Who We Are












Kenneth Gorfinkle, Ph.D, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology since 1992 at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Children’s Hospital. He is also on staff at the Behavioral Medicine Program, Columbia University, where he participates in research, consulting and teaching in areas of diabetes care, pain management, cardiovascular health, and rehabilitation after craniofacial surgery. Dr. Gorfinkle also served as consulting Psychologist for the Babies and Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Service from 1992 until 2001.
After completing his coursework at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, Dr. Gorfinkle joined the Behavioral Medicine research group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. At Memorial, his research on controlling distress in children undergoing cancer treatment culminated in his doctoral dissertation on the role of parenting style in children coping with painful medical procedures.

Dr. Gorfinkle is currently the consulting psychologist for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at NY Presbyterian Hospital. He also lectures and supervises Child/Adolescent Psychiatry residents at Children’s Hospital in the Consultation/Liaison Service. He is the author of Soothing Your Child’s Pain: From Teething to Tummy Aches to Acute Illnesses and Injuries-How to Understand the Causes and Ease the Hurt, Contemporary Books, 1998. He has published in numerous books and peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the New York State Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Doris Ullendorff has been in practice since the late 1970’s. She received her MA in psychology at the New School for Social Research and completed her Masters in Social Work at New York University. While working at St. Vincent’s Hospital and later at Roosevelt-St. Luke’s Hospital, she did pioneering work caring for survivors of domestic violence and rape. This included training Ob/Gyn medical and nursing staff, NYC Police officers and lay volunteers to care for the special needs of sexual assault victims in the Emergency Room.

She completed her post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family where she further honed her skills with families, couples and individuals, adding a specialization in divorce mediation. She also taught for the Institute’s summer intensive training in Family Therapy. At My Sisters’ Place, a shelter for battered women in White Plains, Doris supervised social work interns and was a consultant for the staff. At New York Presbyterian Hospital, Doris coordinated interdisciplinary consultation for the craniofacial surgery and rehabilitation service. During the past ten years, she has added cognitive behavior therapy skills and parent training workshops to her arsenal. 

Doris has a special interest in working with parents on adjusting to everyday parenting responsibilities, as well as handling such challenges as toileting, separation anxiety, school refusal, learning disability and acting out. 

Raised in Europe, Doris has experience in helping individuals and families adjust to transitions and new cultures. 

Doris is now accepting referrals to Common Sense Therapy at our West 108th Street location.