Constance Dekis, PhD
Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated
- Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
Dr. Connie Dekis is a licensed clinical psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology at CUMC and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she teaches courses in assessment and supervision. She has received years of intensive training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), including through Behavioral Tech, A Linehan Institute Training Company. Dr. Dekis also has special training in trauma and PTSD. Her research in graduate school and dissertation focused on factors that lead to the development of PTSD. Furthermore, she received specialized training in STAIR-NST (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation - Narrative Story Telling), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and the DBT PE protocol by the developer of DBT PE, Dr. Melanie Harned.
Dr. Dekis previously led trainings and provided consultation to local elementary, middle, and high school districts implementing CBT and DBT programs within their schools. She was the Coordinator of OCD and Related Disorders at a large group private practice where she co-created and ran OCD Intensive treatment programs and supervised and taught psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to OCD, trauma, and PTSD her other specialties include anxiety, specific phobias, misophonia, body-focused repetitive behaviors, mindfulness based interventions, depression, chronic pain, disordered eating, and self-harm and suicidal behaviors. Therapeutically, she aims to balance genuine warmth with insight and change.
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