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Dr. Lisa A. Napolitano, J.D., Ph.D.

Founder and Director

Dr. Lisa Napolitano is the Founder and Director of CBT/DBT Associates. Lisa Napolitano, Ph.D.

When she founded the practice in 2009, Dr. Napolitano envisioned a group of like-minded, behaviorally trained psychologists bringing the highest quality, evidence-based treatments to clients of all ages. Eight years later, that vision has been realized. At CBT/DBT Associates she has assembled a team of practitioners across specialties, offering cognitive behavioral therapy and comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

Early in her career, Dr. Napolitano gravitated towards dialectical behavior therapy and other newer mindfulness-based treatments. These approaches squared nicely with her own mindfulness practice and study of Buddhism. For this reason, an important part of her vision for the practice was the creation of a DBT program for high-functioning people. This program reflects her belief that high functioning individuals can benefit from DBT and shouldn’t have to surrender their jobs or academic pursuits to obtain treatment.

The treatment approaches employed at CBT/DBT associates reflect Dr. Napolitano’s strongly held belief that therapy clients present with psychological problems rather than illnesses and that these problems do not define them; these treatments are designed to empower clients by teaching them how to change the patterns in thinking, behavior or emotional responding that cause distress so they can improve the quality of their lives.

As Director, Dr. Napolitano enjoys her multifaceted role. In addition to seeing individual clients, leading groups, and leading DBT consultation team, she is involved in the supervision and training of early career psychologists and psychiatry residents. Dr. Napolitano enjoys writing and research collaborations with colleagues in the US and in China, and over the years, these collaborations have generated research articles and other publications on a range of topics, including borderline personality disorder and emotion regulation.  Dr. Napolitano is passionate about disseminating evidence-based treatments and for the past 7 years has taught DBT at the NYU School of Medicine and conducted training workshops in the US and in China.

Dr. Napolitano is an avid yoga practitioner, certified in Ashtanga yoga and trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans. She is a volunteer yoga teacher for Land Yoga, a non-profit in Harlem. A part-time Florida resident and Miami Heat fan, Dr. Napolitano’s mindfulness practice and love of the outdoors find her traveling and hiking upstate and abroad, including trips to India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Dr. Napolitano is a Fellow and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital.

She graduated from Barnard College with an A.B in political economy. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dean McKay, Ph.D., at Fordham University. Prior to entering the field of psychology she graduated cum laude from the Cardozo School of Law.

Click here for a list of select presentations and publications by Dr. Napolitano.


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Dr. Napolitano is certified as a cognitive therapy trainer/consultant by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). An ACT Certified Trainer/Consultant possesses the requisite skills to serve as an educator, consultant, and trainer for other developing cognitive-behavioral therapists. Dr. Napolitano is available for consultation to licensed clinicians seeking to further develop their skills in cognitive-behavioral therapy.


To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Napolitano, please complete this form or call (212) 546-9200.