About Dr. Shamir Khan


Current or Recent Activities

  • NYC Psychologist , Private Practice , with adults, adolescents, families, and couples.
  • Founder & Publisher , NYC Private Schools Blog , an online family resource which provides information on over 800 pre-K-12 NYC Independent, Religious and Private Schools across the 5 boroughs (established in November 2008, approximately 2000 posts; awarded 2011 Top 10 Education Research Blog [other blogs in the Top 10 included the U.S. Department of Education and The Chronicle of Higher Education ]).
  • Co-Founder & VP, Board of Directors, Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC] , supports NYC-based parents and their children (public, private, charter, and homeschool) by offering educational workshops, talent development-based resources and programs, mentorships and a new discovery platform for web and app-based learning tools for kids.
  • Co-Convener , The NYC Gifted & Talented Symposium , a biennial event which brought together parents, teachers, professors, principals, educational consultants, mental health professionals, ed tech specialists, members of NYC government, and experts to collaborate, advocate, innovate, and educate. The October 26, 2013 event had over 500 attendees and over 70 speakers, including keynote Dr. Carol Dweck and former NYC Schools Chancellor, Harold Levy.
  • Co-Convener , The NYC Ed Tech Family Day: A'Fair , a biennial event that is equal parts education fair, carnival & an educational scavenger hunt to introduce families (K-8) to education technology learning tools through engaging hands on play. The November 8, 2014 had over 400 participants.
  • Advisor & Judge , The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund's Discover Your Passion Competition , awards $25,000 for NYC-based students (2-12 grade) to explore their unique gifts, talents, and passions in an area of their choice (academics, sports, music, the arts, social entrepreneurship, technology, or other disciplines).
  • Advisor , Manhattan Media's Blackboard Awards , which annually honors NYC schools, principals, and teachers from all grade levels (nursery through high school) at all educational communities -- public, private, religious, and charter.
  • President, Board of Directors , South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) , which addresses the social service needs of the underserved South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities of New York City.
  • Global Advisor , James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation , which supports young global leadership impacting positive change and the NGOs that support them.

Academic Positions

Selected Awards/Honors

  • Global Citizenship Award for Leadership in Helping Humanity (2010), presented by Ophans International Worldwide
  • Kappa Delta Pi , International Honor Society in Education (2003-present)
  • Raoul Wallenberg Scholar , Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996-97), one of 10 American graduate students awarded full funding for one year in Israel to focus on Leadership in Democracies through coursework, language study, internships, humanitarian project, and travel

Education (also see credentials )

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology , Columbia University
    • Dissertation : The roles of exposure, family relationships, and symptoms in children bereaved on September 11th: Comparisons of explanatory models
  • M.Phil. (en passant), Columbia University
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology , Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Certificate , International Trauma Studies Program , New York University
  • Raoul Wallenberg Scholar , Leadership in Democracies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • B.A. in Psychology, Concentration in Neural & Behavioral Sciences , Haverford College
    • Thesis (awarded Honors) : The roles of gender, gonadectomy, and estrogen replacement on swim stress-induced analgesia (SSIA) in CXBK mice

Previous Training and Experience

  • Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer , Wheel Houz, an inquiry-based applications company that helps students, ages 4-18, develop, ask and answer questions about themselves, others and the world. The company's partners included the award-winning PBS Kids Go!™ tween website, It's My Life®. In Spetember 2010, the company joined the activities co-hosted by UNESCO and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) for an International Literacy Day event at UN Headquarters which featured Former First Lady Laura Bush, Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and was moderated by Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent, CBS News.
  • Staff Group Therapist , A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center , a non-profit bereavement center that provides comprehensive services to bereaved children, teens, and families in New York City.
  • Project Director/Postdoctoral Research , Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) , Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute. COPE is an outpatient research program for adolescents and young adults (ages 12-30) who are at clinical high risk or prodromal to psychosis (see credentials ).
  • Psychology Intern, Adult Track , New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center & New York State Psychiatric Institute . Conducted intake interviews, performed neuropsychological assessments, and provided brief and long-term psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, group, and family/couples therapy. Rotations included: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Schizophrenia Research Unit (Inpatient), Acute Treatment Team (see credentials ).
  • Child Psychology Extern , PARTNERS Program , Department of Psychology, St. John's University. The Preventing Adverse Reactions to Negative Events and Related Stress (PARTNERS) is a program which tested a cognitive behavioral intervention vs. an educational-supportive intervention for children (ages 6-12) with substantiated cases of Child Physical Abuse (CPA).
  • Child Psychology Extern , PARTNERS Program, Institute for Trauma and Stress, New York University Child Study Center . See description of PARTNERS Program above.
  • Trainee , Center for Educational and Psychological Services , Teachers College, Columbia University. Conducted intake interviews, performed assessments, and provided treatment for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples utilizing play, short- and long-term psychodynamic, and family/couples therapy.
  • Graduate Research Assistant , Traumatic Bereavement Program, Institute for Trauma and Stress, New York University Child Study Center . The program offered counseling services to approximately 500 children and adolescents, and their families of firefighters, fire officers, and paramedics of the FDNY and police officers of the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Department and the New York City Police Department. It also compared Traumatic Grief-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Client-Centered Therapy in a randomized trial for for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic bereavement.
  • Assistant Psychiatry Supervisor , Clinical Trials Program, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical Center . Promoted from Coordinator to Supervisor. The program included over 15 industry sponsored psychopharmacologic trials for children, adolescents, and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and children and adolescents (ages 6-17) with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sponsors included: SmithKline Beecham, Eli Lilly & Co., Alza Corporation, Gliatech, Inc., Medeva Development, Shire Laboratories, Inc., & Pfizer, Inc.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator , Clinical Trials Program, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical Center . See program description above.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator , Division of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center . The research program included several projects and trials focusing on antiarrhythmic drugs and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Sponsors included: Proctor & Gamble, National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.), Statistics & Epidemiology Research Corp., & Medtronics, Inc.

Selected Media (Psychology, Education, Parenting; Quotes or Posts)

Selected Academic Papers, Posters, & Presentations

  • Mazzoni, P., Kimhy, D., Khan, S. , Posner, K., Maayan, L., Eilenberg, M., Walsh, J., Kestenbaum, C., Corcoran, C. (2009). Childhood onset diagnoses in a case series of teens at clinical high risk for psychosis. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 19(6) , 771-776.
  • Thompson, J. L., Kelly, M., Kimhy, D., Harkavy Friedman, J., Khan, S. , Messinger, J.W., Schobel, S., Goetz, R., Malaspina, D., & Corcoran, C. (2009). Childhood trauma and prodromal symptoms among individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis . Schizophrenia Research, 108(1) , 176-181.
  • Corcoran, C., Kimhy, D., Stanford, A., Khan, S. , Walsh, J., Thompson, J., Schobel, S., Harkavy-Friedman, J., Goetz, R., Colibazzi, T., Cressman, D., & Malaspina, D. (2008). Temporal association of cannabis use with symptoms in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis . Schizophrenia Research, 106(2) , 286-293.
  • Thompson, J. L., Kelly, M., Printz, D., Kimhy, D., Khan, S. , Walsh, J., Harkavy-Friedman, J., Malaspina, D., & Corcoran, C. (2008, May). Associations between childhood trauma and psychotic-like symptoms among individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis. Poster was presented at the 63rd Annual Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Washington D.C.
  • Corcoran, C., Kimhy, D., Walsh, J., Khan, S. , Schobel, S., Stanford, A., Thompson, J., Malaspina, D., Lieberman, J. (2007). Temporal association of cannabis use and perceptual disturbances in prodromal patients. Biological Psychiatry, 61 Suppl , S1-S266.
  • Thompson, J., Kelly, M., Printz, D., Kimhy, D., Khan, S. , Walsh, J., Harkavy-Friedman, J., Malaspina, D., Corcoran, C. (2007, October). Childhood trauma and psychotic-like symptoms among individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis. Poster was presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Brown, E. J., Goodman, R. F., Khan, S. A. , Valerian, A., Tokayer, N., & McQuaid, J. (2003, October). Psychiatric symptoms among children bereaved on September 11th, 2001: Correlates of traumatic grief. Paper presented as part of a symposium titled "Children's traumatic grief: Emerging clinical research" at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.
  • Brown, E.J., & Khan, S.A. (2003). Child abuse and neglect: Definitions, consequences, and treatment . Child Study Center Letter, 7 , 1-6.


  • Psychologist, New York State

Selected Human Rights & Community Service Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • New York State Psychological Association
  • South Asian Journalists Association


  • Dr. Khan has been married for the past 18 years and is the father of two children, ages 12 and 15

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