Anxiety & Complicated Grief Program

The Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program in NYU Langone Health’s Department of Psychiatry explores causes and treatments for a variety of anxiety- and grief-related conditions, and seeks to better understand their underlying causes and courses. We perform research studies to identify and develop new treatments.

Currently Enrolling Research Studies

We conduct research on post-traumatic stress disorder, complicated grief disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

“Enhancing Fear Extinction via Angiotensin Type 1 Receptor Inhibition: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

Our researchers are examining whether losartan, an FDA-approved medication that is commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure, may be effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. After medical and psychiatric evaluations are completed, eligible participants are randomly assigned to losartan or placebo for approximately 12 weeks.

Eligibility Criteria: Adults ages 18 to 70 years who have PTSD or who have experienced PTSD symptoms for at least 3 months. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Study Contact: Research coordinator Julia Spandorfer; 646-754-4895; julia.spandorfer@nyumc.org 

Study Sponsor: Department of Defense

Anxiety & Complicated Grief Program Staff

Naomi M. Simon, MD, MSc
Director
naomi.simon@nyumc.org

Dr. Naomi M. Simon is director of the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program. Her research interests include optimizing initial and next step psychotherapy and medication treatments for anxiety and stress related disorders, and understanding the presentation and biological impact of trauma, loss, and anxiety disorders. She has served as a principal investigator on numerous studies aimed at improving our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and the syndrome of complicated grief.

Allison Young, MD
Resident Physician in Psychiatry
allison.young@nyumc.org

Dr. Allison Young is a resident psychiatrist in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where she splits her time between clinical care and research with the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, and graduated with honors in neuroscience and physiology from NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Young has interests in anxiety, trauma, and stress-related disorders, as well as non-pharmacologic interventions for the management of mental illnesses.

Kristin Szuhany, PhD
Clinical Fellow in Psychology
kristin.szuhany@nyumc.org

Dr. Kristin Szuhany is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at NYU Langone. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University and her internship at Montefiore Medical Center. Kristin has extensive experience implementing evidence-based treatments for adults with anxiety disorders, PTSD, and depression, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral activation. Her research interests include examining the efficacy of exercise interventions for anxiety and mood disorders, exploring the psychological and biological mechanisms of change involved in treatment response, and identifying factors that promote behavioral change. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine.

Meng Li, MA
Biostatistician
meng.li@nyumc.org

Meng Li is a biostatistician in Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Meng Li received her master’s in statistics from Columbia University and has four years’ experience in the application of statistical methods to biomedical and psychiatric research, as well as in developing statistical methodology. Meng Li’s research expertise is in machine learning, multiple and logistic regression, analysis of variance and covariance, structural equation modeling, missing data analysis, non-parametric modeling, mediation analysis, high-dimensional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, and cluster analysis. She has extensive experience in study design, statistical analysis, data quality control, data management, statistical methodology development, and the interpretation of statistical results. She provides statistical consultation and support for multiple studies conducted in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry.

Rebecca Lubin, BA
Program Coordinator
rebecca.lubin@nyumc.org 
Phone: 646-754-7035

Julia Spandorfer, BA
Research Coordinator
julia.spandorfer@nyumc.org 
Phone: 646-754-4895

Contact Us

The Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program is located at One Park Avenue, eighth floor, New York, NY, 10016. You can reach the program at 888-449-6770 (888-449-WORRY) or at anxietystudy@nyumc.org.