About Teach Recovery

Teach Recovery aims to provide mental health professionals with information about cognitive health in people with psychiatric disorders. There is increasing recognition that cognition is vital to optimal independent functioning, but little information about how to best address it in clinical practice. Clinicians want to be able to recognize cognitive problems and their impact among people with psychiatric illness. They want a strong foundation of knowledge for successful implementation of recovery-oriented cognitive interventions.

Teach Recovery was designed for mental health professionals from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, counseling and occupational therapy who are involved in the clinical care of people with psychiatric disorders. Learners will have access to a range of training materials that are firmly based on research and years of clinical expertise. By using a web-based platform, learners across the globe will have access to an informative, illustrative and interactive set of courses that bridge clinical science and clinical practice, Teach Recovery empowers professionals and mental health agencies to integrate effective cognitive intervention approaches with routine clinic practices, and thus optimize mental health service outcomes for the clientele they serve.

About Us

Alice Medalia, Ph.D.

Professor of Medical Psychology 
Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation 
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Dr. Medalia is an international leader in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, who focuses on the treatment of neuropsychological disorders in psychiatric illness. She developed the widely used NEAR (Neuropsychological & Educational Approach to Remediation) model to help people with mental illness improve their thinking skills in such areas as attention, memory, processing speed and problem solving. She lectures and consults to agencies worldwide and conducts training workshops for clinicians who want to learn how to provide cognitive remediation to psychiatric patients. Dr Medalia works with policy makers, researchers, clinicians, families and patients to bring awareness about the impact of cognitive dysfunction on recovery. In order to facilitate greater awareness about cognition in the rehabilitation field, she started the largest conference on this topic, Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry, which takes place the first Friday in June in New York City. Her research focuses on the factors that impact a successful recovery of neuropsychological functions. Dr Medalia’s contributions as a Neuropsychologist, Researcher and Advocate of Cognitive Remediation have won her awards from professional and advocacy groups.

Wikipedia Profile 
Columbia University Faculty Profile 
2012 Brain Behavior Foundation Productive Lives Award Winner 
CNN feature on cognitive remediation in psychiatry

Tiffany Herlands

Clinical Director, The Lieber Clinic 
Director of Rehabilitation, Columbia University Psychiatry, Eastside 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Dr. Herlands received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She completed a clinical internship in neuropsychology on the neuropsychiatric service at Montefiore Medical Center. After completing her internship, Dr. Herlands was awarded the Marie Kessel Fellowship, a clinical and research fellowship in the neurocognition and treatment of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Following the fellowship, Dr. Herlands became an attending neuropsychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. Later that year, she joined Columbia University to take part in the development of the Lieber Clinic and was appointed Clinical Director. Dr. Herlands lectures regularly on a broad range of topics related to rehabilitation and recovery in psychotic disorders, intrinsic motivation, and cognition, and consults on complex cases.

Columbia University Faculty Profile

Enid Gertmenian-King, LCSW


Ms. Gertmenian-King has been a clinical social worker at the Columbia University Day Treatment Program since 2008. She received her Bachelor degree from Eugene Lang College where she majored in psychology and literature. She worked on several NIMH-funded research projects for the next five years, and then completed a graduate degree in social work at the Columbia University School of Social Work with a focus on mental health. She worked at several community mental health programs before joining Columbia University Department Of Psychiatry’s Day Treatment Program and the Lieber Clinic. Here, she has developed curriculum for groups to address executive functioning and self-esteem problems for individuals with ADHD as well as for those with mood and psychotic disorders. She has also adapted Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) for individuals with psychotic disorders.

Columbia University Faculty Profile


For more information about course content, contact info-teachrecovery@columbia.edu.

Project Credits

Columbia Psychiatry

Project Director 
Alice Medalia

Enid Gertmenian-King 
Alice Saperstein

Enid Gertmenian-King 
Tiffany Herlands

Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning

Project Manager 
Jessica Rowe

Interface Design 
Marc Raymond 
Rachelle White

Video Production 
Jon Hanford

James Davis 
Ander Pearson 
Nik Nyby 
Zarina Mustapha