ABOUT Dr. Jennifer V. Lewis
As a New York State Licensed clinical psychologist with extensive clinical and research experience in assisting individuals with emotional and behavioral health challenges, I pride myself on creating an inviting, warm, sensitive, nonjudgmental, practical and supportive environment, to express oneself. The work begins at the first session, and subsequently builds in and out of the therapeutic room. I have several years of private practice experience while working in hospital-based settings, such as in University teaching hospitals in New York City (i.e., NYU Grossman School of Medicine), as well as in New Jersey (i.e., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), delivering tailored psychological interventions to individuals. My philosophy is inclusivity and diversity, where I provide culturally sensitive psychological support to those in need.
I am specialized in treating health-related issues, having worked extensively in health psychology with both adults and pediatric populations. I am also trained in general clinical issues. One of my specialities includes treating individuals with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, in combination with work-life balance challenges, relationship and interpersonal issues (both professionally and personally), low self-esteem, chronic health concerns, women's health issues, aging, and behavioral challenges. I use an eclectic approach to treatment, using empirically-guided and tailored treatment interventions (e.g., CBT, CBT-I, DBT, and psychodynamic principles), for effective personal change.
Currently, I am affiliated with NYU's NCI designated cancer center, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, and as the first onco-psychologist, I am tasked with developing the psychological program, and service delivery of mental health treatment, with adults and seniors, with a cancer diagnosis. Providing skills-based interventions using individual and group psychotherapy for symptoms such as existential distress, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, PTSD, health-related psychological challenges, for improved quality of life concerns. This is achieved by delivering meaning-centered supportive psychotherapy treatments, providing assistance to individuals to resume a semblance of a 'new normal', and provide psychological evaluations, skill-based treatments, and collaboration within a multi-systems approach to care, including working with various cancer disease types, consultation-liaison psychiatry, oncologists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.
I was born and raised in the university town of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. I obtained my undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree with honors, from Middlesex University in London, UK. I received my graduate training in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, where I obtained a Master’s and Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Multicultural Issues.
In 2002, I obtained my New York State License in psychology. I have worked in private and public schools (East and West Coast), Public City & Private Hospital Centers, community mental health settings (Berkeley, California), with diverse populations and ages, addressing cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, aging and chronic health concerns. Currently, I am affiliated with NYU Faculty Group Psychiatry Associates, where I treat adults individually and via telehealth services.
Additionally, I hold a faculty appointment, as a Clinical Assistant Professor, at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York City, where I practice, teach and supervise colleagues on best clinical advancements of mental health service delivery. I provide clinical care to patients within NYU's Faculty Group Psychiatry Associates, with a variety of psychological challenges. Furthermore, I have presented nationally and internationally on program evaluations, interventions, neuropsychological challenges in chronic health populations, as well as conducted peer-reviewed research and publications in mental health topics.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."