Yuval Neria, PhD, Director
Office (646) 774-8092
Dr. Neria is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the PTSD Research and Treatment Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Neria grew up in Israel and personally experienced the effects of war. He is the recipient of the Medal of Valor, equivalent to a medal of honor. Dr. Neria has studied the effects of trauma across different contexts, including wars and disasters, and has been involved in developing and testing innovative treatments for PTSD.
John Markowitz, MD
Office: (646) 774-8098
Dr. Markowitz is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He is a psychiatrist specializing in research and clinical practice with nearly thirty years of experience, and is an expert in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Franklin Schneier, MD
Office: (646) 774-8041
Franklin Schneier, M.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Schneier's research has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. He has conducted clinical trials establishing the efficacy of medication and cognitive- behavioral therapy treatments and has used brain imaging to evaluate brain function in anxiety disorders and depression.
Xi Zhu, PhD
Office: (646) 774-8086
Dr. Zhu is a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on utilizing resting state fMRI, structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and task fMRI to identify brain bio-markers of PTSD. She is also interested in integrating different types of large scale imaging and clinical datasets and using machine learning /artificial intelligence approaches to construct predictive network models and predict treatment outcome.
Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, PhD
Office: (646) 774-5416
Dr. Suarez-Jimenez, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, is investigating neural signatures of anxiety disorders and PTSD by creating his own virtual reality environments. He is interested in location-specific contextual learning and overgeneralization. His studies employ fMRI coupled with psychological and physical measures of fear and anxiety.
Amit Lazarov, PhD
Office: (646) 774-5416
Dr. Lazarov is a postdoctoral research fellow, with expertise in clinical practice with adults with affective and anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and PTSD. He is investigating basic attention processes, with emphasis on attention allocation over time to threat vs neutral stimuli in the environment.
Alison Pickover, PhD
Office: (646) 774-8028
Dr. Pickover is a postdoctoral fellow with the PTSD Research and Treatment Team. She is interested in helping survivors, communities, and professionals understand the range of responses to interpersonal trauma exposure and identify factors that contribute to those responses. Her research has examined how intrapersonal and interpersonal factors, in interaction with contextual factors such as community violence and blight, affect survivors' psychological wellbeing. Much of her work has involved individuals from traditionally underserved groups.
Kathleen Springer, PhD
Office: (646) 774-8049
Dr. Springer is a post-doctoral psychology research fellow who specializes in the treatment and assessment of mood, thought, and trauma-related disorders. She has previously worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health where she administered group and individual therapy to adult patients experiencing a wide-range of psychopathology, including PTSD, substance use, Bipolar, Schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Dr. Springer is investigating the effects of relational functioning and interpersonal style on combat-related PTSD among post-9/11 U.S. Military veterans.
Maja Bergman, M.S.
Office: (646) 774-8058
Maja is a psychology extern on the team. She received her advanced Masters degree from the professional psychology program at Stockholm University. She is a current fourth-year PhD student in the Fordham University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral program. She has over ten years of clinical experience working with families and individuals impacted by trauma.
J. Arturo Sanchez-Lacay, MD
Office: (646) 774-5849
J. Arturo Sanchez-Lacay, MD is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Sanchez-Lacay joined the Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1992 and has worked extensively in all research protocols and clinical projects, including trauma, depression and anxiety disorders.
Sara Such, BA
Office: (646) 774-8104
Sara is the PTSD Team's Research Coordinator. She received her BA in Psychology and Human Rights at Bard College where she served as an EMT for four years.
Caroline Marohasy, BA
Caroline is a research assistant for the PTSD Research and Treatment Program. She received her BA from the University of Sydney, Australia, and before joining the team spent several years living in Kenya where she worked across operations and behavioral science research.
Matthew Ryba, BS, USMC (ret.)
Office: (347) 949-1193
Matthew is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Military Wellness Center. He is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, with a background in military and veteran outreach and traumatic stress studies with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Fordham University.
Serena Bonomo, BA
Serena is a volunteer research assistant on the team and graduated with her BA in Psychology from New York University in 2017. She spent a year after graduation working on an integrated care grant for those with serious mental illness (SMI) at Sunset Terrace Family Health Center, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Psychology and concentrating in clinical neuroscience at NYU.
Julia Werner, BS, USMC
Julia is a volunteer research assistant on the team. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Fordham University and is hoping to pursue graduate education in Social Work. Julia has previously worked at the National Eating Disorders Association and has contributed to PTSD Research at the VA.