My formal training and extensive experience in the treatment of trauma have given me a deep understanding of how experiences shape our sense of self and color our perspective on the world.

My training began over 20 years ago as a master’s student studying therapeutic approaches to trauma. In the late 90s, I worked at Mclean Hospital, the Boston Veteran’s Hospital and other Massachusetts-area programs with a focus on depression, anxiety and trauma. I later received advanced trauma training at the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU. That same year I joined the Women’s Health Project at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, a treatment and research center evaluating cognitive behavioral approaches to trauma and addiction. I worked with this group for over 10 years, first coordinating psychological assessment of adolescents and adults and then serving as the project director, overseeing a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) psychotherapy study.

In 2001, I began my doctoral training in clinical psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the NYU-Bellevue Hospital program, which included training in the NYU Child Study Center and specialized training in Habib Davanloo’s Short-Term Intensive Dynamic Therapy. Soon after, I was a senior fellow at the Research Foundation for CUNY and research scientist at the Research Center for Trauma and Addiction, a program through Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Psychiatric Institute.



Clinical Psychologist #018393, New York State


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
B.S./M.A., Counseling Psychology, Lesley University Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences


New York University Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, Department of Psychiatry

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Department of Psychiatry

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Psychiatric Institute

McLean Hospital, Mood and Anxiety Program

Boston Veterans’ Hospital, Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic

The Henry A. Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (CUNY)

The International Trauma Studies Program, New York University

Heritage Hospital, Department of Psychiatry


Fraenkel, P. & Capstick, C. (2011).  Contemporary two-parent families: Navigating work and family challenges.  In F. Walsh (Ed.), Normal family processes (4th ed.).  New York: Guilford Press.

Hien, D. A., Jiang, H., Campbell, A.N.C., Hu, M.C., Miele, G.M., Cohen, L.R., Brigham, G.S., Capstick, C., Kulaga, A., Robinson, J., Suarez-Morales, L. & Nunes, E. V. (2010). Do treatment improvements in PTSD severity affect substance use outcomes? A secondary analysis from a randomized clinical trial in NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167 (1): 95-101.

Capstick, C. (2008). Healing from Loss. Retrieved July 14, 2008 from,

Hien, D. A., Cohen, L. C., & Capstick, C. (2005). The role of neurocognitive deficits in parenting and adverse child outcomes for inner-city depressed and substance-using mothers. Poster for presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Capstick, C., & Fraenkel, P. (2004). Child abuse and neglect. In R.H. Coombs (Ed.), Family therapy review: Preparing for comprehensive and licensing exams (pp. 393-411). Boston: Lahaska Press.

Hien, D., Litt, L., Miele, G., Cohen, L., & Capstick, C. (2004). Promising treatments for women with comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161(8): 1426-1432.

Capstick, C. (2004, October). Identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. Guest presentation at St. Luke’s Roosevelt-Hospital Center psychology externship program, New York, NY.

Capstick, C. (2004, October). Assessment of alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Guest presentation at St. Luke’s Roosevelt-Hospital Center psychology externship program, New York, NY.

Capstick, C. (1999, May). PTSD: Eliminating the stressor criterion. Presentation at annual International Trauma Studies Program presentation panel, New York University, New York, NY.

Sippola, L., & Capstick, C. (1996, November). Coding and categorization of moral dilemmas. In A. Colby (Chair), Mining archival data: Methods for conducting new analyses and follow-up studies. Paper presented at workshop at The Henry A. Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA.


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