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Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders for Children (CUCARD)Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders for Children (CUCARD)

The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders for Children (CUCARD) is a specialty clinic in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Columbia University.


Contact:  212-246-5740

Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Clinic Director, Dr. Moira Rynn, Medical Director, and their staff of licensed clinical psychologists, advanced post doctoral fellows in psychology, and advanced psychology externs provide treatment to patients.

CUCARD specializes in delivering empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral therapies for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from anxiety or anxiety-related disorders. The staff has expertise in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders, including Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and mood disorders. Psychiatric consultation for medication issues is also available.

The clinic offers a variety of clinical services, including a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, individual and group cognitive behavioral treatment, family therapy, and parenting workshops. Therapists collaborate with teachers and other mental health providers (e.g., psychiatrists) to develop comprehensive treatment plans. In addition, therapists conduct community services at our clinic and at community centers, including school consultations, teacher workshops, and training and supervision for psychiatrists.

CUCARD offers several empirically based group treatment programs, including cognitive behavioral group therapy for adolescents (CBGT-A) and young adults (CBGT-YA) with social anxiety disorder. Within the group format individuals learn how to manage their anxiety using cognitive behavioral strategies, while gaining support and encouragement from others who are coping with similar difficulties. The clinic also conducts cognitive behavioral therapy groups for children and adolescents coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These groups provide opportunities for children to receive support from peers while learning how to understand the nature of their OCD symptoms, recognize triggers to their OCD, and develop the cognitive and behavioral skills to resist rituals. In 2009, we will be starting several new programs, including our Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Anxiety in young children and our Summer Camp Readiness Program.



Referrals may be made by patients, family members, therapists, or treatment facilities. To schedule an appointment, make a referral, or obtain further information, please call Dr. Sandra Pimentel at 212-246-5740.

Research Opportunities

For information about research opportunities affiliated with Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorder, please visit our website:

Financial Information

CUCARD is a fee-for-service clinical program.


To schedule an appointment, make a referral, or obtain additional information, please contact the referral service
at 212-246-5740.


Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders
1775 Broadway, Suite 601
New York, NY 10019


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