Over the past few decades, Psychiatry as a medical discipline has been transformed due to the enormous advances in the Neurosciences. It is an exciting time to be in the field of Psychiatry. because many treatment options are available for those who are suffering with mental illness.

The introduction of medication, imaging and varied treatment methods has provided hope for treating patients suffering from mental illness.

Medical Doctors who specialize in Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology are trained to use these tools to help patients.  Treatment begins with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. I believe that the decision to use medication must be based on a thorough assessment by an experienced psychiatrist. I have years of experience in diagnosing and treating mental illness, as well as maintaining the mental health of my patients.  I have worked in many different area in the mental health field, including community psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, addiction medicine, clinical research and finally in private practice. I have worked with neuroimaging leaders at both Mount Sinai and NYU. I appreciate having a diverse background as it provides me with many skills to treat a wide variety of patients with complex conditions. I find the  long term relationships I have with my patients one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. Relieving mental suffering is an attainable goal in modern Psychiatry.

My philosophy is that a healthy brain is key for well being, balance and optimal functioning. Making an accurate diagnosis is the most important first step in treating patients. Treatment should be tailored to the needs of each individual. I believe that genetics and biology determine certain predispositions for people but environment, parenting, and life experiences all contribute to make each individual completely unique. My practice involves understanding and integrating all of these factors to effect a treatment each individual.

Dr. Eileen DiFrancesco graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelors Degree. After receiving her Medical Degree from Temple University school of Medicine, she received additional training in both Psychiatry and Neurology. Upon completing residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC she was appointed Medical Director of the Learning Laboratory, a private facility in Stamford Connecticut. There she specialized in diagnosing and treating Attention Deficit Disorder and teen addiction, using a form of Quantitative EEG, also known as Brain Mapping.

Dr. DiFrancesco held concurrent appointments at Rockefeller University, Cornell and New York Hospitals. There she was responsible for treating both drug and alcohol addiction and assessing patients for entry in clinical research. Her diagnostic skills were also utilized at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she assessed psychotic adolescents for Schizophrenia treatment and eligibility for research protocols. She is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. DiFrancesco was in the first class of Psychiatrists required to complete certification every 10 years in order to keep up with the growing body of clinical Neuroscience advances. She was recertified in 2007. Her diverse background and experience allow her to specialize in diagnostic and medication assessment. She is able to provide initial and ongoing care for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Obsessive Compulsive, Sleep, Eating, and Addictive Disorders. Dr. DiFrancesco uses both traditional and integrative approaches to treating her patients. She has been in private practice on the Upper Side of Manhattan since 1999.