Our Team

 
Franklin Schneier, MD

Franklin Schneier, MD

Office: (646) 774-8041 

Franklin.Schneier@nyspi.columbia.edu

Publications in NLM's PubMed

Franklin Schneier, M.D. is Special Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Co-Director of 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.

 

 

Amit Lazarov, PhD

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.

 

 

 

Gloria Gomez, BA

Gloria Gomez, BA

Office: (646) 450-4572

Gloria.Gomez@nyspi.columbia.edu

Gloria is a research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team. She is the study coordinator for our social anxiety study: "A Novel Computer-Based Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder." She earned her BA in psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2020. At Rutgers, she completed an honors thesis examining the role of anxiety sensitivity in explaining sex differences in physical activity behavior. She is interested in implementing and disseminating transdiagnostic community-based mental health interventions that target low-resourced, underserved populations. Gloria is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future. 

 

 

 

Lotus Lien, BA

Lotus Lien, BFA

Lotus.Lien@nyspi.columbia.edu

Lotus is a volunteer research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team. She is a second year MA candidate in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in the dimensions of trauma and resilience, multimodal treatment, and the psychophysiology of emotion regulation. She is currently researching how aesthetic processing and appraisal may relate to social adaptation. Prior to Columbia, she earned a BFA at the Cooper Union and worked as a graphic designer.

 

 

Camille Dupiton

Camille Dupiton, BA

Camille.Dupiton@nyspi.columbia.edu

Camille is a volunteer research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team. She earned her BA in Biology from Binghamton University in 2019 and is currently a second year MA candidate in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in examining the intersections of culture, emotion regulation, and psychopathology as well as assessing the ways in which treatment can be socio-culturally informed. Camille is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future.

 

 

 

Akaisha An

Akaisha An, BA

aa4716@tc.columbia.edu

Akaisha is a volunteer research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team.  She earned her BA in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2019. She is currently a second year MA candidate in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in the cognition, emotion, perception, and neuroscience of anxiety disorders. She is also interested in research related to pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral based interventions for social anxiety disorder. Akaisha is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.  

 

 

Jesse Ross

Jesse Ross, BA

Office: (646) 774-8060

Jesse.Ross@nyspi.columbia.edu

Jesse is a research assistant on the Social Anxiety Team. He earned his BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia in 2018. He then completed a post-bacc fellowship at the National Institute of Drug Abuse where he studied the neurocircuitry of opioid withdrawal in mice. He is currently the primary study coordinator for the Pali-SAD-e study, which investigates a novel drug therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Jesse is interested in applying for medical school in the near future, and is interested in a career as a psychiatrist.