J. Rebecca Weis, MD, is the director of the Early Childhood Mental Health service at Bellevue Hospital and Co-director of the Early Childhood Clinical Service at the NYU Child Study Center. Since 2007 she has served as a clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Weis is involved in teaching and supervising adult and child psychiatry residents, medical students, and psychology trainees. She provides direct clinical care in the outpatient psychiatry clinic and psychiatry consult service to pediatrics at Bellevue as well as at the NYU Child Study Center.
Dr. Weis has a special interest in early childhood mental health and is working with other clinicians and researchers at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center to enhance delivery of early childhood services. She is committed to collaborative work with researchers and administrators to ensure that patients are receiving the most effective treatments including in the public sector. She is currently bringing the administrative background she gained while directing the inpatient adolescent psychiatry service at Bellevue to a new project that links clinic-based early childhood mental health services to a preventive services agency serving families with multiple psychosocial adversities. This project aims to increase awareness of early childhood and maternal mental health issues amongst preventive service workers while also providing a direct conduit to clinical services for the families who need them the most.
Dr. Weis received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the California State University, Sacramento and earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at NYU School of Medicine and completed her training in child psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital based at Columbia and Cornell medical centers. She has also completed a Public Psychiatry Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center and pursued supplemental training through the Ackerman Institute for the Family as well as elective time during child psychiatry residency working with the Parent Infant Service at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. She is currently participating in the Parent Infant Psychotherapy training program through the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Dr. Weis is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She has collaboratively published articles in scholarly journals based on her previous work on the Bellevue adolescent inpatient unit related to complex psychopharmacologic interventions and improved identification and treatment for symptoms related to trauma. She has just published a chapter in “Motherhood, Mental Illness, and Recovery” (Springer). She leads the Systems of Care course for the child psychiatry training program each year and also participates as an instructor in the NYU Public Psychiatry Fellowship.