Jennifer Cruz, PhD

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Jennifer Cruz, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a deep and varied practice, providing psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychological testing and evaluation, to individuals, families, and groups of all ages. Dr. Cruz's practice focuses on providing holistic and tailored evidence-based psychological treatment to children and families affected by chronic illness. She is certified as a Level I Trainer for Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and provides training and supervision in this modality. Dr. Cruz also is the Program Clinical Director of the Integrated Services within Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health where she provides clinical leadership for the School Based Mental Health Program and Special Needs Clinic focusing in the integration of mental health into medical and school-settings with a focus on improving access to coordinated, high quality, clinical care for families in the highest need.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Chronic Illness
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Psychotherapy

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Program Clinical Director, Integrated Services at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Research Interests

  • adolescent development and risk behaviors

Selected Publications

  • Pearlstein, S. L., Mellins, C. A., Dolezal, C., Elkington, K. S., Leu, C-S, *Cruz, J. E., and Abrams, E. J. : Youth in transition: Life skills among perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-exposed adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2013
  • *Cruz, J. E., Emery, R. E., & Turkheimer, E. : Peer network drinking predicts increased alcohol use from adolescence to early adulthood after controlling for genetic and shared environmental selection. Developmental Psychology 2012;48(5): 1390
  • *Hill, J. E., Emery, R. E., Harden, K. P., Mendle, J. E., & Turkheimer, E. : Alcohol use in adolescent twins and affiliation with substance-using peers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2008;36(1): 81-94
  • Harden, K. P., *Hill, J. E., Turkheimer, E. & Emery, R. E. : Gene-environment correlation and interaction in peer effects on adolescent alcohol and tobacco use. Behavior Genetics 2008;38(4): 339-347
  • Harden, K. P., Mendle, J. E., *Hill, J. E., Turkheimer, E., & Emery, R. E. : Rethinking timing of first sex and delinquency. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 2007;37(4): 373-385