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  • Investigator, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Chief of Division - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the Investigator

Dr. Fornari is a child & adolescent psychiatrist who has devoted his career to caring for youth with mental illness. Dr. Fornari devotes his clinical and research attention to children and adolescents with an eating disorder. He participated in the collaboration with pediatricians on the assessment and treatment of youth with mild to moderate mental health concerns in a New York State Office of Mental Health funded initiative, entitled Project TEACH. 

Research focus

Dr. Fornari is collaborating on a PCORI-funded study of the use of metformin to mitigate the metabolic side effects of second generation antipsychotics (MOBILITY). Currently, Dr. Fornari is embarking on a PCORI-funded initiative to assess the most appropriate care for suicidal youth presenting to the emergency department (START). Dr. Fornari is collaborating on a SAMHSA funded study adapting trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy for youth on the autism spectrum.

Lab members

Festa Berisha
[email protected]


Cornell University
Degree: BS
Field of study: Biological Sciences

Columbia University
Degree: MS
Field of study: Human Nutrition

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Degree: MD

Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Internship in Pediatrics

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Residency in Psychiatry

Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Honors & awards

  • 2016 Hulse Award, NY Council on Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • 2017 Bronze Award for Innovation, APA