Our Team

Franklin Schneier, MD

Office: (646) 774-8041 


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


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.



Amit Lazarov, PhD


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.




Sarah Dolan, BA

Office: (646) 774-8113


Sarah is a research assistant on the Social Anxiety team. She received her BA in psychology from Vassar College in 2018. Prior to joining the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, she worked as a research assistant in the Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at Vassar and studied the role of positive emotions and emotion regulation in stress reduction. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 




Sandy Liu, BS


Sandy Liu (Yun-Hsin Liu) is a volunteer research assistant with the Social Anxiety Team. She earned a BS in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University-University Park in 2017. She is currently a student at Teachers College, Columbia University working towards her MA in Clinical Psychology. 






Neya Singh, BA


Neya is a volunteer research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team. She earned a BA in Psychology and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2017, and is currently a Masters student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.