Dr. Robert Reiner has been directing a diverse team at Behavioral Associates since he founded the company in 1988. Each staff member was chosen for their unique specialty and ability to add value to the Behavioral Associates team. This includes licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, as well as a team of supervised trainees from the top programs across the country.
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.
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. Dr. Castineiras has also obtained certifications in military and veterans behavioral health, general biofeedback, heart rate variability biofeedback, and capnometry biofeedback.
Dr. Castineiras specializes in treating anxiety disorders, chronic health and pain conditions, and attention difficulties as well as helping individuals improve their focus, reduce stress, and succeed academically and professionally.
Joshua Dredze, Psy.D., received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University before earning his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. While pursuing his Psy.D., he specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based Therapies. Dr. Dredze completed his fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute and is an Associate Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Dredze specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, and trauma, as well as in assessments for a host of presenting problems.
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.
Gloria Redlener RN, BSN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami. She specialized in psychiatric nursing and has extensive clinical experience with children, families and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to her work in staff development, she was a nursing supervisor skilled in crisis intervention and behavior management. She pursued a career in school nursing and continued her work with individuals and groups. In addition, she accompanied mobile medical units to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
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.
Natalie Wallace, LMSW, BCN, Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center received her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Delaware. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy and has experience treating a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Natalie has had great success helping patients increase motivation for change, minimize negative behavior patterns, and cope more effectively with painful emotions. In addition to private practice, she has worked in an elementary school and an outpatient mental health facility.
Maribel Rivera, LCSW-R, is a bilingual-bicultural psychotherapist committed to the Latino community. She graduated from La Universidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino in Bogotá, Colombia as a clinical psychologist, and later received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University. Mrs. Rivera has extensive experience working at outpatient clinics throughout New York City and Westchester county since 1995. She has ample experience working with families, couples and children using the family system, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy models. In addition to her private practice, she has also served as the coordinator of the Multicultural Program at Mental Health Association of Westchester and as the co-chairperson for the Alianza Latina Mental Health Provider in Westchester county.
Sarah Friedman, MS, LMSW, holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in multiple human care organizations and mental health research settings, and is experienced helping patients with anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders build skills that bring greater well-being to their lives. Sarah admires the courage that all patients demonstrate by engaging in therapy and enjoys the collaborative nature of the cognitive behavioral approach. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Sarah worked with individuals with cognitive disabilities and survivors of trauma.
Valerie Smith, LCSW, carries a Master of Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Bachelor of Social Work from Adelphi University. At Behavioral Associates, Valerie is the Director of Myndlift, a neurofeedback training program, as well as a therapist who utilizes mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of various conditions and issues. Valerie carries the philosophy that all individuals can achieve serenity, wellness, and wholeness through the courage to work on themselves, which begins with the strength to enter therapy. Prior to joining Behavioral Associates, Valerie worked as a therapist at a private practice, as well as a clinician and program manager at a community mental health agency.
Didier Philoctete, LMSW, M. Ed., holds a Master of Education with a specialization in School Counseling from Alfred University, a Masters in Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has worked in multiple settings throughout his professional career including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and shelters throughout New York City. Didier utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help his clients gain new perspectives, decrease symptoms, and increase personal strengths. He enjoys working with children and adults and has extensive experience working with clients who have experienced trauma. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Didier worked as a Dean of Students at an elementary school.
Mackenson David, LCSW, holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Mackenson has over 15 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults and uses a collaborative approach to help patients explore patterns and provide practices toward coping, self- care, and personal growth. He is trained in CBT, DBT, mindfulness and self-compassionate approaches to anxiety, depression, trauma and a wide variety of mental health concerns. He believes that clients have the answers and by utilizing his means of therapy they will find a deeper awareness of who they are, who they want to become, and how to propel onto a path of healing, growth, and actualization.
Daisy Dinh LMSW, holds a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Throughout her career, she has worked for hospitals, mental health and substance use clinics, and provided in-home therapy services to families. She has exemplary experience providing therapeutic services to adolescents, adults and families. Daisy utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to assist clients with managing their symptoms and capitalizing on their strengths to foster the recovery process. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Daisy worked as a program director for a preventive services program.
Ashley Lilly, LMSW, holds a Master of Social Work from Binghamton University. At Behavioral Associates, Ashley is a caring therapist who utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and other evidence-based practices to help clients build self-empowerment, reduce symptoms and improve overall wellness. Her approach is strengths-based and compassion-focused, built on the philosophy that each individual has the ability to reach their full potential. During her graduate studies, she worked with clients who experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, addiction, thought disorders and other diagnoses. Ashley is a passionate advocate for mental health, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.
Juliana Caffrey, LMSW, received her Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University with a focus in school-based and school-linked services and a concentration in advanced clinical practice. While in graduate school Juliana interned as a school social worker at KIPP STAR Middle School located in Harlem, New York, providing clinical services to the students. After graduation Juliana worked for another high performing charter school, a therapeutic day program in the South Bronx and was recently hired by The Department of Education as a school social worker at The Salk School of Sciences. Juliana has had experience providing students with multiple forms of interventions and therapies including but not limited to, Trauma-Focused Cognitive behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Ami Colon, LMHC, NCC, NYSPS, earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and holds a license in Mental Health Counseling. Ami uses cognitive behavioral therapy and client-centered methods to treat anxiety, depression and other psychological and personality disorders, and is passionate about helping clients realize their potential. Ami works with individuals and couples and has specialty backgrounds in trauma care, forensic counseling and LGBTQIA-populations.
Stephanie Gemelli, MHC-LP, NCC received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the St. John’s University after receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) at the SUNY Binghamton University. She has a background in providing cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy and has experience treating a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder. In addition to private practice, she has interned in an inpatient mental health facility, worked in an elementary school specialized for children predominantly holding a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and provided at-home ABA services.
Cara Camacho, MHC-LP received her Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and has worked in private practice as well as institutional settings including substance abuse rehabilitation centers, court programs and prisons helping patients from diverse backgrounds gain more awareness of the thoughts that influence their behaviors and create their realities. Cara has been most effective in helping patients increase their awareness of limiting thoughts and behaviors that undermine their success and long term goals while simultaneously assisting patients in building a reservoir of positive coping skills and resources primarily through CBT and DBT.
Deborah Missud, MA, EdM, MHC-LP received her double master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University after receiving her bachelor’s in psychology from Elon University with a minor concentration in neuroscience. Deborah utilizes a collaborative, person-centered approach, holistically considering the client to meet individual needs. Deborah provides a safe space to explore how maladaptive thoughts and behaviors contribute to distress, while emphasizing strengths to move clients toward empowerment and healing. Prior to Behavioral Associates, Deborah worked in college counseling, community mental health, and with loved ones of those with personality disorders.
Danusha Selva Kumar, M.A., is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University. She has experience conducting therapy in outpatient settings with both adults and children. She has also worked in smoking cessation and alcohol abuse counseling at an outpatient clinic for patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Additionally, Danusha worked at a rehabilitation center where she provided neuropsychological assessments for individuals across the lifespan. Danusha is passionate about providing evidence-based treatments to individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. She prioritizes the importance of rapport and empathy, and aims to provide a safe and culturally sensitive space for her clients.
Matthew Corwin, M.A., is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at William Paterson University. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College, and received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in research methods from Columbia University. His previous clinical rotation included inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment in a hospital setting.
Connor Carey MS, MHC-LP Connor earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Manhattan College and a bachelor’s in psychology from Long Island University. They have experience working with adults at both an out-patient day treatment center and a college counseling center. Using evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness practices Connor has thoughtfully assisted clients accomplish a variety of goals. Connor has success creating cooperative treatment plans for symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, ADD, and trauma. They hold the client-therapist relationship in high esteem and strive to create a supportive place for clients to explore and challenge their maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. Connor is knowledgeable of and an advocate for the mental health of gender-nonconforming individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and BIPOC.
Grace Lawton, LMSW received her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University after earning her Bachelor of Science in Communications at Boston University. She is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker who takes collaborative, strengths-based approach with patients to help address negative behavioral patterns, build and strengthen healthy coping skills, and increase motivation for change in their life. Her training has focused on evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing for the treatment of anxiety-related and depressive disorders as well as stress management, relationship challenges, and career-related concerns. Additionally, Grace is an experienced couple’s therapist, working with patients in all chapters of their relationship.
Mary Rom, MHC-LP – Mary desires to create a space in which her clients feel accepted, heard, validated, and motivated as they work through the challenges that life has to offer. Her therapeutic style is respectful, open, warm, and friendly with the occasional usage of corny metaphors and humor, and playfulness. She believes in having an open dialogue and accountability for herself and her clients. Mary has a skill set in psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy. Mary has a strong passion to help clients develop a greater sense of self-esteem, self-love, and compassion for others, while simultaneously building their communication skills, and improving conflict resolution skills in their daily lives. She has experience working with individuals who have feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, depression, and work related-stress. In addition to this, Mary is passionate about assisting clients in creating and maintaining boundaries and building on their communication and assertiveness skills.
Morgan DeLeo, LMSW received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University with a focus on trauma specialized treatment. Throughout her career, she has worked in mental health clinics with clients ranging from children, adults, and families. Morgan has experience utilizing evidence based modalities; such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, attachment- based therapy, systems theory, and mindfulness. Her approach is strength-based and client-focused to create a unique plan to assist clients with meeting their goals and therapeutic needs. She has experience working in the therapeutic setting with clients who experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction, grief/ loss, developmental disabilities, post traumatic stress disorder, and life transitions.
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows and Externs
Faith Schombs, DClinPsy (Postdoctoral Fellow), received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College, her Master of Arts in Psychology from New York University (NYU), and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London (UCL). She has experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns in both inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals, families and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Schombs is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Parent Management Therapy/Training (PMT), Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and will work with you to tailor the best, most effective treatment plan for your needs and goals. She is additionally trained in psychological/neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Schombs understands that committing to therapy is a big step and aims to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive space for you. Dr. Schombs also practices through a culturally sensitive lens and is fluent in Mandarin.
Kathy Antigua, MST, is a rising Bilingual School Psychologist completing her second masters degree at Fordham University (Spring of 2022). At Fordham, Kathy has studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has training in both CBT and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Additionally, Kathy has over six years of experience working with adolescents and their families as a Special Educator in private, public, and charter sectors. Kathy has worked with clients in both one-on-one and group settings to help support them through anxiety, depression, ADHD, and various personality disorders. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders to create a support system that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive consultation and treatment regardless of background and social status while utilizing evidence-based practices to serve clients in meeting their best potential with quality support services.
Harneet Sahni, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow), received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University, and her Master of Science and Doctorate in School Psychology from Fordham University. She has experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns in various inpatient settings with individuals, families and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Sahni is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Parent Management Therapy/Training (PMT), and Play Therapy, and will work with you to tailor the best, most effective treatment plan for your needs and goals. Dr. Sahni also utilizes art and music in her therapy, especially with children. She is additionally trained in psychological/neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Sahni believes that all individuals can see past their diagnoses if provided an inclusive, safe, compassionate environment which enables them to be resourceful, resilient, responsible and engaged world citizens. Dr. Sahni also practices through a culturally sensitive lens and is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.
Madison Seger, M.S.Ed. (Psychology Extern), is a PhD candidate in Fordham University’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University. She has experience providing holistic, culturally sensitive, long- and short-term psychotherapy to address a wide range of concerns. Madison is also trained in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, psychodynamic therapy, and neuropsychological, personality, and neurobehavioral assessment. She has also experience working with individuals with traumatic brain injury and their family in a rehabilitation and neuropsychology research setting. Madison believes that therapy is not “one size fits all” and will work with you to create an individualized therapeutic experience aimed at creating lasting change.
Dana DeFilippo, M.S. (Clinical Extern) , received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University, her Masters of Science in Psychology from St. John’s University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at St. John’s University. Dana is trained in evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). She is also trained in psychological and neuropsychological assessment across a wide age range with a variety of developmental, behavioral, academic, and professional needs. Her current doctoral research focuses on integrating technology and psychotherapy. Dana believes that therapy should be a collaborative process and strives to provide individualized treatment catered to a client’s needs and goals.
Natalie N. Gatti, M.A., Clinical Predoctoral Intern, is a Psy. D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology program with an emphasis in social justice and advocacy at Saint Elizabeth University. She earned a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Saint Elizabeth University. Her previous clinical rotation included private practice focusing on cognitive deficits and memory loss, psychiatric hospital, and college counseling center. Natalie has experience providing psychotherapeutic and neurocognitive rehabilitation services to patients with presenting illnesses specific to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), post-stroke, and neurocognitive deficits. More specifically, she uses positive neuropsychology which focuses on promoting brain health and nonpharmacological interventions to help MCI patients make lifestyle changes that help stabilize or potentially reverse their condition. Moreover, Natalie encompasses experience treating people with a broad spectrum of psychiatric and substance use disorders that impact their neurocognitive and affective-behavioral function. She aims to incorporate a collaborative approach with her patients and together they will set new goals, and find the ways to achieve them. Natalie is passionate about utilizing a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to people of diverse cultural backgrounds. She values the vital role rapport and empathy plays in the therapeutic process and aims to create a safe space that is culturally sensitive for her patients. She thrives to help her patients feel empowered because their symptoms leave them feeling powerless. Most notably, Natalie aims to instill and restore hope in her patients so that they can function to their fullest potential.
Social Work Graduate Interns
Juliana Graham, MSW Candidate, is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Juliana received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Elon University. She has gained clinical experience in both out-patient psychiatric care and private practice, as well as has conducted counseling in the NYC school system. Juliana has received training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and has worked collaboratively with clients in self-esteem building, interpersonal effectiveness, and behavioral change. Juliana harnesses an inclusive and empathetic approach to empower clients and facilitate treatment that best fits their needs.
Andrew Permaul, BS, Office Manager, has been at Behavioral Associates for six 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.
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.
Brandon Bernardi, BA, Administrative Assistant, started out at Behavioral Associates as an intern in the office internship program. Currently, he assists the administrative team in various duties. Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College where he majored in Social Psychology and minored in Political Science. He plans on going to graduate school to complete a doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Annie Reiner, BA, Research Associate, started out at Behavioral Associates as an intern. Currently, she is a recruiter and administrator for the “Shining New Light on Dementia Treatment” clinical trial. Annie received her Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College where she majored in Psychology. She plans on going to graduate school to complete a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.