Laura Mufson, PhD
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
Co-Director, Office of Clinical Psychology, CUMC
Director of Clinical Psychology, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Laura Mufson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, a Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Director of Clinical Psychology at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
She is Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Psychology at CUMC. In addition, she is Director of Clinical Child Psychology in Child Psychiatry and directs the training program in empirically supported treatments for children and adolescents in the Dept of Child Psychiatry. She is an expert on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression (IPT-A) and is the author of many publications on adolescent depression, temperament, psychopathology, and risk factors for psychopathology.
Dr. Mufson's primary interest is in the evaluation of empirically supported psychotherapy outcomes both in the efficacy and effectiveness arenas. She recently completed a study of a model of stepped care treatment for adolescent depression delivered in pediatric primary care clinics. She is a co-investigator and/or consultant on several grants studying adaptations of IPT-A in school-based clinics, adaptations of IPT-A for prevention of depression and anxiety disorders and for treatment of prepubertal depression,She also studies the effectiveness of other empirically supported therapies for children and adolescents, and the implementation and dissemination of empirically supported treatments into community settings. She is the recipient of the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance as well as both a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and NARSAD Independent Investigator Award. She also is the recipient of funding from NIMH and SAMHSA.
Research interests include the evaluation of empirically supported intervention outcomes in clinical trials conducted in research and community settings, adolescent perception of the need for mental health care, increasing access to care and strategies for engaging youth in mental health treatment, transportability and dissemination of treatments into the community, models for training clinicians in empirically supported psychotherapies, as well as mediators and moderators of treatment outcome.