- Sulani Perera, Ph.D., Senior Psychologist
- Amber Belcher, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Anna Womack, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Kristen Piering, Psy.D., Psychologist
- Amoha Bajaj-Mahajan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
- Pallavi Visvanathan, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Michelle Pavony, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Justin Arocho, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Kate Hamilton, M.A., Extern
- Bev del Rosario, B.S., Extern
- Sugandha Gupta, M.A., Extern
- Paul B. Greene, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Perera specializes in the treatment of insomnia, adult ADD / ADHD, depression, PTSD and anxiety. She has received advanced training in research-based treatments for OCD (exposure and response prevention), insomnia (CBT-I), and PTSD (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy). Her expertise also includes DBT, a research-based approach for developing effective emotion regulation and interpersonal skills. She completed her B.A. in psychology at Carleton College, her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. She works with adults only.
Dr. Perera is actively involved in scientific research on trauma and PTSD and has conducted research both domestically and internationally. She has co-authored many peer-reviewed publications and presented her research at conferences. Dr. Perera has received numerous awards and honors, including the APA Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship.
Dr. Belcher is an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adjustment to medical illness. She provides services to adults using a cognitive behavioral perspective that includes newer evidence-based therapies, specifically Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches. She is also certified in treatments for OCD (exposure and response prevention) and PTSD (exposure therapy). Her therapeutic approach emphasizes the client’s values and goals in developing a treatment plan that identifies challenges and motives for behavior change.
Dr. Belcher received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Delaware. She completed her predoctoral residency in Behavioral Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine and Rehab Psychology at Geisinger Medical Center. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals in the areas of emotions, couples, and stress and coping. Her research has been recognized and supported by academic institutions, medical centers, and research facilities, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a frequent speaker at both national professional meetings and local community events.
Dr. Womack specializes in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety disorders and related concerns (e.g., intrusive worry, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, panic attacks), and chronic pain. She also enjoys working with individuals as they navigate life transitions and is highly skilled in career counseling. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based approaches, emphasizing evidenced-based interventions such as mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her approach to therapy is highly collaborative. Dr. Womack has extensive experience working with LGBT individuals, women, and early career professionals.
Dr. Womack completed her PhD in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed postdoctoral training at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, where she received training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
Dr. Piering works with children, teens, and adults with a wide range of emotional difficulties, including OCD, insomnia, anxiety, panic, emotion regulation, and depression. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The School at Columbia University. She has provided therapy to adults at the McShane Center for Psychological Services and worked with children, teens, and young adults on psychiatric inpatient units at Kings County Hospital, as well as in school settings.
Dr. Piering received her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University, her M.S.Ed. from Pace University, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Child and School Psychology from Pace University. She has conducted research examining the role of familial support and creativity on the identity development of young adults with cancer. Her other research has focused on the role of creativity and parenting in both academic achievement and delinquency. Dr. Piering has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on family psychology and assessment, and led workshops on social emotional learning and development, as well as on executive functioning skills and strategies.
Dr. Bajaj-Mahajan is an expert in the area of stress and health in adults, especially as it relates to depression, anxiety, and adjustment to medical illness. She specializes in the treatment and management of insomnia, chronic pain, smoking cessation, women’s health and intimacy, and adjustment to medical illnesses. Dr. Bajaj-Mahajan uses an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral approach that integrates Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP) and mindfulness-based interventions.
Dr. Bajaj-Mahajan received her B.A. from Rutgers University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Clinical and Biological Health Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in Behavioral Medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed medical journals in the areas of social relationships, stress management, and health outcomes. Her research has been recognized and supported by academic and medical institutions including Rutgers University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Yale University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Bajaj-Mahajan has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of biological psychology and stress and health.
Dr. Visvanathan is an expert in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety disorders (including OCD, GAD, & Panic Disorder), depression, and insomnia. She is one of only a few psychotherapists in NYC who are certified teachers of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She also specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr Visvanathan works primarily with adults. She is experienced in working with ethnic minorities and LGBT/queer individuals as well as individuals coping with medical issues such as cancer recovery & heart disease.
Dr. Visvanathan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver and completed her internship training in inpatient, outpatient, primary care, and community mental health at the Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Visvanathan is a consultant and collaborator on multiple clinical trials at NYU School of Medicine that examine the effects of mindfulness-based treatments for mental health and physical health disorders.
Dr. Pavony specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression, OCD and other anxiety disorders, and is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills to address eating disorders, social phobias, and interpersonal conflicts. She takes an individually-tailored and collaborative approach in her work with adolescents, adults, and couples, and has further clinical interests in life transitions and identity struggles.
Dr. Pavony completed her B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. at Binghamton University, where she conducted and published research on pain perception and borderline personality disorder. Her pre-doctoral internship included training in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and The UConn Health Center’s School of Medicine. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she received training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). TFP is an empirically-supported treatment for personality disorders. She also has experience in correctional health, having served as Clinical Supervisor and Associate Director of Mental Health in a specialty forensic program.
Kate works with adults who experience a range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders and emotional dysregulation. She has clinical interests in providing evidence-based treatments to adults with such difficulties. She also has experience working with adolescents with extensive trauma histories. Kate has a wide range of research interests and is currently working on research focused on gender-based violence, especially in college settings. She received her M.A. in forensic psychology from George Washington University. Kate is currently working toward her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.
Bev uses evidence-based interventions to treat anxiety, OCD, and mood and related disorders. She has received training in rational emotive and cognitive behavior therapy to treat a variety of problems. She has worked with suicidal teens and their families in an emergency room setting after suicide attempts. Clinically, Bev is interested in using evidence-based techniques to treat a variety of beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that contribute to anxiety, mood and behavioral problems. Bev’s research interests include neurocognitive and social factors that increase risk for self-injurious thinking and behavior. She is also interested in therapeutic intervention efficacy and the translation of effective interventions to diverse cultural groups. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in health psychology and clinical science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Sugandha provides evidence-based treatment for anxiety, OCD, depression and related disorders. She has experience working with adults with health-related distress. She has trained in a form of therapy called motivational interviewing that is helpful for facilitating behavior change. She also has experience administering neuropsychological evaluations to assess cognitive and behavioral functioning. Her clinical areas of interest are in delivering evidence-based treatment and behavioral health interventions. Broadly, her research interests are in integrating and understanding the cultural context that shapes our experience of our physical and mental health. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in health psychology and clinical science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Greene is an expert in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), OCD, anxiety, trichotillomania, panic attacks, and the applications of mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety. He specializes in helping survivors of rape, assault, and accidents who develop posttraumatic anxiety. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Greene served as an assistant professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for six years. At Mount Sinai, he conducted research and supervised medical residents. He served as principal investigator of an NIH-funded research project that trained over 300 social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other clinicians in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Dr. Greene has been invited to speak about his research in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is also a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is based on the ancient practice of meditation, and has been demonstrated to be effective for people struggling with anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, and other medical disorders.