Dr. Michelle Friedman received an MD from the NYU School of Medicine and has completed advanced training at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. She is a highly respected psychiatrist who focuses on the Jewish community and has a special interest in the rabbinate and pastoral counseling. In addition to her private practice and her role at YCT Rabbinical School where she holds the Steven and Marilyn Lieberman Chair in Pastoral Counseling, Dr. Friedman is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She, together with Dr. Rachel Yehuda, are the authors of The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths published by Routledge in 2016. She is also co-hosts the weekly podcast "Pastoral Parsha" with YCT student Hody Nemes.