Michael Surko, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Surko directs the mental health service for children and adolescents entering foster care in New York City. The service, located at the NYC Administration for Children's Services Pre-Placement Center in Manhattan, provides mental health evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, psychopharmacological consultation, psychological assessment, crisis intervention and short-term psychotherapy, consultation to ACS on mental health issues, and liaison with Bellevue Hospital Center psychiatric emergency and inpatient services.
Dr. Surko received a bachelor's degree in history from Haverford College and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Miami University. He also completed a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership in Adolescent Health (LEAH) postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Surko formerly served as an attending psychologist at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry. At Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he led the ACT for Youth Downstate Center for Excellence in Youth Development. The center, funded by the NY State Department of Health, provided technical assistance and program evaluation for community partnerships aimed at reducing violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and educational failure among adolescents in New York State.
Dr. Surko has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of community-based collaborative partnerships, primary prevention, positive youth development, adolescent health and risk behaviors, psychotherapy process and outcomes, and program evaluation. He is a member of New York State Psychological Association.