We put understanding our
clients goals first.


We put understanding our clients goals first.

Meet Our Team

An exceptional group of dedicated clinicians.

Each member of our clinical staff is exceptionally trained in the application of Cognitive Behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders and many other concerns. In addition, individual clinical team members have special strengths and areas of expertise, as outlined below. Our collaborative, team-based approach makes us uniquely suited to provide compassionate, specialized care for adults, adolescents and children presenting with a variety of problems.

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David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Founder/Director of the Center for Anxiety. He is a board certified psychologist, clinical innovator, and prolific researcher who has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 100 abstracts focused on spirituality and mental health. He is also the author of Spirituality, Religion & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Guide for Clinicians.

Clinically, Dr. Rosmarin provides Behavior Therapy for patients presenting with anxiety, affective, psychotic, personality, and somatoform disorders, while attending to relevant spiritual factors in treatment. Dr. Rosmarin’s work has received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. To read more about Dr. Rosmarin’s research, click here.

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Marcia Kimeldorf, PhD

Marcia Kimeldorf, PhD (Manhattan office) is the Director of Clinical Services and the Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Anxiety. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and has completed advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Prior to working at CFA, Dr. Kimeldorf worked at Harlem Hospital’s Department of Behavioral Health, and prior to that she worked as a research project manager at the New York State Psychiatric Institute conducting research on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Kimeldorf specializes in empirically supported treatments for anxiety and mood disorders and relationship dysfunction. She is also interested in sexual health and sex therapy and has received training at the NYU Human Sexuality Program. Dr. Kimeldorf is approachable and easy to talk to, and is dedicated to helping her patients make meaningful changes in their lives.

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Laura Vraney, PsyD

Laura Vraney, PsyD (Rockland Office) is a supervising clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vraney specializes in the treatment of eating and feeding disorders among adolescents and young adults. Additional areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, body image concerns, and providing psychoeducation to members of the United States military and their family. Dr. Vraney is warm and approachable, and she takes a collaborative, strength-based and holistic approach as the foundation of her work, informed by a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

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Becca Brodoff, PsyD

Becca Brodoff, PsyD (Brooklyn Office) is the Clinical Director of Brooklyn and a supervising psychologist at the Center for Anxiety. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology with a specialization in school psychology from Widener University. Dr. Brodoff completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety where she developed her skills providing outpatient psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Brodoff has extensive experience, and has received specialized training, using evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Brodoff is especially passionate about helping children, teens, and young adults, and is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist. She specializes in helping those struggling with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, borderline-personality, posttraumatic stress, relationship difficulties, self-criticism and other concerns. As a clinician, Dr. Brodoff builds trusting relationships with her patients to instill hope and facilitate mastery of evidence-based psychotherapy skills.

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Staci Berkowitz, PhD

Staci Berkowitz, PhD (Manhattan Office) is a Supervising Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Anxiety. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Drexel University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Berkowitz specializes in treating anxiety-, trauma-, obsessive compulsive-, and emotion regulation-related difficulties. Dr. Berkowitz has advanced training in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has worked with individuals across a range of settings including private practice, outpatient and inpatient university medical centers, Veterans Affairs hospitals, and community-based outpatient clinics. Dr. Berkowitz has a compassionate, approachable, and genuine interpersonal style, and she personalizes evidence-based treatment strategies to help her patients create lasting, meaningful change in line with their personal values.

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Lisa Chimes, PsyD

Lisa Chimes, PsyD (Brooklyn Office) is a Supervising Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Anxiety. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialty in Children and Families of Adversity and Resiliency from William James College. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwell Health – Zucker Hillside Hospital. Dr. Chimes specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma related disorders, and mood disorders. Dr. Chimes has treated individuals in a wide range of therapeutic settings including inpatient psychiatric units, medical hospitals, therapeutic schools, and residential schools. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Her goal is to build a trusting relationship, to provide culturally-sensitive therapy interventions, and to create a therapy space specifically tailored to the individuals.

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Anouk Allart, PhD
Anouk Allart, PhD (Brooklyn Office) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety. She received her doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and recently completed a yearlong clinical internship at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, where she received specialized training in Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT & DBT). Anouk specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and related difficulties. Through her clinical work, she strives to deliver evidence-based treatment strategies to meet individual needs and goals. Her clinical and research interests have also focused on ways to foster social support in order to promote mental health outcomes.
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Aliza Shapiro, LCSW
Aliza Shapiro, LCSW (Manhattan Office) completed her Master’s degree at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Anxiety. She provides evidence-based cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques including exposure, mindfulness, emotion-regulation and distress tolerance, as well as strength-based approaches. As a dedicated and empathic clinician, Aliza helps children, adolescents and adults overcome a wide array of presenting problems.
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Shoshana Levie, LCSW
Shoshana Levie, LCSW (Rockland County office), is a staff clinician at the Center for Anxiety. She received her graduate degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has completed an 18-month rostering program in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), as well as advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and family therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Shoshana is a skilled clinician who helps individuals across the life span, but she particularly excels in working with those who experience OCD and anxiety, as well as individuals who have a trauma history.
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Thanos Nioplias, LMHC
Thanos Nioplias, LMHC (Manhattan office) is a licensed mental health counselor at the Center for Anxiety. Originally from Greece, where he is registered with the Association of Greek Psychologists, Thanos is a talented and well-liked clinician who provides evidence-based treatments to adults and adolescents suffering from anxiety, depressive, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as psychotic disorders and severe/persistent mental distress. Thanos has extensive training and experience in using cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies (CBT and DBT), and he co-runs the Center for Anxiety’s comprehensive DBT programs for both adults and adolescents. Thanos has research interests in the counseling experiences of minority populations and he is an advocate for community social justice.
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David Spinka, LMSW

David Spinka, LMSW (Manhattan Office) is a staff clinician at the Center for Anxiety. Originally from London England, David received his Masters degree from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, and he has completed training in Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies. David provides standard as well as intensive outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents suffering from mood, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as difficulties with emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships. David is a skills-focused clinician who empowers his patients with the necessary tools to achieve their goals and improve the quality of their lives. More fundamentally, David helps his patients to recognize and identify their inner strength for resilience, and their ability to overcome adversity. Away from the Center for Anxiety, David enjoys swimming, playing football (the English one), and hiking the Rocky Mountains of North America.

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Nikki Eskenasi, PsyD

Nikki Eskenasi, PsyD, is the Assistant Director of Center for Anxiety’s Rockland County location, and a supervising psychologist at our program. She also plays a leadership role in our clinical training program. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and completed a doctoral clinical internship at the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System in Montrose, NY, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Center for Anxiety.

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Hannah O’Grady, LMSW
Hannah O’Grady, LMSW (Brooklyn Office) is a staff clinician at the Center for Anxiety. She completed her Master’s degree at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a fellow in Columbia’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Program and Lab. Through this program, Hannah received advanced training and practice in treating suicidal adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Additionally, she has intensive training in DBT as offered by Behavioral Tech, LLC. Hannah has experience providing DBT and CBT in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, and was providing therapy at an inpatient psychiatric facility prior to her transition to the Center for Anxiety. She has experience treating adults with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and pervasive emotion dysregulation. As an open and radically genuine clinician, Hannah incorporates goal-focused and evidence-based techniques including mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation skills. Outside of her clinical work, you can find Hannah playing music, reading or hiking in the mountain of upstate New York.
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Rebecca Holczer, PsyD
Rebecca Holczer, PsyD (Rockland County Office), is a Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, while completing a year-long clinical internship in 2017 within the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Holczer specializes in treating adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other disorders. Dr. Holczer is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and regularly integrates DBT and/or DBT-informed interventions into her work. Additionally, she has received extensive experience in the application of Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP), Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, and other cognitive-behavioral approaches. Her clinical style is collaborative and highly individualized to the needs of each patient.
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Jackie Zhou, MA
Jackie Zhou, MA (Brooklyn Office) is a doctoral intern at the Center for Anxiety, and a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. Jackie has received training in evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Parent Management Training. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults, and employs an integrated approach to provide individualized treatment tailored to each case’s specific circumstances and goals.
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Ben Johnides, PhD
Ben Johnides, PhD (Brooklyn Office) is completing a two-year combined internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety. As a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri, he received clinical training in evidence-based treatments including cognitive-behavioral therapy, and multi-systemic therapy, an intensive family-based treatment for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. His dissertation is examining the secondary benefits of family-based treatments for caregivers and siblings of children with mental health problems, and his other research interests include the developmental impact of early intervention, and long-term effects of evidence-based treatments for children.
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Rachel Lacks, PhD
Rachel Lacks, PhD (Manhattan & Brooklyn Offices) is a doctoral intern at the Center for Anxiety. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in human development at Cornell University and her Master’s degree in education at Harvard University. She is in the process of earning her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at New York University. Rachel has received specialized training in anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders. She enjoys working with both children and adults and employs evidence-based treatments to fit the needs of each of her patients.
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Barry Eichenbaum, MA
Barry Eichenbaum, MA, (Brooklyn Office) is a doctoral intern at the Center for Anxiety. He has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a doctoral candidate at Ferkauf Graduate School, a division of Yeshiva University. Additionally, Barry has received specialized training in Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. His research interests include the impact of religious beliefs of the patient and therapist on the psychotherapy process. Barry takes a collaborative and caring approach with his patients, with the goal of training them to become their own therapists.
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Shmaya Krinsky, PsyM
Shmaya Krinsky, PsyM (Manhattan Office) received his B.A. from Yeshiva University and PsyM from Rutgers University. He is currently pursuing a PsyD in School Psychology at Rutgers University. He is a certified school psychologist and has worked and trained in both private and public schools, including at the college and graduate levels, providing counseling, academic and behavioral support to students. He has experience working with individuals with intellectual, learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities. Shmaya enjoys working with both children and adults and employs evidence-based, solution focused treatments best suited to each individual client’s needs.
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Jamal Waire, PsyM
Jamal Waire, Psy.M. (Manhattan Office) is a doctoral intern at the Center for Anxiety. Jamal is currently a fifth-year doctoral student at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Adelphi University and his Master’s degree in school psychology at Rutgers University. Jamal has extensive experience providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and mood-related disorders in both clinical and educational settings. He has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and utilizes multicultural perspectives to meet the diverse needs of his clients and their families.
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Amanda Fisher, BA
Amanda Fisher, BA (Brooklyn Office) is completing a doctoral externship at the Center for Anxiety. She previously graduated with a B.A. from New York University. As a current doctoral student in clinical psychology at St. John’s University, she has received training in a range of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Amanda has experience working with adults with anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders in outpatient hospital and community clinic settings. Amanda is dedicated to helping individuals make changes using a collaborative and evidence-based approach.
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Yisroel Dov (YD) Goldstein, MA
Yisroel Dov (YD) Goldstein, MA (Brooklyn Office) is completing a doctoral externship at the Center for Anxiety. YD received his BA in Psychology from Touro College and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. As a current doctoral student at Hofstra University, YD has received extensive training in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally, YD is currently on the Hofstra Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) team and ran DBT groups for adults. He also has experience working as a behavior therapist with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. YD is warm, approachable, and takes a collaborative approach when working with his clients and helping them reach their goals. YD enjoys practicing yoga and is passionate about incorporating mindfulness in a therapeutic setting.
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Keryn Kleiman, MA
Keryn Kleiman, MA (Rockland Office) is a doctoral extern at the Center for Anxiety. She is interested in mood and anxiety-related disorders, as well as acceptance- and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies. Keryn is currently a doctoral student at Kean University’s clinical and school psychology program, where she is managing a study evaluating a compassion-focused acceptance-based therapy for mood- and trauma-related difficulties. Prior to graduate school, Keryn worked as a research assistant at the Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety and Depression lab at Columbia University and a junior research scientist at the Family Translational Research Group at New York University. She earned a BA in ethnomusicology at Barnard College at Columbia University. Keryn strives to apply evidence-based treatments to most effectively address the unique needs of each individual client.
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Andrew Shimkus, PsyD
Andrew Shimkus, PsyD (Rockland Office) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. Andrew specializes in treating adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, and mood disorders. He recently completed his yearlong doctoral internship at the University at Albany, Counseling and Psychological Services, and previously worked at the Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, where he gained experience in treating OCD and related disorders. Andrew uses evidence-based treatment approaches most appropriate for each individual, predominantly Multicultural, Cognitive-Behavioral, Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment, and Interpersonal. He prioritizes the therapeutic relationship and works to provide a collaborative environment and open dialogue most conducive to change.
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Melissa Sital, BA
Melissa Sital, BA (Rockland Office) is completing a doctoral externship at the Center for Anxiety. She previously earned her Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English at Trinity College. She is currently in the process of completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Montclair State University, and has thus far earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology through this program. Melissa has received training in an array of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has experience working in school, day program, and outpatient settings. Melissa is committed to cultivating a supportive therapeutic environment and employing evidence-based techniques to help clients reach their treatment goals.
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Monica Shah, PsyD
Monica Shah, PsyD (Manhattan Office) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety. She received her doctoral degree in school psychology from St. John’s University, during which she completed a dual clinical internship at CBT/DBT Associates and Academics West, providing therapeutic services across the age range. Monica completed her pre-doctoral externship and is an Associate Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute, where she specialized in rational-emotive and cognitive behavior therapy (RE-CBT). Before beginning her doctoral training, Monica worked as a Certified School Psychologist in British Columbia, Canada. She has treated both youth and adults with anxiety, depression, binge eating disorder, emotional dysregulation, obsessive-compulsive difficulties, ADHD, and related concerns. She has also provided parent, family, and group services to maximize patients’ benefit from treatment. Monica’s research focus includes the use of mindfulness strategies with special populations, and as a clinician she has a warm and empathic style. She applies an evidence-based, collaborative, and compassionate approach to help her patients build the lives that they want to lead.
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Alexandra Bishop, BA
Alexandra Bishop is the Patient Care Manager for the Great Neck Office. She is the first point of contact for patients to ensure quality care and communication with the clinical staff. She is also a Marketing Coordinator, which includes managing each of CFA’s social media accounts and developing CFA’s monthly newsletter. Alexandra graduated in 2019 from Lafayette College with a B.A. in Psychology and English. During her undergraduate career, she completed an individual honors thesis studying stigma towards individuals with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. After graduating, Alexandra volunteered as a Research Assistant in Louisiana State University’s Neuropsychology Lab conducting cognitive assessments. She plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, potentially focusing on bipolar disorder research.
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David Braid, MBA
David Braid, MBA, is the program manager at the Center for Anxiety, where he oversees operations at all locations. A native New Yorker, David completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, before later returning to earn an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. While not at the Center for Anxiety, David enjoys playing tennis, biking along the Hudson River, and volunteering as an EMT for his local ambulance service.
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Hillary Cohen, BA
Hillary Cohen is one of the Center for Anxiety’s Patient Care Managers. Her duties include acting as a liaison between clinicians and patients to deliver quality services and track and facilitate the Center’s DBT groups. Hillary graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and majored in Psychology. During her studies, she worked in the ADHD Lab and the Family Involvement Lab. She also has experience working with children with Selective Mutism, ADHD, and other co-occurring disorders. Hillary hopes to pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.
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Moshe Appel, MA
Moshe Appel, MA, is a research coordinator at the Center for Anxiety, where he helps track patient clinical outcomes at each session. Moshe graduated summa cum laude from Touro College with a BA in psychology, where he received the prestigious Psychology Award. Currently, he is enrolled at Hofstra University where he is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
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Ethan Chee, BS
Ethan Chee is the Patient Care Manager for the Brooklyn Office. His responsibilities include working as a liaison between clinical staff and patients, managing the center’s billing and insurance requests, and assisting in the center’s administrative and clinical projects. Ethan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and majored in Cognitive Science with a minor in Education Studies. At UCLA, Ethan worked as a research assistant with UCLA Health and the UCLA Psychology Clinic, researching ADHD and how readiness for psychotherapy can influence treatment outcomes. He also worked to serve nontraditional students as a peer counselor with GRIT UCLA. He plans to pursue a clinically oriented graduate degree in the field of Clinical Psychology and work as a therapist in the future.
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Molly Friedel, BS
Molly Friedel is the Patient Care Manager for the Rockland County Office. Her responsibilities include working as the head administrative coordinator for the virtual group intensive outpatient program, managing correspondence between patients and clinicians, and otherwise directly supporting clinical interventions. Molly graduated from the University of Georgia Honors College, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and dual minors in Cognitive Science and Spanish. She also spent a semester at the University of Oxford, where she studied cognitive psychology. During her studies, she performed research in the Clinical Neuroscience Lab and at the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders, culminating in an honors thesis. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future and cultivate a career as a clinical psychologist and professional researcher.
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Gavriel Hizami
Gavriel Hizami is an Administrative and Research Assistant at the Center for Anxiety. He assists in ensuring that all needs of clinicians and patients are met. He also assists in research activities including assessment, tracking and analyzing. Gavriel is graduating this semester with a Bachelors Degree from Yeshiva University, with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. He plans on applying to medical school in the near future.
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Steven Pirutinsky, PhD
Steven Pirutinsky, PhD (All Offices) is the director of research at the Center for Anxiety. As a trained and talented statistician, Dr. Pirutinsky directs our research program to help evaluate clinical outcomes with clinically meaningful metrics, in order to guide the treatment process while advancing scientific knowledge. Steven received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, and he is presently an Assistant Professor in the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work. He is a productive investigator who has published over 30 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts on the relevance of spiritual/religious life to a host of clinical and social psychology outcomes.

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