Emily Upshur, Ph.D.




Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Description of Practice/Services Offered

Dr. Upshur has extensive experience working with individuals across the life-span. She focuses specifically on women’s health, including transition to parenthood , the perinatal period, and work-life balance, as well as work with children and families. Dr. Upshur’s practice areas focus on:
  • Life stress: Dr. Upshur works with adults, children, and teens on issues that affect daily functioning. These include depression, anxiety, school difficulties, disruptive behavioral problems, parenting challenges, behavioral issues at home and at school, and family struggles – including fertility and preconception challenges, as well as postpartum difficulties, and transition to parenthood.
  • Adjustment issues: Dr. Upshur also assists adults and children during life transitions, such as separation, divorce, blending families, new schools, new siblings, and managing career and other role transitions.
  • Trauma-informed care: Dr. Upshur is trained in several evidence-based trauma treatments, and has years of experience in this field.  She specializes in traumas pertaining to family issues, fertility and pregnancy loss, loss and bereavement, and adult and child survivors of trauma
Dr. Upshur combines psychodynamic approaches along with cognitive, behavioral, and other interventions based on collaborative treatment planning with my patients. She uses a flexible customized treatment approach to best meet patients’ needs. She has had training in several specialized treatments which she incorporates into her practice when appropriate.

Areas of Research

Dr. Upshur's research has focused on resilience in the face of adversity, difficult life transitions, changes in family composition, adjustment to adoption, the impact of trauma on families and children, and cross-cultural issues.

Professional Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Trauma and Resilience, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Beth Israel Medical Center
Ph.D. Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
M.Phil. Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
M.A. Tufts University, Clinical Child Developmental Psychology
B.A. Bates College, with Honors

Clinical Appointments/Hospital Affiliations

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
Outpatient Psychiatry Multi-Cultural Coordinator & Supervising Psychologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
Clinical Director, Center for Trauma and Resilience, Mount Sinai Hospital

Credentials/Board Certification

New York State Licensed Psychologist 
Dr. Upshur has specialized training in: Attachment, Self-regulation, Competency (ARC), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Based Work, Child & Adolescent Needs & Strengths (CANS), Training Intervention for the Engagement of Families (TIES) , Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Children’s Services, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinical Essentials. 


Kenneth B. Clark and Far Fund Dissertation Award, CUNY
Clinical Counseling Fellowship, Graduate and University Center
Dean K. Harrison and Magnet Minority Fellowship Award CUNY
Tufts University Merit Scholarship


Upshur, E. (2011). APA Division 39, How We Matter Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century, April 13-17, 2011, New York City, Paper presentation. Projective Testing in a New Era of Psychoanalysis: Children’s Emotional Regulation and Family Functioning: Assessing the Association for Families in a Domestic Violence Shelter.
Upshur, E. (2010). Effects of Maladaptive Family Functioning on Child Emotional Regulation: A Study Among Children and Mothers who have Experienced Domestic Violence. Doctoral Dissertation. Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Graduate Center, CUNY.
Upshur, E., & Demick, J. (2006). Adoption and identity in social context. In K. Wegar (Ed.), Adoptive families in a diverse society (pp. 91-110). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Fraenkel, P., Kruk, J., Oakes, M., Sulle-Bowen, M., Savage, I., Bernfeld, M., Kaukiainen, M., Thomas, N., Upshur, E., Kramer, S., & Halfon, S. (2005, June). Challenges and coping in homeless families with teenagers. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Family Therapy, AFTA-IFTA, Washington, DC.

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629 Fifth Avenue, Building 3, Suite 224, Pelham, NY 10803 
Phone: (917) 830-5324 
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