Rachel Busman, PsyD
Director, Selective Mutism Service, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center
Child Mind Institute
Rachel Busman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. As Director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Busman leads a team of clinicians providing evaluation and innovative treatment to children with selective mutism. She has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, teenagers, and young adults struggling with psychiatric disorders, school difficulties, and behavioral problems. Dr. Busman also has specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety and specific phobias.
Dr. Busman joins the Child Mind Institute after working at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center for 8 years. She began as a staff psychologist in the pediatric inpatient unit, where she was instrumental in developing the clinical program and establishing a caring and collaborative environment. She became program director of the Adolescent Inpatient Unit in 2008, where she guided a multidisciplinary team oversaw implementation of Ross Greene and Stuart Ablon's Collaborative Problem Solving model. Finally, in 2010, she assumed the role of clinical director of the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Department, where children, teens, and families receive individual, family, and group therapy. During this time, she has been an active member of the Westchester County Juvenile Fire Safety Assessment Group, completing risk assessments and presenting to other professionals in the community. Her private practice, which she has grown since 2004, has focused on the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, school problems, and family stress.
She has been an active member of the faculty of New York Medical College, first as an instructor and then as an associate professor of psychiatry, teaching and supervising psychiatry residents and fellows since 2004. She has lectured extensively on a variety of topics including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens. Additionally, she has delivered numerous Grand Rounds presentations, on topics including juvenile fire setting, treatment of complex cases in the inpatient setting, and health literacy.
Dr. Busman earned her doctoral degree from the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. She completed both her pre-doctoral internship and post doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. During her time at the Institute of Living, she worked in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and in the Anxiety Disorders Center.
Dr. Busman is very passionate about her work with children, teens and their families. She is ever-dedicated to the important task of establishing trust and instilling a sense of hope in her patients as she helps them on their path to recovery. Dr. Busman has appeared on the TODAY Show to bring this hope and sound advice and information to a larger audience. She is also a regular contributor to Parents Magazine, Huffington Post and Savvy Auntie.
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