Alla Landa, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)


Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, 2009 Long Island University
  • Internship: New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia


Dr. Landa's research bridges clinical psychology and neuroscience, and is focused on the interface of emotion regulation, interpersonal well-being and physical health, with the goal of uncovering etiology of psychosomatic distress and developing new, effective treatments. In particular, she has formulated a translational research-based developmental theory of somatoform symptoms/pain and its implications for treatment, and conducted studies on the neural bases of the effects of early development and interpersonal emotions on physical pain. Dr. Landa's treatment approach integrates modalities of therapy that have been shown to alleviate psychosomatic distress, including multidisciplinary team care for patients with psychosomatic disorders. In addition to research, she conducts comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations for patients with chronic pain and psychosomatic distress, as well as individual and group psychotherapy in private practice, as well as psychotherapy for variety of conditions.

Selected Publications

Landa, A., Makous, M., & Fallon, B. (2017). Treating Somatic Symptom Disorder and Illness Anxiety. in Feinstein, R., Connelly, J., & Feinstein, M. (Eds.). Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Oxford University Press.

Landa, A., Peterson, B. S., & Fallon, B. A. (2012). Somatoform pain: a developmental theory and translational research review. Psychosomatic medicine, 74(7), 717.

Landa, A., Bossis, A. P., Boylan, L. S., & Wong, P. S. (2012). Beyond the unexplainable pain: relational world of patients with somatization syndromes. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 200(5), 413-422.

Landa, A., Wang, Z., Russell, J. A., Posner, J., Duan, Y., Kangarlu, A., ... & Peterson, B. S. (2013). Distinct neural circuits subserve interpersonal and non-interpersonal emotions. Social neuroscience, 8(5), 474-488.