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Department of Psychiatry

Steven J. Schleifer, M.D.


Behavioral Health Science Building (BHSB)
183 South Orange Avenue Room F1430

Phone: (973) 972-5023

Clinical Info


Hospital Affiliation

University Hospital, Newark
Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack


Insurance Participation

Insurance Participation: with Provider Number ( where applicable ) The information below is subject to change and should not be relied upon until after it is verified with the insurance company. In addition, psychiatric providers should be contacted directly for information on their participation with managed care and insurance companies.

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Steven J. Schleifer, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, attended Columbia College and received his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in 1975. He completed residency in general psychiatry at Mount Sinai, with board certification (ABPN) in 1981. He has had extensive clinical, teaching, and administrative experience in addition to conducting funded research in psychoneuroimmunology and psychosomatic medicine. More recently, he has conducted research on mental health issues in long term psychiatric patients. On the faculty at Mount Sinai through 1987, he then joined NJMS as the director of consultation-liaison psychiatry. Dr. Schleifer served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Chief of Service from 1991-2002. Since that time, he has become increasingly involved in the NJ State Hospital-Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) Affiliation at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, collaborating on clinical, educational, performance improvement and research projects. He has authored more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters, has served on many editorial and review panels, including NIH study sections and the editorial board of Brain Behavior and Immunity, and has presented at numerous regional, national and international meetings.


BA in Philosophy - Columbia College New York, NY
MD - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY



M.D., 1975, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York


Licensure & Certification

Medical Licensure
New Jersey




Relevant Publications:

Siegel,A., Schleifer,S.J. In Memoriam: Steven S. Zalcman (1956-2011), Brain Behav Immun., 26(4)(May): 519-520
Dholakia, R., Schleifer, S.J., Ahmad, YJ, Narang, IS. Delayed-Onset Mirtazapine-Related Leukopenia and Rechallenge, J Clin Psychopharmacol, 30:758, 2010
Schleifer, S.J. In memoriam: Marvin Stein, M.D. (1923-2009), Brain Behav Immun. 23:1057-1058, 2009
Nurenberg, J., Schleifer, S.J. Reported Allergy to Antipsychotic Agents in a Long Term Psychiatric Hospital, J Psychiatr Practice, 15:489-492, 2009.
Nurenberg, J., Schleifer, S.J., Patrick, V. Modificacion De La Prescripcion De Antipsicoticos Ante Una Intervencion Destinada A Mejorar El Desempeño De Los Psiquiatras (Curtailing Antipsychotic Polypharmacy in a State Institution: Review and Update of a Performance Improvement Intervention.) Salud (i) Ciencia (Journal of Sociedad Iberoamericana de Información Científica, SIIC). ttp://,, November 3, 2009.
Khocht, A. Schleifer, S., Janal, M., Keller, S. Dental Care and Oral Disease in Alcohol Dependent Persons. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2009, Sep;37(2):214-8. Epub 2009 Jan 15
Mayerhoff, D., Schleifer, S., Nurenberg, J.R., Mellk, H.M. reply to Livingston, C. Elevated Ammonia Levels on Depakote. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, July, 2008, p. 183 (letter)
Mayerhoff, D., Smith, R., Schleifer, S.J. Academic-State Hospital Collaboration for a Rehabilitative Model of Care. Psychiatr Serv. 59:1474-1475, 2008.
Mayerhoff, D., Schleifer, S., Nurenberg, J.R. Valproic Acid Associated Neurologic Syndrome in Chronic Mental Illness: A Case Report, Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, January, 2008, pp. 348-350.
Ben-Eliyahu S, Page GG, Schleifer SJ Stress, NK cells, and cancer: Still a promissory note. Brain Behav Immun. 21:881-7, 2007.




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