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Cory K. Chen

Professor of Psychology

B.S., Duke University M.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel HillPh.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill


Cory K. Chen is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology in the School of Health Professions at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Dr. Chen is also a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry where he helps to coordinate didactics and electives on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Integrative Psychotherapy. Dr. Chen is also Co-Chief of Telepsychology and Director of the Psychotherapy Research and Development Program at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus. He is also Director of Research and Quality Improvement for the VISN2/NYH Clinical Resource Hub’s Psychology Service. Dr. Chen’s research attempts to better understand how to reach patients currently not helped by existing mental health treatments and services. Specifically, he studies treatment non-response in depression and trauma and is involved in the development and evaluation of new treatments for non-responders. Dr. Chen also studies the use of technology to expand access and enhance mental health treatment. His work has been supported by the National Institute on Aging/National Institute of Health, VA Health Services Research and Development, American Psychoanalytic Association, International Psychoanalytical Association, Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center, VA Office of Rural Health, VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, VA Office of Connected Care, and the NYU Program for Medical Education, Innovation, and Research.


Depression, Trauma, Telemental Health, Veteran Mental Health, Psychotherapy Outcome Research, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approaches, Interpersonal/Relational Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


Select Journal Articles

Chen CK. (2006) Abiding with the Client: Is Listening Enough? Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 42(3), 38-43.

Chen CK, Sabir M, Zimmerman S, Suitor J, & Pillemer K. (2007). The Importance of Family Relationships with Nursing Facility Staff for Family Caregiver Burden and Depression. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62b(5), P253-P260.

Chen CK, Sloane PD, Barrick AL, & Zimmerman S. (2007). Assisted Living Policies Promoting Autonomy and their Relationship to Depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15(2), 122-129.

Chen, C.K. (2009) Psychotherapy in the homes of depressed older veterans: Unique opportunities and challenges. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging; 13(Supp 1): S154-S155.

Chen, C.K., Waters, H.S., Hartman, M., Zimmerman, S., Miklowitz, D.J. & Waters, E. (2013). The secure base script and the task of caring for elderly parents: Implications for attachment theory and clinical practice. Attachment and Human Development, 15(3), 332-348.

Chen, C.K., Uzdawinis, D., Scholmerich, A., & Juckel, G. (2014) Effects of attachment quality on caregiving of patients with dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(6), 623-631.

Denckla, C.A., Bailey, R., Jackson, C.,Tatarakis, J., Chen, C. (2015). A Novel Adaptation of Distress Tolerance Skills Training Among Military Veterans: Outcomes in Suicide Related Events. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 450-457. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2014.04.001

Chen, C.K. (2016). Defiance, denial, and defining limits: Helping Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia Distinguish the Tap-out from the Cop-out. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. doi:10.1037/int0000017

Chen, C.K, & Bailey, R., (2016). Episodic memories of relationship quality, procedural knowledge of attachment narratives and the experience of daughters caring for a parent with dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1471301216632963

Chen, C.K., Clayton, K., Chodosh, J. (2017). The relationship between “what we believe” and “how we care” among daughters caring for a parent with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 32(2), 90-95.

Chen, CK., Ingenito, C., Kehn, M., & Nehrig, N. (2017). Implementing Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) in a VA Medical Center. Journal of Mental Health, 28(6), 613-620.

Chen, C.K. & Dognin, J. (2017). Addressing the influence of hegemonic masculinity on Veterans through Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 18(3), 238-242.

Dognin, J. & Chen, C.K. (2018). The secret sorrows of men: Impact of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy on ‘masculine depression’ Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Nehrig, N. & Chen, C.K. (2018). How to address the needs of non-responders to REACH VA: A qualitative analysis. Aging and Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1484885

Nehrig, N., Gillooly, S., Abraham, K., Shifrin, M., & Chen, C.K. (2019). What is a non-responder: A qualitative analysis of non-response to a caregiver behavioral intervention. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(2), 411-420.

Nehrig, N. Shifrin, M., Abraham, K. & Chen, C.K. (2019). The benefits and limitations of a behavioral intervention for caregivers of dementia patients: A qualitative study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Chen, C.K., Palfrey, A., Shreck, E., Silvestri, B., Wash, L., Nehrig, N., Baer, A., Schneider, J., Ashkenazi, S., Sherman, S., & Chodosh, J. (2019) Implementation of Telemental Health (TMH) psychological services for rural Veterans at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. Psychological Services. doi: 10.1037/ser0000323

Chen, C.K., Nehrig, N., Abraham, K.S., Wang, B., Palfrey, A.P., & Baer, A.L. (2019). Predictors of symptom remission among family caregivers of individuals with dementia receiving REACH VA. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. doi: 10.1177/1533317519826241.

Chen, C.K., Nehrig, N., Chou, L., McGowan, R., Guyton, A.F., Mustafiz, F. & Bailey, R. (2019). Patient interpersonal functioning and response to psychotherapy for depression. American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Chen, C.K., Nehrig, N., Wash, L., & Wang, B. (2020) The impact of brief dynamic interpersonal therapy on Veteran depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy, 57(3), 464-468.

Shreck, E., Nehrig, N., Schneider, J., Palfrey, A., Buckley, J., Jordan, B., Ashkenazi, S., Wash, L., Baer, A., & Chen, C. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to implementation of a VA telemental health program for rural Veterans. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44(1), 1-15.

Chen, C.K., Nehrig, N., Wash, L., Schneider, J.A., Ashkenazi, S., Cairo, E., Guyton, A., & Palfrey, A. (2020). When distance brings us closer: leveraging tele-psychotherapy to build deeper connection. Counseling Psychology Quarterly.

Carper, T., Hunley, H., Myers, U., Chen, C.K., Birks, A., Williams, K., Lindsay, J. & Weaver, K. (2022) The impact of operational partnership on telemental health before, during, and after COVID-19. Psychological Services.


Select Books and Book Chapters

Potter GG, Attix DK, and Chen CK. (2005). Group psychotherapy approaches for dementia. In D.K. Attix, & K. Welsh-Bohmer editors. Geriatric Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention. New York: Guilford Publications; p.394-413.

Zimmerman S, Mitchell CM, Chen CK, Morgan LA, Gruber-Baldini AL, Sloane PD, et al. (2007). An observation of assisted living environments: space use and behavior. In P. McCallon (Ed). Housing for the Elderly: Policy and Practice Issues. New York: Haworth Press. p 185-203.

Chen, C.K. (2015). How Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Pragmatic Philosophy are “Related.” In Rosenbaum, P. Ed. Making our Ideas Clear: Pragmatism in Psychoanalysis. Cultural Psychology Book Series. Information Age Publishers.

Michelson, I. & Chen, C.K. (2016). Caring for caregivers: Understanding and helping those who support the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In Beder, J. (Ed.) Advances in Social Work Practice with the Military. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Chen, C.K. (2018). The “See” Between Us – Closeness and Connection in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In Rebecca Curtis. (Ed.) Interpersonal/Relational Case Studies in Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Dognin, J. & Chen, C.K. (2020). The secret sorrows of men: Impact of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy on ‘masculine depression.’ In Jeremy Clarke. (Ed.) The Social and Interpersonal Origins of Depression Today. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Busch, F., Milrod, B., Singer, M., & Chen, C.K. (2021) Trauma Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Oxford University Press.


Psi Chi Undergraduate Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, UNC-Chapel Hill

Robert Cancro Award for Excellence in Teaching, NYU Psychiatry Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

Predoctoral Internship, at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center

Certificate in Psychoanalysis - William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
American Psychoanalytic Association
International Psychoanalytical Association
American Psychological Association