American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

136 E 57th St #1101, New York, NY 10022, USA

(212) 308-2440(212) 308-2440

Dr. Maren Westphal


New York, NY


Maren Westphal, Ph.D., Clinician, received her B.A. (Honors) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (With Distinction) from Columbia University. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pace University and also serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Westphal’s research focuses on individual differences, psychosocial processes and neurobiological mechanisms that explain variability in response to adversity, ranging from resilience to psychopathology. She has co-authored journal articles and book chapters on emotion regulation and resilience and presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the mood and anxiety disorders program at Mount Sinai, Dr. Westphal worked as a clinician and researcher in the Trauma and PTSD program at Columbia University. Dr. Westphal has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and family/couples therapy. At Pace University, she teaches doctoral and masters-level courses on CBT, health psychology, evidence-based practice, and the role of culture in counseling. Dr. Westphal specializes in treating adults coping with traumatic life events and stressful life transitions. Dr. Westphal also has experience treating individuals with mood and personality disorders, relationship issues, infertility, medical illness, chronic pain, and obesity. Dr. Westphal is fluent in English, German and Spanish and draws on her clinical expertise treating patients from ethnically diverse backgrounds and her research on emotion regulation and resilience to help individuals and couples identify strengths and challenges that may arise from cultural differences.



Columbia University, PhD
University of Cambridge, BA




Mount Sinai (fellowship)

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