Psychiatry & Psychology
ColumbiaDoctors psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists are ranked first in the nation for both quality and excellence in clinical care.
From its origins as the New York Pathological Laboratory in 1896, Columbia Psychiatry has grown into a multi-institutional campus unlike any other in the world. Much of the pioneering work leading to today’s understanding of mental health and mental illness has taken place here. This uniquely integrated program of quality clinical care, psychiatric research and education brings together psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and neurobehavioral scientists collaborating in basic and clinical research designed to better comprehend mental disorders from the molecular level to the societal.
The department has as its mission and goal to transform the field of psychiatric medicine. We seek to define the standards of care for the field. Our goal is to reduce the burden of mental illness on individuals and society and raising the standards of mental health care in the world.
Our large and diverse faculty of physicians include some of the world’s most renowned experts in virtually every aspect of psychiatry noted for clinical and research advances in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, suicide, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and childhood psychiatric disorders. We are the nation’s laboratory in bringing breakthroughs in neuroscience, most notably in the Nobel Prize-winning work of Columbia researchers Eric Kandel, MD, and Richard Axel, MD, into the psychiatric clinical practice.
Our faculty serves on the critical boards of national psychiatric and psychological organizations, and, through a unique relationship, provide expertise to the New York State of Mental Health in developing standards of care and public mental health care services.
We offer state-of-the-art evaluations and treatment tailored to our patients’ personal needs and goals, in modern facilities at Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester. We take tremendous pride in providing the best and most advanced treatments for people with mental illness, addiction, and intellectual disabilities.
Our areas of specialty include:
Our highly regarded Addiction Treatment Program is unique in the metropolitan area for its integration of psychiatry and addiction treatment. We offer cutting edge approaches to treating addiction to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, narcotic pain pills or marijuana in a supportive and professional environment.
Anxiety and Related Disorders
In our Anxiety Disorders Clinic, we offer programs in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related traumatic conditions, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder anxiety and depression in primary care and other medical specialty patients.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Our goal is to provide outstanding diagnosis, treatment, and support to children, adolescents and families experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns and psychiatric disorders. Our expert clinicians work together with researchers and other faculty to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive care, including specialized treatment and research clinics and community and school-based mental health programs.
Comprehensive Ambulatory Psychiatry Program
Our program provides state of the art psychiatric evaluation, expert consultation, medication management and individual therapy for adult patients.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder
We offer comprehensive evaluation and care for depression throughout the life cycle, from youth through adulthood to geriatric care.
Our inpatient program operates 65 licensed beds providing 1800 adult annual admissions, clinics that provide over 80,000 visits to adults and children, and a comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP) providing over 3000 visits.
Lyme Disease Evaluation Service Our Neuropsychiatric and Tick-Borne Disease Evaluation team consists of doctors with a particular interest and expertise in evaluating complex symptom presentations in patients with a history of Tick-borne disorders. Our experts are trained in various disciplines of relevance to patients with neuropsychiatric problems and tick-borne diseases, including neuropsychiatry, internal medicine, neuropsychology, and neurology.
The Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic for Psychotic Disorders provides adults with schizophrenia, or other serious mental illness, access to community-based treatment including intensive outpatient day treatment and a full range of on-site psychiatric, medical and rehabilitation services. We offer individualized outpatient treatment, life skills training, and psychiatric rehabilitation services. We are committed to helping adults with schizophrenia, or other serious mental illness, to improve their quality of life and move into independent living in the community.
Women’s Mental Health
We provide expert psychiatric and psychological care for women across the life cycle, including pregnancy and postpartum care, as well as for psychiatric disorders and psychological distress related to the menstrual cycle, infertility, pregnancy loss, parenting, and menopause. The focus of both our clinical care and research is the wellness of our patients and their families for generations to come.