's Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Service, and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.

Throughout his career, Dr. Mattu has served in a variety of leadership roles in psychology. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives Leadership Team and is part of the Translational Issues in Psychological Science's Editorial Board. Previously, Dr. Mattu served on the American Psychological Association's Policy and Planning Board, the Executive Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association, was the chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, was a member of the American Psychological Association Good Governance Project task force, was appointed to the New York State Psychological Association's Executive Committee, and worked on multiple Society for the Teaching of Psychology task forces.

Dr. Mattu is also passionate about destigmatizing mental health and translating psychological science into practical applications. His work has appeared in several popular press websites, and he is the founder of an award-winning blog, a regular presenter at conventions celebrating the popular arts, and hosts The Psych Show on YouTube.

Nitasha Shetty
Psychiatrist
Instructor in Psychiatry at CUMC

Nitasha Shetty, MD, is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She also serves as a staff psychiatrist in the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Manhattan at Columbus Circle. Dr. Shetty specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and posttraumatic-stress disorder across the lifespan. Her clinical interests include providing evidence-based trauma-informed care to children and families, providing culturally sensitive treatment to individuals from varied backgrounds, and collaborating to provide mental health treatment of individuals coping with chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Shetty received her BA from Columbia University and her MD from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Her psychiatry residency training was completed at Yale University, where she subsequently worked as a clinical faculty member before completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell Medical Centers). Dr. Shetty has received specialized training in a number of empirically supported treatments, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive-processing therapy for PTSD, alternatives for families CBT, CBT for anxiety and depression, psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as training in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders.

Jeneane Solz, Ph.D.

Jeneane Solz, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Jeneane Solz, PhD, is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at CUMC and a licensed clinical psychologist at CUCARD Manhattan. Dr. Solz specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with attention, disruptive behavior, body-focused repetitive behavior, developmental, posttraumatic-stress, and anxiety disorders. She has expertise in using evidence-based treatments to work collaboratively with parents and schools to address an array of child behavioral disorders, including a specialty in treating school-refusal behavior. Additionally, Dr. Solz is a certified therapist and level 1 trainer in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) from PCIT International.

Dr. Solz received her BA with honors from Boston University, where she majored in psychology and minored in statistics. She received her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Hofstra University, and completed her predoctoral internship in the child and adolescent clinical track at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Solz also completed training programs at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish) Trauma Psychiatry Division, and at Hofstra University's Child and Parent Psychotherapy Services, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Autism Clinics.

Dr. Solz's research interests focus on parenting stress and the use of technology to enhance behavioral treatments. Dr. Solz is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral Analysis International. Dr. Solz has presented her work at several national and international professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, the World Psychiatric Association, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International.

E. Blake Zakarin
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Instructor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. E. Blake Zakarin is an Instructor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Zakarin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in psychology and received her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Catholic University. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric behavioral pain medicine.

Dr. Zakarin specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and sleep difficulties, and parenting interventions associated with the treatment of pediatric anxiety and related disorders. Through her extensive training in multidisciplinary medical settings, Dr. Zakarin has also developed expertise and interest in evidence-based interventions for anxiety management and improved functioning in the context of somatic symptoms, chronic pain, and medical presentations. She provides individual, group and family therapy, parent training, and school consultations.

Dr. Zakarin has provided clinical services in a number of treatment facilities, including the Eating Disorders Research Unit at Columbia University Medical Center, the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program and Sleep Medicine Clinic at Children's National Medical Center, the Kellar Center's Attention and Learning Disorders Service within the Inova Health System of Virginia, and the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

Dr. Zakarin's research is focused on understanding and treating factors that contribute to pediatric anxiety and mood symptoms from a developmental psychopathology perspective, including examining the role of parenting, sleep-wake processes, eating behaviors, and chronic pain. She has given presentations related to this research at professional conferences, including the Society for Research on Child Development and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Dr. Zakarin is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Irene Ortiz-Quinones

Irene Ortiz-Quinones

Practice Manager

Irene Ortiz-Quinones is the practice manager of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), and oversees all day-to-day and fiscal operations of the clinic. Prior to arriving at CUCARD, Irene was as an administrative assistant at Montefiore Medical Center in the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department. She initially joined CUCARD in 2009 as the billing coordinator and held this position for five years before being advanced to the level of practice manager. Irene's extensive experience in medical clinic management is evident in her warm and helpful responses to our clients' inquiries, and in the efficiency and professionalism that is extended to our clients through her efforts. Irene is dedicated to her work and strives to provide excellent customer service at all times.

Yael Warach, B.A.

Yael Warach, BA

Program Coordinator

Yael Warach graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in art history and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Prior to her role as program coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Division at CUCARD, Yael worked as a research assistant and lab manager at Columbia Business School, overseeing research operations and experimental studies that focused on gender and diversity within the workplace. As the manager for intakes in the Child and Adolescent Division, Yael seeks to provide the highest level of customer service and compassion when speaking to each caller.

Mayra Rivera

Mayra Rivera

Office Coordinator

Mayra Rivera is the office coordinator at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Prior to joining CUCARD, she was an administrative assistant at New York Orthopedic Associates at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for 16 years. Working closely with the practice manager, Mayra runs CUCARD's front office, assisting patients, staff, and clinicians alike.

Schuyler Fox

Schuyler Fox, BA

Project Coordinator

Schuyler Fox, BA, is a project coordinator working with Dr. Anne Marie Albano at CUCARD Manhattan. Schuyler graduated from Pomona College in 2017, where she studied psychology. Schuyler is coordinating groups at CUCARD and assisting with virtual-reality research, as well as finalizing the Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) manual. Schuyler was previously a CUCARD scholar during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Ilana Eisenberg

Ilana Eisenberg, MA

Clinical Psychology Extern

Ilana Eisenberg, MA, is a clinical psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Ms. Eisenberg received her BA from Yeshiva University, where she majored in psychology and minored in art history. After graduating, she assisted clinicians at Child Mind to train teachers in implementing evidence-based practices within the classroom. She also collaborated with clinicians at the NYU Child Study Center’s Institute for ADHD and Behavior Disorders to execute behavior plans and token-economy systems for children diagnosed with ADHD and comorbid disorders. Ms. Eisenberg is currently a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at Hofstra University. At Hofstra, she has gained extensive experience in applying cognitive-behavioral interventions for children and adolescents and in parent-child interaction therapy.

Ms. Eisenberg’s research interests include examining the effectiveness of DBT-informed techniques for children and adolescents with anxiety and related disorders. Specifically, she is interested in studying the combined effects of individual and group therapy that utilize CBT- and DBT-informed practices. Ms. Eisenberg has been a coauthor on multiple posters at national conferences and is a member of various psychological organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Arielle Linsky

Arielle Linsky, MS

Clinical Psychology Extern

Arielle Linsky, MS, is a clinical psychology extern at the CUCARD. Ms. Linsky received her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a senior research assistant at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry and as a hospital outreach specialist with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. In these roles, Ms. Linsky gained expertise in geriatric depression and coping with childhood illness, respectively. Ms. Linsky is currently a fourth-year PhD student at Rutgers University, where she has received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and mood disorders. Ms. Linsky previously completed a two-year clinical psychology externship at the Family Medicine Clinic at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. In this integrative setting, she provided high-quality evidence-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She also completed a one-year clinical psychology externship at the Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project, where she received specialized training in trauma-focused CBT to work with youth in foster or relative care and their families.

Ms. Linsky’s research focuses on social-emotional and character development for students in urban middle schools. Ms. Linsky is particularly interested in the relationship between school climate and school discipline. Through her research and clinical practice, she has co-developed school-based interventions, published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at both national and international conferences, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for Community Research and Action.