E-mail: ym2411@columbia.edu

Yesika S. Montoya, LCSW, is a clinical social worker at University Settlement.

Ms. Montoya has been providing individual, family and group psychotherapy. In her practice she addresses the interaction of mental illness, cultural beliefs, socio-economic conditions and immigration status (where applicable). She has experience working with different populations (children, adolescent, adults, homeless SPMI, MICA, HIV). Her other professional areas of interest are trauma, immigration and resiliency.

Ms. Montoya also worked at the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s World Trade Center Program, with workers who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. This experience allowed her to develop an additional expertise on trauma.

Ms. Montoya is a psychologist in her native country of Colombia, with a degree from the Universidad Santo Tomas. She earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in clinical practice from Fordham University.