Experience

Health Psychologist
Licensed: 1988 (Psychology)
Private Practice: NY, NY


Assist. Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Medical Staff, Dept. of Psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, NY
Clinical Director, The Making Headway Foundation, Inc.
Fellow, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Fellow, Society of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis
Member, American Psychological Association


In private practice, Dr. Marcia Greenleaf specializes in:

  1. Medical Hypnosis
  2. Mind-Body Techniques
  3. Stress Management
  4. Counseling & Coaching for Life-Style Issues
  5. Identifying Personality Style Profiles
  6. Sports Psychology

Dr. Greenleaf, Clinical Director of a team of specialists, works with children and their families after a diagnosis of pediatric brain or spinal cord tumors. Funded by The Making Headway Foundation, Inc., these services are free to families who have a child with a brain or spinal cord tumor.

Brief CV:

Assist. Clinical Professor: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, Bronx, NY (1991 – Present)
Medical Staff: Lenox Hill Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry, NY, NY (1996 – to Present)
Clinical Director: The Making Headway Foundation, Inc. (2008 – Present)
Consultant: The Making Headway Foundation, Inc. (1996–2008)
Private Practice: 1988 to Present (New York State License: 009346)
Specialties: Mind-Body Work, Stress Management, Short Term Psychotherapy & Medical Hypnosis
Director of Human Support Services: Dept. of Nursing, Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1980 – 1991)
Assistant Professor: Dept. of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (1986 – 1991)
Director of Training: Medical Hypnosis, Dept. of Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Service, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (1986–1991)
National Research Service Fellow (NCI): Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Cancer Center/Iris Cantor Diagnostic Center, NY, NY (1992 – 1993)
Health Psychologist: Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY (1996 -1997)

Awards & Honors:

Milton H. Erickson Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing: 1984
National Research Service Award, National Cancer Institute: 1992 – 1993
Grant Award from the John D. Fetzer Institute – Humane Patient Care Project: 1993
Fellow, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: 1990 – Present
Fellow, Society of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis: 1996 – Present
Award of Merit: Medical Educator, Clinician, Author and Leader in the Field of Hypnotherapy, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: 1999


Scientific & Psychological Societies:

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: 1986 - Present
Member at Large (Psychology): 1987–1988
Secretary: 1988–1989, 1990–1991
Scientific Program Co-Chair: 1989–1990
Chair, Speakers' Bureau: 1992
Co-Chair, Intermediate Workshop: 1993
Co-Chair, Advanced Workshop: 1996
Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis: 1987 – Present
Swedish Society of Hypnosis: 1988-1991
International Society of Hypnosis: 1988 – Present
American Psychological Association: 1991 – Present


Book Chapters:

  1. McKegney FP, Greenleaf M. Psychiatric emergencies in oncology. Chapter in: Handbook of Hematologic and Oncologic Emergencies. Wiernik P and Dutcher J, eds. Plenum Press, 1986
  2. Siffert J, Greenleaf M, Mannis R & Allen J. Pediatric brain tumors. Chapter in: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Bewick C, ed. W B Saunders Company, 1999
  3. Spiegel H, Greenleaf M, & Spiegel D. Hypnosis: an adjunct for psychotherapy. Chapter in: Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 7th edition. Sadock BJ & Sadock VA, eds. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000
  4. Spiegel H, Greenleaf M, & Spiegel D. Hypnosis: an adjunct for psychotherapy. Chapter in: Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 8th edition. Sadock BJ & Sadock VA, eds. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005

History:

Since 1988, Dr. Greenleaf has been in private practice as a licensed psychologist. She's developed psycho- physiological techniques & strategies to help people take control over their lives – whether to give a lecture, manage medical conditions related to an injury or medical diagnosis, resolve inter-personal conflicts or optimize performance in sports, the arts or business.

Dr. Greenleaf started her education as a dancer studying relaxation techniques & ideokinesis. These techniques, which include mental imagery to enhance performance and alter physiological responses, are the basis of mind-body work she does with dancers, athletes and medical patients.

In the mid-1970's, she began intensive training in the hypnotic modality which includes formal hypnosis, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation techniques & visualization.

When Dr. Greenleaf was in the Dept. of Nursing at The Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she worked bedside with patients to alleviate problems related to medical conditions. She covered every unit in the hospital from orthopedic & cardiac surgery to diagnostic procedures & oncology.

In 1986, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She held two positions: Director of Human Support for Patients in the Dept. of Nursing and Director of Training in Medical Hypnosis in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In the medical field, she is trained to help patients & their families activate healing, improve recovery & find practical solutions to cope with every phase of treatment, recovery or loss.


Personal Statement:

My goal is to help each individual fulfill his or her uniqueness in the course of day to day living.