Groups at Morningside Clinic:


Group leaders: Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI and Peter Panken
Group acupuncture focused on helping you decrease stress, decrease pain, improve overall health and much more!  Target specific issues to be addressed with acupuncture in a relaxing group setting.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Date: September 12 and 26, additional dates to be announced.
Time: Group meets between noon and 4 pm.

Contact: To learn more contact your provider or speak to Lucia McBee at 212.523.6500 or check out this group’s flyer here: Group Acupuncture


Coming Home Support Group
Group leaders: Kathy Boudin and Nedra Lewis.
Support group for men and women to discuss, share, and receive support around issues related to reentry after incarceration.  The group goal is to provide ongoing support to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of people who have a history of criminal justice involvement.

Contact: To learn more contact your provider or speak to Nedra Lewis at 212.523.5830.


Group Therapy for People Living With HIV/AIDS
Group leader: Rachel Wolfe, Ph.D.
Ongoing group psychotherapy for men and women of all ages and sexual orientations. The purpose of the group is to provide a supportive, confidential, and safe environment where participants can discuss their experiences with HIV-related psychosocial issues including depression, anxiety, stigma, disclosure of HIV status, the effect of HIV on relationships, and struggles with navigating social systems.

Contact: For more information speak to Rachel Wolfe, Ph.D. at 212.523.2076 or contact your provider.

To learn more check out the Group Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS Flyer: Flyer Group Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS



Course Leaders: Dr. Vani Gandhi, Tiffany Jung, NP, Nina Lawrence, Nutritionist
Heart is an interactive lifestyle workshop for the Spencer Cox Center . HEART is an acronym for:


  • H – Healthy foods
  • E – Eating well (eating mindfully, eating smaller meals, eating slowly)
  • A – Activities which help body and mind such as walking, aerobics, yoga
  • R – Relaxation through meditation, music, journaling, breathing
  • T – Time spent together (group and family support)


HEART includes eight Monday afternoon sessions from 2-4 pm at Morningside Clinic beginning February 27th.  The focus is on weight loss for our obese patients.

Sessions will include nutrition education, exercise, yoga, stress management, group support, and herbs and supplements. To enroll in the program, patients must be approved by their primary care provider.

Dates: Mondays starting February 27th, 8 Sessions (please attend all)
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information speak to Nina Lawrence at 212.523.6500.  You must see your provider for a referral.  Call 212.523.6500 to schedule an appointment.

Please click here to view the flyer for this program: HEART Flyer


Co-Facilitators: Lucia McBee and Nancy Murphy, NP
The Living Well program will teach people living with HIV how to take control over their own health, feel better, and enjoy life as fully as possible.

Date: Thursdays, March 29th to May 24th
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Contact: For more information speak to Lucia McBee at 212.523.4504 or ask your provider.

For additional information check out the Living Well flyer by clicking here: Living Well Flyer


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Group leader: Lucia McBee
Eight-week training program in mindfulness meditation.  MBSR can help you manage stress, reduce pain, and improve immune function. Most people who complete the training have improved sleep, self-esteem, and mood. Group meets for 2 hours each week and participants make a commitment to practice meditation daily.

Date: April 3rd orientation and April 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Contact: Lucia McBee 212.523.4504

To learn more about dates, times and how to register click here: MBSR Flyer


Motherhood Group
Facilitators: Megan Eliot, Ph.D. and Katie Romansky, LMSW, MPH
Ongoing, psychotherapeutic/psycho-educational group for HIV positive women with children ages 0-18. Purpose of the group is to provide a safe, supportive community for mothers to discuss parenting issues and learn new parenting skills.

Contact: For more information contact Megan Elliot, Ph.D. at 212.523.7725 or Katie Romansky, LMSW, MPH at 212.523.5867 or email at or speak to your provider.

For additional information check out this groups flyer here: Motherhood Group Flyer


Young Adult Program (YAP)
Group Leaders: Katie Romansky, LMSW, MPH
Ongoing support and psychoeducation group for HIV-infected young adults (ages 16-25).  Discussion topics include adolescent health issues, substance abuse and risk reduction, adherence, disclosure of HIV status to friends/partners, relationships, employment and job assistance, housing and education. Recent YAP projects have included new media projects and use of poetry and prose as a means of creative expression. Guest speakers are invited to address various topics. Group members are invited to attend monthly off-site social/recreational activities.

Contact: For more information contact Katie Romansky, LMSW, MPH at  212.523.5867 or by email at

For additional information check out the YAP flyer by clicking here: YAP Flyer


Groups at The West 17th Street Clinic:


Each One Teach One: Making an Impact
Facilitator: Wendy Eng, LCSWR.
A weekly group providing peer support for newly-diagnosed young adults aged 25 to 30, with the goals of empowering young adults with the knowledge, skills, and tools for healthy living and for the transition into adulthood.  Emphasis on peer mentoring and goal exploration.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Contact: For more information contact Wendy Eng, LCSWR at 212.523.9057.

To learn more check out this support groups flyer by clicking here: Each One Teach One Flyer


Newly Diagnosed Support Group
Facilitated by Wendy Eng, LCSWR
Attend a 10 session group for newly diagnosed individuals.  At this support group you will get the facts, resources and peer support needed to assist you on the journey to a healthier you.

Date: Thursdays beginning May 17, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: Wendy Eng, LCSWR at 212.523.9057

To learn more check out this groups flyer by clicking here: Newly Diagnosed Support Group



Spanish-Language Support Group
Facilitator: Mercedes Payano.
Bi-weekly psychoeducational group for HIV/AIDS- infected Spanish-speaking patients.  Discussion topics include the following: adherence, self-esteem, substance abuse, healthy relationships, nutrition, insurance, safe sex, stigma, and HIV and immigration. Group is conducted in Spanish.

Contact:  For more information contact Mercedes Payano at 212.523.9025 or speak to your provider.

To learn more check out this groups flyer: Spanish Speakers Group Flyer


Educational Group for the Transgender Community
Facilitator: Mercedes Payano
This is a bi-weekly group conducted in Spanish.  This group focuses on a variety of topics important to those in attendance.

Contact: For more information contact Mercedes Payano at 212.523.9025 or see your provider.

To learn more check out this groups flyer here: Transgender Group Spanish Flyer


Wellness Workshops
Facilitator: Lucia McBee.
Wellness group focused on general wellness, including guided breathing, meditation, gentle stretches, and discussion of stress reduction.  This is a walk-in group.

Date: Thursdays through March 21st
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM through January
Contact:  For more information contact Lucia McBee at 212.523.4504.

To learn more check out the Wellness Workshops Flyer: Wellness Flyer

Groups at Samuels Clinic

Detox Workshop
Facilitated by Dr. Vani Gandhi and staff
At this workshop you will learn how to improve your health.  Come and detoxify your body with foods, acupuncture, massage and yoga.  Please be sure to sign up in advance.

Date: Monday, June 18th, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Roosevelt Hospital, 1st Floor, Winston Conference Room
Contact: Nina Lawrence or Vani Gandhi at 212.523.6500.

To learn more check out the Detox Workshop Flyer: Detox Flyer 6.18.2012


Healthy Way To Shop
Facilitated by Nutritionists Nina Lawrence and Irene Ng
This is a program that will take patients on a food shopping trip to help them learn how to improve their diets, taste a variety of healthy foods and learn how to shop healthy and on a budget.

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Contact: For more information speak to Nutritionist Nina Lawrence at 212.523.6500 or ask the front desk.

To learn more check out the flyer by clicking here: Food Shopping Trip Flyer 6.12.2012


Other Groups

Consumer Advisory Board
Facilitated by Adrienne Hurst, Peer Program Coordinator
The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) is a patient-led and staff supported committee of the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Spencer Cox Center for Health, and is subject to the overall supervision, advice and rules of the Executive Committee of the Center.

The CAB is a committee of patients that provides input on development and delivery of services, builds partnerships and advocates for consumers.

The Mission of the Spencer Cox Center CAB is:

  • To provide input on the development, implementation and delivery of services.
  • To encourage consumers to voice their concerns and suggestions.
  • To be advocates for the consumers of the Center.
  • To build partnerships between the Center’s patients, staff, and the HIV community.

Informational Materials include the CAB CARES Newsletter Issue 12 Winter 2011 and the CAB Flyer.

Date: CAB meetings every second Wednesday of the month
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Contact: Adrienne Hurst for more information at 212.523.1002