Department Of Clinical Therapeutics (NYSPI)
Investigator
Ronit Kishon, PhD
Phone
646-774-8030
Email
kishonr@nyspi.columbia.edu

Dr. Kishon is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Depression Evaluation Service, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University. She earned her BA at Tel Aviv University and her Doctorate at Columbia University, Teachers College. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the West Haven VA, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University.

As an expert in the treatment of trauma, she has treated patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, both in the US and in Israel, including Holocaust survivors, Vietnam War veterans, combat veterans in Israel, and 9/11 survivors and families.

Dr. Kishon has overseen the clinical arm of multiple NIMH-funded projects, providing individualized interventions to people with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She is interested in psychological and neurobiological mechanisms that may shape disease processes and affect change during psychotherapy. Specifically, she investigates changes in processing and self-reflection abilities through the treatment of depression and the psychophysiological underpinnings of these changes.

Dr. Kishon spearheaded an IRB-approved pilot study at the Depression Evaluation Service (DES), investigating the processes of psychological mindedness and mindfulness in depressed patients who have gone through CBT.

She has joined the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group (GPEG) to investigate post-9/11 long-term psychiatric outcomes in WTC first responders, evacuees, and their children. She also provides psychological support to treatment-resistant depressed patients who receive psilocybin dosing in a clinical trial at the DES.

As part of her commitment to education, Dr. Kishon directs an externship program at the DES for students in clinical psychology and provides training on trauma-related issues to mental health and primary care providers under the auspices of Columbia University HIV Mental Health Training Project.


Clinical Studies Managed By This Investigator:
Condition Study Title
Depression Twelve Weeks of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) vs. Supportive Therapy for Depression