- Sulani Perera, Ph.D., Senior Psychologist
- Amber Belcher, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Anna Womack, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Kristen Piering, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
- Pallavi Visvanathan, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Michelle Pavony, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Justin Arocho, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Natalia Macrynikola, M.A., Extern
- Michael Jacobs, 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. 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.
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.
Natalia works with adults who experience a range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders and dysregulated behaviors. Currently working toward her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), she received her M.A. from CUNY and her B.A. from the University of Georgia. Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents presenting with anxiety disorders at Mount Sinai’s inflammatory bowel disease clinic, as well as with suicidal adults and adolescents at Lincoln Hospital. Natalia has also received specialized training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her research investigates the influence of social media use on mood and cognition in those who are at increased risk for depression and suicide.
Michael has experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, psychotic spectrum disorders and ADHD. Michael is versed in a range of treatment modalities including both group and individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Group and Family-based CBT (GF-CBT). He specializes in working with performing artists suffering from performance and audition anxiety. He also has experience working with LGBTQ individuals.
Michael received his B.F.A. from Ithaca College and his M.A. from Hofstra University where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. Michael has had the opportunity to train and co-supervise clinicians across the country in both CBTp and GF-CBT. His current line of research focuses on the testing of a group-based ACT treatment tailored for audition anxiety experienced by musical theater performers.
Dr. Greene is an expert in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, trichotillomania, OCD, 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.