- Sulani Perera, Ph.D., Senior Psychologist
- Amber Belcher, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Kristen Piering, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
- Jennifer Chen, Psy.D., Psychologist
- Pallavi Visvanathan, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Michelle Pavony, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Justin Arocho, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Jenny Choi, M.S.Ed., Extern
- Christopher Grandits, 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. Piering works with individuals 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. Piering is currently seeing clients age 16 and older.
Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques. She also utilizes other evidence-based practices including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She works with adults and adolescents. Dr. Chen has a particularly strong background in treating post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and related problems. Additionally, Dr. Chen has extensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Dr. Chen received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She has also completed training at the Maimonides Medical and Cancer Centers, the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, and other inpatient hospital, forensic, and community mental health settings.
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. Sheis 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.
Dr. Arocho has expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, insomnia, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (including trichotillomania and skin picking). He emphasizes a collaborative approach in therapy, using research-based treatments including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), and Habit Reversal Training (HRT), among others. He is fluent in Spanish, and is experienced in working with LGBTQ and ethnic minority individuals.
Dr. Arocho received his B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from The College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, where he trained in outpatient, partial hospital, and HIV-clinic mental health services, as well as psychological assessment. He has also completed training in inpatient hospital, university counseling, forensic, and community mental health settings. Dr. Arocho has conducted research on the role of moral disgust in OCD and PTSD.
Jenny works with adults who experience a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, and more. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and her M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University. She is working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Jenny has experience working with culturally diverse patient populations and provides culturally sensitive treatment. She has previously worked with adults at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center, and with adults, children, adolescents, and families at Yonwoo Psychology Institute in Seoul, South Korea. Her past research experiences include examining social interactions between the caregiver and child, the relationship between anxiety and depression, risk and resilience of Latino/a LGB youth, and the utility of mindfulness in preventing burnout. Jenny’s current research focuses on the influence of traditional cultural values, stigma, and pressure on East Asian LGB adults. Jenny is fluent in Korean.
Christopher is a doctoral student at Hofstra University in the clinical psychology program. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo. He works with patients struggling with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, behavioral, and mood disorders. Christopher received further training in Existential-Humanistic psychology, earning an M.A. from the University of West Georgia. He has worked with a wide variety of patients at the Saltzman Community Services Center and the Hofstra Student Counseling Center. Christopher currently conducts research on how identity processes affect motivation and the social psychology of pride.
Dr. Greene is an expert in the treatment of panic attacks and panic disorder, anxiety, and OCD. 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.