Our Team

Yuval Neria, PhD, Director

Office (646) 774-8092

Yuval.Neria@nyspi.columbia.edu

Publications in NLM's PubMed

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

jcm42@cumc.columbia.edu

Publications in NLM's PubMed

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 

frs1@cumc.columbia.edu

Publications in NLM's PubMed

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 

Xi.Zhu@nyspi.columbia.edu

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

bs3021@cumc.columbia.edu

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

al3676@cumc.columbia.edu

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.

 

 

 

Maja Bergman, M.S.

Office: (646) 774-8058

Maja.Bergman@nyspi.columbia.edu

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

arturo@nyspi.cpmc.columbia.edu

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.

 

Caroline Marohasy, BA

Office: 646-774-8042

Caroline.Marohasy@nyspi.columbia.edu

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.Ryba@nyspi.columbia.edu

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.