Christina Laitner, Ed.M., is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Child Traumatic Stress at the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Treatment Center at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Laitner specializes in the assessment and treatment of traumatized youth. Dr. Laitner’s research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of Trauma Systems Therapy and other trauma informed care models in clinical and child welfare settings.
Dr. Laitner has specialized clinical training in evidence-based treatments for at-risk and traumatized youth and children and adolescents with severe psychiatric impairments. Dr. Laitner’s dissertation research focused on emotion-based decision making among incarcerated male youth.
Dr. Laitner received her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She completed her Masters of Education in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and will be awarded her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in October 2013.
Dr. Laitner completed her clinical internship at New York City Children’s Center – Queens Campus.
Her clinical work includes inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient externship experiences at Bellevue Hospital Center and the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Laitner completed a school-based externship at George W. Hewlett High School. Dr. Laitner also has advanced training in psychological assessment. Dr. Laitner’s past research focused on development and implementation of manual-based group therapy for at-risk adolescents.
Dr. Laitner has a special interest in disseminating information about best practices in the assessment and treatment of trauma-informed care to the community and to child welfare agencies.
Dr. Laitner’s research has been presented at professional conferences, including at the Society for Research on Adolescence and at Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New York State Psychological Association. As a member of the structural family therapy team at Teachers College, Dr. Laitner presented at the Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education.