Jennifer Bress, Ph.D.


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Personal Statement

Jennifer Bress, PhD is a New York State licensed psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Bress specializes in research-supported psychotherapy interventions to treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She practices primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporates related therapeutic approaches including behavioral activation, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) depending on the individual's specific needs. 

Biographical Info

Dr. Bress received her bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from Vassar College and her PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed her doctoral internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bress received postdoctoral training through a T32 fellowship in geriatric mood disorders at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. She has received rigorous clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other research-supported therapeutic interventions and has provided care in both outpatient and partial hospitalization settings to individuals ranging from early through late adulthood.


Dr. Bress’s research focuses on brain activity associated with depression and treatment response throughout the lifespan. A specific area of interest is the brain's response to rewarding experiences when individuals are depressed, and how this response may change as they progress through treatment. Dr. Bress has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Joseph Sanchez Foundation, the Weill Cornell Children's Health Investigators Fund, and the Weill Cornell Mastercard Diversity-Mentorship Collaborative. She is currently conducting a study to better understand the changes in brain activity that occur over the course of a neurobiologically informed, reward-focused psychotherapy for older adults with depression. In a separate line of research, Dr. Bress is part of a collaborative study team investigating a mobile app-based intervention for young adults with depression and anxiety.

Honors and Awards

 - Barchas Prize for Outstanding Work by a Trainee in the Field, Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry (2018)

- Samuel W. Perry III, MD Distinguished Award in Psychiatric Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (2017)

- Departmental Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University (2014)

- Resource Access Project travel award, Stony Brook Graduate Student Organization (2011-2014)

- Psi Chi National Honors Society, Vassar College (2005)


Clinical Expertise
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Major Depressive Disorder
Geriatric Psychology
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Specific Phobia
Social Phobia
Panic Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Ph.D.
    State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.A.
    State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A.
    Vassar College
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Psychologist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Peter Edwin Stokes, M.D. Clinical Scholar in Psychobiology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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