2015 - DCAP in the News


The Empty Seat at the Holiday Table

By: Victoria Libby, PsyD, Adam Brown, PsyD, Timothy Kreider, MD, and Christina Laitner, PhD

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for families coping with loss given the number of potential reminders. Images of happy families gathered for the holidays fill ads, public decorations, and social media.  More personalized or private loss reminders, such as... Read more.

What do social workers at the Child Study Center do?

By: Amy DiBernardo, LMSW; Christina Di Bartolo, LMSW; Ered Massie, LCSW, ACSW

Believe it or not, this is a reasonable response. The term “social work” is an intentionally broad term so that it can include diverse activities. Social work encompasses... Read more.

Parent POWER: 5 Effective Strategies for Improving Children’s Behavior

By: Justin Misurell, PhD

Parents often struggle to manage their children’s difficult behaviors.  Disobedience, back-talking, temper tantrums, fighting with siblings and refusing to go to school are common problems that can lead to... Read more.

Tips to Support Your Child or Adolescent After a Traumatic Event

By: Christina Laitner, PhD

Viewing broadcasts about terrible events can be upsetting and confusing for your children. Parents (and other caretaking adults) are an important source of support for children trying to process and understand the media coverage and conversations surrounding these events. Below are guidelines andf... Read more.


Helping Your Children Get Along with Each Other

By: Clark Goldstein, PhD

All relationships involve some degree of conflict, and learning to manage – rather than eliminate – that conflict is the mark of a mature relationship.  Sibling rivalry describes... Read more.

The Enduring Grace of Gratitude

By: Andrew E. Roffman, LCSW

Thanksgiving is coming up, and with it our annual (for some) habit of explicitly counting our blessings. The fortunate among us will mark the holiday with an abundance of food, surrounded by family and friends, warm and safe. The gift-giving season is an eye-blink away, and... Read more.

When to Bring Your Child to a Therapist

By: Michelle Miller, PsyD

Parents often ask, “Is this normal?” in response to their children’s behaviors. Being a parent does not come with a manual that guides you on how to raise your child, let alone when your child needs more help than you can offer for their mental health... Read more.


Making the Transition to College: A Guide for Parents

By: Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH

Leaving for college is a major transition for both the teenager and the entire family. Some children may live at home or...  Read more.

Transition to College: Separation and Change for Parents and Students

By: Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH

Going to college is more than just "going back to school." The departure is a significant milestone in the life of a family and ushers in a time of separation...  Read more.

Helping Children With Autism Build Skills As They Grow Up

By Rebecca Doggett, PhD

Social skills are highly nuanced and difficult to measure, but one thing is clear; early diagnosis and treatment help. With an infant or toddler, red flags for ASD can ...  Read more.

What Parents Can Do: Talking About Your Child’s Learning Disability Or Mental Health Issue

By: Amy DiBernardo, LMSW

A child’s learning disability or mental health issue can be an enormous challenge for parents. It can be even more challenging to...  Read more.

When Names Hurt Even More Than Sticks and Stones

Q&A on Bullying with Dr. Lori Evans

Bullying can actually be deadly, but even at its least harmful, it’s damaging. For insight and perspective on this complex social phenomenon...  Read more.


Working Together with Your Child’s Teacher

Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity to establish positive, productive relationships with your child’s teachers. Since children may behave differently at...  Read more.

The Importance of Making and Keeping Friends

By Katherine Sullivan, PhD

Throughout our lives we observe and learn from those around us, incorporating the nuances of daily interactions with others into our own social repertoire. Whether such learning is conscious or...  Read more.

Alternative Treatments for ADHD: Do They Work?

By Richard Gallagher, PhD

If your child is one of the 6.4 million American kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), he or she is probably being...  Read more.


Tips for Successful Back to School Transitions

For some children, making the transition from summer vacation to school requires more than having the right book bag or sneakers. Although no parent or child wants to be labeled, understanding a child's unique style or situation is critical to a successful transition.  Read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

By Randi Pochtar, PhD and Rebecca Rialon Berry, PhD

Youth with OCD often realize that their OCD is excessive and illogical. Yet, despite how hard children and adolescents try to stop engaging in compulsions, the obsessive thoughts and urges continue. In fact, youth with OCD frequently go to great lengths to hide their compulsions from friends and family.  Read more.


Special Bonds: Fostering Sibling Relationships When One Child has a Health Condition

By Clark Goldstein, PhD

Most brothers and sisters enjoy sharing experiences and take pride in each other's accomplishments. Occasionally, they may have problems. They disagree, they argue, and they sometimes they don't even like each other. Is it any different when one sibling has a mental or physical health condition?  Read more.

Mindful Parenting: Tools for Anxious Parents

By Amy DiBernardo, LMSW

Mindfulness is a hot topic on TV, in conversation and on the internet – Google returns over 29 million search results. While it is popular, it is often not fully understood.  Read more.

Coping with Everyday Fears

By Aleta G. Angelosante, PHD

Q&A with Aleta Angelosante, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Clinical Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the NYU Langone Child Study Center.  Read more.


Equality in Healthcare Translates into Better Quality Healthcare: A Conversation with Drs. Richard Greene and Aron Janssen

By NYULMC Office of Communications

June is national LGBT pride month, a good time to remind ourselves of efforts being made at NYULMC all year long to ensure we’re providing the best care to all our patients, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Read more.

Making the Most of Summer Freedom

By Richard Gallagher, PhD

Summer usually means more freedom for children and less adult supervision than during the school year. It also sometimes means less contact with you.  Read more.


Choosing a Mental Health Professional for Your Child

By Glenn S. Hirsch, MD

It is estimated that over 14 million children and teens have a mental health or substance abuse problem. Almost half of all cases of psychiatric illness start by age 14. Read more.

How to Raise Resilient Children

By Justin R. Misurell, PhD

As parents, we naturally feel the inclination to shield our children from difficulties and stressors. It pains us to watch our children struggle and we often do whatever we can to prevent it. Unfortunately, it’s not realistic to shelter them from all of life’s curve balls—nor should we necessarily want to. Read more.

5 ways to help your child behave better

By Kaitlin P. Gallo, PhD, and Briannon O’Connor, PhD

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may fidget at the dinner table, may seem to ignore directions to clean their rooms, or can be inattentive at homework time. Read more.


5 Steps to Promote Safety for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, BCBA-D

Research has shown, however, that the systematic teaching of safety skills to autistic children is very successful in keeping these children safe. Read more.

School Inclusion for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Importance of Evaluations

By Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD

Despite this fairly succinct definition, children with autism present with an enormous range of abilities and impairments. Read more.


How to Make and Keep Friends

By Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, BCBA-D

Friendship is protective—having just one or two friends can make all the difference to a child’s development. Friends increase self-esteem, confidence, and independence. Read more.


5 Strategies to Help Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder Get Some Sleep!

by Karina G. Campos, PsyD

Research demonstrates that sleep problems are common in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Here are five ways you can start improving your child’s sleep and helping everyone in the family get a good night’s rest. Read more.


Fun, Friends, and the ADHD Camper: How to Choose the Right Summer Camp for Your Child

by Karen Fleiss, PsyD
Director, Summer Program for Kids; Clinical Director, Long Island Campus

For most parents, sending kids to summer camp for the first time may stir up fond memories, anticipation of the fun awaiting their children, and perhaps a little separation anxiety. It’s more complicated for parents of children with ADHD. Here are a few suggestions. Read more.


New Study: Brain Function in Children with Autism While Awake and Asleep

by Child Study Center Staff

An innovative study examining the organization of the brain while awake and while asleep in children with autism is currently conducted by the research team of the Autism Research and Clinical Program of NYU Langone's Child Study Center. Read more.


Sleep Hygiene Tips

by Jess P. Shatkin, MD

No, there is no “magic bullet” to make you instantly start to sleep better. Sorry. But, if you put a few of these tips into practice, you’ll find, over time, that your quality of sleep (and therefore, your productivity when you’re awake!) has greatly improved. Read more.



Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating behaviors are essential for children’s proper growth and development. The following list includes tips about what you can do as a parent to encourage healthy eating behaviors in your child, and what to watch for if you suspect your child is developing issues surrounding food. Read more.


Healthy Eating: The Toddler and Preschool Years

by Andrea Vazzana, PhD

Children depend on their families for education about healthy nutrition and eating habits, and it is important to begin teaching the importance of food, eating, and nutrition when your child is young. Mealtimes offer a prime opportunity to build skills and strengthen relationships; families should aim to have meals together – whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner – at least five times per week. Read more.


Successful Strategies to End Picky Eating

by Andrea Vazzana, PhD, Melissa Nishawala, MD and Rebecca Shalev, PhD

Today, there are countless options for what, when, and how to eat, and these preferences are borne of many avenues. As a parent or caregiver, there are a number of ways to get your child off to the right start with eating. Read more.



10 Steps for Working with Your Child’s School

by Yamalis Diaz, PhD and Pooja Vekaria

Children with special academic and behavioral needs often experience difficulties in school, which may arise in academic learning, getting along with other students, or emotional well-being and confidence. This article outlines 10 important steps to consider and follow for families with students with special needs. Read more.


Getting a Good Start: Expectations, Challenges and Fostering Growth in the Child's First Year of Life Part 1: Expectations

by Anita Gurian, PhD

Infants undergo more growth and change in the first year of their life than in any subsequent year. This article explores the evolving world of the child and his/her self-discovery through the first year. Read more.


Habit Reversal Therapy: An Approach to Managing Repetitive Behavior Disorders

by CSC Staff

Old habits die hard, and everyone – in one way or another – has experienced this familiar adage first hand. Fortunately, there are several successful strategies and methods for relieving repetitive behavior disorders. Read more.