Sherina Persaud

Dr. Sherina Persaud is a clinical psychologist at Columbia Health. Prior to joining as full-time staff, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services. Sherina completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel with rotations in neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with women’s perinatal mental health, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, and community mental health in both Spanish and English.

Sherina earned her B.A. in psychology at Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. She has comprehensive research and clinical experience in sexual and gender identities, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse, attachment theory, and with families who have used assisted reproduction to conceive.

Working from a primarily psychodynamic perspective, Sherina aims to approach treatment in an open, nonjudgmental way to integrate various techniques to best fit the needs of the patient. At Counseling and Psychological Services, Sherina is on the trauma team as well as the sexual and gender identity issues team and the multicultural concerns team. Her professional interests include multicultural and racial issues, sexual and gender identity, women’s health, trauma-related disorders, mindfulness and substance abuse.


  • Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
  • M.A., The New School for Social Research
  • B.A., Barnard College

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Licensed to practice Psychology in New York State

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Clinical Psychology Externships: Columbia University Medical Center, The New School Counseling Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Research: The New York State Psychiatric Institute, The University of Cambridge Centre for Family Research, The New School Center for Attachment Research

Published Articles:

  • PersaudS., Freeman, T., Jadva, V., Slutsky, J., Kramer, W., Steele, M., Steele, H., Golombok, S. (2016). Adolescents Conceived Through Donor Insemination in Mother-Headed Families: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences Contacting and Meeting Donor Offspring. Children & Society. doi:10.1111/chso.12158
  • Slutsky, J., Freeman, T., Jadva, V., Persaud, S., Kramer, W., Steele, M., Steele, H., Golombok, S. (2016). Integrating Donor Conception Into Identity: Parent-Child Relationships and Identity Development in Donor-Conceived Adolescents. Fertility & Sterility, 106, 1, 202-208. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.02.033
  • Persaud, S. (2014). The Infant Mind: Origins of the Social Brain, The Journal of Infant & Child Development, 24, 82-83. doi: 10.1002/icd.1837.

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards and Honors:

  • Visiting Scholar, The University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • New School for Social Research Tuition Scholarship
  • Pathfinder Award in Literature


  • American Psychological Association
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Society for Research on Child Development