Meet our Team

The following faculty and staff members make up the Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

Vilma Gabbay, MD, MS 
Chief, Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

One of the nation's leading experts on pediatric mood disorders, Dr. Gabbay is also a renowned researcher with a focus on the neurological and immunological mechanisms that contribute to the development and maintenance of mood disorders in youth.

Carmen Alonso, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Alonso, a triple board certified psychiatrist, has led treatment teams across the spectrum of emergency, inpatient, consultation/liaison, school consultation, and outpatient mental health services for the pediatric population. She will assist Dr. Gabbay’s team in identifying the neurobiological correlates of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with the aim to improve identification, diagnosis, and treatment of this challenging population.

Annie Tao, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Annie Tao is a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience treating mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Tao has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and received extensive training in comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has treated adolescents with severe emotion dysregulation and suicidality. Dr. Tao also specializes in early childhood, having helped hundreds of young children with common and complex early childhood difficulties.

Dr. Tao’s research spans the areas of parenting, children’s emotion regulation, stress system activation, and culture. She has taught seminars on children’s social-emotional development for Pediatrics residents.

Qi Liu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow – Imaging, Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program

Sherry Simkovic, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator, Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program