I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently practicing in Manhattan, New York. I am Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed to practice in the State of New York. I provide empathic and evidence based care using medications and psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Mood and Eating Disorders. I believe that developing a strong therapeutic connection with all my clients is essential in providing excellent quality care.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development from Cornell University. I earned my M.D. from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and completed a residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Medical Center, the University Hospital and Manhattan campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I then further specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry completing a child psychiatry residency at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Drawing from my personal experience in competitive sports from a young age as well as my experience at the Eating Disorders Center at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Center, I have developed a particular interest in working with adolescent and adult athletes with performance anxiety in competition as well as eating disorders.
Education & Training
Medical School - Sackler School of Medicine
Cornell University (Bachelor’s)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Beth Israel Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Fellowship in Child Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Awards and Publications
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Award
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology Dean Scholar Award
Leitman DI, Ziwich R, Pasternak R, Javitt DC. Theory of Mind and counterfactuality deficits in schizophrenia: misperception or misinterpretation?. Psychological Medicine. 2006 Aug; 36 (8): 1075-1083.
Schechter I, Butler PD, Jalbrzikowski M, Pasternak R, Saperstein AM, Javitt DC. A new dimension of sensory dysfunction: stereopsis deficits in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2006 Dec; 60(11): 1282-1284.
Schecter I, Butler PD, Zemon VM, Revheim N, Saperstein AM, Jalbrzikowski M, Pasternak R, Silipo G, Javitt DC. Impairments in generation of early-stage transient visual evoked potentials to magno- and parvocellular-slective stimuli in schizophrenia. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2005 Sep; 116(9):2204-2215
Kim D, Wylie G, Pasternak R, Butler PD, Javitt DC. Magnocellular contributions to impaired motion processing in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 2006 Feb; 82(1): 1-8
Kantrowitz JT, Revheim N, Pasternak R, Silipo G, Javitt DC. It's all in the cards: effects of stimulus manipulation on Wisconsin Card Sorting Test performance in Schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2009 Aug 15;168(3):198-204.
Kurylo DD, Pasternak R, Silipo G, Javitt DC, Butler PD. Perceptual organization by proximity and similarity in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 2007 Sep; 95 (1-3):205-214.