Alyssa Ames-Sikora, PhD

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Alyssa Ames-Sikora, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) - Westchester. She received her BA in psychology from Rutgers University, received her MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Georgia State University, and completed her predoctoral internship at Children's National Medical Center. Following this, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at CUCARD-Westchester. Dr. Ames-Sikora specializes in the assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders that affect youth and their families, as well as providing evidence-based assessment and interventions for other concerns, including adherence to medical regimens, coping with chronic illness, adjustment to new diagnoses, and behavioral challenges. Her research interests have centered on the effects of parental psychopathology, parent-child communication, emotion flexibility, emotion socialization, and the quality of interpersonal relationships. Dr. Ames-Sikora’s dissertation investigated the effect of maternal depression on the flexibility of her emotionally expressive behaviors during interactions with her school-aged child.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Depression
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • LGBTQ Mental Health
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parent Counseling
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Problems
  • Selective Mutism
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobia
  • Stress Management
  • Women's Mental Health
  • Work-Related Stress

Academic Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, Rutgers - State University of New Jersey
  • PhD, Georgia State Unviersity
  • Internship: Children's National Medical Center


Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications:

Olmstead, T., Graff, F., Ames-Sikora, A.M., McCrady, B., Gaba, A., Epstein, E.E. (2019). Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 100 (1-7).

Ames-Sikora, A.M., Donohue, M.R., & Tully, E.C. (2018) High and low co-rumination is associated with depression in emerging adults. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 151(6), 597-612. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2017.1372345

Tully, E. C., Ames, A. M., Garcia, S. E., & Donohue, R. D. (2016). Quadratic associations between empathy and depression and the moderating influence of dysregulation. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 150(1), 15-35. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2014.992382

Masuda, A.,Tully, E. C., Drake, C.E., Tarantino,N., Ames, A. M. & Larson, D. G. (2015). Examining self-concealment within the framework of psychological inflexibility and mindfulness: A preliminary cross-sectional investigation. Current Psychology, doi:10.1007/s12144-015-9399-6

Cohen, J. R., Sheshko, D. M., Ames, A.M., Young, J. F., Cohen, A. P., Yao, S., Zhu, X. & Abela, R. Z. (2014). Self-Perceived Competence in Mainland China: A Multi-Wave Longitudinal Examination of Prospective Internalizing Symptoms in Chinese Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(3), 564-579. doi: 10.1111/jora.12146