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Our mission is to provide optimal state of the art care in our clinical programs and innovative research interventions to individuals experiencing the impact of trauma in their lives.


Who We Are:

The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies ("PATSS") is a specialized program within Weill Cornell Medical College's Department of Psychiatry. Led by JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., PATSS offers a state of the art approach to patient care that brings innovation to tried-and-true therapeutic techniques. Our expertise lies in the treatment of trauma-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety related disorders, such as panic disorder and phobias, and mood-related disorders, such as depression.

What We Do:

  • We offer wellness programs and treatment for military service members (any duty status) or service era and their families through the Military Family Wellness Center.
  • We offer treatment through our clinical research protocols as well as through our clinical programs.
  • Through our clinical research programs, we strive to develop new state-of-the art treatments. We conduct research to develop effective treatments for PTSD with those who have experienced trauma in everyday life and while serving occupations that are at-risk for trauma such military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency service workers (EMS) and their families.
  • We offer services using HIPPA compliant videoconferencing technology for those unable to come to our campus for services.

Who We Serve:

  • We provide services to individuals who have experienced combat, burn injuries, terrorist attacks, motor vehicle accidents, interpersonal violence, natural disasters, or any trauma that puts one at risk for PTSD.
  • Through our clinical program and research studies, we have been actively treating individual military service members since 2005. We have collaborated with military mental health providers at DoD facilities around the country to train mental health providers on the use of virtual reality simulations in the treatment of PTSD.
  • Through our close relationship with the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New YorkPresbyterian Hospital, we work closely with firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), disaster rescue and recovery workers, and NYPD police officers.

Where We Are:

  • We have two locations the Upper East Side in Manhattan and the Weill Cornell Medical -New YorkPresbyterian campus in White Plains, NY (where free parking is available).

For more information, please contact us by phone at 212-821-0783.

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We are proud to announce the launch of the New York Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center. We offer free treatment for deployment-related conditions to qualified military service personnel and their families. Services are offered at Weill Cornell Medicine campuses on the Upper East Side, in White Plains (where free parking is available), and in Washington Heights at Columbia University Medical Center.

We are currently recruiting participants with PTSD for a Phase II Clinical Trial which will test a novel pharmacotherapy for PTSD. The study is free and eligible participants will be compensated for all completed assessments (up to a total of $400).

We are pleased to welcome Michael Valdovinos, Psy.D, ABPP, to our team. Dr. Valdovinos is a combat decorated former Active Duty US Air Force Officer and Clinical Psychologist with extensive clinical, administrative and leadership experience. He will be located at both our Westchester location in White Plains and our offices on the Upper East Side.
Our former patient, an Army Veteran treated for PTSD, is now profiled in NewYork-Prebyterian Hospital's "Amazing Things are Happening Here" campaign. See his story here.

Listen to a U.S. Army Veteran discuss his treatment for combat-related PTSD with Dr. Difede on Charlie Rose: The Brain Series. [Watch Full Episode]

Now recruiting OIF/OEF/OND Service Members across the country for a PTSD treatment study funded by the Department of Defense [More]

PATSS provides free mental health services for Service Members, their families, and loved ones.


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