Joan L. Bell serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Outpatient Child Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Her clinical practice has focused on children and families in inpatient and outpatient child psychiatry, pediatric HIV, and treating survivors of trauma. From 1995-2000 she served as the clinical director of the Westbank office of Family Service of Greater New Orleans, in which role she secured funding to develop programs for adult survivors of childhood trauma, conducted suicide risk assessment in juvenile detention facilities, and began a crisis treatment program for sexually abused children. Since 2000, she has focused on administration and supervision in outpatient child psychiatry. She developed programs in conjunction with the New York State Office of Mental Health to train and supervise cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD in community mental health settings, as well as evidence-based child CBT and parent management training for treatment of childhood disruptive behavior disorders.
Ms. Bell has served as a supervisor of social work students since 1993 and has supervised child psychology and child psychiatry trainees in the areas of evaluation, group treatment, play therapy and family therapy. She earned her undergraduate degree from New York University, and her MS from the Columbia School of Social Work.