Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP

Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center; Director, Selective Mutism Service

Child Mind Institute

Rachel Busman, PsyD



Andi Silverman, Staff Associate

(646) 625-4277

Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute. She leads a team of clinicians providing evaluation and innovative treatment to children with selective mutism. Dr. Busman is the former president of the Selective Mutism Association, the nation’s largest network of professionals, families, and individuals with selective mutism.

Dr. Busman has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders, school difficulties and behavioral problems. She also has specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.

Dr. Busman has worked with children in both inpatient and outpatient settings at a major academic medical center, where she directed a multidisciplinary team. She has taught and supervised psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens.

Dr. Busman works intensively with children who have selective mutism, and is dedicated to establishing trust and instilling a sense of hope in her patients as she helps them on their path to recovery.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology


  • Clinical Director, Child & Adolescent Outpatient Department, Behavioral Health Center, Westchester Medical Center
  • Program Director, Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Westchester Medical Center
  • Staff Psychologist, Pediatric Inpatient Unit, Westchester Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College
  • Private practice focusing on child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders, school problems and family stress


  • Intern and Post-doctoral Fellow specializing in treatment of children and adolescents, Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
  • MA, Clinical Practices, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
  • BA, Psychology, New College (the honors college of the University of South Florida)

Media & Public Outreach

  • Today Show
  • Parents Magazine
  • Huffington Post
  • savvyauntie.com