Laura Mufson, Ph.D., Director
Mission: The Clinical Psychology Department is integrally involved in both provision of clinical care as well as in education and research activities at New York State Psychiatric Institute. The Clinical Psychology Department consists of a diverse group of psychologists working to increase understanding of psychiatric illness and improve clinical care throughout the life span. Our mission is to make a significant contribution to education and clinical research in mental health and to the provision of expert clinical care at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Clinical Service: The Director of the Department of Clinical Psychology is responsible for overseeing the clinical psychologists who provide clinical and psychological assessment services that occur on the clinical units at New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition, along with a committee of other clinical psychologists, the department is responsible for credentialing all clinical psychologists who are involved in patient care at NYSPI as part of clinical research activities or who may be involved in diagnostic evaluations, and/or supervision of clinical work as part of a research protocol.The psychologists provide expert psychoeducation, psychological testing and evaluation, and psychotherapy to patients and their families through their work on several clinical units including the Washington Heights Community Service, the Inwood Outpatient Service, and the General Research Service Unit. Psychologists participate actively in the multidisciplinary approach to enhance patient care.
Research: Psychologists are active in research throughout NYSPI in the various research divisions of Psychiatry including child psychiatry, clinical and genetic epidemiology, therapeutics, and neuroscience. Members of the department participate in or are Principal Investigatoron a significant number of federally and privately funded grants on schizophrenia, treatment of anxiety disorders, treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness such as HIV.
Training: The Clinical Psychology Department plays a crucial role in the psychology and psychiatry education and training programs at NYSPI, sharing our expertise in areas such as neuropsychology, child development, and evidence-based psychosocial interventions. We provide didactic seminars and well as clinical supervision both for psychology and psychiatry trainees throughout the Institute. The department oversees both clinical and clinical research externship placements with clinical units and investigators in the Institute for graduate students in clinical psychology who are interested in part-time field placements to satisfy their practicum requirements for school.. In addition, we have an active mentoring program matching undergraduate students contemplating a career in psychology with appropriate psychologists on staffand placing graduate students looking for research mentors with psychology investigators.
For more information about the Clinical Psychology Department, call Jackson Velez at (212) 543-6290.