Programs for Military Veterans & Family Members

New York Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center at Columbia Veterans Research Center (IRB #7218)

*Currently Recruiting Participants - Email Chana Fisch at​ or call 646-774-8104 for more information. 

*Please note that given COVID-19 updates, email is the best way to contact our team.

Principal Investigator: Yuval Neria, PhD




At the Columbia Veterans Research Center we are proud to offer evidence -based treatment through the NYP Military Family Wellness Center for post-traumatic stress, depression, and other mental health needs encountered by veterans and their families. Services will typically take place over 12 to 20 sessions. Our team will work with patients to determine the best course of treatment for them, which may include Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), group treatment, equine therapy, and other innovative treatment options.


This program is generously funded by a grant from the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP).

For more information, contact our Program Coordinator Chana Fisch or call (646) 774-8104

Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Therapy (IRB #7232)

*No Longer Recruiting Participants

Principal Investigator: Yuval Neria, PhD


Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Therapy (TF-EAT) is a unique, group treatment that might reduce symptoms of PTSD, particularly individuals who encounter difficulty in more traditional treatments. In TF- EAT, a mental health professional and an equine specialist work together to guide participants with PTSD through a series of structured activities with a horse. The present study is an eight-week open pilot study to examine how well EAT works for veterans with PTSD. Treatment groups consist of 4-6 veterans at a time. 90-minute EAT sessions will take place at the Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia, New Jersey. We provide transportation to treatment sessions. Participants will complete three assessments throughout the study at our offices on Riverside Drive. Treatment does not include riding horses.