About Graymatters

We dedicate ourselves to providing high quality, individualized, outpatient mental health services that focus on the promotion of health, not just the treatment of illness. 

Our clinicians will work with you to promote daily health practices, identify early symptoms of illness, and to intervene quickly and effectively when needed to maintain optimal health.

We treat children, adolescents, adults, and families, with treatment modalities span that multiple disciplines, including pharmacology, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and other complementary health promotion strategies.

Our areas of specialty include:

Diagnosis and treatment of psychosis in children, adolescents and adults;

Early intervention strategies for severe mental illness, including psychosis;

Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder and ADHD;

Learning Disorders, and helping families seek school based services;

Maternal Mental Health, including prenatal, pregnancy and postpartpartum assessment and treatment;

Psychopharmacologic management of mood, anxiety, disruptive behavior, and psychotic disorders; and

Psychotherapy, eclectic approaches incorporating CBT, DBT, IPT, supportive and psychoanalytic strategies.

Meet Our Staff

Tejal Kaur, MD

Email: tkaur@graymattersmd.com   Direct Line: (917) 720-4480

I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with expertise in the early intervention and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders and psychosis. My passions include health prevention and promotion, teaching, writing, activism, and directly working with patients and families. I enjoy working with kids, teens and adults, and use a combination of behavioral strategies, therapy, school or work accommodations, medication and lifestyle changes. I love neuroscience, particularly because science has the power to dispel bias and stigma.

Ruth Alexander, NP

Email: ralexander@graymattersmd.com   Direct Line: (917) 720-4124

I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working in mental health promotion and prevention with young adults, kids, and families. I enjoy working using a holistic approach, combining psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and lifestyle approaches, to treat each individual’s specific needs, including difficulty with sleep, depression, anxiety, performance difficulties at school or work, or situational stressors.

Latisha Hanson, DNP

Email: lhanson@graymattersmd.com   Direct Line: (917) 720-4137

I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I have particular expertise in working with trauma, substance abuse and group therapy. My passions include working with vulnerable communities and training mental health clinicians to provide high quality and compassionate care. I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults and tend to use a hands on, multidisciplinary approach, including art therapy, bibliotherapy, play therapy, and group therapy, supported, when needed, by medication. I love teaching, and work with trainees at Columbia University Medical Center School of Nursing.

Gabriela Elia

Email: office@graymattersmd.com   Direct Line: (917) 720-4480

I am the administrative assistant for Graymatters Medical Practice. I recently joined the team, coming on in July 2016. I am also a part time student in Nutrition Sciences. I am passionate about health food, and my goal is to help people improve their health by changing their eating habits and achieving a healthy lifestyle. At Graymatters Medical Practice, I am also learning that the mind is a key part of overall health, and am working to incorporate mental health approaches into my work. 

Elise Steenburgh

Email: esteenburgh@graymattersmd.com   Direct Line: (917) 720-4132

I am the office manager for Graymatters Medical Practice. I have been a part of the Tejal Kaur, MD team since July 2014. As of July 2016, I assumed the role of Office Manager, a role I will continue as our practice expands. In addition to my role at Graymatters, I am an academic who teaches, presents, and writes about the effects of the Khmer Rouge on Cambodian music, both historically and contemporaneously. My passions include music and social justice. I enjoy working directly with all of our patients and families, ensuring you all obtain the highest quality of care and treatment as we work collaboratively with you on achieving optimal health.