Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Laura N. Antar, M.D.

Laura N. Antar, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Research: mRNA binding proteins, Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), OCD, Autism

Professional Interests

Laura N. Antar, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and is currently in private practice in New City, located in Rockland County, NY, where she practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), insight-oriented psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and also runs a psychotherapy group. Dr. Antar regularly treats and assesses patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, PTSD and panic disorder) as well as major depression, bipolar disorder and insomnia.

She is a board certified psychiatrist who completed fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Center. She enjoys lecturing and supervising psychiatry residents, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, medical students.  She has recently been mentoring college interns. Dr. Antar additionally completed her PhD in neuroscience, conducting basic bench science on mRNA binding proteins, specifically Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), the most common known cause of autism.

Dr. Antar graduated magna cum laude in anthropology and cum laude in English from Oberlin College, where she won the Comfort Starr Award for excellence in Anthropology, and where she won a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar's Award. She holds Masters and PhD degrees from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in neuroscience. She won the Julius Marmur Award for Excellence in Research, and was a FRAXA Research Fellow from 2001-2004, during her tenure in Einstein's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). She has presented her research at numerous research conferences, including Gordon Research Conferences, Society for Neurocience Conferences and Banbury Conferences at Cold Spring Harbor.

Dr. Antar has published several book chapters, and has written numerous reviews and original journal articles in publications such as Neuron, Dev. Cell, and J. Neuroscience (see publications below) and she has co-edited the Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders section of Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. She has twice guest edited for Psychiatric Annals. Dr. Antar's work has been cited in Science's Editor's Choice section.

Dr. Antar has been a guest speaker for NAMI on Adolescent Mental Illness; the Depression and Bipolar Alliance on Depression and OCD; and has guest-lectured to the community on ADHD at Rockland Community College, among other community outreach efforts, including classes in elementary and high schools.

Dr. Antar is currently president-elect of the West Hudson Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. Other past and present community membership and leadership positions have included: Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Co-President American Medical Woman’s Association, Einstein Chapter; Member, American Medical Association;Member, Society for Neuroscience; Member,Society for Cell Biology; FellowFRAXA research foundation.

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Selected Publications

Antar, LN and Hollander E. “Pyromania.” In: Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Ed., 2014 American Psychiatric Publishing, London, England..

Antar, LN and Hollander E.”Immunopsychiatry: Guest Editorial” Psychiatric Annals 2012 42:9 342- 346.

Antar, LN. Ferretti,CJ Hollander, E. “Immune Response and Inflammation in Autism.” Psychiatric Annals 2012 42:9 314-315.

Antar, LN., Hollander E “Case Challenges in Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Guest Editorial” Psychiatric Annals 2012 42:8 284-285.

Antar, L.N. “Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” Case Challenge Psychiatric Annals 2012 42:8 299-301.

Ozinci, Z Kahn, T and Antar, L.N. “Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Co-Morbid Major Depressive Disorder.” Case Challenge Psychiatric Annals 2012 42:8 293-295.

Antar, L.N. “The Human Narrative.” In Review The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 2012.  Antar L.N. and Hollander E “Anxiety Disorders” in Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management,2nd ed. Robert I Simon and Robert E. Hales editors American Psychiatric Publishing.

Schneeberger, A., Muenzenmaier, K., Abrams, M. S., Antar, L., Rodriguez Leon, S., Ruberman, L., Battaglia, J. Comprehensive Trauma Training Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Mar 1;36(2):136-7.

Dictenberg J.B., Swanger S.A., Antar L.N., Singer R.H., Bassell, G.J. (2008). “A direct role for FMRP in activity-dependent dendritic mRNA transport links filopodial-spine morphogenesis to fragile X syndrome. Dev Cell. Jun;14(6):926-39.

Antar, L.N., Li, C, Zhang, H., Carroll, R.C., Bassell, G.J. (2006). Local functions for FMRP in axon growth cone motility and activity-dependent regulation of filopodia and spine synapses. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 May-Jun;32(1-2):37-48.

Antar, L.N. and G.J. Bassell “The means shape the ends: the localization and function of FMRP” in The Molecular Basis of Fragile X Syndrome, Y-J. Sung and R.B. Denman editors Research Signpost, 2005.

Antar, L.N., Dictenberg, J.D., Plociniak, M., Afroz, R. ,Bassell, G.J. (2005) Localization of FMRPassociated mRNA granules and requirement of microtubules for activity-dependent trafficking in hippocampal neurons. Genes, Brain and Behavior 4:6 350-9.

 Antar, L.N., Afroz, R., Dictenberg, J.D., Carroll, R.., Bassell, G.J. (2004). Metabotropic glutamate receptor activation regulates FMRP and Fmr1 mRNA localization differentially in dendrites and at synapses. The Journal of Neuroscience. 24 (11) 2648-2655.—Cited in Science, Editor’s Choice September 10, 2004.

Eom, T., Antar, L.N., Singer, R.H. and Bassell, G.J. (2003) Localization of a β-Actin messenger ribonucleoprotein complex with zip-code-binding protein modulates the density of dendritic filopodia and filopodial synapses. The Journal of Neuroscience. 23 (32): 10433-10444.

Antar, L.N. and G.J. Bassell (2003) Sunrise at the Synapse: The FMRP mRNP shaping the synaptic interface. Neuron. 37:555-558. 

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