Francine Cournos, MD

Board Certifications: 
Psychiatry
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Individual Psychotherapy, Couples/Relationship Therapy, Couples Therapy

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Epidemiology)

Francine Cournos, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Epidemiology) at Columbia University. She is the Principal Investigator of the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Project. Dr. Cournos has worked in the area of HIV/AIDS and mental illness since 1983, and has participated in numerous research projects, training grants, practice guidelines, and policy development projects.

She has edited two books and written numerous articles and book chapters on the interface of HIV/AIDS and mental health issues with a particular concentration on people with severe mental illness. Internationally, she has worked on approaches to treating mental health disorders in the context of the antiretroviral rollout. Dr. Cournos has served on the boards of many professional organizations as well as many not-for-profit programs that serve disadvantaged populations. In 1999 Dr. Cournos published an autobiography, City of One, which describes her own experiences as an orphan and foster child, and has spoken and published about disclosure, permanency planning, and childhood bereavement. She is involved in many projects that address the mental health needs of foster children.

Dr. Cournos also conducts a private practice at the medical center focused on individual and couples therapy. She has received a number of awards including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

Location(s)

CUMC/Neurological Institute of New York
710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • New York University
  • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship: New York State Psychiatric Institute

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry

Research

Dr. Cournos' research has focused on people with severe mental illness in two areas: consent to treatment and refusal of treatment; and the epidemiology of HIV infection and HIV-related risk behaviors.

Grants

REGIONAL AIDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTERS (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2019 - Jun 30 2024

MZ TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 0424 (NY) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2011 - Sep 29 2017

AETC NATIONAL COORDINATING RESOURCE CENTER (Federal Gov)

Oct 6 2016 - Jun 30 2017

ETHIOPIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 0204 (NY) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2011 - Sep 29 2016

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS FOR THE PREVENTION, CARE AND TREATMENT OF HIV/AIDS IN THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA UNDER PEPFAR - NY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2010 - Mar 31 2016

BUILDING MOZAMBICAN CAPACITY - NY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2010 - Mar 29 2016

NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY AIDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2010 - Aug 31 2015

TB/HIV LESOTHO 2011 - NY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Jun 30 2015

RAPID SCALE UP ON HIV/AIDS CARE AND TREATMENT SERVICES IN THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND UNDER PEPFAR - NY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Sep 29 2014

RWANDA SCMOH 1161 (NY) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2008 - Sep 29 2013

PRESIDENTIAL EXPANSION PROJECT FOR AIDS RELIEF - RWANDA (Federal Gov)

Feb 23 2004 - May 22 2012

Selected Publications

  • Cournos F: City of One, Authors Choice Press, New York, NY, USA, 2006
  • Cournos F, Forstein M: What Mental Health Practitioners Need to Know About HIV and AIDS. New Directions for Mental Health Services 87, Jossey Bass Inc Publishers, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2000
  • Cournos F, Wainberg M, Horwath E: Psychiatric Care in Anti-retroviral (ARV) Therapy (for Second Level Care) Fieldtest Version, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005
  • Cournos F, Empfield M, Horwath E, McKinnon K, Meyer I, Schrage H, Currie C, Agosin B: HIV seroprevalence among patients admitted to two psychiatric hospitals. American Journal of Psychiatry 1991;148: 1225 - 1230
  • McKinnon K, Carey MP, Cournos F: Research on HIV, AIDS, and severe mental illness: Recommendations from the NIMH national conference. Clinical Psychology Review 1997;17: 327-331