Jonathan M. Liss, PHD

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Dr. Liss is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of adults with addiction and substance use disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders. He integrates evidenced based practices to promote behavior change. Dr. Liss works with patients in group psychotherapy as part of the Columbia University's Day Treatment Program and maintains a private practice in individual psychotherapy. Dr. Liss' specialty is engaging individuals and when appropriate, their families or loved ones in a therapeutic process.

Dr. Liss has a diverse background and extensive training. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Stanford University. He later received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Columbia University while working with a clinical research team in traumatic stress at Weill Cornell Medical Center, NY. Dr. Liss later received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. While in Boston, he was clinically trained at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team specializing in co-occuring and dual diagnosis mental health and substance use disorders. He then completed a pre-doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City with specialized training in substance use disorders, as well as mood, anxiety and personality disorders. This was followed by a year long Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addictions at the Addiction Institute of New York at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (currently Mount Sinai West). Since that time Dr. Liss has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Affective Disorders
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Individual Brief Psychotherapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychoactive Substance Use Disorder
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy For Relationship Problems
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Work-Related Stress

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Research Psychologist, Columbia Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Interventions Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, 2007 Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts
  • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Fellowship: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center


Selected Publications

  • Milburn M, Liss J: Emotion, Affect Displacement, Conflict and Cooperation [Chapter], Blackwell, Malden, MA, 2007