Staff

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 treats patients in the CUBSS program. Other special interests 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. In addition, she also runs a weekly psychotherapy group, in which the Bipolar-spectrum patients work on their goals of emotional stability, interpersonal competence, and self-actualization. Dr. Kazariants is a graduate of the New School University here in New York City.

 (212) 844-1742 

Anne Buchanan, D.O.

Anne Buchannan D.O., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Family Center. Dr. Buchanan is the head of our new TREAT program, which targets children and teens who have bipolar disorder or are at a high risk of developing the illness.

Dr. Buchanan completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York - Presbyterian Hospital and her Psychiatry Resdiency at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Buchanan recieved her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her undergradaute studies at Fordham University, where she studies both biology and psychology. 

(212) 420-5626

Amy Mednick, MD

Amy Mednick, M.D. is a psychiatrist at the Family Center. Dr. Mednick treats patients using both medications and therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She believes that open, honest communication between the patient, doctor, and family is essential to receiving the best quality treatment.

Dr. Mednick completed her Psychiatry Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Mednick received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.  She completed her undergraduate studies at M.I.T., where she majored in Brain & Cognitive Science with a concentration in Creative Writing.

(212) 844-1884

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 examines the efficacy of Cranial-Electric Stimulation (CES) in the treatment of bipolar depression.  

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

 

 

 

Volunteers

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.  

(212) 844-1742