Jennifer F. Havens, MD

Jennifer F. Havens, MD - Kula for Karma

Jennifer F. Havens, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair for Public Psychiatry in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and Director and Chief of Service of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center. She oversees New York City’s most comprehensive continuum of mental health services for children and adolescents at Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYC ACS Children’s Center. Over the last seven years, she has led an expansion of the Bellevue service continuum to include the only dedicated Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program in New York State and an expansion of Bellevue’s Child and Adolescent inpatient service to 45 beds. She also oversees a partnership with NYC ACS/Division of Youth and Family Justice integrating trauma informed care into the two NYC Juvenile Detention Centers. In 2014, Bellevue assumed the contract with NYC ACS to provide child and adolescent psychiatric and psychological services to NYC youth in juvenile secure and non-secure detention.  In her public psychiatry role, she is active on numerous city and state-wide committees; Dr. Havens co-chairs the Children’s Committee advising the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Children and Families and serves on the NYS DOH/OMH Children’s Medicaid Redesign Team. In 2013, Dr. Havens received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the NYS OMH/OASAS Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council.

Dr. Havens completed her medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine, her residency in general psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic/Cornell Medical Center, her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University and a NIMH research fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Havens was Director of the Clinical and Community Services in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. There, she led a systematic expansion of the acute and routine outpatient mental health capacity in both hospital and community-based settings. This included the addition of over 1,200 new routine treatment slots in community-based settings (primary care clinics and local elementary schools) and the opening of the first dedicated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program for children and adolescents in New York State.

Dr. Havens has received numerous honors and awards. In 2012, she received the Doctor of the Year award from Bellevue Hospital; the William A. Schonfeld Award for Outstanding Achievement by the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and was selected by US News and World Report as a US Best Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. In 2013, she received the Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Award from the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.