MEET DR. JUDITH ZACKSON, Ph.D.

Dr. Zackson is a clinical psychologist with more than two decades of clinical experience. She holds a license to practice psychology in both Connecticut and New York State. Dr. Zackson graduated with honors from Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, one of the top programs in the country accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Zackson works with a range of clients, from adults, adolescents, parents, couples, to business leaders and corporations. Her treatment approach is solution-focused, helping clients identify and manage emotions that might be getting in the way of achieving their goals so they can live a better quality of life. Her treatment area of focus includes OCD and anxiety (worry, social anxiety, panic attacks), concentration difficulties/ADHD, depression and mood disorders. She also specializes in relationship and pregnancy stresses, parenting issues and various forms of eating disorders and addictions.

Based on her experience as a child of volunteering at a local hospital and nursing home, Dr. Zackson initially decided to acquire training as an operating room nurse. She developed clinical expertise in patient care, an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and a deep interest in the mind-body connection. This led her to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, which enhanced her clinical expertise and deepened her understanding of the mind-body connection, as well as of the importance of understanding people through a holistic (biological and psychological) lens.

Dr. Zackson completed her clinical training at Columbia University Medical Center, New York University, and Kings County Hospital. Dr. Zackson was a researcher on a NIMH funded-study at Columbia University, which focused primarily on adolescents abusing chemically-addictive substances or who were at imminent risk of developing substance abuse problem. Dr. Zackson has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT; developed by Dr. Aaron Beck) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR; pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School) and specialized training in eating disorders, addictions and compulsions. She is also trained in transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP; based on Dr. Frank Yeoman’s work at Weil Medical College of Cornell University).

Dr. Zackson has been featured in the Greenwich Times, the Greenwich Sentinel, Golfers Digest and other publications. She has appeared on national and local radio and on television. Prior to relocating to Greenwich, Connecticut, she had a private practice in New York City. She currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and two children.

AFFILIATIONS

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PRESENTATIONS

Zackson, J. (2016, July). The impact of the Couple’s Relationship on Children’s Well-Being. presented at Parenting Conference at Bruce Museum.  Greenwich, CT.

Zackson, J. (2015, May). Eating and Emotions. What’s Eating You? Paper Presented at Temple Sholom. Greenwich, CT.

Zackson, J. (2012, April). The impact of primary maternal preoccupation on therapists’ clinical work. Thesis presented at City College of New York, NY.

Zackson, J. (2012, June). Transference and countertransference to cultural issues: Similar, but different, in the Jewish dyad. Paper presented at the William Alanson White Institute, New York, NY.

Zackson, J. (2011, June). Psycho-oncology and traumatic migration. Paper presented at Kings County Hospital, Behavioral Health, Brooklyn, NY.

Zackson, J. (2010, October). Cultural sensitivity in psychotherapy: Treatment of the Orthodox Jewish population. Paper presented at Kings County Hospital, Behavioral Health, Brooklyn, NY.

Zackson, J. (2008, November). Intergenerational transmission of trauma of Holocaust survivors. Paper presented at New York University.

Zackson, J. (2004, October). The effects of early war trauma on late life. Master’s thesis presented at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Academy of Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Associations of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
  • Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA)

LICENSES

Licensed Psychologist, State of Connecticut (#003398) Licensed Psychologist, State of New York (#020344)