Lucia Vail, PhD.




Clinical Psychologist

Description of Practice/Services Offered

Individual psychotherapy with adults 18 and older, according to an integrative model comprised of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. I specialize in treating patients with personality disorders, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors and struggles with substance misuse. I worked as a supervising psychologist for over 10 years in the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders (CITPD) at Roosevelt Hospital (now Mount Sinai West), leading DBT and interpersonal process groups, conducting individual therapy and assessments, supervising interns and participating in staff / team consultations. I have maintained an independent practice since 2006, often working with university students to address their combinations of personality and developmental concerns. 

Professional Education

  • William Alanson White Institute EDCAS training progam for treating those with eating disorders, compulsions and addictions
  • Intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through BehavioralTech
  • VA Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in AD/HD Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
  • M.A., General Psychology, New York University
  • B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University


Licensed psychologist (New York State)

Honors / Awards

Teacher of the Year award presented by St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Adult
Psychology Interns and Fellows, 2014


Goodman, M., Vail, L. West, S., New, A., Siever, L. (2006). The pharmacological and psychological treatment of personality disorders - from neurobiology to treatment strategies. Journal of family psychotherapy (17) 53-81.
Vail, L., & Goodman, M. (2006). Scientific tasks and humanistic goals: Response to Commentary by Sparks, Duncan, & Miller. Journal of family psychotherapy (17), 127-135.


Vail, L. (2008). Health and mental health in Rwanda. Multicultural inservice presentation to staff of Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York.
Vail, L. (2007). Relationship factors in treatment of a patient with trichotillomania. William Alanson White Institute Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Educational Program.
Vail, L. (2006). Emotion dysregulation in mental health treatment and research. VA Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology Seminar Series.
Vail, L., Higgins, B., Wisniewski, W., Passarelli, V., & Becker, H. (2005). Implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in a VA Substance Abuse Service. Bronx, NY Intensive DBT Training Course.
Vail, L. (2005). Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Mount Sinai School of Medicine Psychology Internship/Externship Program.
Goodman, M., & Vail, L. (2005). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for chronically suicidal patients: Translation to a VA setting. VA/MIRECC annual conference, New Orleans.
Vail, L., Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., Papouchis, N., & Gold, J. (2002). Attachment in brief psychotherapy. Mid-Atlantic Society for Psychotherapy Research conference, State College, PA.

_ Contact_____________________________________________________________________

Address: 162 West 56th St., Suite 407, New York, NY 10019 
Phone: 917-842-5817 
Appointment Scheduling:By phone is best 
Office Hours: Weekdays, evenings 
Insurances Accepted: I provide receipts patients can use to submit out-of-network claims.