Close mobile menu×
Close mobile menu

Nancy A. Kerner, MD

Board Certifications: 
Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry
Accepting New Patients
Profile Hero

Schedule an Appointment

Connect Patient Portal

For existing patients, login to make an appointment, view documentation or contact your care provider.

Connect Sign In

Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Clinical Expertise

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Insomnia
  • Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Menopausal Problems
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Women's Mental Health

Education & Training

  • 1989 Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences
  • Residency: 2012 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2013 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

About Nancy Kerner

Dr. Nancy Kerner is a physician-scientist who has clinical and research expertise in the intersection of sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances and cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Her clinical background is in geriatric psychiatry. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Her clinical practice has focused on healthy aging and late-life neuropsychiatric disorders, encompassing sleep and behavioral disturbances, depression, anxiety, and psychosis in older adults with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Dr. Kerner also received fellowship training in research, supported by a NIH-funded T32 Late-life Neuropsychiatric Disorders research training program, with a focus on studying the association between vascular depression, cognitive impairment, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In recent years, Dr. Kerner has assembled a multi-disciplinary team with renowned research investigators in an older adult population, including (1) Davangere Devanand MD, an expert in geriatric depression and cognitive impairment diagnosis and treatment, (2) Jose Luchsinger MD, MPH, an expert in dementia risk factor research, (3) Terry Goldberg, PhD, an expert in cognitive diagnostic instruments, and (4) sleep and circadian rhythm research experts (e.g., Johns Hopkins University). I have also established a consultant team, including Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., an expert in neuropsychology and cognitive reserve, and Mitchell Elkind, MD, MPH, an expert in cerebrovascular disease associated with cognitive impairment and dementia. Her projects include implementing early screening and diagnosing cognitive decline and sleep/circadian rhythm disturbance in clinical and community settings. Dr. Kerner’s optimal goal is to develop a novel diagnostic matrix and treatment for sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances among older adults with cognitive concerns, MCI, and dementia in order to optimize their quality of life and improve long-term cognitive outcomes.

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Languages

  • Chinese

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Beacon Health - Behavioral Health

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Beacon Health - Behavioral Health

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Coventry Health Care

  • Coventry Health Care

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

UnitedHealthcare

  • Behavioral Health
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health
  • Medicare Behavioral Health

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Research

Selected Publications

1. Kim, J., Fan, B., Liu, X., Kerner, N., & Wu, P. (2011). Ecstasy use and suicidal behavior among adolescents: findings from a national survey. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 41(4), 435-444. doi:10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00043.x

2. *Kerner, N. A., Roose, S. P., Pelton, G. H., Ciarleglio, A., Scodes, J., Lentz, C., . . . Devanand, D. P. (2017). Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Episodic Memory and Cerebral Microvascular Pathology: A Preliminary Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 25(3), 316-325. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2016.11.009

3. *Kerner, N. A., & Roose, S. P. (2016). Obstructive Sleep Apnea is Linked to Depression and Cognitive Impairment: Evidence and Potential Mechanisms. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 24(6), 496-508. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2016.01.134

4. *Kerner, N., & Prudic, J. (2014). Current electroconvulsive therapy practice and research in the geriatric population. Neuropsychiatry (London), 4(1), 33-54. doi:10.2217/npy.14.3

5. Kerner, N., D'Antonio, K., Pelton, G. H., Salcedo, E., Ferrar, J., Roose, S. P., & Devanand, D. (2014). An open treatment trial of duloxetine in elderly patients with dysthymic disorder. SAGE Open Med, 2. doi:10.1177/2050312114533536

6. D'Antonio, J., Simon-Pearson, L., Goldberg, T., Sneed, J. R., Rushia, S., Kerner, N., . . . Devanand, D. (2019). Cognitive training and neuroplasticity in mild cognitive impairment (COG-IT): protocol for a two-site, blinded, randomised, controlled treatment trial. BMJ Open, 9(8), e028536. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028536