News and Announcements

Catch up on the latest news from the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center.


The Specialty Center welcomes Amy Miranda, L.C.S.W., to our clinical staff. Ms. Miranda has expertise in evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, social skills deficits, and behavioral difficulties. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for a wide array of presenting problems, including social anxiety, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. 



We are very happy to welcome Katharine Phillips, M.D., to our clinical staff at the Specialty Center. Dr. Phillips is internationally recognized for her expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and related disorders, including olfactory reference syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and other psychiatric conditions. Dr. Phillips has been treating patients with BDD and other disorders for more than 25 years. She has also conducted pioneering research studies on BDD that have identified the symptoms of the disorder, how it affects people's lives, and other key characteristics. Her studies have developed and tested effective treatments for BDD, involving both medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.  

Dr. Phillips wrote the first book on BDD, The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, published by Oxford University Press. She then published an updated version of this book, Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: An Essential Guide. Because body image concerns in men and boys are often overlooked, she co-authored The Adonis ComplexHow to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys

Schedule an appointment today by calling (646) 962-2820.

We are delighted to welcome Erica C. Keen, M.D., Ph.D., to our clinical staff at the Specialty Center. Dr. Keen specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders. She maintains a private practice in which she treats adults for medication evaluation and management as well as therapy. Schedule an appointment today by calling (646) 962-2820.


APRIL 2017

In a recent segment on "Charlie Rose," physicians from the NewYork-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center (YAC) addressed the challenges of treating anxiety disorder in young adults between 16 and 28, and discussed new therapies for treatment. Check out the video to learn about the center’s innovative collaboration between clinicians and neuroscientists and how their efforts are helping young adults develop better coping and adaptation skills as they navigate this pivotal stage of life.

APRIL 2017

Donald NathansonWe are excited to announce that Donald Nathanson, L.C.S.W., has joined our clinical staff at the Specialty Center. Donald Nathanson is a Staff Associate in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, a Professional Associate of Psychiatry-Social Work at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Clinical Director of the Youth-Dialectical Therapy Program, maintaining a practice in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division. He specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for children and adolescents, and Parent Management Training. His expertise ranges from emotional dysregulation, disruptive behavior disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and self-harm behaviors.

Donald Nathanson has had a long-standing interest in treating children, adolescents, and their families with evidence-based therapies. He earned his B.A. in Psychology and Social and Political Thought at Georgetown University. He then obtained his Master of Social Work at Columbia University, where he concentrated in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice. While there, he was a part of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training program, and completed intensive trainings by Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Technology Group. He completed his internship at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, providing DBT to federal inmates. He has also gained expertise in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Parent Management Training. At Weill Cornell Medicine, he has been a co-investigator on two clinical research trials examining the feasibility and efficacy of providing DBT for pre-adolescent children. Currently, Donald is one of few therapists who is certified as able to provide with adherence Dialectical Behavior Therapy for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.

He has presented his clinical and research work at national and international conferences including the American Psychological Association Convention, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

MAY 2016

The Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT), at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center is excited to announce the launch of the Intensive OCD and Anxiety Treatment Program this August, which provides an comprehensive intensive treatment experience consisting of up to ten hours a week of active treatment. This program addresses OCD as well as other non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, and specific phobias. It is appropriate for a broad range of children and teens with moderately to severely impairing symptoms, and their families. The goal of the program will be to provide short-term intensive treatment to target symptoms using Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment strategies. Our program provides evaluation, psychoeducation, group therapy, individual sessions and parent sessions. Additionally, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with expertise in this area is available for consultations and medication changes, as needed. Who: Children and adolescents, ages 7–18 years, with a diagnosis of OCD or other anxiety disorder

Contact: Avital Falk, PhD at (646) 692-2820 or via email at


MAY 2016

The Youth Anxiety Center (YAC) Program at Weill Cornell is welcoming new referrals for a new cycle of the young adult anxiety treatment group at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center. These groups target anxiety and related symptoms that are interfering with academic, professional, social, or personal goals and developmental milestones.

The group is intended for college-age young adults, ages 18 to 23, who are struggling with the demands of college or other post-high school transitions. This group will be starting in May and will be held on Wednesdays, beginning on May 4, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The group will be co-led by Avital Falk, PhD, and Angela Chiu, PhD, at the 62nd Street Psychiatry Specialty Center, 315 East 62nd Street, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue, 5th floor.

We are delighted to partner with clinicians outside of our center to provide comprehensive care and welcome patients who have an existing treatment team.

Please contact the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center by calling 646-962-2820 for more information or to make a referral, or emailing Angela Chiu at Find out more about the young adult anxiety group.


APRIL 2016

Variety magazine profiles designer Vera Wang and her involvement in the creation of the Youth Anxiety Center. Read the article.



Robert Hirschfeld, M.D.Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., has joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hirschfeld is known internationally for his research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Hirschfeld joins us after a 25-year tenure as the Titus H. Harris Chair, Harry K. Davis Professor, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. He has made major contributions to our understanding of the classification of depression and bipolar disorders, their clinical course, relationship to personality and personality disorders, and treatment with medication and psychotherapy. He is listed among The Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. 

LohistraAkshay Lohitsa, M.D., is an Instructor in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He focuses on young adult and adult anxiety and mood disorders. He has interests in personality disorders, relational issues, and work-related problems. He provides individual and couples treatment.

Dr. Lohitsa attended Harvard College for his undergraduate studies and has an M.D. from University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his psychiatric residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College and continues to be very involved in medical student and resident education there. He has been awarded for his humanism and employs a collaborative approach to understanding and change.


JULY 2015

Patrick Raue, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Raue has clinical expertise in adult and geriatric mood and anxiety disorders. His primary therapeutic orientation is cognitive-behavioral.

Dr. Raue conducts research at the Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry on multiple aspects of late-life depression, including patient preferences and shared decision-making approaches for depression.

Dr. Raue completed his undergraduate degree at The Catholic University of America, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed his internship at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry since 1996. Dr. Raue is a New York State licensed psychologist.

The Geriatric Program at Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center

Dr. Dimitris Kiosses and Dr. Patrick Raue lead the Geriatric Program at Weill Cornell’s Psychiatry Specialty Center. Their clinical and research experience enables them to provide psychotherapy for depressed older adults. They provide comprehensive psychological evaluations considering each patient’s unique history to tailor evidenced-based psychotherapy that will meet the patent's needs. They coordinate care with other health and mental health professionals.

Please see a list of scientific publications and further information about Dr. Kiosses at, and Dr. Raue at

APRIL 2015

Matthew J. Shear, M.D., M.P.H., is an Instructor in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the Child Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry. His practice includes outpatient treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric conditions, but with a primary focus on treating patients with eating disorders. Dr. Shear also treats children and adolescents with eating disorders on an inpatient basis.

Dr. Shear has an M.D. degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an M.P.H. degree from The George Washington University.  He completed his psychiatry residency at Montefiore Medical Center and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Hospital. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Shear continues to actively pursue research topics related to causes and treatments of eating disorders, including exploring the applications of family-based treatments in the inpatient context.

Dr. Shear takes an interdisciplinary approach to treatment, and has expertise in working with young patients and their families to implement treatment plans that are specifically tailored to his patients’ individual needs. For more information visit