Alice Medalia, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology
Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation,
Columbia University Medical Center
Alice Medalia, Ph.D. is an international leader in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, who focuses on the treatment of neuropsychological disorders in psychiatric illness. She developed the widely used NEAR (Neuropsychological & Educational Approach to Remediation) model to help people with mental illness improve their thinking skills in such areas as attention, memory, processing speed and problem solving. She lectures and consults to agencies worldwide and conducts training workshops for clinicians who want to learn how to provide cognitive remediation to psychiatric patients. Dr Medalia works with policy makers, researchers, clinicians, families and patients to bring awareness about the impact of cognitive dysfunction on recovery. In order to facilitate greater awareness about cognition in the rehabilitation field, she started the largest conference on this topic, Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry, which takes place the first Friday in June in New York City. Her research focuses on the factors that impact a successful recovery of neuropsychological functions. As Director of the Lieber Rehabilitation and Recovery Clinic, she has brought state of the art evidenced based behavioral therapies for psychotic disorders to the Columbia Psychiatry Eastside Day Program. Dr Medalia's contributions as a Neuropsychologist, Researcher and Advocate of Cognitive Remediation have won her awards from professional and advocacy groups.
Undergraduate: Tufts University, B.S.
Graduate: City University of New York, Ph.D.
• Treatment of cognitive disorders
• Recovery oriented therapies
Room 1225 Unit/Box:
710 West 168th St.
New York, NY 10032
Dr Medalia's research interests focus on the factors that impact a recovery of neuropsychological functions and the motivation to engage in treatment, in people with psychiatric illness.
1. Medalia A and Saperstein A: The Role of Motivation for Treatment Success. Schizophrenia Bulletin 2011;37 Suppl 2: 122-8
2. Medalia, A and Thysen, J. : Insight into Neuro-cognitive Dysfunction in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 2008;doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbm144
3. Medalia, A., Revheim, N. and Herlands, T.: Cognitive Remediation in Psychological Disorders, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA, 2009
4. Medalia, A., Opler, L.A., & Saperstein A.M.: Integrating psychopharmacology and cognitive remediation to treat cognitive dysfunction in the psychotic disorders. CNS Spectrums 2013;doi:10.1017/S1092852913000461
5. Choi KH, Saperstein AM, Medalia A.: The relationship of trait to state motivation: The role of self-competency beliefs. Schizophrenia Research 2012;139: 73-7