Who We Are

Levine Laboratory for Social-Developmental Neuroscience

Who We Are

Lab Director, Levine Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at CUMC
(646) 774-7331

Dr. Amir A. Levine directs the Levine Research Lab and is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Amir Levine's research focuses on the gene regulation of various mental states with a special interest in the molecular processes that are unique to the developing brain. He is especially interested in how experiences during development shape the adult phenotype. Dr. Levine is among a handful of child psychiatrists who are trained both in clinical as well as molecular and biochemical approaches to study normal and pathological human development. He has a special interest in how changes in the brain during adolescence pose greater risk for the development of addiction and mood disorders. His findings have been patented and may lead to new approaches in the treatment of addiction and mood disorders in both adolescents and adults.

Dr. Levine is also the co-author of a popular science book titled Attached, The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love, which has been translated into 11 languages.

Kelly Clemenza, BA

Research Technician

Kelly Clemenza, BA, is a research technician for the Levine Laboratory for Social-Developmental Neuroscience in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She assists Dr. Amir Levine in his clinical, molecular, and animal behavioral research. Kelly recieved her BA from New York University, where she majored in biology, and has previous research training assisting in laboratories of the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and in the NYSPI/CUIMC Division on Substance Use Disorders. Kelly ultimately plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience and to continue in academic research.

Research Collaborators


Moira Rynn, MD

Chair for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Moira Rynn is the former director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at Columbia University (CU)/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She was also 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 and left for Duke University in 2017. 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.

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 PAMRC, 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.


Laura Mufson, PhD

Consulting Research Psychologist
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Laura Mufson, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUIMC), co-director of the Office of Clinical Psychology at CUMC, and director of the Department of Clinical Psychology at New York State Psychiatric Institute. 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 is the developer of the adolescent adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression (IPT-A) and is the author of many publications on adolescent depression, temperament, psychopathology, and risk factors for psychopathology. She is a consulting research psychologist on the Children’s Day Unit.

Dr. Mufson's primary interest is in the evaluation of empirically supported psychotherapy outcomes, both in the efficacy and effectiveness arenas. She is currently studying a model of stepped-care treatment for adolescent depression delivered in pediatric primary care clinics. 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 and community clinics, as well as models for prevention of depression, anxiety, and peer victimization, and for the treatment of prepubertal depression.

Luana Fioriti, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Dulbecco Telethon Institute, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri
Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Plico Biotech

Luca Colnaghi, PhD

Co-founder and Acting CEO, Plico Biotech


We'd like to thank our volunteers for their valuable contributions to our laboratory.

Current Volunteers

Vanessa Hartmann
Jacob Friedman

Past Volunteers

Hailey Layne Winstead
David Perrett
Charles Ferguson