Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology


Psychologist in Private Practice

Description of Practice/Services Offered

I am a cognitive-behavioral psychologist experienced in working with issues that arise as a result of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, loss, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other transitional points arising in relationships and career.

My Midwestern upbringing helps create a warm, supportive approach to counseling in midtown Manhattan. I strive to help you develop coping tools and emotional resilience so you can emerge with a strong sense of well-being from any life crisis you may be facing.

I have an area of subspecialty in reproductive health issues including infertility, pregnancy loss, pregnancy after pregnancy loss and/or infertility, postpartum depression, and pregnancy termination due to fetal anomaly, working with individuals, couples, and groups.  I combine a cognitive-behavioral and mind-body approach to address reproductive challenges and the stress and distress that often accompanies them.

Areas of Research

Ethical issues in fertility counseling; gender differences in the experience of infertility and pregnancy loss.

Professional Education

Ph.D., Columbia University, Teachers College
M.A., M.Ed., Columbia University, Teachers College
B.A., University of Wisconsin
Postgraduate Fellow, Institute for Behavior Therapy
Mental Health Professionals Group of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Postgraduate Courses

Credentials/Board Certification

New York State Licensed Psychologist
The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology


Phi Beta Kappa
Family Building Award, the American Fertility Association


1. Horowitz, J. E., Galst, J.P., & Elster, N. (2010). Ethical dilemmas in fertility counseling. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books

2. Galst, J.P. & Klass, E.T., (1990). Women treating women: Behaviorists view the case, and Women treating men: Behaviorists view the case. In Dorothy W. Cantor (Ed)., Women as therapists: A multi-theoretical casebook. . NY: Springer.
3. Galst, J.P. (1986) Stress and stress management for the infertile couple: A cognitive-behavioral approach to the psychological sequelae of infertility.Infertility, 9, 171-179.
4. Galst, J.P. (2014)Egg Freezing: A Modern Fertility Conundrum. Psychology Today: Fertility Factor Blog
5. Gals, J.P., Verp, Joann, Marion (Eds.) (2015) Prenatal and Preimplantation Diagnosis, The Burden of Choice; Editors: Paley Galst,



Multiple professional symposia and roundtables, media interviews, as well as presentations for the lay population

_ Contact_____________________________________________________________________

30 E. 60th Street, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 917-414-6779

Appointment Scheduling: Call 917-414-6779
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, day and evening hours
Insurances Accepted/Managed Care Accepted: Oxford Health Plans, United Health Care/United Behavioral Health, Medicare