Jonathan A. Slater, M.D., received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship, an adult psychiatric residency, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  Dr. Slater was certified in psychoanalysis by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in Pediatrics at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.


About Dr. Slater

Dr. Slater is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. From 1992 until 2014, Dr. Slater was the Chief of Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison (“CL”) at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, a service that provides evaluations and brief treatment for pediatric medical or surgical patients who also have associated emotional problems. He also was the Child Psychiatry Attending for the Pediatric Cardiac Transplant Team for 15 years, and served on the Pediatric Bioethics Committee. Since 2014, Dr. Slater has been a Senior Attending on the Consultation-Liaison Service.

Regarded as a leader in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry within the hospital and in Child Psychiatry nationally, Dr. Slater created the Pediatric Psychiatry Behavioral Medicine Clinic at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, in 2001. This clinic provides outpatient mental health services for medically ill pediatric patients, providing continuity of care for inpatient pediatric patients to whom the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service has consulted and who require outpatient psychiatric follow-up after discharge from the hospital. The only clinic of its kind in the New York metropolitan area, the clinic now sees over 1000 patient visits each year, in addition to the 1700 visits each year that the Consultation-Liaison service sees. During the exceptional growth of these clinical services, Dr. Slater has directed a clinical team comprised of other attending child psychiatrists, attending psychologists, child psychiatry residents, general psychiatry interns, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and fourth year medical students on electives. Dr. Slater has dedicated his career to being an academic clinician, administrator, and teacher.

Dr. Slater’s research has included studying the pharmacological treatment of aggression, and the effect of multi-family group therapy on adolescent cancer survivors. He was the principal investigator in a study using circus clowns (funded by the Big Apple Circus) to decrease psychological distress in children undergoing invasive medical procedures.

Teaching has always been a central part of Dr. Slater’s career. He takes pride in his role as a teacher of medical students, psychology graduate students, pediatric residents, general psychiatry residents, and child psychiatry residents at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has been the primary lecturer for the Child Development Course given to second-year medical students since 1995, and his excellence in teaching has been recognized by being voted “Medical Student Teacher of the Year.”

Dr. Slater leads the attending rounds with Pediatric Residents every Tuesday morning, during which a case is presented of a child whom Dr. Slater then interviews. These have come to be known as “Slater Rounds”, which are attended by the entire pediatric inpatient team, including their attending, interns, residents, and medical students. In addition, Dr. Slater teaches various review courses in Continuing Medical Education and Board Review courses in Child Psychiatry both locally and nationally. He has spoken in workshops and symposia during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

A noted author and speaker for both lay and medical audiences, Dr. Slater has lectured at hospitals, mental health facilities, parenting groups, community meetings, parent-teacher associations, and national organizations such as CHADD (an organization for parents of children with attention deficit disorder) on child psychiatry and the psychological responses to illnesses among children. Dr. Slater has delivered papers or abstracts at medical meetings across the country, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychosomatic Society, National Pediatric Review Courses. The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Psychiatric Institute. He completed two appointments as a member of the Liaison with Primary Care Physicians Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The dedication to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry is evident in Dr. Slater’s numerous publications, which have included book chapters related to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in the most prominent textbooks used in Child Psychiatry about such topics as child development and psychopharmacology in medically-ill children, and the psychological effects of transplantation and cancer on children. In addition, he has written papers on CL topics in various pediatrics journals. He authored his own book on parenting for children who have physical symptoms, which received wide acclaim both within the field of CL Psychiatry and in the lay media, and wrote a chapter for a parents’ book about coping with a child who has congenital heart disease.

Dr. Slater was the recipient of three medical awards for his clinical work from the Psychiatric Institute, and has consistently been recognized by peers as one of the “Top Doctors” in the metropolitan region; in 2009 he was a “Best Doctor” for both New York Magazine and Westchester Magazine.

In addition to acting as a consultant and contributing producer for the HBO documentary film, “Heart of a Child,” Dr. Slater also created a two-hour documentary video, “Second Chance: Heroes of Heart Transplantation in Children,” which is shown to pediatric patients and their families awaiting heart transplantation at Columbia.

Dr. Slater’s commitment to Consultation-Liaison issues and helping children who face serious physical, medical, and emotional challenges led to the development of novel, community-based instructional programs for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism-related disorders. As a Black Belt in karate, he created a program at the New York Goju Karate Association with Shihan James Chillemi, for teaching karate to children with emotional and behavioral challenges. This program was expanded into a series of innovative programs for children called Once Upon a River, which was located in Irvington, New York.

An expert on child psychiatry, Dr. Slater has appeared numerous times on both national and local television programs, including NBC Nightly News, Fox Cable News, and WABC-TV. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Family Circle, Redbook, and Sesame Street Parents, and has been interviewed by the “Voice of America” radio show. His thoughts on keeping children mentally healthy in the next millennium appeared in the November 1999 Healthfile, a newspaper syndicate that reaches 2 million readers in the U.S. and Canada. He also has been hired as a forensic expert in a number of cases involving the interface between psychological and physical symptoms in children.

Dr. Slater maintains a private practice in Irvington, N.Y., specializing in pediatric psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and the interface between psychiatric and medical illness. He coached baseball and soccer for many years, and is an avid cyclist who has ridden for eighteen years in the Pan Mass Challenge, a 200-mile bicycle ride that raises money for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and two labrador retrievers. He has four children, ages 23 to 29, three of whom live in Brooklyn, and one who is in Philadelphia.

  • Honors

    • 2010: New York Magazine "Best Doctors."
    • 2009 : Westchester Magazine "Best Doctors."
    • 2009 : New York Magazine "Best Doctors."
    • 2007-2010: “Best Doctors in America.”
    • 2006: The Lower Hudson Valley's Best Doctors 2006, excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2006® database. (
    • 2003: Top Doctors in Westchester County (as published in Westchester Magazine), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    • 2003: Nancy CA Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, (awarded by the American Psychiatric Association).
    • 1997, 1999, 2000-2007: Top Doctors of New York Metro Area, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Castle Connolly).
    • 1997: Medical Student Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Psychiatry.
    • 1993: Edward Sachar Award for Clinical Excellence, New York State Psychiatric Institute.
    • 1993: Viola Bernard Award for Psychiatric Research, Department of Child Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute.
    • 1992: Viola Bernard Award for Psychiatric Research, Department of Child Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute.