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ABOUT: About
Alexandra R. Martins, M.D.'s Photograph

Dr. Alexandra R. Martins completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley as a National Hispanic Scholar and with a degree in Psychology.  She then attained her Medical Degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she graduated top in her class and was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  She then trained for her Internship and Residency in adult psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and NY State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Upon completion of her Internship and Residency in Psychiatry, she continued her work in curriculum development during a Teaching Fellowship. 

 

As an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Dr. Martins developed and led instruction in various courses in the residency program and Columbia medical school. Dr. Martins also provided clinical supervision to the Psychiatric Institute Resident's Clinic. Simultaneously she worked as a full-time Attending Psychiatrist at NYSPI's Washington Heights Community Service, where she treated hundreds of patients with severe mood and psychotic disorders in collaboration with a team of skilled social workers.

While serving patients at NYSPI, Dr. Martins expanded into a private practice in Manhattan's Upper West Side, where she provided medication management and psychotherapy services.  In her private practice, she treated various patients of different backgrounds, including offering mental health services to students and medical staff within the Columbia University hospital system.  She closed this practice in 2016 upon relocating to Westchester. At that time, she joined faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and worked as an Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Behavioral Health Center (NYP-WBHC).  

 

At NYP-WBHC, Dr. Martins served as the lead psychiatrist in the Mood, Anxiety and Personality Disorders Track in the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). In this leadership role, she collaborated with the inpatient units and the evaluation center to screen all patients entering this PHP track. She then provided diagnostic and medication management during the admission along with collaborating in treatment and aftercare planning. Dr. Martins also saw individual patients for medication management and psychotherapy at the Adult Outpatient Clinic.  Over her five years at NYP-WBHC, Dr. Martins evaluated and treated hundreds of patients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses and clinical needs. She also collaborated with expertly trained therapists and saw first-hand the benefits of CBT and DBT treatments.

In the Spring of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the tri-state area, Dr. Martins was asked to join WCM's virtual urgent care service.  She felt honored to help evaluate and treat patients suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, which invariably (and understandably) called upon her expertise to address the emotional distress inherent in this pandemic. Upon completion of her time in that department, Dr. Martins resumed her full-time position at WBHC's PHP.  Seeing the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community's emotional health, Dr. Martins expanded her practice to provide psychiatric consultations, psychotherapy and medication management through WCM's Psychiatry Specialty Center.  This proved a rewarding change of pace to her hospital-based practice and influenced her decision to transition in Summer 2021 to a full-time private practice. Dr. Martins now sees patients exclusively in her private practice in the Hudson River Landing Building in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She continues an academic affiliation with NYP and WCM as voluntary faculty.

To learn about Dr. Martins' approach to evaluations and treatment, click here.  

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