Dr. Stevens advises CEOs, senior executives, management teams and boards of directors, helping them understand and act upon the deeper psychological factors in effective leadership that can determine the success or failure of their business. She provides advice in managing different personality styles so that executives can work together more collaboratively. She works with management teams in public and private companies, assisting with succession planning and leadership transitions, as well as in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts in organizations. She has special expertise working with companies going through stressful periods, such as changes in leadership, illness in a member of the leadership team, and times of rapid growth or change.
Dr. Stevens also has a private clinical psychiatric practice in which she treats adults with mood disorders, personality disorders and anxiety disorders. She has a special interest and specialized training in treating patients with psychiatric problems related to medical and surgical illnesses. She also has worked as the psychiatric consultant to various medical and surgical services at New York Presbyterian Medical Center. She does clinical research at the interface of psychiatry and medical illness and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in this domain. Dr. Stevens is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and teaches medical students about the psychological aspects of medical and surgical illness. She has also been a member of the teaching faculty of the forensic psychiatry fellowship at Columbia and Cornell.
Dr. Stevens received a B.A. from Yale College and an M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was awarded the Allan O. Whipple Prize in Surgery in 1979, the American Psychiatric Association Resident Research Prize in 1983 and the Aesthetic Surgery Association Certificate of Merit for Research in 1983. She completed her internship in general surgery at the Harvard Surgical Service and a residency in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She did fellowship training in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.