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Andrew P. Levin, MD Adult and Forensic Psychiatry

Andrew P. Levin, MD Adult and Forensic Psychiatry

280 North Central Ave Suite 309
Hartsdale, New York 10530

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Andrew P. Levin, MD, Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, has more than 35 years of clinical and forensic experience. He treats the full range of adult psychiatric conditions and, forensically, has rendered opinions and testified in the areas of criminal responsibility, psychiatric malpractice, trauma and dissociation, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and fitness for duty.

Services

Andrew P. Levin, MD provides both clinical and forensic psychiatric services to clients throughout the New York metropolitan region and nationally. Areas of clinical expertise include trauma and dissociation, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and developmental delay/mental retardation. Clinical services include psychopharmacologic consultation and management, diagnostic consultation, and psychotherapy. Dr. Levin has special expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. He has trained and supervised professionals in cognitive behavioral treatments and forensic evaluation. He is a member of the faculty of the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In the forensic arena Dr. Levin has 20 years experience consulting in a wide range of civil and criminal matters. In criminal matters he has consulted in homicide (including capital cases), criminal responsibility, involuntary confessions, and white collar crime. Civil areas of consultation have included psychiatric standards of care, trauma and injury, torture and asylum, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and fitness for duty. He has been qualified and testified as an expert in both State and Federal venues.


Litigation Support Services

Dr. Levin has been qualified and testified as an expert in both State and Federal venues. In criminal matters he can offer consultation on homicide, criminal responsibility, involuntary confessions, and white collar crime. Civil areas of consultation include psychiatric standards of care, trauma and injury, torture and asylum, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and fitness for duty.

Areas of Expertise

Profile

With more than 35 years of experience in providing direct care, managing and supervising other mental health professionals, and teaching trainees and students at three different medical schools, Dr. Levin brings a wealth of experience to clinical consulting, treatment, and forensic evaluation. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Levin received residency training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Department of Psychiatry Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During his training he conducted research in personality and eating disorders. Following residency Dr. Levin continued at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as an NIMH research fellow. Publications from this research included studies in the biology and treatment of panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.

After residency, Dr. Levin directed the Behavioral Disorders Unit at Holliswood Hospital in Queens. This unit, the first of its kind in the New York area, provided specialized cognitive behavioral treatment to survivors of childhood trauma, rape, and domestic violence suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders. Drawing on this unique expertise, Dr. Levin has consulted to the New York State Office of Mental Health, evaluating complex patients at facilities across the state in both civil and forensic settings.

From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Levin directed the largest outpatient mental health service in Westchester County at St. Vincent's Hospital in Harrison, NY. Following this he served for 15 years as Medical Director at Westchester Jewish Community Services, the largest and oldest social services agency in Westchester. In this role he provided supervision and consultation to social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. He has lectured on assessment and risk management, diagnosis and pharmacologic treatment of adult psychiatric disorders, and implementation of cognitive behavioral treatment for mood, anxiety, and traumatic disorders. In addition, he teaches residents and fellows at Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in general adult psychiatry, trauma, and forensic practice. As a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Dr. Levin has lectured on antidepressant risks and benefits in children and adolescents, use of anti-psychotics in the treatment of the mentally retarded, and the effects of torture among prisoners of war. In the trauma area Dr. Levin has also authored unique studies of vicarious trauma in legal professionals and law students working in criminal and family courts. He has lectured and led training in the identification and management of vicarious trauma for attorneys and judges throughout New York State and nationally. Recent publications include a review of the Supreme Court rulings in sexual harassment and evaluation of the DSM-5 PTSD criteria in forensic settings. He is currently the chair of the Trauma and Stress Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Consulting Practice

All States

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Licenses

New York State


Affiliations

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Forensic Fellowship Faculty
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Trauma and Stress, Psychopharmacology Committees
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


Qualifications

Board Certification in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry


Seminars & Training

Dr. Levin has led trainings nationally for attorneys and judges in the area of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. He has served as a consultant to the New York State Office of Mental Health providing consultations around the State for complex posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociation. He has led trainings in Sri Lanka and Mississippi on PTSD, secondary trauma, alcoholism, and domestic violence. He regularly teaches and supervises across the NY Metropolitan area on the evaluation and management of risk. He has taught and supervised therapists in cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety disorders at the Bronx VAH, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Westchester Jewish Community Services.


Publications

Levin, A.P., Spauster, E. (1994). "Inpatient cognitive-behavioral treatment of eating disorder patients with dissociative disorders." Dissociation, VII, 17884.
Levin A.P. and Greisberg, S. (2003). "Vicarious trauma in attorneys." Pace Law Review, 24, 245.
Levin, A.P. (2008). "Secondary trauma and burnout in attorneys: effects of work with clients who are victims of domestic violence and abuse." American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence eNewsletter, 9, winter 2008.
Levin, A.P. (2009). "SSRI Treatment of Children and Adolescents: How Risky? How to Manage Risk?" Psychiatric Times, 26, 1, 26-30.
Levin, AP, Gold, LH, Onorato, AA (2009). POWs v. torturers: forensic evaluation of military personnel. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 37:316-28.
Kleinman SB, Cadigan RE, Levin A, Morgan C (2009). Evidence-based prognosticating PTSD in civil litigation. Presented at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Annual Meeting, Baltimore, October 29-November 1.
Levin, AP, Albert, L, Besser, A, Smith, D, Zelenski, A, Rosenkranz, S, Neria, Y (2011). Secondary traumatic stress in attorneys and their administrative support staff working with trauma-exposed clients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199:946-955.
Levin, AP (2013). What Should I Do? When Patients Seek Disability Documentation. Accepted as chapter in Gold, LH, Vanderpool, D, eds. Clinical Guide to Mental Health Disability Evaluations. Springer, NY.
Levin AP, Kleinman ,S, Adler, J (2014). DSM-5 and posttraumatic stress disorder: Implications for forensic psychiatry. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 42:146-158.
Levin, AP, Rotter, M (2014), Sexual Harassment. In Ford, E, Rotter, M, eds. Landmark Cases in Forensic Psychiatry, Oxford, NY. pp.112-114


Professional References

Available on Request


Education

Harvard College, AB, 1974 History and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD, 1980
Internship in Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1980-81
Psychiatric Residency, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1981-84
NIMH Research Fellow, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, 1984-86





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