Dr. Isaiah Pickens is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. At Bellevue, he is responsible for implementation of trauma-informed services at two juvenile secure detention centers. His duties include training detention center and child welfare staff evidence-based strategies for identifying and supporting youth who have experienced trauma, guiding trauma-informed screening procedures, and identifying and addressing systemic challenges to a trauma-informed approach for engaging youth in secure detention.
Dr. Pickens received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fordham University. He completed his pre-and post-doctoral clinical training at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). During his training, Dr. Pickens developed psychoeducational curriculum for adolescents transitioning out of high school, delivered ongoing suicide prevention training to clinical and educational staff, and provided clinical services for youth experiencing a variety of mental health challenges and adults initiating HIV treatment.
Dr. Pickens’ research has focused primarily on cognitive patterns for adolescents who display aggressive behavior and poor academic outcomes. He is certified in a number of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based individual and group interventions for behaviorally dysregulated youth and young people who have experienced trauma.