Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)–Westchester
Co-director of Psychology,
Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic
Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. He serves as director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester. He is also co-director of psychology at the Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Disorders Research Clinic (PAMRC), where he oversees research and clinical services at PAMRC.
Dr. Puliafico specializes in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood and externalizing disorders. His research focuses on the treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and the adaptation of cognitive-behavioral interventions for young children.
Dr. Puliafico received his B.S. with Distinction from Cornell University, where he majored in Human Development, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University. He completed his clinical psychology internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Medical Center, during which time he served as a clinician at the NYU Child Study Center, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). He has published his work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and regularly lectures on the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. Besides his work at CU-PAMRC, Dr. Puliafico serves as a clinician at the Columbia University Center for OCD and Related Disorders.
Undergraduate: Cornell University, B.S., 1996-2000
Graduate: Temple University, Ph.D., 2001-2008
Internship: Bellevue Hospital/New York University, 2006-2007
Post-Graduate: Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2007-2009
• Pediatric anxiety disorders
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Cognitive-behavioral treatment
My research focuses on the study of novel interventions for pediatric anxiety disorders.
1. Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Pincus, D.B.: Adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to treat anxiety disorders in young children. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2012;21: 607-619
2. Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Albano, A.M.: Coaching approach behavior and leading by modeling: Rationale, principles and a session-by-session description of the CALM Program for early childhood anxiety. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice In Press
3. Comer, J.S., Puliafico, A.C., Aschenbrand, S.A., McKnight, K., Robin, J.A., Goldfine, M.E., & Albano, A.M.: A pilot feasibility evaluation of the CALM Program for anxiety disorders in early childhood. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2012;26: 40-49
4. Rynn, M., Puliafico, A., Heleniak, C., Rikhi, P., Ghalib, K, & Vidair, H. : Advances in pharmacotherapy for pediatric anxiety disorders. Depression and Anxiety. Depression and Anxiety 2011;28: 76-87
5. Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C.: Social phobia in youth: The diagnostic utility of feared social situations.. Psychological Assessment 2007;19: 152-158