Avital Falk, Ph.D.
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Avital Falk, Ph.D.


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Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

Avital Falk, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety and mood disorders. She is the Director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT), and specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety disorders. She provides a variety of clinical services including diagnostic assessments, therapy and consultations. In addition to working at the Weill Cornell Specialty Center, Dr. Falk is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy


  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobia
  • Selective Mutism
  • Parent Education
  • Depression
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • Trichotillomania
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Tics
  • Tic Disorders


Dr. Avital Falk completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received research and clinical training in evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and adults. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Norma and Seymour Feshbach Doctoral Dissertation Award and, as the recipient of the UCLA Clinical Psychology Training Program’s Scientist Practitioner Award, Dr. Falk has contributed multiple publications and presentations on clinical research.

Dr. Falk completed her clinical internship training at the NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. She has trained in multiple settings spanning inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient psychotherapy, and additionally has worked with a number of treatment modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Following her internship year, she completed a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she joined the Youth Anxiety Center to work with emerging adults in addition to children and adolescents. She founded the Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) for OCD and Anxiety and is currently the Director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT).


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Norma and Seymour Feshbach Doctoral Dissertation Award (2013)

UCLA Psychology Department Scientist Practitioner Award (2012)

Dr. Ursala Mandel Scholarship  (2012)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (2010 and 2011)

UCLA Graduate Summer Mentorship Fellowship (2010 and 2011)


Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2009


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark

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External Relationships

External Relationships

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