Under the leadership of Dr. Igor Galynker, M.D., Ph.D., The Family Center for Bipolar is a unique partnership of mental health professionals who are deeply committed to providing family-oriented care to individuals with bipolar illness and their loved ones. Our dynamic team of Bipolar Specialists works together to provide tailored treatment that fits the unique and individual needs of each one of our clients.

Igor Galynker, MD, PhD.,  Director

Dr. Galynker is Associate Chairman of Psychiatry, Chief of the Division of Psychiatric Brain Imaging, and Director of the Division of Biological Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center. He specializes in Affective Disorders, including Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and Dysthymia.

Dr. Galynker was Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry in 1993. He attended Medical School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx where he is now a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. His residency training in psychiatry was at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Galynker is also the author of the richly acclaimed book Talking to Families About Mental Illness: What Clinicians Need to Know.

(212) 420-4535 

Zimri Yaseen, MD

Zimri Yaseen, M.D. is a psychiatrist at the Family Center. Dr. Yaseen's specialties include Relational Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. He speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He completed his psychiatry residency and was an ECRIP Research Fellow at Beth Israel Medical Center, where he studied suicide and the interactions between attachment and depression. Dr. Yaseen is a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago where he majored in mathematics and philosophy.

(212) 420-3481 

Gaiane Kazariants, Ph.D

Gaiane Kazariants, Ph. D. is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy at the Family Center. As a relational psychotherapist she believes that the collaborative relationship between the therapist and the patient is the catalyst for positive psychological change such as increased emotional stability, relatedness, and life-satisfaction.

Dr. Kazariants runs the Practical Accelerated Couple's Therapy (PACT) program in the Family Center. Dr. Kazariants is a graduate of the New School University here in New York City.

 (212) 844-1742 

Aaron Savedoff, M.D.

Aaron Savedoff, M.D. is a psychiatrist with the Family Center for Bipolar.  Dr. Savedoff graduated from Binghamton University cum laude with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Studio Art, and received his M.D. from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.  At the completion of his residency training in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. Savedoff earned the “Resident as Teacher” award for his contributions in teaching residents, psychology interns and medical students. 

Some of Dr. Savedoff’s interests include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, adult ADHD, and the integration of psychotherapy with psychopharmacology.


Elena Bruck, M.D.

Dr. Elena Bruck, M.D., is a psychiatrist at Bipolar Family Center and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She previously worked at a geriatric inpatient unit at Bellevue/NYU and for the past 8 years as a Physician-in-Charge of Mount Sinai Beth Israel ACT program. Her interests include anxiety and affective disorders such as Bipolar, depression and dysthymia.

Dr. Elena Bruck graduated from the University of Vienna where she studied Medicine. She completed her residency trainign at Beth Israel Medical Center and completed a Felowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. She completed a Fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the New York Psychoanalytic INstitte and provides psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Elena Bruck was Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 2005. She speaks English, Russian and German.



Irina Kopeykina

Irina Kopeykina is the Program Manager at the Family Center for Bipolar. She oversees the day-to-day administrative functioning of the Family Center, as well as its numerous research projects and volunteers. 

Irina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of Staten Island.

(212) 844-1868


Latavia Love

Latavia Love is the Executive Assistant at the Family Center for Bipolar. Latavia manages all the evaluation and appointment scheduling as well as the medical billing for the Family Center.

Latavia holds a degree in business administration from BMCC.

(212) 420-2302


Deimante McClure

Deimante McClure is a Research Coordinator in the Family Center. She is currently working on a study that identify and reduce acute suicide risk in psychiatric patients.  

Deimante holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.

(212) 420-2205


The Family Center offers a unique and multi-faceted education opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate volunteers. Our volunteers take a leadership role in many of our ongoing research projects, attend classes and lectures that take place in the Department of Psychiatry, and receive real-life experience of working in the rich and rewarding field of mental health.  

For those interested in volunteering in the Family Center, please e-mail