Adjunct Assistant Professor

Samantha Schindelheim

Dr. Samantha Schindelheim is a Senior Social Worker in the Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) program of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, located at the Columbia Irving Medical Center. As a clinical psychiatric social worker, she works with children, adolescents, and young adults with suicidal and disruptive behaviors in their home and communities to prevent higher levels of care (i.e. hospitalization). She is also an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry) and is the Co-Director of the Social Work Training Program at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic (CHONY-6). She is passionate about increasing high-quality care for children, adolescents, and their families in Upper Manhattan through the delivery of adapted evidenced-based interventions in their homes and community settings.

Dr. Schindelheim focuses her work on breaking down mental health disparities and social determinants to increase community access to culturally attuned mental health treatment. She has experience and particular interests working with children and adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders, suicidal behaviors, and depression and has specific training in dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and parent-management training. She also maintains a private practice in NYC through which she works with preteens, adolescents, young adults, and parents navigating depression, anxiety, life cycle transitions, trauma, and parent/child relationships.

Dr. Schindelheim is fluent in Spanish, providing treatment in Spanish to bilingual families. She received her Master’s degree at Columbia School of Social Work in 2015 and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) from the University of Pennsylvania School Social Policy and Practice. Her dissertation focused on Latinx sociocultural risk and protective factors and how social workers understand and utilize these factors when treating Latina adolescents with suicidal behaviors.