Elizabeth Anne Grill, Psy.D.
"Infertility is a life crisis that strikes at the very core of the individual and couple experiencing it. One of the most difficult aspects of infertility for many patients is the loss of control they feel. Psychological counseling and stress management techniques can help patients get support and feel more empowered as they develop the coping skills to decrease their anxiety, increase their sense of control, and restore a feeling of hope for the future."
Dr. Grill is experienced as a counseling psychologist and medical researcher with a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, IVF treatment, cancer related infertility, and sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Grill provides individual, couples, and group therapy for patients participating in all forms of assisted reproduction. She also has significant experience in all aspects of oocyte donation, including donor and recipient evaluation and treatment issues.
Patients who are at risk for cancer-related infertility may feel an even greater impact of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Grill provides comprehensive reproductive counseling prior to undergoing cancer treatment to help patients cope better as they explore their fertility preservation options, and gain a better understanding of the latest advances in reproductive medicine.
Dr. Grill's practice also concentrates on the treatment of sexual problems of men, women, and couples. The ability to reproduce is intimately tied to sexuality and self-image. Sexual problems can occur before, during, and after infertility treatment and sometimes may even cause infertility. Attention and education regarding sexual difficulties during infertility treatment can minimize the impact and even prevent many of the sexual difficulties individuals and couples encounter during and after treatment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Elizabeth Grill at (646) 962-3314.
Specialties and Expertise
- Clinical Psychology
- Sexual Dysfunctions Counseling
- Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Sexual Disorder
- Group Psychotherapy
- Stress Management
- Sex Therapy
- Third Party Reproduction
- Reproductive Loss
- Supportive Care of Cancer Patients
- Infertility Counseling
- Marital Therapy
- Mental Health
- Psychological Aspects of Infertility
- Reproductive Medicine Counseling
- Assisted Reproduction Counseling
- Cryopreservation Counseling
- Egg Donation Counseling
- Female Sexual Dysfunction Counseling
- Fertility Counseling
- Human Sexuality Counseling
- In Vitro Fertilization Counseling
- Male Infertility Counseling
- Miscarriages Counseling
- Pregnancy Losses Counseling
- Pregnancy Termination Counseling
- Reproductive Loss Counseling
- Sexual Disorders Counseling
- Fertility Preservation Counseling
- Female Infertility
- Male Infertility
Dr. Elizabeth Grill is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Grill is experienced as a counseling psychologist and medical researcher with a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, IVF treatment, cancer related infertility, and sexual dysfunction. She provides individual, couples, and group therapy for patients participating in all forms of assisted reproduction. She also has significant experience in all aspects of oocyte donation, including donor and recipient evaluation and treatment issues.
Trained and certified by Alice Domar at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Grill also developed and conducts a stress management class for infertility patients that focuses on relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness skills, and other helpful ways to manage emotional distress. She also co-leads a Women's Drop-In Support Group and leads a General Infertility Support Group for individuals and couples where patients share their concerns, thoughts and feelings related to all aspects of infertility treatment.
Dr. Grill completed her training as a sex therapist at the Human Sexuality Program,Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, founded over thirty years ago by Dr. Helen S. Kaplan. Dr. Grill treats men, women, and couples experiencing sexual and relationship problems both related and unrelated to infertility.
Dr. Grill completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communications with Highest Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her professional training includes a fellowship year at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility and a 12-month psychology internship at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She also trained and led workshops at the New York University Child Study Center designed to teach couples communication and relationship enhancement skills.
Dr. Grill is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She serves as an editorial reviewer for Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Andrology. Dr. Grill has lectured worldwide to patient and medical audiences and has published articles and participated in media interviews related to the emotional aspects of reproductive medicine.
Honors and Awards
Honors and Awards
October 2003 Mental Health Professional Group Prize Paper at ASRM conference
Psychological Characteristics of Egg donors: MMPI-2 Profiles of 436 Anonymous Oocyte Donor Candidates
October 2003 Mental Health Professional Group Prize Paper at ASRM conference, September 11th in New York City: The Effects of a Catastrophe on IVF Outcome in a New York City Based Program
2004-2005 Excellence in Health Care Prize, Global Organization For Excellence In Health
2006 Family Building Award, The American Fertility Association
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
- Associate Attending Psychologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
- Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Reproductive Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2000
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