Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC). Dr. Busman has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidenced-based treatment to children, teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders and other related mental health disorders. Dr. Busman works intensively with children who have selective mutism, and is dedicated to establishing trust and instilling a sense of hope in her patients as she helps them on their path to recovery. She also has a specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.
Dr. Busman has worked with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings at a major academic medical center, where she directed a multidisciplinary team, and at a private mental health institute. She has taught and supervised psychology trainees, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens.
Dr. Busman received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at New College (the honors college of the University of South Florida), her Masters in Clinical Practices and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology and at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT. She completed her internship and post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, where she specialized in the treatment of children and adolescents. Following the completion of her doctoral training, Dr. Busman served as a staff psychologist at the Pediatric Inpatient Unit, then as the Program Director for the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, and ultimately as the Clinical Director of the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Department, Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center. She was also Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College.
Prior to joining CBC, Dr. Busman was the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute, in addition to the Director of Brave Buddies, an internationally recognized intensive program for children with Selective Mutism (SM). Dr. Busman is the former president of the Selective Mutism Association, the nation’s largest network of professionals, families, and individuals with selective mutism. She is certified in PCIT-SM and is a within agency trainer. Dr. Busman is also certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.