Silvia Juliana Franco Corso, MD

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Dr. Franco Corso is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She completed her psychiatry residency at Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai West/Morningside and her addiction research fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Franco specializes in providing care for patients dealing with conditions like depression and anxiety, especially when these conditions intersect with substance-related challenges that hinder their ability to lead fulfilling lives. Her therapeutic approaches encompass psychotherapy, medical management (including Vivitrol and Suboxone), and, when appropriate, facilitates family and couples therapy. Dr. Franco also offers consultations for diagnostic assessments and treatment planning. Additionally, she takes a holistic approach to mental health and conducts research on how altered states of consciousness, whether induced by substances like psychedelics or mind-body techniques such as breathwork, can influence mental well-being.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Opioid Use Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use
  • Women's Mental Health

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC


  • Spanish


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center (NY)
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry


Selected Publications

Franco Corso SJ, O'Malley KY, Subaiya S, Mayall D, Dakwar E. The role of non-ordinary states of consciousness occasioned by mind-body practices in mental health illness. J Affect Disord. 2023 Aug 15;335:166-176. doi: 10.1016/
j.jad.2023.04.116. Epub 2023 May 6. PMID: 37150220.

Ross S; Agin G; Lo S; Zeifman R; Benville J; Franco Corso S; Bjerre C; Guss J; Bossis A; Mennenga S. Acute and Sustained Reductions in Loss of Meaning and Suicidal Ideation Following Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Psychiatric and Existential Distress in Life-Threatening Cancer. ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science 2021 Mar 18;4(2):553-562.

Franco S, Olfson M, Wall M, Wang S, Hoertel N, Blanco C. Shared and specific associations of substance use disorders on adverse outcomes and on quality of life: a national prospective study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2020; 201:212-219. PMID: 31252355

Ross S, Franco S, Reif C, Agin G. Psilocybin. Chapter for “The Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens”. 2021 Guilford Press; Editors: Grob C, Moore K, Grigsby J. ISBN 9781462545445

Okuda M, Franco S. Gambling and substance use disorders. Chapter for “Treating the dually diagnosed: A casebook”. Edited by Jonathan D. Avery M.D and John W. Barnhill M.D. American Psychiatric Association Publishing. 2018. ISBN 978-1-61537-055-9

Martinez-Ortega J, Franco S, Rodriguez-Fernandez JM, Gutierrez-Rojas L, Wang S, Gurpegui M. Temporal sequencing of nicotine dependence and major depressive disorder: a U.S national study. Psychiatry Research. 2017; 250:264-269.

Franco S, Hoertel N, McMahon K, Wang S, Rodríguez-Fernández JM, Peyre H, Limosin H, Blanco C. Generalizability of clinical trials results for adults with Post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2016;77:e975–e981
Hoertel N, Franco S, Wall MM, Oquendo MA, Kerridge BT, Limosin F, Blanco C. Mental disorders and risk of suicide attempt: a national prospective study. Molecular Psychiatry. 2015; 20:718-726.