Dr. Victoria “Tory” Phillips
After graduating Yale University with a B.A. in history, Dr. Victoria Phillips attended Columbia University and obtained a M.A. in Psychology in Education. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in School Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Phillips completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), receiving certificates as an expert witness in both Civil and Criminal Courts. Dr. Phillips remained at HUMC following her fellowship, working as a psychologist at the Audrey Hepburn Children House. In addition to providing trauma-focused therapy to victims of abuse and neglect, Dr. Phillips also conducted forensic psychosocial evaluations of children, parenting evaluations, and risk assessments for alleged juvenile and adult offenders for those families involved with New Jersey child welfare agencies.
Following her work at HUMC, Dr. Phillips worked (2019 – 2022) at Horizon Juvenile Detention Center in Bronx, NY through NYU-Langone’s Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Services Team (BJJMHS). In addition to providing clinical services to the youth, the BJJMHS Team implemented a second round of NIH funded research on the use of trauma-informed interventions. In October 2022, Dr. Phillips transitioned within the NYU-Bellevue hospital system to the Mental Health Team (MHT) at the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center (an emergency shelter facility for children entering foster care in New York City) that is managed by the Administration for Children’s Services. Dr. Phillips currently works part-time on a grant to provide extended evaluations to youth at the Children’s Center who are having difficulty finding appropriate foster-care placements.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Phillips is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Medical School. Her research and teaching interests include the impact of trauma on childhood development, the use of evidence-based and trauma-informed practices in correctional settings, and the long-term effects of incarceration on individuals and family system. Dr. Phillips has been invited to speak at various conferences on these topics, including Fordham University's NeuroScience and Law Symposium (2020) and the Annual Conference of the Tristate Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law (2021).
In her free time, Dr. Phillips likes spend time with her dog, go to shows (Broadway, the Opera, concerts - you name it!) in Manhattan, and do anything active outdoors.