Meet Our Review Board

Learn more about the experts who review our articles to make sure they are accurate and trustworthy.


The Verywell Mind Review Board is a team of board-certified physicians and established mental health experts who ensure our content is high-quality and inclusive. They join us in our mission to be a compassionate resource that helps you prioritize your mental health and well-being.

Get to know the passionate psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, mindfulness coaches, and other mental health professionals and educators who make up the Review Board. Click on their names below to see their full biography, credentials, and areas of specialty.

Our Reviewers

Block
Daniel B. Block, MD
Psychiatrist

Daniel B. Block, MD, is an award-winning, board-certified psychiatrist who operates a private practice in Pennsylvania. He provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, individual and marital psychotherapy, and medication management. Dr. Block is a staunch patient advocate and was awarded the Medical Service Advisor Award in 2000 for his work with New Directions, a chapter of the DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance). 

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Sara Clark
Sara Clark
Mindfulness Teacher

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness teacher, lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador, model, and writer. Her online yoga and meditation classes are available on SHAPE, Yoga Today, Prevention, and YogaGlo, and she teaches 1000+ yoga practitioners in New York City's Bryant Park every summer.

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Claudia
Claudia Chaves, MD
Neurologist

Claudia Chaves, MD, is board-certified in cerebrovascular disease and neurology with a subspecialty certification in vascular neurology. She is an associate professor of neurology at Tufts Medical School and medical director of the Lahey Clinic Multiple Sclerosis Center in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

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Steven Gans
Steven Gans, MD
Psychiatrist

Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and practices at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, where he leads a team-based approach to the management and recovery of patients with serious mental illnesses.

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Rachel
Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS
Licensed Psychologist

Rachel Goldman, PhD FTOS is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She is also speaker and wellness expert specializing in weight management and eating behaviors, serving on leadership boards of both The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Aron
Aron Janssen, MD
Psychiatrist

Aron Janssen, MD, is board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and the vice chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University. Dr. Janssen is an internationally recognized expert in transgender mental health, founder of the Gender and Sexuality Service at New York University, and author of "Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth."

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Sanja Jelic
Sanja Jelic, MD
Pulmonologist

Sanja Jelic, MD is board-certified in sleep medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary disease, and internal medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.

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Elena Klimenko
Elena Klimenko, MD
Internal Medicine Physician

Elena Klimenko, MD, IFMCP, is a board-certified doctor in internal medicine and licensed in medical acupuncture and homeopathy. She is a part of the teaching faculty at CEDH (Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy) and leads her medical practice at Healthy Wealthy & Wise Medical, PC in New York City, using multiple tools of conventional and alternative medicine.

 

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Shaheen Lakhan
Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN
Neurologist

Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, is an award-winning, board-certified physician-scientist and clinical development specialist. He is board-certified in neurology and pain medicine, with clinical training from the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has taught at leading  institutions such as Harvard Medical School and the California University of Science and Medicine.

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Kristin McGee
Kristin McGee, CPT
Meditation Instructor

Kristin McGee, CPT, is a certified personal trainer and currently teaches yoga and meditation for Peloton. She is also certified in Pilates and by the National Association of Sports Medicine. Kristin is one of the most sought after and recognized yoga instructors in the country and has been a pioneer in making yoga and mindful movement more accessible.

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Megan Monahan
Megan Monahan
Meditation Instructor

Megan Monahan is a certified meditation instructor and has studied under Dr. Deepak Chopra, and is the author of the book, Don't Hate, Meditate. She teaches meditation to corporate and private clients weekly, in addition to her work with brands like Lululemon and Wanderlust. Angeleno Magazine named her The Meditation Master for "The It List 2019."

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Amy Morin
Amy Morin, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist

Amy Morin, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She is the author of several books including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do" and "13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do." Amy is also a highly sought-after speaker, delivering talks about parenting and mental strength, including a top 50 TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong."

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Armeen Poor
Armeen Poor, MD
Pulmonologist

Armeen Poor, MD, is a board-certified pulmonologist, specializing in critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Poor is currently an assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College, with clinical duties in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Metropolitan Hospital Center.

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Huma
Huma Sheikh, MD
Neurologist

Huma Sheikh, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, specializing in migraine and stroke. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai of New York and co-founded the Migraine and Vascular Section for the American Headache Society. Dr. Sheikh has contributed to a number of medical publications and received many honors including Teacher of the Year at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital.

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Carly
Carly Snyder, MD
Reproductive and Perinatal Psychiatrist

Carly Snyder, MD, is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Snyder is the director for women's health for Family Health Associates, host of the podcast MD for Moms, and a regular contributor to many news and media outlets. She was also named a "Rising Star" by Super Doctors in 2019.

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David Susman
David Susman, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

David Susman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience providing treatment to individuals with mental illness and substance use concerns. He is also an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, active mental health advocate, award-winning blogger, and the founding director of Eastern State Hospital’s Recovery Mall.

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