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Overview

Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan is a private group practice of internationally recognized mental health professionals who specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and provide the highest quality of clinical, consultation, and coaching services. Through the use of evidence-based approaches, we provide the necessary structure and tools to assist individuals with issues ranging from life stresses and problems to the full range of mild to severe psychological disorders. We serve adults, adolescents, children, couples and families, as well as provide consultation to the community and other professionals.

Mission

As a group of dedicated clinicians and researchers, we are committed to helping clients identify goals, overcome obstacles, and resolve problems that may be impeding their lives. We aim to help each individual achieve life-enhancing and enduring change.

Our Staff

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  • Lata K. McGinn, PhD - Co-Founder
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    Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Doctoral Clinical Program, and Director of the University-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training Program for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is Co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Consultants. Dr. McGinn is an internationally renowned expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, stress, depression, dysthymia), stress management, and habit and relationship problems, and has been treating and conducting research on these problems since she received her PhD in 1993 from Fordham University. She has authored numerous publications, including co-authoring two books, titled "Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" published in 1999 by Jason Aronson, Inc. and "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Anxiety and Depression,” published by Guilford in 2011. Dr. McGinn presents her research worldwide and is regularly invited to conduct lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the world to professionals, consumers, schools, and companies. Her research focuses on the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders. She has recently developed an intervention to prevent the development of depression and is currently testing the efficacy of this intervention in a NIH funded research study. Dr. McGinn is the immediate Past-President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and is also on the board of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has previously served on the board of directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is a founding fellow and a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is a certified ACT Trainer.  Dr. McGinn has earned the title of Beck Scholar by the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in recognition of her contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. The Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies awarded her a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her professional contributions made on a Trauma Taskforce following September 11, 2001. She is also a founding fellow of the New York CBT (NYC-CBT) association. Dr. McGinn is associate editor of the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and on the advisory board of the Journal of Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy. She has also served on Division 12, APA’s taskforce on Evidence-Based Doctoral Training.

  • Alec L. Miller, PsyD - Co-Founder & Clinical Director
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    Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP. He is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. From 1995 to 2015, he served as Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of the Psychology Training, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

    Dr. Miller is an expert in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, stress management, borderline personality disorder, as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Since 1995, he has headed a clinical-research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents, as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research and has been an invited member of NIMH consensus meetings regarding adolescent suicide. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has co-authored DBT Skills Training with Adolescents (2015), Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007), and DBT Skills in Schools: The Skills Training for Emotional Problem-Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A) (2016). Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007). In addition, he co-authored a book titled Childhood Maltreatment, Advances in Psychotherapy-Evidence Based Practice(2006). 

    Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Miller was nominated to be a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in both Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He has served on the Board of Directors of APA, Division 12, and is past president of the Clinical Emergencies and Crises section. He also served as the 2007 Division 12 Program Chair of the APA Convention. In 2002, he received the Service Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Training of DBT (ISITDBT), served as the ISITDBT Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, and currently serves on its Executive Board. In 2008, he received the Lauretta Bender Honored Lecturer Award and in 2013 he received the Rhodes Spirit of Leadership Award. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, a past consultant on the FDA's Suicide Classification Project. He is past Associate Editor of the journal, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and a reviewer for over a dozen professional journals. He is an active member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), he's a founding member of NYC-CBT, and a scientific advisory to the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD).

    Dr. Miller has conducted over 400 lectures and workshops worldwide to both lay and professional audiences. He was the lead trainer and co-investigator of the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT recently conducted in Norway. He is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 20 school districts that are implementing DBT in their schools. In addition, Dr. Miller is a School Board Trustee of the IDEAL School in Manhattan.

    As a clinician, Dr. Miller is a practitioner of CBT and DBT and treats adults, adolescents, couples and families. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS TV, MSNBC, PBS TV, Teen People Magazine, Redbook, WebMD, and the Associated Press.

    To contact Dr. Miller, please click  here.

  • Michelle Greenberg, PhD - Director of Clinical Intake Services

    Dr. Michelle W. Greenberg is Director of Clinical Intake Services at CBC and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Greenberg received her B.S. in psychology from The University of Florida and her Ph.D. in school psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Centers in New York. She has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

    To contact Dr. Greenberg, please click here.

  • Courtney Berry, PhD - Director of Group Programs

    Dr. Courtney Berry is a full-time licensed psychologist at CBC and treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Berry received her B.S. from Cornell University with Honors and Distinction in Human Development. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Prior to joining the CBC team, she completed her predoctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she worked with clients of all ages using evidenced-based practices including DBT and CBT treatments. Dr. Berry has experience in outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient settings and has worked with clients experiencing a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, attentional disorders, oppositionality, and trauma. Dr. Berry has substantial experience conducting group therapy with children who have social skills, anger management, and self-esteem issues, as well as CBT and DBT groups for adults and parent management training. For three years Dr. Berry served as the research coordinator for a CBT treatment study of adult inpatients at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Berry is an active member of American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and has published articles and presented her research at national conferences.

    To contact Dr. Berry, please click here.

  • Chad Brice, PhD - Director of Psychology Externship Training

    Chad Brice, Ph.D. is a full-time licensed psychologist and the Training Director overseeing the postdoctoral fellowship, pre-doctoral externship, and social work internship programs. Dr. Brice works with children, adolescents, adults and families.  Dr. Brice has extensive training and experience with a range of evidence-based CBT interventions and has worked on clinical trials validating treatments for both internalizing (e.g. anxiety, OCD, and depression) and externalizing disorders (e.g. conduct disorder and substance abuse). Dr. Brice has worked in a number of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, residential programs, as well as public and private schools. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Brice has expertise providing couples therapy and parent training including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  Additionally, Dr. Brice is intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a comprehensive treatment for individuals with significant emotional difficulties, suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties. He conducts individual therapy and group skills training as part of the adolescent and adult DBT programs at CBC. He also provides trainings and consultation services to local elementary, middle, and high schools implementing DBT programs within their schools.

    Dr. Brice completed his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University with a specialization in clinical child and developmental psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Casa Pacific – Center for Children and Families.  As part of his post-doctoral fellowship at New York University, Dr. Brice participated in a clinical trial funded by the National Institute for Mental Health implementing CBT for social anxiety in public schools. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Brice has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Developmental Psychopathology to Master’s students. He also served as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

  • Elizabeth A. Courtney-Seidler, PhD - Director of Outcomes Monitoring

    Dr. Elizabeth Courtney-Seidler is a full-time licensed psychologist at CBC who has expertise in the cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma, self-injury, autism-spectrum disorders and disruptive behavior disorders with children, adolescents, adults, and families. In addition, prior to joining CBC she was intensively trained and supervised in DBT by Dr. Alec Miller and colleagues for two years at Montefiore Medical Center's Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program where she treated multi-problem youth and their families. Dr. Courtney-Seidler earned her B.S. from Fairfield University, her M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she received further training in cognitive behavioral and family therapies for youth, adults, and families in an intensive outpatient setting. In addition, she worked part-time in the Children's Hospital at Montefiore treating youth learning how to cope with various medical disorders. Prior to internship, Dr. Courtney-Seidler completed a practicum at Montefiore Medical Center's Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department treating youth with a range of psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. In addition, she worked with abused youth and families at the Child Advocacy Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center providing trauma-focused psychotherapy. At CBC, she conducts both individual therapy and group skills training as part of the adolescent and adult DBT programs. Additionally, Dr. Courtney-Seidler provides consultation to local schools who are implementing DBT programs within their schools.

    In addition to her clinical repertoire, Dr. Courtney-Seidler enjoys conducting research and teaching. As CBC’s Director of Outcomes Monitoring, Dr. Courtney-Seidler is involved in using practice based evidence to improve outcomes in psychotherapy and evaluating the implementation of CBT and DBT programs in schools and other agencies. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters in the areas of childhood maltreatment, adolescent depression, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. Dr. Courtney-Seidler has presented her research at national conferences and to local hospitals and agencies and is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

    To contact Dr. Courtney-Seidler, please click here.

  • Linda Spiro, PsyD - Child CBT Program Coordinator


    Dr. Linda Spiro is a licensed clinical psychologist who works full time at CBC and treats children, adolescents, adults, and families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Spiro also leads DBT skills training groups at CBC and consults to schools in the tri-state area about school-based DBT and CBT implementation. She has expertise in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan. At CBC, Dr. Spiro serves as the Child CBT Program Coordinator and develops and implements evidence-based individual, family and group programs for children and adolescents. Her specializations include the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety, as well as depression, borderline personality disorder and non-suicidal self-injury. Dr. Spiro also specializes in parent training for a variety of presenting problems, including ADHD, oppositional behaviors and anxiety.

    Dr. Spiro received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University, and her doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University. Dr. Spiro completed a year-long training at the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center of the Child Mind Institute in NYC, where she specialized in CBT for childhood anxiety and mood disorders, and was a therapist in their intensive pediatric OCD program. Her training also included an externship at NY Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains on an inpatient unit for adults diagnosed with acute psychiatric illnesses. Additionally, Dr. Spiro completed a year-long externship at Lawrence Middle School where she provided therapeutic services to adolescents, conducted psychological evaluations and participated in IEP meetings. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Nassau University Medical Center, where she received training in inpatient, outpatient, and medical settings with individuals of all ages. Dr. Spiro completed her postdoctoral fellowship at CBC, where she received specialized training in CBT & DBT. Dr. Spiro was intensively trained in DBT by Drs. Alec Miller and Michael Hollander.

    Currently Dr. Spiro is on the executive committee of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and is a professional member of ABCT & New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC CBT).  

  • Lauren Bonavitacola, PsyD - Coordinator of Trauma-Focused Treatment Programs

    Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola is a licensed clinical psychologist and Coordinator of Trauma-Focused Treatment Programs who works at CBC with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and schools. Dr. Bonavitacola has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for trauma, anxiety, mood, substance use, eating, and personality disorders across the lifespan. She specializes in the implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and associated conditions, as well as CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adolescents and adults. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance with a minor in Psychology from the University of Miami, and she earned both her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP).

     

    Dr. Bonavitacola completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Greater Hartford Consortium, which included training experiences at VA Connecticut Healthcare System- Newington Campus, UConn School of Medicine, and Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) of New Britain, CT. Dr. Bonavitacola worked in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program and received specialized training in CBT for smoking cessation. She also worked in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Team where she provided assessment, group, and individual treatment to Veterans experiencing difficulties from PTSD and its sequelae using Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Bonavitacola was also trained in implementation of CBT for insomnia and in Trauma-Focused CBT for adolescents with PTSD. On the Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment Team, Dr. Bonavitacola served as a DBT consultant, skills group leader, and music therapist.

     

    Prior to internship, Dr. Bonavitacola completed several psychology externship trainings with both adolescents and adults. She completed a yearlong externship at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Edna Foa where she provided exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders in young adults and adults. She received intensive training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, and Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr. Bonavitacola completed a 3-year research and clinical externship at the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University where she received intensive DBT training from Dr. Shireen Rizvi and provided individual and group DBT treatment to adults with BPD. She published and presented on topics related to therapy homework compliance, therapeutic alliance, and treatment outcome. She also served as research assistant and individual therapist for a pilot study of DBT for adolescents with school refusal, which included the novel addition of web-based coaching. Additionally, she spent 2 years at Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine at Monument Square, a primary care clinic that offers various behavioral medicine services across the lifespan. In this setting, Dr. Bonavitacola collaborated and consulted with primary care physicians on patient care, conducted ADHD and cognitive assessments, short-term individual therapy, and participated in medical resident training for psychosocial sensitivity when discussing reproductive options to pregnant women.

     

    Lastly, Dr. Bonavitacola participated for three years as a research evaluator and therapist on a randomized controlled trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy- Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) for adolescents at risk for depression. Dr. Bonavitacola is an active member of the International Society for the Implementation and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

  • Magdalena Buczek, PsyD - Coordinator of School Consultation

    Dr. Magdalena Buczek is a licensed psychologist who works full time at CBC and treats children, adolescents, adults, and families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Buczek is also the Coordinator of School Consultation and consults to schools in the tri-state area about school-based CBT and DBT implementation. Dr. Buczek has extensive training in the treatment of behavior disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD, as well as anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Magdalena Buczek received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies from New York University. She received her Master's degree in School Psychology from St. John's University and is a certified New York State school psychologist. Dr. Buczek received her Doctorate of Psychology from St. John's University as well, where she was extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

     

    Dr. Magdalena Buczek completed a year-long externship at The Child Mind Institute where she provided individual and group therapy for children and adolescents and conducted parent training. During her externship, she received comprehensive training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children presenting with behavior disorders, parent management training (PMT), and behavior therapy for selective mutism. Dr. Buczek also has experience providing therapeutic services and consultation in the community setting and has conducted parenting workshops for underprivileged families. Dr. Buczek has conducted research in the area of parenting, and her research interests include parental emotion regulation.

     

    Dr. Magdalena Buczek completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Pleasantville School District in Westchester, where she received training in the implementation of evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, in the school setting, individually and in groups for children and adolescents presenting with anxiety, mood, behavior, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Buczek also has expertise in conducting psychological evaluations and consulting with teachers and other school professionals in developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans as well as implementing evidence-based interventions for behavior modification and management in the classroom setting to ensure treatment efficacy across disorders. Additionally, Dr. Buczek has extensive experience in social skills and organizational skills trainings for children and adolescents.

     

    Dr. Buczek completed her post-doctoral fellowship at CBC, where she received specialized training in CBT and DBT. She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) as well as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

  • Suzanne Davino, PhD - Staff

    Suzanne Davino is a part-time psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults, and families at CBC. She also currently serves as Director of Partial Hospitalization Programs at Four Winds Hospital, where she runs DBT-based day programs for children, adolescents and adults. She has worked at Four Winds in various capacities since 2000. Prior to that she spent three years conducting psychotherapy for Westchester Jewish Community Services.

    Dr. Davino completed her B.A. in psychology at SUNY Cortland, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Binghamton University where she received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood disorders, and stress. She completed her doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Throughout her training years, Dr. Davino specialized in cognitive behavior therapy and health-related cognitive psychology. She also worked as assistant supervisor of the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in White Plains, NY, and conducted clinical-research focused on sleep, nutrition, and coping with medical disorders. Dr. Davino has presented research at conferences on a variety of topics including visual imagery, sleep disorders, intelligence testing, and the relationship between mindfulness and rumination. Dr. Davino has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages who demonstrate multi-problem behaviors, as well as those who engage in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors. She also has expertise in training parents to manage and support their children of all ages who struggle with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

    Dr. Davino currently serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Finally, Dr. Davino is also a Founding Member/Board Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.

    To contact Dr. Davino, please click here.

  • Amanda Edwards, LCSW - Staff

    Amanda Edwards, LCSW, is a consulting psychotherapist who works part-time at CBC. She specializes incognitive behavior therapy and is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy, with experience providing both CBT and DBT to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Ms. Edwards obtained her B.F.A. from New York University and received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Over the past decade, she has provided evidence-based interventions to clients in outpatient clinic settings in the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Services (CARES) Program of St. Luke's Roosevelt, a partial hospitalization program for adolescents coping with emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues. Before coming to CBC, Ms. Edwards worked as part of an inter-disciplinary team at Montefiore Medical Center's School-Based Health Program. Then and now, in collaboration with Dr. Alec Miller and colleagues, she has contributed to the adaptation of DBT for elementary school-aged children and DBT-informed parenting strategies. Ms. Edwards has provided trainings on the implementation of DBT for several schools and agencies throughout Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Duchess Counties, and previously supervised six school-based DBT Consultation Teams on adapting and utilizing DBT within a school setting.  Ms. Edwards assisted Dr. Lata McGinn in developing the CBT Foundational Training Curriculum and has provided lectures on utilizing CBT skills with younger children to trainees at CBC and Andrus Children’s Services.  She provides professional consultation and guidance to mental health practitioners looking to increase their knowledge and skill in CBT and DBT on request.  Ms. Edwards has specific expertise are in treating clients with complicated trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, disruptive behavior, chronic procrastination, traumatic adjustments to loss, self-harm, and couples relational issues. Additionally, Ms. Edwards has received advanced training in utilizing a range of approaches, including the DBT-Prolonged Exposure Protocol, the Incredible Years Program for parents and children with disruptive behaviors, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, psychodrama, and Motivational Interviewing. Ms. Edwards is bilingual in English and Spanish and has lectured the NYC Health and Hospital Organization on the integration of behavioral health into primary care services for immigrant families.

    To contact Amanda Edwards please click here.

  • Kelly Graling, PhD - Director of Consultation Services

    Dr. Kelly Graling is a full-time licensed clinical psychologist at CBC in which she coordinates, trains and consults to numerous schools and agencies on a local and national level applying CBT and DBT.  She is also an individual, family and group therapist who treats adolescents, adults and families.  Dr. Graling leads DBT skills training groups and conducts individual CBT and DBT therapies. She has received intensive training in both CBT and DBT.  She specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma and anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, as well as personality disorders, suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors.

    Prior to joining the staff at CBC, Dr. Graling was the Training Director at CBT California (in the Los Angeles area).  Dr. Graling implemented the Adolescent DBT program at the Beverly Hills office of CBT California.  She also provided CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP, a treatment for chronic depression) to individuals. Dr. Graling trained and supervised clinical psychology graduate students at UCLA’s Psychology Clinic and mental health professionals internationally in CBT and DBT.  Dr. Graling completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she wrote her dissertation on the role of emotion dysregulation in self-harm behaviors and interpersonal problems. She also completed an APA accredited internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, gaining further expertise in CBT, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders.  During internship, Dr. Graling received further training in adolescent DBT with Dr. Alec Miller.  Dr. Graling also completed a psychology externship training at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where she received in-depth training in CBT for psychosis and DBT.  Dr. Graling’s research interests include: emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning in borderline personality disorder, adolescent development, and gender and sexuality.  She has published several peer-reviewed papers and given presentations on emotion dysresgulation, sexuality, and borderline personality disorder.  She is currently serving on the program committee for the International Society for the Improvement and Training of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She is also an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

  • Becky H. Lois, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Becky H. Lois is a part-time psychologist at CBC and works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Lois is a licensed clinical and school psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Lois has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, and personality disorders. Her versatile practice includes individual therapy, family therapy, parent training, and group therapy. Dr. Lois is also an Attending Psychologist on the Behavioral Consultation Team at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center (CHAM) and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. There she works on a multi-disciplinary team and applies evidence-based treatments, including CBT and DBT, to youth with chronic medical illnesses who present with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. She also teaches and supervises mental health professionals and medical residents in training.

    Dr. Lois earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was trained by Dr. Alec Miller in dialectical behavior therapy, as well as received further training in cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy with children, adolescents, and their families in an intensive outpatient setting. Prior to her internship, she had worked with youth and families in a variety of outpatient, inpatient and school settings. Dr. Lois has co-authored papers and book chapters about separation anxiety in children, DBT with multi-problem adolescents, and non-adherence among youth diagnosed with chronic medical illness. She has been regularly invited to present at local and national psychiatric and pediatric conferences on issues related to the treatment and management of chronic medical illness. She is an active member of the Association for Advancement for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, The Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society of Personality Assessment.

    To contact Dr. Lois, please click here.

  • Dena Klein, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Dena Klein is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the use of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with adults, children, adolescents, and families. She has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and personality disorders. Depending on the needs of the case, Dr. Klein provides treatment in a variety of modalities, including individual, family, parent training and group. Using empirically supported approaches, Dr. Klein aims to bring about symptom relief and positive life changes in a supportive non-judgmental manner.

    Prior to joining the staff at CBC, Dr. Klein served five years as an Attending and Supervising Psychologist and the Director of Psychological Assessment Services in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department and Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program at Montefiore Medical Center. She provided CBT and DBT to youth and their families presenting with a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additionally, she co-developed and led an adaptation of the Adolescent Coping with Depression group therapy program for teens suffering from depression. Dr. Klein continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she teaches and supervises psychology externs and interns.

    Dr. Klein graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She completed her pre and postdoctoral training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Klein gained extensive clinical and research experience as a clinical psychologist in major medical centers and academic institutions in the New York area, including Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center.

    Dr. Klein is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association. She has co-authored professional articles and book chapters and presented research at national conferences on topics including depression, borderline personality disorder, suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury, social and emotional learning, and social support. Lastly, Dr. Klein also gives presentations and workshops to mental health practitioners, school personnel, and students, on various topics including CBT for depression, CBT for disruptive behavior disorders, non-suicidal self-harm and suicidality, and DBT for multi-problem adolescents.

    To contact Dr. Klein, please click here.

  • Jessica Renz, PsyD - Staff

    Dr. Renz is a licensed clinical psychologist and Coordinator of Post-Doctoral Training at CBC. She is actively involved in the CBC training program, providing mentoring and supervision to postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Renz treats adolescents, adults, and families in White Plains and Manhattan where she leads DBT skills training groups and conducts individual DBT and CBT therapy. In addition, she is administering the implementation of a web-based program that monitors our clients’ progress and aims to improve therapy outcomes. Dr. Renz earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Long Island University-Post with a concentration in serious and persistent mental illness. She completed an M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a degree in psychology.

    Dr. Renz has provided CBT and DBT treatment in outpatient, partial hospital, and inpatient settings.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NS-LIJ) where she provided behavioral health services to college students experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-harm and borderline personality disorder, as well as young adults experiencing symptoms of first episode psychosis. During her internship training at Rutgers University, Dr. Renz provided individual and group treatment, crisis assessment and intervention services, and outreach services on campus. As a member of the counseling center, Dr. Renz served as a trained liaison to the LGBTQ community and provided clinical services to a diverse college student population. Dr. Renz has also worked at NS-LIJ’s Eating Disorders Program, providing comprehensive treatment to adolescents and young adults experiencing symptoms of eating disorders.

    In addition to clinical work, Dr. Renz has also participated in research and presentations on eating disorders. Her dissertation examined psychological and demographic predictors of excessive exercise among adolescents with a variety of eating disorder diagnoses. Dr. Renz has been formally trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Renz is part of a global mentoring community called Infinite Family that provides web-based mentoring to South African teens as part of an effort to increase access to support and life skills.

  • Sally Riggs, DClinPsy - Staff

    Dr. Sally Riggs is a full-time, licensed psychologist at CBC and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of children, adolescents and adults. In particular she has clinical expertise in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, PTSD, intrusive thoughts, suicidal behaviors, behavior management problems, personality disorders and psychotic disorders. Prior to joining CBC she was Lead Psychologist in the Adult Outpatient Department at Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn. She also pioneered a new treatment track in CBT for psychosis and transformed the milieu of the young adult early psychosis inpatient unit by training all staff in CBT for psychosis informed interventions. She worked on the Adult Inpatient Service at Kings County Hospital Center for a number of years, and held a Clinical Instructor appointment at SUNY Downstate Medical Center teaching and supervising psychiatry residents and pre-doctoral interns.

    Dr. Riggs gained her MA in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, with a specialization in both children and adults. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in Recovery and CBT for psychosis at the Tomswood Rehabilitation Unit in London, UK and her doctoral thesis examined the impact of congenital heart defects on the coping and adaptation of children and families. On graduation she worked in public health settings in London, both in-patient, out-patient and community based, treating adults with mood, anxiety disorders and psychosis using the cognitive behavioral model for several years, as well as training mental health professionals in CBT and other evidence based practices. She also maintained a small private practice treating adults and adolescents with anxiety disorders. She moved to the US to take up a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, MD, working on a ground breaking trial of CBT for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and training and consulting to local community mental health professionals in CBT for psychosis. She also received specialist training and supervision from Dr. Cory Newman, PhD, in the cognitive behavioral treatment of personality disorders. Dr. Riggs has published articles about evidence based training and dissemination in CBT for psychosis and regularly presents on this topic at conferences.

    Dr. Riggs currently also serves as an adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and the International CBT for psychosis network, and a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 

  • Faye Rigogiannis, PsyD - Staff

    Dr. Faye Rigogiannis is a licensed staff psychologist and Coordinator of CBT Programming at CBC. She works full time with children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Rigogiannis received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New York University, and earned both her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in youth and adults.

    Dr. Rigogiannis completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Jewish Child Care Association, where she provided individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis management, as well as psychological evaluations, to adolescents and young adults coping with a wide variety of mood, anxiety, personality and thought disorders. She also has extensive experience working with high-risk youth, including dually diagnosed individuals and individuals struggling with suicidality and self-injurious behavior.

    Dr. Rigogiannis has been extensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She completed a year-long externship at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Department at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Health System, where she treated adolescents and families with a wide range of presenting problems including social anxiety, specific phobia, generalized anxiety, depression and suicidality. Her clinical training also includes an externship at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services where she provided individual and family therapy to young children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of disorders. Rigogiannis also has experience working on inpatient and in partial hospitalization programs providing individual and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention to adolescents and adults. Additionally, she participated in a federally funded program providing couples therapy in a group setting based on John Gottman’s research at Montefiore’s Supporting Healthy Relationships Program. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the effects of coping style on the relationship between cognitive vulnerability and depression in adolescents with depression. Prior to beginning her psychology career, Dr. Rigogiannis worked as a counselor in a group home for dually diagnosed adults at YAI/NIPD, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of developmentally disabled populations.

    Dr. Rigogiannis is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

  • Agnes Selinger, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Agnes Selinger is a licensed staff psychologist at CBC with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapies for young children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Selinger has extensive experience providing exposure and response prevention (CBT) to individuals suffering from obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, as well as treating generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobios, depression, selective mutism, school refusal, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding, trichotillomania, Tourette's and ADHD. In addition, Dr. Selinger has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). At CBC, she co-leads DBT skills groups and sees both adolescent and adult clients in our DBT program. 

    Dr. Selinger earned her masters and doctoral degrees from Hofstra University's combined clinical and school psychology program, as well as an additional masters degree in psychology from New York University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Southwestern Vermont Consortium, which included outpatient rotations providing individual and group therapy to clients of all ages. While there, she also provided individual treatment and parent training for children who participated in Head Start and conducting neuropsychological assessments at a memory clinic. 

    Other professional experiences have included a school internship at the Half Hallow Hills School District on Long Island where she conducted psycho-educational evaluations, co led groups for children and adolescents and provided individual counseling. Lastly, Dr. Selinger has conducted research on OCD spectrum disorders as well as a variety of other topics, such as parenting and anxiety disorders. She also appeared on Columbia University's radio show, "Uptown Radio." Dr. Selinger is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

    To contact Dr. Selinger, please click here

  • Jacquelyn N. Smith, LCSW-R - Staff

    Jacquelyn N. Smith, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (R-privileged) who works full-time at CBC in both White Plains and Manhattan conducting individual therapy and co-leading DBT skills training groups. Ms. Smith is also Adjunct Faculty for Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW), including as professor for the DBT Training Program and Lab, the only DBT training program for social workers in the nation.  Ms. Smith has additionally been a Field Instructor for the DBT Training Program and Lab since the Fall of 2009 and has served as guest lecturer for the program prior to her Faculty appointment.  

    Ms. Smith has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient. Ms. Smith specializes in working with adults, adolescents and their families, who have significant emotional and behavioral problems as well as personality disorders.  Prior to coming to CBC, Ms. Smith was the Associate Coordinator of the DBT Program at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (CPC) in Queens Village, NY, expanding and strengthening DBT treatment across inpatient and outpatient services.  

    Ms. Smith was a clinician, administrator, and senior supervisor, and she founded two of the outpatient clinics that previously had not had access to any DBT services.   Ms. Smith’s other responsibilities included training and supervising multiple interdisciplinary teams and ensuring increased fidelity to the DBT model in all treatment areas.

    Ms. Smith was intensively trained in DBT many years ago with additional training in DBT’s application to substance used disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other complex behavioral issues.  Ms. Smith has completed her advanced DBT training with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD (DBT treatment developer).  Ms. Smith has also participated in a 5 day Zen Mindfulness Retreat led by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

    Ms. Smith graduated from Columbia University’s School of Social Work having completed a full academic year internship on a DBT inpatient unit directly supervised by Andre Ivanoff, PhD, President of Behavioral Tech, LLC, and President of The Linehan Institute.  Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. There she completed her undergraduate thesis on adolescent depression in rural areas.

    Ms. Smith is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a volunteer with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD), to which she has served as a Conference Coordinator for the Annual Yale NEABPD conference held each May.

  • Johanna Wekar, LCSW-R - Staff

    Johanna Wekar, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker (R) with who works part-time at CBC using evidence-based treatments with adolescents, adults, and families. Ms. Wekar received her BA with honors in psychology from Franklin Pierce College before graduating from Columbia University with her master's degree in social work. She was an intern at Four Winds Hospital where she provided treatment to adolescent inpatients and their families utilizing both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT). Ms. Wekar is an intensively trained DBT therapist who conducts individual therapy, skills training groups, and family therapy. Prior to joining CBC, she developed and successfully led for 10 years one of the first community mental health DBT programs in Westchester County.

    Ms. Wekar specializes in the treatment of individuals who struggle with managing emotions, engaging in impulsive behaviors, and others who have relationship difficulties, disordered eating, substance abuse, as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. In addition, Ms. Wekar provides consultation services to agencies and schools on DBT implementation.  Ms. Wekar also has expertise in DBT-informed parent training as well as training in The Gottman Method for couples counseling.  She is also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

    To contact Ms Wekar, please click here.

  • Irene Zilber, Ph.D. - Staff

    Irene Zilber, Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow at CBC with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, impulse-control disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders with young children, adolescents, adults, and families. In addition, she is intensively trained in DBT with youth and adults experiencing significant emotional and behavioral disregulation, and with those how self-harm. Irene Zilber received her B.S. from Cornell University in Developmental Psychology, an Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention with Children and Adolescents from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Irene Zilber completed her pre-doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York where she provided individual and group therapy to a diverse population of young children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Dr. Irene Zilber completed her neuropsychological evaluation training at McGill University, Montreal Children's Hospital, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and at Maimonides Medical Center, conducting full assessment batteries with children, adolescents, and adults.

    Dr. Irene Zilber has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, selective mutism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, psychotic disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, and developmental disabilities across outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, and wellness and recovery hospital settings. Dr. Zilber received specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of various mood and anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, and disruptive behavioral disorders while working at CBT clinics at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Psychological Services clinic, Tourette Syndrome clinic, and at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Zilber received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has extensive treatment experience through the DBT clinic at the Rutgers University DBT clinic. Dr. Irene Zilber has conducted Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the Rutgers Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, and Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) in individual therapy and parent skills training at the Tourette Syndrome clinic. In addition, Dr. Irene Zilber conducted Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and has specialized training and experience conducting CBT protocol for selective mutism through her work at the Child Mind Institute.

    In addition to her clinical interests, Dr. Irene Zilber enjoys teaching and conducting research. Dr. Irene Zilber has taught several courses at the undergraduate level at McGill and Rutgers Universities, including Developmental Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Positive Psychology. She has numerous co-authored publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, book chapters, and has presented at various national and international conferences in the areas of child and adolescent anxiety and depression, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Zilber has conducted research examining vulnerability factors for mood and anxiety among children and adolescents to elucidate the knowledge about preventative measures of child and adolescent psychopathology. Dr. Irene Zilber's research with developmental disabilities has focused on individualized interventions utilizing techniques from applied behavior analysis, and group interventions for siblings of children diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorders. In addition, Dr. Irene Zilber conducted research on adult schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, and the earliest markers of diagnosing autism. Dr. Irene Zilber is an active member of various professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.

    To contact Dr. Zilber, please click here.

  • Stephanie Serrano - Controller

    Stephanie Serrano is the Controller at CBC. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the financial operations and Human Resources Department within CBC. Stephanie helps guide CBC in all financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.  Stephanie also provides leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization by helping to create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.  Stephanie graduated from Baruch College in 2006 with a BBA in Operations Management.  Before joining CBC, Stephanie spent many years working in Accounting/Human Resources within the hotel industry.  Her background and previous experience has exposed her to many key facets of running and working in a healthy and growing business environment. 

  • Catharine Bruening - Director of Operations

    Catharine Bruening, MPH, MSW, is the Director of Operations at CBC.  She has worn numerous hats since beginning her relationship with the CBC team in 2007. Currently, she oversees the daily workings of the practice and collaborates with the Founders to develop operational goals, and create and improve processes, policies, and procedures.  In addition, she manages numerous databases and creates reports that aid in practice management and planning.  Catharine has extensive administrative and data reporting experience in the health care industry.She received a BA in Sociology from Goucher College and her Masters of Public Health and Masters of Social Work from Columbia University.

  • Angela Brito - Billing Assistant

    Angela Brito is the Billing Assistant at CBC who is responsible for all patient billing related matters. Angela comes to CBC with an extensive background in Accounting and Customer Service. Most of her career has been in the hospitality industry where she skillfully managed myriad front-office and back-office responsibilities ranging from billing and accounting to customer-related issues. Angela enjoys assisting people with any concerns they have and efficiently and effectively develops solutions.

  • Brianne Matthias - Administrative Coordinator

    Brianne Matthias is an Administrative Coordinator at CBC, responsible for managing all social media accounts and marketing initiatives, events and projects within the office. She will soon be graduating with a Bachelor's degree from Berkeley College and plans to expand her skills and talents at CBC. Brianne enjoys working so closely with an organization that promotes healthy minds and bodies.

  • Rachel Haddad, PsyD - Director of Assessment Services

    Dr. Rachel Haddad is a licensed psychologist and Director of Assessment Services at CBC. She specializes in neuropsychological and diagnostic assessment of preschoolers, children, adolescents and adults.  Dr. Haddad received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU before obtaining a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and cognitive remediation.  Dr. Haddad has worked in a range of clinical settings; including outpatient clinics, inpatient settings, schools, early childhood agencies, and private group practices.

     

    Dr. Haddad’s expertise includes treating children, adolescents, and young adults affected by learning disorders including dyslexia, nonverbal learning disability, language-based learning challenges, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and executive functioning difficulties, as well as evaluating the interface with anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral differences.  Additionally, Dr. Haddad has experience evaluating and treating individuals affected by complex medical histories, including traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, and childhood cancers.  Prior to joining CBC, Dr. Haddad evaluated and treated patients at the Hallowell Center, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with ADHD.

     

    As part of the evaluation process, Dr. Haddad frequently consults with teachers, related service providers, and families to support the implementation of academic and behavioral recommendations.  Additionally, she guides families through the process of obtaining supportive services and applying for academic accommodations including Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 meeting attendance.   

     

    Dr. Haddad also specializes in executive functioning support and coaching, facilitating the development of critically important life skills including organization, time management, planning, problem solving strategies, working memory, and initiation.  She treats patients individually and leads groups and workshops for children and parents.  Dr. Haddad has supervised trainees at the graduate and postdoctoral levels, and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein School of Medicine.  She is an active member of the Westchester County Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

  • Amy Walker, PhD - Staff

    Dr. Amy Walker is a full-time licensed psychologist and the Coordinator of the Psychology Externship Program at CBC. Dr. Walker has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Walker has extensive experience in the implementation of evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood and autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. Her specializations include the treatment of depression, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Dr. Walker also specializes in parent training and evidence-based approaches for ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.  Dr. Walker has been intensively trained in DBT and has received training in DBT for Children (DBT-C) and the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE). At CBC, Dr. Walker co-leads DBT Skills groups and provides individual/family therapy to children, adolescents and adults as part of the DBT Program. She also consults to school districts implementing DBT and CBT. 

     

    Dr. Walker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from Emory University, her Master of Arts degree from New York University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) from St. John’s University. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, where she received specialized training in CBT and DBT across inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Walker completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, which included a rotation at the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) working with youth struggling with substance abuse, severe emotional, behavioral and academic problems. Her training has included an externship at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital where she provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families presenting with diverse psychopathology. Dr. Walker also completed an externship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on the child and adolescent inpatient units. Dr. Walker has received extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), therapeutic approaches for children, adolescents and their families who have experienced a traumatic event.

     

    Dr. Walker is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She has co-authored professional articles and presented research at national conferences on topics including DBT for pre-adolescent children, psychological well-being in emerging adults and social and emotional functioning. Dr. Walker is fluent in Spanish.

  • Casey O’Brien, PsyD - Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

    Dr. Casey O’Brien is a post-doctoral psychology fellow who works full time at CBC with children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. O’Brien received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Community Health from Tufts University, and earned both her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. She has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for autism and mood disorders, as well as for high-risk adolescent populations.

    Dr. O’Brien completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare and University Hospital in Newark, NJ, where she provided individual, group and family therapy, as well as psychological evaluations, to children and adolescents with a wide variety of mood, anxiety, behavioral, neurodevelopmental and thought disorders. There, she also worked in partial hospitalization programs and as part of the pediatric emergency room consultation service team. Throughout her training, Dr. O’Brien has focused extensively on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for youth, including child and adolescent mood disorders, early onset of severe mental illness, dually diagnosed adolescents, and individuals struggling with suicidality and self-injurious behavior. She has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, among other evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, young adults and families.

    Prior to her predoctoral internship, Dr. O’Brien completed a year-long advanced practicum at the Stanford Children’s Hospital outpatient clinics, where she treated youth and families presenting with primary anxiety or behavioral disorders as well as adolescents and young adults at-risk for psychosis or in first episode of psychosis.  Her clinical training also includes practicums within the adolescent programs of Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Recovery Program in Oakland, CA, and within the Stanford Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, providing individual, family, and group therapy to adolescents presenting with a substance use and comorbid disorders, and youth at-risk for developing bipolar disorder or presenting with primary mood disorders, respectively. Dr. O’Brien received extensive training in Group CBT and Family-Focused Therapy through participation as a clinician on multiple research studies, including a federally funded multisite randomized control trial.  With an interest in understanding adolescent group therapy and identifying transdiagnostic mechanisms of change, her doctoral dissertation investigated development of the social-emotional climate in Group CBT therapy for adolescents with mood disorders and explored its impact on symptom reduction.

    Dr. O’Brien is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

  • Julia Brillante - Psychology Extern

    Julia Brillante is a psychology extern at CBC who uses evidence-based treatment with children, adolescents, adults and families. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently a third year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. 

    Ms. Brillante has extensive training and experience in CBT with youth and adults. One of her areas of interest is treating depression, non-suicidal self-injury and suicidality in youth. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) as well as the Suicide and Self-Injury Special Interest Group at ABCT. 

    Ms. Brillante has also received specialized training at the Tourette Syndrome (TS) Clinic at Rutgers University providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Habit Reversal Treatment (HRT), and social skills groups for children and teens with TS as well as co-occurring concerns such as anxiety disorders, ADHD, and body-focused repetitive behaviors. For the past several years, she has conducted evaluations assessing for depression and other psychological disorders in youth through the Personalized Depression Prevention Project at Rutgers University. She also received training and experience implementing Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with depressed adults and served as a group leader conducting Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) groups for youth at risk for depression. Ms. Brillante has also served as a research evaluator conducting diagnostic assessments with adolescents and young adults, assessing borderline personality disorder (BPD), NSSI, and suicidality. She has experience conducting comprehensive learning disorder and ADHD assessments.

  • Nora Gerardi, MA - Psychology Extern

    Nora Gerardi is a psychology extern at CBC. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree from St. John’s University, where she is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate in School Psychology. Nora has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including in their application to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings. Nora has also received specialized clinical training in BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and motivational interviewing for individuals struggling with alcohol and marijuana abuse.  

    Nora is intensively trained in cross-battery assessment and Specific Learning Disability (SLD) identification. At the St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services, Nora worked as an evaluator and conducted individualized assessments for child, adolescent, and adult clients. As an intern within Ardsley Union Free School District, Nora also conducted comprehensive cognitive, social-emotional/behavioral, and educational assessments. She has presented findings at Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings and has made specific, tailored, and individualized recommendations for students. Within the school setting, Nora also has experience delivering evidence-based interventions, including CBT and DBT, with elementary, middle, and high school students. At the St. John’s Center for Psychological Services, Nora delivered evidence-based treatment to adolescent, adult, and couples clients presenting with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, school refusal, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties. Further, as a Graduate Assistant within the Department of Student Wellness at St. John’s University, Nora has delivered brief interventions to college-age students presenting with symptoms of alcohol and/or marijuana abuse.

  • Joanna Watson, MA - Extern

    Joanna Watson is a psychology extern at CBC, specializing in cognitive behavioral treatments for a wide range of disorders including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and personality disorders for adolescents and adults.   Additionally, Ms. Watson has received intensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and has extensive experience conducting both individual therapy and skills group training in this modality.  Ms. Watson is the co-leader of the sibling support group at CBC which provides skills training and support to siblings of adolescents who are currently enrolled or previously participated in the DBT program.

    Ms. Watson received her B.A. from Kenyon College and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She currently attends Hofstra University where she is en route to receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. William Sanderson. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

  • Elaina Servidio, MA - Extern

    Elaina Servidio is a psychology extern at CBC. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her master’s degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, where she is currently in her fourth year of doctoral psychology training. She has experience and training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. She treats youth, adults and families at CBC and also provides neuropsychological evaluations. 

    Ms. Servidio has extensive experience evaluating and treating adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience conducting psychological evaluations and treating clients with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders. Her clinical inpatient experience includes extensive training at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, where she conducted individual, group and family therapy. There she applied Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to adolescents struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders.  At the Dorothy Bennett Behavioral Health Center at Stamford Hospital, Ms. Servidio provided individual and group therapy to adults diagnosed with mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. She currently conducts research at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center on the prevention of depression in adolescents. She also works as a teaching assistant at Yeshiva University for CBC co-founder, Lata McGinn.

  • Jessica Garcia is a clinical social work intern at CBC.  She provides individual, family, and group therapies to children, adolescents and adults.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and is completing her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.  

    Last year, Jessica served as a social work intern at the YMCA, providing individual counseling and case management to adolescents in a public high school in Queens.  Jessica completed her second internship with Partnership with Children where she provided individual therapy, group therapy and crisis management to adolescents in a middle school in the Bronx.  Jessica recently completed an internship with NYU’s Summer Program for Kids where she delivered evidence-based therapies to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  Ms. Garcia has intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Jessica has a passion for working with people and highly values working collaboratively with clients and employing the strengths and wisdom each client brings to the relationship.

    Prior to her social work program, she had extensive experience in clinical research.  Ms. Garcia worked on a study at the University of Washington evaluating the implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children with a history of trauma exposure.  Jessica also assisted on a study evaluating the transdiagnostic common elements of CBT.  At Seattle Children’s Hospital, she assisted on a study examining the effectiveness of tele-mental health treatment for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and also worked on the first random control trial of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for self-harming and suicidal adolescents at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington.  

     

        


     

  • Aviva Katz, PsyD - Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Dr. Aviva Katz is a post-doctoral fellow who works full time at CBC with children, adolescents,adults, and families. Dr. Katz received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Community Health from Tufts University, and earned both her masters and doctoral in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.Dr. Katz completed her pre-doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services where she provided individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), group therapy, skills training and psychological and developmental evaluations in both clinic and school settings. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and self-injury and suicidality. Dr. Katz has been extensively trained in CBT, having spent over two years providing individual CBT to adults in the Parnes Clinic of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. In addition, she has been intensively trained in DBT, and she continues to provide individual DBT treatment and leads DBT skills training groups at CBC.

    Prior to internship, Dr. Katz completed a year-long externship at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service at Maimonides Medical Center, where she treated children and adolescents with a variety of presenting problems, including obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, suicidality, interpersonal difficulties, and social anxiety. She also spent a year working on an acute inpatient unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, providing group and individual therapy and psychological evaluations for adults presenting with psychosis, suicidal behaviors, mania, and depression, often with co-occurring substance abuse. Further, she worked at Brooklyn Learning Center providing psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluations to students presenting with school difficulties. In addition, she completed a testing externship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, providing psychoeducational evaluations. Her doctoral dissertation utilized data from Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Brief Psychotherapy Research Program, where Dr. Katz also completed intakes and worked as a Research Assistant. Dr. Katz’s dissertation focused on the relationship between therapy dropout and differences in patient and therapist views on therapy. Before beginning her graduate education, Dr. Katz worked at NYU Child Study Center as a Research Data Associate, investigating the biological correlates of adolescent depression and Tourette’s Disorder. 

    Dr. Katz is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the New York State Psychological Association.

  • Lindsey Giller, PsyD - Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Dr. Lindsey Giller is a post-doctoral fellow who works with children, adolescents, families, and adults.  Dr. Giller received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Cornell University, and earned her doctoral degree in School-Clinical Child Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.  She has specialized training in using evidence-based treatments to treat children and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders, as well as disruptive behavioral problems.  

    Dr. Giller has been extensively trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for individuals with intense emotional dysregulation, suicidality and nonsuicidal self-injury. Dr. Giller completed her predoctoral internship at Andrus Children’s Center, where she provided individual therapy, group therapy, diagnostic evaluations, and psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of disorders.  She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based intervention for young children and their caregivers focused on decreasing problem behavior and improving the parent-child relationship.  Dr. Giller completed a year-long training at the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, where she treated children and families with a wide range of presenting problems including social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobia, generalized anxiety, depression, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder.  She also received specialized training in the Intensive Selective Mutism Program and Pediatric OCD Program.   Dr. Giller’s clinical training also includes an externship at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she provided individual and family therapy to adolescents presenting with neurodevelopmental and co-morbid disorders.  Additionally, she has experience conducting psychological assessments at schools, and in inpatient and outpatient facilities.  Dr. Giller has also provided individual therapy and teacher consultation in Long Island, New York City, and Yonkers schools, as well as led a group intervention for traumatized youths in schools.   Dr. Giller is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

  • Dawn Catucci, LMHC - School Consultant

    Mrs. Catucci, LMHC, is a part-time Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) School Consultant at CBC.  She provides training and consultation services to schools and is an expert in implementing DBT in a school setting.  Mrs. Catucci is currently a school psychologist at Ardsley High School and has been a school psychologist for 20 years.  Mrs. Catucci is a NYS Certified School Psychologist, NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds her Permanent Teaching Certification in Elementary and Special Education.  Mrs. Catucci was an elementary and special education teacher prior to becoming a school psychologist and has several years of teaching experience. Mrs. Catucci received her Masters of Science in Education and her Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Fordham University. She is extensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy and in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Mrs. Catucci’s wide-range of experience in a school setting gives her special insight into implementing evidenced-based practices in schools.   

     

    Mrs. Catucci and the Ardsley High School DBT team have been instrumental in bringing DBT to the Ardsley School District. Ardsley High School was the first school in the U.S. to offer a comprehensive DBT program in a school setting.  Mrs. Catucci and the Ardsley High School DBT team were also one of the first schools to pilot DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEP-A) in health classes in 2012.  Mrs. Catucci has a special interest in dissemination and implementation of evidenced-based counseling practices in a school setting.  She has facilitated CBT and DBT trainings for several other school districts and school psychologists across the county and state.  Mrs. Catucci also currently implements comprehensive DBT and CBT in her role as a school psychologist.  Over the past decade, Mrs. Catucci has provided evidenced-based interventions privately to children, adolescence and young adults.  Mrs. Catucci is a board member for New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) board member. She has served on multiple NYASP conference planning committees and is largely respected for the inclusion of presentations geared towards evidenced-based counseling practices for school psychologists. 

  • Amber Ufford, PhD -

    Dr. Amber Ufford is a full-time licensed psychologist at CBC who provides individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her specializations include the treatment of depression and mood disorders, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, self-injurious behaviors, ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Ufford has expertise in providing various evidence-based treatments and has received comprehensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in addition to traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. 

    Dr. Ufford has experience providing CBT and DBT in various outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment settings. Prior to joining CBC, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Northwell Health – Zucker Hillside Hospital treating youth experiencing a range of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral issues, eating disorders, and psychosis within the outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization services. Dr. Ufford completed her pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai – St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, which included rotations within the Parent-Infant Center conducting developmental assessments, the Child Outpatient Department working with multi-problem youth and their families, and the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES), where she worked with adolescents struggling with emotional, behavioral, academic, and, substance abuse problems within a therapeutic high school setting.  Prior to internship, Dr. Ufford completed her clinical practicum at North Shore-LIJ Health System treating youth with a range of psychiatric disorders within the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department, the Emergency Room consultation service, and the Adolescent Inpatient Service. In addition, she acted as an on-call crisis counselor for the student population at Hofstra University providing crisis assessment and intervention services. 

    Dr. Ufford is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). 

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