Rachel Busman, PsyD
Director, Selective Mutism Service; Clinical Psychologist, 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.
As a staff psychologist in the pediatric inpatient unit at Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, 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 and 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. As an active member of the Westchester County Juvenile Fire Safety Assessment Group, Dr. Busman assessed risk and provided training to other professionals in the community. She maintained a private practice from 2004 through 2012 focusing on the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, school problems, and family stress.
Dr. Busman has extensive teaching experience. As a faculty member of New York Medical College, first as instructor then as associate professor of psychiatry, Dr. Busman taught and supervised psychiatry residents and fellows. She lectured extensively on a variety of topics including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens, and has delivered professional presentations on topics including juvenile fire setting, treatment of complex cases in the inpatient setting, and health literacy. She has also presented at numerous national conferences, including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Selective Mutism Group.
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 on the Board of Directors of the Selective Mutism Group (SMG), a national organization and leading resource for selective mutism, and is a regular contributor to Parents Magazine, Huffington Post and Savvy Auntie.
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