Who We Are

Pediatric Anxiety & Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC)

Who We Are

Laura Mufson, Ph.D.
Unit Chief of Children’s Research Day Unit, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Associate Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Laura H. Mufson, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), associate director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and co-director of the Office of Clinical Psychology at CUMC. She is Unit Chief of the Children’s Day Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), as well as director of Training for the Child Track of the APA–Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and a faculty member of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Dr. Mufson's primary research interest is in the evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of empirically supported psychotherapies, as well as the identification of which treatments work best for whom. In addition, she is interested in the use of technology to change clinician behavior and improve adherence to effective treatment tools. 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. Her areas of expertise include the evaluation of empirically supported intervention outcomes in clinical trials conducted in research and community settings, the implementation of treatments in the community, and models for training community clinicians in empirically supported psychotherapies. In addition, her studies have looked at the mediators and moderators of treatment response, including stress response measured by salivary cortisol levels, levels of interpersonal conflict, and comorbid disorders.

Pablo Goldberg, M.D.
Medical Director
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Goldberg is the medical director of the Children’s Day Unit. He oversees medical care and pharmacological treatment at PAMRC. Dr Goldberg is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and has served as the director of Child Emergency Services at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute from 2009 to 2011.

Dr. Goldberg completed his undergraduate and medical education in Argentina and his adult psychiatric residency at Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital, Cornell, during which he spent some time involved in psychiatric genetic research at Rockefeller University. He trained thereafter in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Goldberg has been involved in child psychopharmacological research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, currently in studies involving child and adolescent anxiety, particularly OCD and mood disorders, and, in previous years, ADHD and adolescent auicide with the Division of Child Psychiatry and adult mood disorders and suicide with the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr Goldberg is board certified in adult and child psychiatry, has published in peer-reviewed journals, and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association (of which he is a fellow), the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Medical Association.

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Anthony Puliafico, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and is director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester. He previously was co-director of psychology at CU-PAMRC, and continues to consult at PAMRC. 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.

Mara Eilenberg, M.S.W., LCSW
Clinician
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry)

Ms. Eilenberg provides therapy to adolescents, young adults, and families at NYSPI’s Children’s Day Unit, where she is clinical director of the day program. She also serves as a clinician for research conducted at PAMRC. Ms. Eilenberg received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, in Hartford, CT, a master’s degree in social work from New York University, and a certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the American Institute of Psychoanalysis/Karen Horney Center. She is currently associate director of the Social Work Department at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry) in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also responsible for supervision on the Children’s Day Unit of MSW interns from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, and from the Columbia School of Social Work, where she holds the title of Instructor. Ms. Eilenberg served as an interpersonal psychotherapist for the Complicated Grief Treatment Studies, a program at NYSPI/Columbia School of Social Work.

Paula Yanes-Lukin, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Dr. Yanes-Lukin is a clinical psychologist and 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.

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.

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.

Eileen Higgins, RN, CNS

Eileen Higgins, RN, CNS

Clinical Care Coordinator and Research Nurse

Eileen Higgins is the clinical care coordinator and research nurse for the Children’s Day Unit (CDU). She oversees the clinical and research patients at the CDU, offers individual assessments and treatment, and conducts weekly health psych-education groups. Ms. Higgins received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Lehman College, CUNY, and her master's degree in nursing at New York University. She completed her certification in individual and group psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York. She is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing, and in occupational health nursing.

Ms. Higgins has worked in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings: medical-surgical units, the Visiting Nurse Service, family health clinics, occupational health, adult and adolescent inpatient psychiatric units, and private practice. While working at the New York Telephone Company as a nurse clinician, she received the Golden Pen Award for her article “Stress and Survival of Illness: A Study of Disability—Work Groups and Their Effect on Employee Productivity and Well-Being.” Ms. Higgins was involved in many fundraising activities for Suffolk County Girl Scouts, Leukemia Society, Stony Brook School, and New Hope Orphanage in Uganda, where she spent a summer in 2010 working with children ranging in age from 2 to 20 years old. Ms. Higgins is an active member of APNA. 

Arthur Glauberman, M.S.

Arthur Glauberman, MS

Instructor and Educational Supervisor

Mr. Glauberman provides instruction and educational supervision to the adolescent in- and outpatients attending NYSPI’s Children’s Day Unit (CDU). He is employed by the New York Department of Education and is a teacher at P186X, which operates a classroom located on the premises of the CDU. Mr. Glauberman (known by his students and others as “Mr. G.”) has been teaching in the CDU classroom since 1984. Mr. Glauberman has a BA in English from Boston University and a Master of Science in special education, from Yeshiva University.

Kelsey Hill

Kelsey Hill, BA

Research Coordinator

As research coordinator at the Pediatric and Anxiety Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC), Kelsey Hill's responsibilities include managing the clinic’s OCD treatment and research program and overseeing outreach initiatives. Kelsey received her BA from Kalamazoo College, where she majored in psychology. Kelsey’s senior thesis explored psychological distress screening practices for veterans with cancer at the VA in Ann Arbor, MI. Before coming to Columbia, Kelsey gained research experience at Boston Children’s Hospital, working on clinical trials for novel drug therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF) and the development of sexual and reproductive health educational resources for young women with CF. Kelsey plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Awilda Santiago, MHTA

Awilda Santiago, MHTA

Administrative Coordinator

Awilda Santiago has been part of the NYSPI community since 2008. Before joining the Children’s Day Unit team, Awilda worked as a mental health therapist aide (MHTA) as part of the Center for Eating Disorders. Currently, Awilda is the CDU’s administrative coordinator and the friendly face to meet all the patients and families who visit the unit.