We provide adults with mental illness access to community-based treatment including intensive outpatient day treatment and a full range of on site psychiatric, medical, substance abuse and rehabilitation services.
As an integral part of the Columbia Psychiatry network of care, our clients have access to a full spectrum of care, with seamless delivery of services from inpatient to outpatient and from psychiatric to substance abuse and medical services. In an atmosphere of caring support, clients receive personalized, comprehensive outpatient treatment, life skills training, and psychiatric rehabilitation services, with an emphasis on getting back to work, school, and independent living. Treatment is largely provided in a group format, with some clients receiving additional support from a staff recovery coach. All clients participating in treatment in the Lieber Clinic continue to be under the care of a primary psychiatrist. Clients may continue treatment with their referring physician or we can arrange for one of our faculty members to provide individual psychiatric care.
The Lieber Clinic at inception was a center for treatment of psychotic disorders. Founded in 2006, we brought in and developed behavioral treatments focused on those areas most important for recovery from psychotic disorders. These included symptom management, neurocognitive and social cognitive impairments, and treatments that promote real world functioning. Given these areas of expertise, people from other patient populations who had social cognitive and social skills deficits, cognitive impairments, occupational and school failures, poor independent living skills, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders began to seek out the clinic. This prompted the creation of new programs offering specialized treatment for High Functioning Autism (formerly Aspergers), adult ADHD, and executive impairments.
We are committed to helping adults (18+) whose mental illness is hampering effective community functioning. In the supportive environment at the Lieber Recovery Clinic, clients learn about their condition and how to live successfully with it. Psychiatric care, skills based rehabilitation and case management services are provided to adults diagnosed with:
The clinic leadership is provided by Alice Medalia, Ph.D., a senior Columbia University faculty member who has been a research and clinical pioneer in the rehabilitation of individuals with schizophrenia. Professor Medalia is also an internationally recognized neuropsychologist in the vanguard of cognitive training/remediation. Tiffany Herlands, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director. Dr. Herlands is a neuropsychologist specializing in rehabilitation for persons with psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD. She has been Clinical Director since the Clinic's inception in 2006.
The Lieber Clinic is honored to be nominated by families and clients for inclusion in the Resources to Recovery (RtoR) Provider's Directory in multiple categories. Qualities that the review team look for in an RtoR Family-Endorsed Provider are: Experience and skill, effectiveness, accessibility, patient rapport, knowledge of other services and support, family friendly practice, and value for money.
The Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic was featured on Healthy Minds , a PBS program which highlights mental health issues and cutting edge treatments. This episode, titled Living with Schizophrenia, discussed issues relating to the symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia.