Cynthia R. Pfeffer, M.D.
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Cynthia R. Pfeffer, M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

Cynthia R. Pfeffer, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Childhood Bereavement Program at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the practice of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. In her faculty practice she offers compassionate clinical care to enhance the well being of patients. Dr. Pfeffer's clinical expertise includes psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for Anxiety and Mood Disorders in children, adolescents, college students, and adults as well as for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders and suicidal behavior in children and adolescents. She has broad experience and extensive clinical skills in assessing and treating bereavement and trauma in children, adolescents, and adults resulting from expected and unexpected death of loved ones.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Adult Psychiatry


  • Adjustment Disorder With Problems at School
  • Anxiety
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavior Problem
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Irritability and Anger
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Problem With Child Being Bullied
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Monitor Parenting Skills
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia
  • Suicidal Behavior


Dr. Cynthia Pfeffer provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment based on an understanding of a patient’s early and current experiences, development, medical status, and family background. Her private practice hours are accessible without lengthy waiting for an appointment. To schedule an office appointment in Manhattan, call 212-717-2334 and in White Plains, call 914-997-5849.

Dr. Pfeffer graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University, summa cum laude, and from New York University Medical School. She completed her pediatric internship at Bellevue Hospital - New York University Langone Medical Center and general and child psychiatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was the Director of the Child Psychiatry Crisis Service at Jacobi Hospital-Albert Einstein College of Medicine before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical Medicine. She was the Director of the New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Child Psychiatric Inpatient Unit for six to twelve year old children with severe psychiatric disorders. She established the Weill Cornell Childhood Bereavement Program to assist children and their families cope with grieving the death of a close relative.

Dr. Pfeffer’s academic work includes clinical research on childhood severe stresses, depression, posttraumatic stress, suicidal behavior, bereavement, and psychopharmacology. Her research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and many nonprofit foundations. She served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee on the use of antidepressant and other medications to treat psychiatric disorders in children. She was an invited speaker at a United States Senate committee hearing in 2001 on the needs of children who suffered deaths of loved ones during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

Dr. Pfeffer received the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She lectured extensively in the United States and other countries. Her book, The Suicidal Child, has been praised for its helpfulness in understanding and preventing suicidal behavior in children. She has been listed in Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine, Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area, and Who’s Who in America.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards


  • Charlotte and Norbert Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Mortimor Blumenthal, MD Annual Award from the Mental Health Section of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York
  • Sigmund Freud Award, American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians
  • Erwin Stengel Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Suicide Prevention, International Association for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Wilfred Hulse Award for Contributions in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine
  • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area
  • Who's Who in America
  • Speaker at the International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers at the Vatican, Rome Italy


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychiatry)

Clinical and Academic Positions

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

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 1968
  • B.A., Douglass College, 1964


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
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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Advisory/Scientific Board Member:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Inc.
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