Judith Cukor, Ph.D.
Psychology
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Judith Cukor, Ph.D.

Psychology

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English

About

Personal Statement

Dr. Judith Cukor is a clinical psychologist with specialized training and expertise in the field of behavioral medicine, addressing the psychological needs of individuals with medical problems including burn injury survivors, traumatic brain injury and chronic illness. She also has special expertise in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, depression and potst traumatic stress disorder. 

Specialties and Expertise

Specialties

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • General Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry

Expertise

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Depression
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Mood Disorder
  • Virtual Reality Therapy

Biography

Judith Cukor, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital, in the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies. Her expertise lies in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and in the field of behavioral medicine, addressing the psychological needs of individuals with medical problems.

Dr. Cukor's special expertise is in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has significant experience in the field of trauma and treatments for post traumatic stress disorder with survivors of terrorism, burn injury, motor vehicle accidents, combat and assault. She is trained in the use of evidence-based treatments for post traumatic stress disorder, including exposure therapy, and is an expert in the use of virtual reality in the treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Cukor has worked extensively with disaster workers including firefighters, police officers, rescue and recovery workers, and other emergency personnel. She has treated numerous emergency workers and civilians for PTSD related to the events of September 11, as well as other work-related traumas.

Dr. Cukor has significant expertise in the treatment of military-related trauma. She has treated numerous service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently a co-investigator and a primary therapist for a Department of Defense-funded clinical trial for the treatment of PTSD in OIF/OEF veterans. She has travelled nationwide to train providers in virtual reality exposure therapy for PTSD and consulted to Army and Air Force providers as part of a Department of Defense initiative to train clinicians in evidence-based treatments. Dr. Cukor provides stress management workshops to the National Guard and serves as a consultant to an ongoing military treatment study.

She is currently the principal investigator of a study funded by the New York Community Trust to assess the behavioral and neuroanatomical manifestations of extinction learning in returning OIF/OEF veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and her research interests include furthering our understanding of the interplay between PTSD and TBI.

Dr. Cukor is a consultant to the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, treating inpatients and ambulatory patients in the aftermath of traumatic burn injury. Her research with burn survivors includes the development of a protocol to address the numerous psychiatric sequelae that arise in the aftermath of a burn or other traumatic injury.

She also trains and supervises psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty working with trauma populations. She has authored scientific articles and book chapters, and presented her work at conferences and grand rounds. Dr. Cukor has made numerous media appearances discussing treatments for PTSD, virtual reality, 9/11, veteran mental health, and common reactions to trauma.

Dr. Cukor also works with individuals coping with medical illness, depression, panic attacks and generalized anxiety.

Research

Credentials

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Psychiatrist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Yeshiva University, 2003
  • M.A., Yeshiva University, 2001
  • M.A., Yeshiva University, 1998

Insurance

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 - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • CIGNA
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Medicare

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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