The Children's Day Unit is an outpatient day hospital program that is a subdivision of the Division of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a unit in the New York State Psychiatric Institute. It is both a clinical and research facility and a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children and adolescents ages 12-18 , with a diversity of diagnoses including mood disorders, psychosis and eating disorders.
All children and adolescents receive a comprehensive evaluation, including psychiatric and psychological assessment, physical and neurological examination, and social skills and educational assessments. They then enter a structured therapeutic program which includes short-term individual and group psychotherapy, social skills training, recreational and art therapy and medication if clinically indicated. Children and adolescents also attend classes on the unit which are taught by teachers from the NYC Board of Education.
Children and adolescents who are inpatients at Psychiatric Institute also attend the Day Treatment Program, but are housed on other units during nights and weekends.
Children's Day Unit
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10032
Moira Rynn, MD, Unit Chief
Pablo Goldberg, Medical Director
Angela Seracini, PhD, Psychologist
Tony Puliafilo, PhD, Psychologist
Deborah Stedge, RN, Clinical Care Coordinator
Mara Eilenberg, MSW, LCSW, Senior Social Worker
Lawrence Rotundo, Recreational Therapist
Arthur Glauberman, MA, New York City Board of Education Teacher
Miriam Moreno, Para Professional, New York City Board of Education
Olga Jablonka, BA, Project Manager
Amy Rapp, BA, Research Assistant
Lorena Alvarez, Mental Health Therapy Aide/Receptionist
Presently admitting adolescents
Free of Charge