Under the leadership of Dr. Igor Galynker, M.D., Ph.D., The Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar Disorder 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 Zirinsky 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 Zirinsky 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 Zirinsky Center. Dr. Kazariants is a graduate of the New School University here in New York City.

 (212) 844-1742 

Irina Kopeykina

Irina Kopeykina is the Clinical Research Manager at the Zirinsky 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) 420-5625


Latavia Love

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

Latavia holds a degree in business administration from BMCC.

(212) 420-2302



The Zirinsky 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 Zirinsky Center, please e-mail