Laura Mufson, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
Director, Dept of Clinical Psychology,
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Co-Director, Office of Clinical Psychology,
Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Clinical Child Psychology in Child Psychiatry,
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York Presbyterian Hospital
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 the Department 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 currently is studying 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 SAMSHA.
Undergraduate: Princeton University, A.B., 1979-1983
Graduate: Emory University, Ph.D., 1983-1988
Internship: NYU - Bellevue Hospital, Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, 1987-1988
Post-Graduate: Columbia University-NYSPI, NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, 1988-1990
• Child and Adolescent Psychology
• Adolescent Depression
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 2407 Unit/Box:74
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Research interests include the evaluation of empirically supported intervention outcomes in clinical trials conducted in research and community settings, adolescent engagement in mental health care, 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.
1. Mufson L, Pollack Dorta K, Moreau D, Weissman MM: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents, second edition., Guilford Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 2004
1. Gunlicks-Stoessel M, Mufson L, Cullen K, Klimes-Dougan B: A Pilot Study of Depressed Adolescents’ Cortisol patterns during Parent-Adolescent Conflict and Response to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. . Journal of Affective Disorders 2013; 150: 1125-1128
3. Gunlicks-Stoessel M, Mufson L, Jekal A, Turner B : The impact of interpersonal functioning on treatment for adolescent depression: IPT-A versus treatment as usual in school-based health clinics.. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2010;78: 260-267
4. Dietz L, Weinberg R, Brent D, Mufson L : Family-Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) for Depressed Preadolescents: Examining efficacy and potential treatment mechanisms.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015; 54(3): 191-199
5. Mufson L, Pollack Dorta K, Wickramaratne P, Nomura Y, Olfson M, Weissman MM: The Effectiveness of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents.. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2004;61: 577-584