Kahlila Robinson Ph.D.

Dr. Robinson is a City University of New York trained licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in attachment-focused therapy modalities for children, families, and adults.

Kahlila Robinson, Pd.D.

Kahlila Robinson, Ph.D.
Senior Staff Psychologist
P: (212) 337-3565 Ext. 5

Tuesday 9:30AM - 7PM
Thursday 9:30AM - 7PM

Young Children (under 5)
Children (6-10)
Tweens (11-13)
Adoptees & their Families
Cross-cultural adoptive families
New moms

"Human beings are wired for growth and positive change. Healing is possible through connection with safe others, and the development of self-compassion."
Kahlila Robinson



  • -    Anxiety and Mood Disorders in both children and adults
  • -    Post-Partum Anxiety & Depressive Disorders
  • -    ADHD and Disruptive Behavior in school-aged children and tweens
  • -    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma in adults
  • -    Post-Adoption Issues and Parent-Child Attachment Related Concerns
  • -    Childhood social & emotional concerns; Parent Guidance & Parent Mental Health
  • -    Poor family functioning
  • -    Adult life transitions
  • -    Adult social & career difficulties

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Relies on the healing power inherent in supportive relationships to metabolize painful feelings, by safely exploring and experiencing emotions at a bodily level and in transformative ways.

AEDP_Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for couples

Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDP)

An attachment-focused family therapy modality in which safety, attunement and acceptance is emphasized. In DDP sessions, both the parent and child are present in the room. DDP facilitates the
child’s experience of being understood and accepted by their parents, in order to develop their ability to cope more effectively with stressful feelings and to deepen their capacity to form close relationships.

DDT_Dyadic Developmental Therapy mom and child


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
Dr. Robinson’s directed study examined the role of advanced cognitive ability on the development of psychological defenses and the understanding and management of emotional experience in school-aged children.

B.S. in Hospitality Management from Cornell University

Advanced Clinical Training

Maternal Mental Health Intensive Training
Seleni Institute

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Family Intensive therapy with adopted children and familie
Arleta James, M.S., P.C.C. of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio

Motivational Interviewing
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Level I training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy© (DDP)
with Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.

Level I training (Essential Skills I & II) in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
with Diana Fosha, Ph.D.

Level I training in Theraplay, Marschak Interaction Method
with Dafna Lender, LCSW & Rand Coleman, Ph.D.

Advanced CBT training in Anxiety Disorders
with Soho Cognitive

Recent Clinical Experience

Clinical Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Center, Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP); Healthy Steps’ Parental Mental Health Program
Provide weekly psychotherapy to parents of children aged 0-5 for long-term mental health treatment using evidence-based, attachment-focused, and trauma-informed treatments (CBT, DBT, MI, AEDP

Consulting Psychologist, Hunter College Campus Schools
Administer specialized entrance exam and conduct a behavioral observation assessing social-emotional functioning and cognitive skills for pre-school students applying for kindergarten entry

Mental Health Consultant, Northside Center for Child Development
Assessed the mental health and cognitive development of infants and children (ages 12 months through five years old) through classroom observation, review of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and in consultation with teachers, parents, home visitors and family support workers

Pre-Doctoral internship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Child and Family Institute
Provided weekly individual and family outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults integrating psychodynamic, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral and family systems approaches. Conducted comprehensive psychiatric interviews and neuropsychological assessments. Provided weekly dyadic therapy for a parent-child dyad with a focus on building a healthy attachment relationship. Conducted family therapy. Co-facilitated a social skills group for 6 – 8 year olds with disruptive behavior disorders. Worked as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team in a therapeutic high school that emphasizes principles of DBT for treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders.


Psychologist, New York State

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)



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