Denise Leung, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Dr. Leung is a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Leung specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and their families using psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological techniques. She has a particular expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and families who are affected by chronic medical and psychiatric conditions. Her other areas of interest and expertise include: mood and anxiety disorders, transitions between life stages, and childhood and adult ADHD. She believes in a collaborative approach with patients and their families to achieve their treatment goals.

Dr. Leung joined the Columbia University faculty in 2007 and currently serves as the Program Medical Director for the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Outpatient Child and Adolescent Pediatric Psychiatry Service (Community Services) at Columbia University Medical Center. In this capacity, she evaluates and treats children and adolescents with a particular expertise in ADHD, and mood and anxiety disorders. She also formerly served as the Program Medical Director at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Special Needs Clinic, which specializes in the treatment of individuals and families who are experiencing symptoms from both medical and psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Leung earned her medical degree from the McMaster University School of Medicine (Hamilton, Canada). She completed her general psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) and her Child and Adolescent fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities. During her second year of child psychiatry training, she was selected to be the Chief Fellow for the Consultation Liaison Service at CUMC. She also completed her Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • ADHD In Children, Adolescents and College Students
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent Depression
  • Adult ADHD
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
  • Depression
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression Related to Physical Illness
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Medical Illness Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychiatric Aspects of Physical Illness
  • Psychiatric Consultation and Evaluation
  • Psychopharmacology of Anxiety and Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Tourette's Disorder
  • Tourette's Syndrome

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Program Medical Director, MSCH Community and Acute Outpatient Psychiatry Services, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
  • Medical Director of Quality, Department of Psychiatry, NYPH-CUIMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female

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Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Beacon Health - Behavioral Health
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Beacon Health - Behavioral Health

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Health (Columbia University Employee Plan)
  • Medicaid Behavioral Health
  • Medicare Behavioral Health


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine (Canada)
  • McMaster University, Faculty of Medicine (Canada)
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell and Columbia
  • Fellowship: Columbia University

Committees, Societies, Councils

New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatric Psychiatry Quality Assurance Committee

Board of Directors, New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Member, AACAP Ethics Committee

Member, AACAP HIV Issues Committee

Board Certifications

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry


Selected Publications

  • Grados MA, Leung D, Ahmed K, Aneja A. 2005. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder: a common diagnostic dilemma. Primary Psychiatry, 2(3): 40-46
  • Leung D. 2013. Book Forum: Professionalism in Psychiatry. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(12): 880-881