2019-2020 National Online Training Series: Grief & Bereavement in Individuals with IDD

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Presentation Title: Grief & Bereavement in Individuals with IDD

Loss and bereavement are unfortunately common events in the lives of individuals with IDD, yet the effects of losses are less recognized by systems supporting individuals.  Analogous to how anxiety and trauma underlie the presentations of many individuals referred to START (and are often under recognized), the experiences of loss and bereavement impact individuals’ psychiatric presentations and changes in behavior. A better understanding of bereavement and strategies to help individuals cope will improve their quality of life. This approach ultimately may help decrease crises relating to loss and bereavement and help the individual work through their loss. 

Presenter: Katy Stratigos, MD, Medical Director, Triborough NYSTART NYS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Katharine Stratigos, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, NY, NY on voluntary faculty. She graduated from Brown University with honors in Psychology before attending medical school at New York University. She completed her residency in general psychiatry at Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the combined Columbia Cornell New York-Presbyterian Hospital program.

Dr. Stratigos' clinical and educational expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and psychiatric comorbidities, most specifically autism spectrum disorders. Dr Stratigos was one of the teaching faculty for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia from 2009-2017. From 2011- 2015, she oversaw the supervision of fellows during their year-long Neuropsychiatry rotation, taught a related curriculum on developmental disabilities, and ran the associated clinical service. She also served as a preceptor for medical students in child and adolescent psychiatry. Currently in addition to private practice, Dr Stratigos is the Medical Director of the NYSTART program, a crisis management program for individuals with developmental disabilities and psychiatric diagnoses. This program is funded through New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and housed at YAI: National Institute for People with Disabilities.

In her private practice, Dr Stratigos works effectively with child, adolescent, and adult patients suffering from a variety of conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, OCD, adolescent depression, and adjustment disorders. She provides both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, the later informed by psychodynamic, family, and cognitive behavioral therapy principles.

Dr Stratigos maintains an active private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she provides psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of presenting concerns.