Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Program director’s welcome letter

The child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center trains psychiatrists to understand; relate to, and treat the complex emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and teens. The United States is facing a shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. As of 2013, there were only 8,300 to treat more than 15 million children and teens in need of the special expertise of child and adolescent psychiatrists. The faculty and staff at Zucker Hillside are committed to addressing this shortfall through the development of exceptional clinicians in this field.

Our program provides a comprehensive exposure to the major theoretical, assessment, methodological, and treatment approaches in the field through our renowned didactic series and our unparalleled clinical opportunities with the greatest possible diversity of patients.  

Fellows learn to conduct and coordinate comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatment of children, adolescents, and families as medical specialists who are proficient in a wide range of diagnostic assessments and therapeutic interventions, including expressive, supportive, individual, family, group, milieu, analytic, behavioral, cognitive, and pharmacologic therapies. 

In this program there is a special focus on the child and adolescent psychiatrist’s role as member, manager and leader of multidisciplinary treatment teams, which involves close collaboration with psychologists, social workers, nurses, rehab therapists, teachers and other child specialists.  This team approach is most notable in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatrically ill children/adolescents and their families.  The integral relationship between pediatrics and psychiatry at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) and its wealth of clinical resources permits in-depth consultation and liaison experiences, as well as rotations in child neurology and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

The didactic components of our program enrich the fellow’s basic fund of knowledge and provide a strong theoretical basis for the clinical practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.  Fellows become critical readers of clinical and investigative child and adolescent psychiatric literature to better evaluate and re-evaluate evidence-based practice.  They are also encouraged to develop their burgeoning roles as educators of other health professionals and trainees and to initiate and pursue research as well as their clinical interests.

Upon completion of their education and training, child and adolescent psychiatrists who were fellows here are able to fully function both independently and as consultants to pediatricians, schools, the court system, community agencies and interdisciplinary teams.  Given our program’s strong emphasis on clinical care, didactics and research, and the leadership role of the fellow in the treatment of children, adolescents and families, many of our graduates have obtained full-time academic positions, while others have established successful private practices, and many others serve in local and national psychiatric organizations. 

Our graduates are found in locations throughout the nation and internationally, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Arizona, Montana, Iowa, Utah, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Washington D.C., the Dominican Republic, France, Israel and Canada.


Richard R. Pleak, MD
Director of Education & Training

Program facts

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital offers a two-year program to 10 fellows per year. The program works closely with the psychiatry and developmental and behavioral pediatrics program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The advantages of training and educating fellows in child and adolescent psychiatry in our child-centered psychiatric facilities and our full-range pediatric hospital are great. Fellows are exposed on a daily basis to professionals who have devoted themselves to the care of children/adolescents and families at risk. The fellow's growing identity as a child psychiatrist is nurtured in a setting that is richly informative and supportive. Zucker Hillside Hospital includes a very large Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic and a 22-bed Adolescent Inpatient Unit, housed in a modern inpatient pavilion which includes a state-of-the-art ECT Suite.

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Richard R. Pleak, MD
Director of Education & Training


Cathy Budman, MD
Director, Tourette’s Services
Christoph Correll, MD                                                        
Professor of Psychiatry & Molecular Medicine
Peter D’Amico, Ph.D.
Robert Dicker, MD                                                              
Associate Division Director
David Dillon, MD
Director, School Consultation  
Board of Cooperative Education Services, Nassau County 
Vera Feuer, MD                                                                   
Director, Emergency Services
Carmel Foley, MD                                                               
Director, Consultation/Liaison Service
Victor Fornari, MD                                                              
Director of the Division
Sophia Francis-Stewart, MD
Medical Director, Lifeline Center for Child Development
Attending, Fay Linder Center for Autism
Valerie Bongiovi, NP
Lifeline Center for Child Development, Family Therapy
Niladri Ganguli, MD
Attending, Middle School Intensive Day Treatment
New York City Children’s Center-Queens (NYCCC)
Lydia Gerges, DO
Medical Director, Substance Abuse
Vivian Kafantaris, MD                                                         
Director of Child Psychiatric Research
William Kaplan, MD
Attending, Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Vlad Kononchuk, MD
Attending, Middle School Intensive Day Treatment,    
New York City’s Children Center-Queens (NYCCC)
Scott Krakower, DO                                                            
Assistant Director, Adolescent Inpatient
Lindsay Moskowitz, MD                                                     
Director, Eating Disorders Service
Meredith Owens, Ph.D.
Psychologist, OPD
Kathy Pignatelli                                                                                    
Program Coordinator                           
Ema Saito, MD                                                                      
Director, Adolescent Inpatient Service          
Stephanie Solow, Ph.D.
Psychologist, OPD