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Stern Joanna CMI

Joanna R. Stern, PsyD

Senior Director; Senior Psychologist, Mood Disorders Center
Child Mind Institute


Jessica Nassau, Staff Associate

Joanna R. Stern, PsyD, is the senior director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents across a variety of settings, including inpatient, residential, intensive and traditional outpatient psychotherapy. For over a decade, Dr. Stern has treated children and adolescents with mood disorders, with a special focus on complex presentations and working with parents. She has expertise in a variety of evidence-based treatments, as well as specialized training and experience in providing family therapy to diverse populations of children, adolescents and their families.

Dr. Stern is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with over a decade of experience in providing comprehensive DBT to children, adolescents and their families. She also has more than ten years of experience supervising and teaching students and clinicians in providing DBT services. Dr. Stern is also intensively trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), which is an adaptation of traditional DBT that focuses on helping adolescents and young adults with maladaptive overcontrolled coping styles that are causing problems in their daily lives. In addition, Dr. Stern has taught and presented at academic medical centers and community mental health organizations on a variety of topics including the applications of DBT and behavioral approaches to family conflict, as well as child and teen depression, anxiety and self-injury.

Dr. Stern is dedicated to increasing public awareness about DBT and other empirically supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. She is devoted to providing children, adolescents and their parents exceptional treatment that gives them the support and tools necessary to make meaningful changes in their daily lives. Dr. Stern has spoken extensively in the New York City and national communities using DBT skills as a framework through which to help parents and educators provide support to children, teens and young adults who struggle with anxiety and depression. Dr. Stern also enjoys consulting with professional organizations including corporations, schools and summer camps on how to use DBT and RO-DBT skills to support their community members in working together and communicating effectively.

Past Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Director and Licensed Psychologist, Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital Child and Family Institute Outpatient Department
  • Treatment Team Coordinator and Licensed Psychologist, Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center
  • Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Manhattan
  • Licensed Psychologist, St. Christopher’s Inc. residential treatment center
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


  • Post-doctoral Fellow in Child Clinical Psychology, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern in Clinical Psychology, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, CW Post Campus of Long Island University
  • MS, Applied Psychology, CW Post Campus of Long Island University
  • BA, Child Development and French, Tufts University

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