Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital


Welcome to our website.  I am delighted that you are interested in our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.  The goal of our Program is to graduate superb child and adolescent psychiatrists who are fully prepared to take their place as professional colleagues in the national shortage field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and who will continue their own professional development following completion of their education and training.  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.  

Our objectives are that fellows will 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.  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 of New York (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
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program,
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

The Faculty and staff of our program include: 

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

Our division and training locations

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is one of the strongest clinical and academic programs in the nation.  We have one of the largest and most comprehensive  residency education/training programs in this subspecialty, with 10 fellows per year. The clinical research program of our division has a national reputation and receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and many private foundations.  A major resource in the New York metropolitan region, our Division provides a wide range of clinical services on-site. 

Our fellowship program’s academic affiliation is with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which accepted its first students in the summer of 2011.  Our fellows have been involved with the innovative interactive learning experiences in the medical school, and with students in various endeavors, such as an LGBT medical student organization and narrative medicine programs.   

The core rotations and didactics of our program are located at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center located on the Queens-Nassau border in Glen Oaks and Lake Success.  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.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center consists of  Zucker Hillside Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, as well as adult and geriatric medical facilities.  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.  Long Island Jewish’s adult medical facilities completed in January 2012, a major  world-class tower for women’s health, the Katz Women’s Hospital, and medical-surgical services (Zuckerberg Pavilion). This tower is the beautiful new face of Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC) is specifically designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of children and adolescents. This facility, part of LIJMC, serves the entire New York metropolitan area as a center for specialized pediatric health services. CCMC expanded with a major new addition, which was completed in May 2013, and which houses a separate pediatric ER and a unique pediatric trauma center. Fellows have their pediatric C/L rotation and their ER rotation at CCMC in the new addition.  Psychiatric consultation/liaison is provided with two child and adolescent psychiatry attendings for the medical-surgical patients, their families, and the staff. The CCMC environs are enhanced by important contemporary art, including two rare series of lithographs by Andy Warhol, giant Polaroid prints of dogs by William Wegman,  and original murals and a large signature sculpture by Keith Haring.  Long Island's only Ronald MacDonald House adjoins as a residence for families of children undergoing prolonged courses of treatment.

The Department of Psychiatry of North Shore-LIJ has a long history of excellence in the provision of clinical services to patients from all socio-economic backgrounds. There are over 200 inpatient beds, large short-term and long-term day treatment facilities and extensive aftercare and out-patient services at Zucker Hillside Hospital, part of LIJMC. The Department is responsible for an extensive network of community mental health centers and substance abuse programs, as well as emergency, crisis and residential services.  Zucker Hillside Hospital contains the adolescent and adult/geriatric inpatient units and outpatient clinics, a college mental health program, and the offices of the Chair and Department administration.  A modern ambulatory care building was opened in July 2004, which includes the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services.  The Hospital is located adjacent to Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, on a large wooded campus.    

Since our medical center straddles the Queens-Nassau border, our patient population comes mostly from Queens and Nassau County, but we also see patients from Suffolk County, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester, Manhattan and Staten Island, making ours the most ethnically and economically diverse population of any program in the country in terms of ethnicity, national origin, languages, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Queens County is the most ethnically diverse county in the US, which results in the tremendous cross-cultural diversity that our fellows experience.  Nassau County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, giving our fellows a full range of economic diversity of families.

The major clinical and research facilities for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program are located primarily at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  Our Division’s clinical facilities and services include:

  • The Adolescent Inpatient Unit (22 beds)
  • The Ambulatory Service (OPD) (over 20,000 visits/year)
  • The Crisis/ER Service 
  • The Center for Eating Disorders (co-run with Adolescent Medicine)
  • The Consultation/Liaison Service (C/L)
  • The Mineola Treatment Center (a community-based adolescent substance abuse program)
  • The Research Division 
  • The School-Based Mental Health Service
  • The Sexual Identity Service and Long Island Lambda Clinic 

Our fellows have rotations in other facilities of the Health System, as well as in the community at the Lifeline Center for Child Development, the New York City Children’s Center Queens (NYCCC-Q) campus, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)  of Nassau County, all providing a wide range of child and adolescent mental health services for acute, chronic, mild to severe psychiatric disorders.  The rotations in Child Neurology and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics are in nearby satellite clinics of CCMC.


1st Year Summer Program

An intensive orientation program is held for incoming fellows in July and August, with brief courses in interviewing skills with children and adolescents, assessment techniques, ethical and legal issues, practical psychopharmacology, basics of development, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, child neurology, psychological testing, and an introduction to research. We go on weekly field trips together to see normal children and adolescents in the community and to visit local facilities, such as group homes and other hospitals.

1st Year Program

Clinical rotations in 1st year include adolescent inpatient, eating disorders day treatment program, emergency services, school consultation, preschool and school-age special education services, pre-adolescent intensive day treatment, adolescent substance abuse program, research, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and child neurology. Didactics include seminars in normal development, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, family therapy with live supervision, psychodynamic play therapy, law and ethics, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. We utilize a variety of adult educational experiences, such as CBL, TBL, and interactive presentations. There is a weekly general psychiatry grand rounds series and a weekly child & adolescent psychiatry grand rounds series as well, with local, national, and international speakers. Fellows may request to do a research track throughout their program. 

2nd Year Program

In the 2nd year, the rotations include ambulatory services, consultation/liaison at CCMC, administration, and forensics. Didactics include seminars in consultation/liaison psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapies with adolescents, cognitive-behavioral therapies, administrative issues, forensics, transition into practice, and a journal club for current literature. Fellows also teach medical students in their third-year rotations. There is a weekly general psychiatry grand rounds series and a weekly child and adolescent psychiatry grand round series; each fellow presents a Grand Rounds.  Second-year fellows may choose to do one or several of many electives, which could be research, writing, clinical, teaching, or administration, or others of the fellow’s own design. 

Throughout the 2-Year Program

We strongly encourage and support our fellows’ professional development outside of our program, and do so by fellows’ attendance and participation in regional, national, and international professional meetings, active leadership in regional and national organizations, and presentations in schools and community agencies. 

Application process

The child and adolescent psychiatry training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System admits 10 fellows annually.  Trainees must have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency training program through PGY-3 or PGY-4, and be either licensed in New York state or eligible for a license.

Interested applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which allows applications starting July 1. 

Essential application information:

  • Curriculum vitae, with an explanation of extended gaps in employment or education
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your current program director, along with a training verification form.
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable.

Applications are no longer accepted after mid-October.

Our faculty

Program director

Richard Randall Pleak, MD

  • Director - ED/Training in Child/Adolescent Psych. of Psychiatry - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Additional faculty

Victor Masliah Fornari, MD

  • Chief of Division - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Robert Howard Dicker, MD

  • Medical Director - Zucker Hillside Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Carmel A. Foley, MD

Ema Saito, MD

Scott Ira Krakower, DO

Vivian Kafantaris, MD

Christoph Ulrich Correll, MD

Lindsay Joy Moskowitz, MD

Andrew Jacob Rosenfeld, MD

Vera Feuer, MD

Charles YiMing Jin, MD

Lydia Gerges, DO

William Kaplan, MD

Cathy Linda Budman, MD

Our fellows

2013 – 2015:

Sailaja Akella, DO 

Ahmar Butt, MD

Muhammad H. Majeed, MD

Shivana Naidoo, MD

Uzoma Osuchukwu, MD

Kimberly Riquelme, DO

Miri Rosen, MD

Amy Younai, MD

Thandar Win, MD


2014 – 2016

Yanko Enamorado, MD

Laura Hesselink, DO

Nida Khan, MBBS

Howard Levin, MD – Chief Fellow

Tanya Menard, MD

Rashmi Parmar, MBBS

Shervin Shadianloo, MD – Chief Fellow

Shalini Shetty, MBBS

Daphna Shiffeldrim, MD

Adam Zavodnick, MD

2015 – 2017

Alicia Barnes, DO

Vishal Doshi, MD

Fiana Klein, DO

Naomi Lian, MD

Adesuwa Obasuyi, MD

Babar Saggu, MD

Zarna Shah, MD

Fatima Siddiqui, MD   

Samir Tarpara, MD

Valerie Thertus, MD

Helpful links


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (http://www.aacap.org/)

American Psychiatric Association (APA) (http://www.psych.org/)

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) (http://www.abpn.com/)



For questions and information about applying to our program, and to receive our letter for application, please contact:

Kathy Pignatelli
Program Coordinator, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program
Zucker Hillside Hospital, Ambulatory Care Pavilion
Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Phone: (718) 470-4834
Fax: (718) 470-4678
E-mail: kpignate@nshs.edu

Richard R. Pleak, MD
Director of Education & Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Zucker Hillside Hospital, Ambulatory Care Pavilion
Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Phone: (718) 470-4834
Fax: (718) 470-4678
E-mail: rpleak@nshs.edu