Stephanie Samar, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Mood Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute



  • Gabrielle Gottschall, Staff Associate


  • Stephanie Samar, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute.  She specializes in providing empirically supported assessment and interventions for pre-adolescents and adolescents with high-risk, externalizing behaviors and mood disorders. She has particular interest and experience in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and providing DBT-informed treatment to pre-adolescents with significant mood dysregulation.

    Dr. Samar has experience in both outpatient and school settings. She has received extensive training in a variety of evidence-based treatments including DBT, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), mindfulness, parent management training (PMT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Her research interests include how non-cognitive factors, including grit, impact academic and lifelong success. She has co-authored scholarly articles for several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

    Dr. Samar is dedicated to providing strength-based support that serves to empower clients and their families.


    • Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Girls’ Development, Pasadena, CA
    • Intern, Pleasantville Union Free School District, Pleasantville, NY
    • Extern, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute
    • Extern, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, New Hyde Park, NY


    • PsyD, School Psychology, St. John’s University
    • MS, School Psychology, St. John’s University
    • MA, Psychology, New York University
    • BA, Psychology, Loyola University Maryland