Behavioral Associates Staff
Dr. Robert Reiner has been directing a diverse team at Behavioral Associates since he founded the company in 1988. Each staff member is chosen for their unique specialty and ability to add value to the Behavioral Associates team.
Dr. Reiner personally meets each new patient for an initial consultation in order to assess the patients’ individual needs, match them with a suitable therapist and devise a treatment plan. Because he always has such a large staff on hand, he never has a problem finding a health professional to meet the unique needs of each patient. The staff also includes psychiatrists for those cases requiring medication as part of their treatment plan.
Robert H. Reiner, PhD BCN BCB, Executive Director and Founder, has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital.
Dr. Reiner is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and Virtual Reality Therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying as an innovator in Virtual Reality Therapy. Learn more about Dr. Reiner
Michael Fraser, PhD, Chief of Staff, is a New York State-Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with adults, teenagers, children, couples, and families. He received his Bachelor in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and went on to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Over the past 23 years, Dr. Fraser has been providing psychological services in both Philadelphia and New York City in a wide range of settings. Outside of Dr. Fraser’s private practice, he has worked in hospital outpatient and inpatient psychiatric units, elementary, middle and high school settings, and college counseling centers.
Dr. Fraser has recently increased his attention on what is known in the field as “positive psychology.” While many individuals use therapy effectively to alleviate what can be considered “negative symptoms,” such as depression, phobias and anger, he believes it is possible to benefit from therapy to enhance performance in certain areas, such as relationship building, public speaking, and athletics.
Heather Fichtel Davidson, PsyD BCN, Director of the Children’s Center, received her Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and both Master of Arts and Doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds certifications from Columbia University in suicide assessment and The Albert Ellis Institute in RBT.
Dr. Fichtel has specific expertise in the treatment of childhood anxiety and the disruptive behavior disorders. Her current focus of research includes the effectiveness of neurofeedback on children presenting with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder, and trichotillamania. In addition to private practice, she has experience working in a psychiatric hospital, medical orphanage, and community mental health center.
Scott Lloyd, PhD BCN, Director of Therapeutic Technology, has been helping to grow the technology department at Behavioral Associates since joining us in 2009. He obtained a double major in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Cincinnati before receiving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with health emphasis from Yeshiva University. Concurrently, he pursued a minor in Neuropsychology continuing his role as a multicultural psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital in the divisions of aging and dementia and the child learning center. In the area of health psychology he also received training from the accredited Tobacco Treatment program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Dr. Lloyd has contributed extensively to our advancement in the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback as treatment protocols. He has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals of independence from disabling symptoms of anxiety, addiction, depression and learning disabilities. An experienced interpreter and translator, he has helped tailor studies on patient-provider communication, panic disorder and asthma for use within a monolingual Spanish-speaking population.
Julie Groveman Zelig, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with adults and adolescents with many years of experience providing psychotherapy to a diverse population. Dr. Groveman received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and both Master and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
Her specific areas of interest include anxiety, ADD/ADHD, disordered eating, grief and loss, building self-esteem, emotion regulation, mood instability, stress-reduction, relationship concerns, social anxiety/ public speaking phobia, women’s issues as well as concerns specific to adolescents. In therapy, she focuses on exploring past obstacles and unsuccessful patterns with her patients, while honing in on personal strengths and goals for therapy. Her style is flexible, incorporating cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness and strengths-focused techniques into her sessions.
Ralph Speken, MD, studied psychiatry at the University of Colorado holding his internship at the Montefiore Pediatric Center after receiving a Master’s degree at Columbia College. Dr. Speken is currently the psychiatric consultant to an array of city agencies offering protective services for adults in New York City. He spent many years in private practice and has held staff and teaching positions at various hospitals in the New York area.
As a psychiatrist on staff at Behavioral Associates he will prescribe medication when deemed necessary. He is also trained in acupuncture and has extensive knowledge in environmental and nutrition medicine. While in certain cases medication is recommended, Dr. Speken shares in our belief that alternatives exist that may be worth exploring when making treatment decisions.
Gabriela A. Hundorfean, MD, studied psychiatry at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and did her residency the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. In addition to seeing patients at Behavioral Associates, Dr. Hundorfean is the Medical Director at two substance Abuse Clinics and, works at the Rockland Psychiatric Hospital and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
Dr. Hundorfean has performed research in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Seasonal Variation of Attempted Suicide and Transcultural Issues in Sex Therapy. She is a valuable member of our staff with her vast experience in the field of psychiatry as well as her fluency in Romanian, Spanish and English.
Susan J. Manin, LCSW, is a Psychiatric Social Worker receiving both her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science at the New York University School of Social Work. Susan has been seeing patients at Behavioral Associate since 2002. Following 9/11 she worked as a senior therapist for Project Liberty, which offered psychological support to local survivors of the attack.
Susan has worked extensively with clients suffering from a wide range of diagnoses including polysubstance abuse, depression, character and psychotic disorder, and with a history of trauma.
Anya Shumilina, LMSW, Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, received her Master of Social Work at the Columbia University School of Social Work in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program after receiving a Master of Arts at the City College of New York. She has held positions at both Mount Sinai and Bronx Lebanon Hospitals giving her in depth experience with patients dealing with depression, anxiety and addiction.
Specializing in DBT and Mindfulness, Anya has had great success in the treatment of patients suffering from borderline personality disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, addictions and phobias. She has also helped numerous patients exhibiting extreme mood swings, self-injurious behaviors and emotional dysregulation. Anya is fluent in Russian and has worked both internationally and domestically devoting many hours working with the LGBTQ, minority, and immigrant populations.
Aileen has extensive experience working as a psychotherapist with couples, families, children and teens and employs an integrative style of psychotherapy, utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic, interpersonal and mindfulness techniques to provide an individualized treatment plan for each patient. She has had great success in helping people manage anxiety, build self-esteem, and become more skilled at understanding and handling negative emotions.
Andrew Permaul, BS, Office Manager, has been at Behavioral Associates for four years. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science at The City College of New York majoring in Psychology and with a double minor in Jewish Studies and Biology. We are lucky to have Andrew as part of our staff considering his vast technical knowledge and excellent interpersonal skills.
Jennifer Pollack Reiner, MBA, Editorial Director, received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and MBA from Columbia University where she studied Finance and Marketing. She has worked as a Financial Advisor helping individuals and families manage their assets. Jennifer has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the United States Tennis Association where she is a team captain and active participant, the various schools her three children have attended where she has managed the finances for a large after school program, in addition to her ongoing efforts to raise money for other non-profit organizations.
At Behavioral Associates, Jennifer manages website content, social media and internet relations. She is excited to be blogging for Behavioral Associates and chief writer for the their quarterly newsletter.
Brieanna Scolaro, LMSW, Director of Community Relations, received her Master in Social Work from Columbia University and Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She has five years experiences in mental health and human rights program development, and has worked in both non-profit and for-profit settings, including the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
Brieanna is working hard to increase community outreach and optimize communications initiatives. Her technological expertise combined with a strong background in social work make it so she fits perfectly at Behavioral Associates.
Alethia Williams, Executive Assistant/Insurance Specialist, assists in the processing of insurance claims and managing the front desk. Currently, she is halfway done with her Bachelor in History and double minor in Criminal Justice and Creative Writing. After she completes her current studies, she looks forward to pursuing a law degree.
Clinical Postdoctoral Fellows
Alexander Alvarado, PsyD, obtained his Bachelor of Science from the College of Charleston before earning his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Pamela Castineiras, PsyD BCB, received her undergraduate degree from NYU before earning her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University. While pursuing her PsyD, she specialized in Health Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Clinical Doctoral Externs
Naomi Kane, MA, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Yeshiva University where she is currently a doctoral candidate.
Rebecca Kason, MS, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and her Master of Science from Long Island University (LIU) Post. She is a 4th year doctoral student at LIU Post where she is studying Clinical Psychology and has completed concentrations in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy.
Paige Rechtman, EdS, MEd, received her Education Specialist degree and Masters in Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She was also trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) at the Children’s Aid Society in Brooklyn.