Who We Are

Adolescent Depression Research Group

Who We Are

Laura Mufson, Ph.D.
Director, Adolescent Depression Research Group
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Laura H. Mufson, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), co-director of the Office of Clinical Psychology at CUMC, and director of the Department of Clinical Psychology at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). In addition, she is director of Clinical Child Psychology in Child Psychiatry and director of training for the Child Track of the APA–Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology. She also is a consulting research psychologist on the Children’s Day Unit and a faculty member of the Division of Child Psychiatry’s NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Dr. Mufson is the developer of the adolescent adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression (IPT-A) and is the leading expert on its use with depressed adolescents. She is also co-author of the prevention model (IPT-AST) and the model for prepubertal depression (FB-IPT). Dr. Mufson has authored numerous publications on adolescent depression, temperament, psychopathology, and risk factors for psychopathology; as well as articles and book chapters on the treatment of adolescent depression and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Mufson conducts training workshops on IPT-A throughout the United States, UK, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Dr. Mufson's primary research interest is in the evaluation of empirically supported psychotherapy outcomes both in the efficacy and effectiveness arenas and the identification of which treatments work best for whom. She is a principal investigator, co-investigator, and/or consultant with colleagues on numerous grants studying adaptations of IPT-A to be delivered in schools, primary care clinics, and community clinics serving minority populations, as well as models for prevention of depression, anxiety, and peer victimization, and for the treatment of prepubertal depression. Her areas of expertise include the evaluation of empirically supported intervention outcomes in clinical trials conducted in research and community settings, transportability and dissemination of treatments into the community, and models for training clinicians in empirically supported psychotherapies. In addition, her studies have looked at mediators and moderators of treatment response, including stress response measured by salivary cortisol levels, levels of interpersonal conflict, and comorbid disorders.

Eleanor McGlinchey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Eleanor McGlinchey, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. McGlinchey received her BA from Temple University, where she majored in both psychology and religion, and her PhD in clinical science from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and her T32 Research Fellowship at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. 

At the division, Dr. McGlinchey is involved in a project investigating biomarkers of sleep and treatment response to sertraline in children and adolescents diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Her current research interest is on developing psychosocial treatments for childhood and adolescent mood disorders, with a focus on identifying biomarkers of treatment response. Her research to date has centered on the role of sleep disturbance and circadian rhythm dysfunction as potential precipitating and maintaining mechanisms in mood disorders.

Jazmin A. Reyes-Portillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Jazmin Reyes-Portillo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Reyes-Portillo obtained her BA in psychology from Wellesley College and her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. After completing her predoctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center (Child Track), Dr. Reyes-Portillo was awarded the Sallie Foundation Child and Adolescent Mental Health Technology Program Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University. This fellowship provided research opportunities in the emerging field of using digital technology to improve outcomes for depressed, anxious, and suicidal youth.

Dr. Reyes-Portillo’s program of research focuses on the use of digital health technology to reduce health disparities among racial/ethnic minority youth suffering from depression and suicidality. She is specifically interested in using digital health technology to increase youth engagement in mental health treatment and increase the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in school and community settings. Dr. Reyes-Portillo is also interested in applying multilevel modeling techniques to examine mediators and moderators of treatment.

Chiaying Wei, PhD

Chiaying Wei, PhD

NIMH T32 Translational Research Fellow

Chiaying Wei, PhD, is in her second year of the T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute (CUMC/NYSPI). She received her PhD in clinical psychology at Temple University, working with Dr. Philip Kendall to study evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for childhood anxiety disorders. She completed predoctoral internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Wei’s research interest lies broadly in the developmental and contextual (i.e., familial and socio-cultural) considerations in the implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for youth with anxiety and depressive disorders. She is particularly interested in promoting EBTs for youth populations especially vulnerable to the underutilization of mental health services, such as transition-age youth and racial/ethnic minorities. Working with mentors Drs. Laura Mufson, Cristiane Duarte, and Anne Marie Albano at CUMC/NYSPI, her program of research centers on improving access to EBTs for anxiety and depression among transition-age minority youth via primary-care-delivered interventions. Dr. Wei is the recipient of the 2016 New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar Award.

Current Research Collaborators

 

Anat Brunstein Klomek, PhD

Research Scientist, Community Suicide Prevention Group

Dr. Anat Brunstein Klomek received her PhD in child clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. Currently, Dr. Klomek is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, and on a sabbatical at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Dr. Klomek's research interests focus on child and adolescent mental health, including depression, anxiety, suicide, bullying, and learning and eating disorders. She has been involved in various intervention studies and has written numerous articles about these topics. Dr. Klomek is a cognitive behavioral (CBT) and interpersonal (IPT) therapist and supervisor. Since 2007, Dr. Klomek has been the assistant editor of Archives of Suicide Research.

 

Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center
Clinic Director, PAMRC, and Medical Director, CUCARD
Co-Clinical Director, Youth Anxiety Center at Columbus Circle and Washington Heights

Dr. Moira Rynn is director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at Columbia University (CU)/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She is the medical director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Manhattan and director of the Children's Day Unit and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Service at NYSPI and CU. Dr. Rynn was recruited to NYSPI/CU in 2006. Previously, she had been the medical director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Section of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (PENN) since 1998. Dr. Rynn joined the Department of Psychiatry at PENN in 1991 as a resident. In 1997, she completed the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Child Guidance Center, followed by a Neuropsychopharmacology Research Fellowship, sponsored by the NIMH at PENN.

 

Paula Yanes-Lukin, PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology, PAMRC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Yanes-Lukin is a clinical psychologist and co-director of psychology at PAMRC at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Yanes-Lukin graduated with her BA in psychology from Amherst College, and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She completed her internship training at the Hudson River Regional Psychology Internship Consortium, and her postdoctoral training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

At PAMRC, Dr. Yanes-Lukin provides evidenced-based treatments to the clinic’s patients and families. She is responsible for overseeing the treatment and diagnostic evaluations that occur as part of the psychology externship program and the clinical research studies that are conducted at PAMRC. As a member of the research team at PAMRC, she assists with managing the treatment study protocols and conducting evaluations for treatment study participants. Dr. Yanes-Lukin’s research interests focus on avoidance that occurs within mood and anxiety disorders, and she has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Laura J. Dietz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, PhD, LP
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry 
University of Minnesota Medical School

Annette M. La Greca, PhD, ABPP
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Provost Scholar
Director of Clinical Training
University of Miami

Michael A. Lindsey, MSW, MPH, PhD
Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
McSilver Associate Professor of Poverty Studies
New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Jill Ehrenreich May, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program
University of Miami

Leslie Miller, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Jami F. Young, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers University