Megan E. Olden, Ph.D.

Megan Olden

Dr. Olden is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center with longstanding interests in psychological trauma and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Olden received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University, specializing in clinical health psychology, completed her clinical internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Cognitive Therapy Clinic, and received additional training as a postdoctoral fellow with the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies at Weill Cornell Medical College. During her two-year fellowship, she gained expertise working with diverse traumatized populations and served as the principal investigator on an NIH/CTSC-funded study piloting the use of telemedicine to provide a randomized double-blind medication and prolonged exposure treatment trial for occupations at risk with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During her doctoral training, Dr. Olden was awarded a two-year NIMH-funded predoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She gained extensive experience working with advanced cancer patients during this time, conducting several manualized cognitive therapy interventions with patients at the end of life. She also has specialized training and clinical experience in providing dialectical behavioral therapy for patients with borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Olden earned an additional master's degree in clinical investigation from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, focusing her studies on translational science approaches to psychological research, with a goal of bridging bench-to-bedside approaches to improve PTSD assessment and intervention. She has published in the fields of psycho-oncology and psychological trauma and is certified in imaginal prolonged exposure therapy and virtual-reality exposure therapy, two evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

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Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


Difede, J, Olden, M, Cukor, J. Evidence-Based Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Annual Review of Medicine. In Press.
Difede, J, Cukor, J, Wyka, K, Olden, M, Altemus, M, Lee, FS. Augmentation of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy with a Novel Pharmaceutical Agent for the Treatment of Chronic PTSD. Neuropsychopharmacology. In Press.
Applebaum AJ, Kolva EA, Kulikowski JR, Jacobs JD, Derosa A, Lichtenthal WG, Olden M, Rosenfeld B, Breitbart W. Conceptualizing prognostic awareness in advanced cancer: A systematic review. J Health Psychol, 2013.

Breitbart, W., Poppito, S., Rosenfeld, B., Cassileth, B., Abbey, J., Olden, M., Vickers, A.J., Pessin, H., Kosinski-Timm , A., & Berg, A. (2012). A randomized comparison of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy and massage therapy for patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30, 1304-9.

Cukor, J., Wyka, K., Mello, B., Olden, M., Jayasinghe, N., Roberts, J., Giosan, C., & Difede, J. (2011). The longitudinal course of PTSD and comorbid psychopathology among disaster workers deployed to the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 506-514.

Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Lewis, C., Abbey, J., Olden, M., Sachs, E., Amakawa, L., Kolva, E., Brescia, R., Wein, S., & Breitbart, W. (2011). Assessing hopelessness in terminally ill cancer patients: Development of the Hopelessness Assessment in Illness Questionnaire. Psychological Assessment, 23, 325-336.

Olden, M., Cukor, J., Rizzo, A., & Difede, J. (2010). House calls revisited: Leveraging technology to overcome obstacles to veteran psychiatric care and improve treatment outcomes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208, 133-141.

Cukor, J., Olden, M., Lee, F., & Difede, J. (2010). Evidence-based treatments for PTSD, new directions, and special challenges. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208, 82-89.

Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Gibson, C., Pessin, H., Poppito, S., Nelson, C., Tomarken, A., Timm, A., Berg, A., Jacobsen, C., Sorger, B., Abbey, J., & Olden, M. (2010). Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Psychooncology, 19, 21-28.

Olden, M., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H. & Breitbart, W. (2009). Measuring depression at the end of life: Is the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale a valid instrument? Assessment, 16, 43-54.

Pessin, H., Olden, M., Jacobson, C., & Kosinski, A. (2005). Clinical assessment of depression in the terminally ill: a practical guide. Palliative and Supportive Care, 3, 319-324.

Honors and Awards

Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical Scholars Program participant,  2013-2015

Payne Whitney Clinic Faculty Council Award for research excellence in Clinical Psychology internship – NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2009

National Institute for Mental Health NRSA Predoctoral Training Award – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2006-2008

Catherine Low Memorial Award for outstanding predoctoral research – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2007