Our Team

Michael Milham, MD, PhD

is the director of the Healthy Brain Network. He is a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a research psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, an internationally recognized expert in open science and neuroimaging, and the founding director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Milham has been a leader in using open science to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Dr. Milham received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and MD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Milham completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Dr. Milham is the Principal Investigator for the Healthy Brain Network, NKI Rockland Sample, and the Longitudinal Pediatric Rockland Sample.

Lindsay Alexander, MPH

is the research operations manager for  the Child Mind Institute.  She provides critical operations support across multiple CMI initiatives including the Healthy Brain Network and the EMR Discovery Science study. Lindsay earned her BA in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College and completed an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the CUNY Hunter College School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on the field of psychiatric epidemiology.

Daniel Sebbag, LCSW

is the project manager for the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Daniel has an extensive background in clinical social work as well as administrative operations in behavioral health and hospital environments. He brings these experiences and skills to his role in ensuring that projects are run efficiently and with operational excellence.

Daniel completed his master’s degree in social work at Yeshiva University and is currently in the dissertation phase of his doctorate degree there in social welfare. His doctoral research focuses on the intersection of physical and behavioral health, and improving individuals overall health through behavioral health interventions.

Daniel has practiced as an LCSW for over 10 years, and came to Child Mind Institute from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was the project lead in analytics for numerous operational improvement projects. Daniel has also worked on nationwide behavioral health and clinical operations improvement projects while working as a strategist at Cerner, a Health Information Technology company with health-related software, solutions, services and healthcare consulting branches.

Marijayne (Mj) Bushey

is a research marketing specialist at the Healthy Brain Network.  She does outreach to let parents know that participating in this study

  • can deliver valuable information that may help their child with behavior, development, learning and mental health disorders, and
  • allows families to play an active role in building a world where their children can be happy, healthy and reach their full potential.

Mj is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. Over the last 20 years, she has coordinated and managed research projects at Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Kings County Hospital/SUNY Downstate, and conducted marketing effort analysis for digital marketing gurus at FutureNow, Inc.

Data Management and Analysis

Lei Ai, MS, PhD

is the neuroimaging data analyst (NDA) in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute, where he primarily oversees the collection, organization, quality assurance and sharing of EEG, fMRI and eye-tracking data obtained through CMI studies. He works collaboratively to develop neuroimaging research project plans and implement project protocols and operational plans.

Lei received his Master of Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China before completing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Ai was involved in several research projects studying spontaneous brain oscillations on sensory perception using EEG, and fast event-related optical signals. His dissertation focused on the effect of spontaneous brain alpha oscillations on weak touch perception and multisensory integration between touch and vision.

Minji Kang

is a clinical data analyst for the Healthy Brain Network, where she is responsible for data analysis, development and management. She graduated cum laude from Smith College with a double major in statistics and data sciences and psychology. She has prior experience with psychological research and data science projects from her time at Smith College. Her psychological research focused on false belief understanding in children and intergroup behavior. Her data science experience includes machine learning, data wrangling and data visualization. Combining her passion for psychology and data sciences, she wants to utilize scientific, data-driven methods to make an impact on the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Yao (Mike) Xiao

is a data analyst with the Healthy Brain Network who works on neuroimaging data processing and analysis under the supervision of Dr. Lei Ai. He also will work on actigraphy data as well as mobile self-assessment data collected from the Mindlogger platform. Before coming to the Child Mind Institute, Yao was a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health for Dr. Kathleen Merikangas. His work focused on visualization, analysis and statistical methodology for ecological momentary assessment data and actigraphy. He works primarily in R and has experience in Shiny app development. Yao has a bachelor’s degree in quantitative science with a concentration in neuroscience from Emory University, and is interested in pursuing graduate studies in the field of biostatistics. He is passionate about mental health, mobile technologies and developing better tools for understanding data and communicating results for both researchers and the general public.

Intake

Justin Saranovic

is a senior intake coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network. Justin’s primary duties involve acting as a liaison between parents and the clinical and research teams, and supervising the intake team. Justin has previously conducted mental health research as an undergraduate at Rutgers University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology and human resources. He is also an active crisis counselor volunteer with the Crisis Text Line.

Brian Fradera

divides his time between the Child Mind Institute Facilities team and the Healthy Brain Network. In his role as intake coordinator with The Healthy Brain Network, he interfaces with families interested in participating in the study to answer questions they may have, collect background information, and schedule appointments. Brian, born and raised in New York, is especially committed to advocating for those with mental health and learning disorders. His previous work experience includes being a Crew Leader for the U.S. Census Bureau, and a Special Education Teacher’s Monitor with the Eastchester Union Free School District.

Beatrice Hirsch

is an intake coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the City University of New York at Hunter College.

In her time at Hunter College, Beatrice worked as a peer advisor, where she provided academic advising to incoming and current freshmen students. As an intake coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network, she collects background information, schedules appointments, and is one of the primary points of contact for families interested in participating in the study. Beatrice is passionate about helping individuals navigate new situations, and empowering and advocating for the marginalized voices in her community.

Jasmine Paz

is an intake coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network. She serves as a primary point of contact for families interested in participating in the study, answering any questions they have, collecting their background information and setting up appointments. Originally from Houston, Texas, she studied the biological basis of behavior and gained an interest in mental health advocacy during her time at college. Her previous experience includes intake coordination at a psychotherapy private practice, mental health research through the Perelman School of Medicine, and peer counseling during her undergraduate career. Jasmine is passionate about supporting individuals as they begin their journey towards improved mental health.

Harlem Evaluation Center

Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD

is a New York State licensed clinical neuropsychologist and clinical training and assessment manager for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and her doctorate in school psychology from St. John’s University. She holds a Bilingual Extension in which she acquired specialized training in providing culturally sensitive and evidence based psychological treatment for individuals of all backgrounds and ages. Dr. Neuhaus completed post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital. There, she provided neuropsychological evaluations to over 100 low income families and worked with lawyers and the NYC Department of Education to implement services and ensure appropriate placement in the educational system.

Dr. Neuhaus worked as a school psychologist for several years in New York State, in a wide range of settings, including private, charter and public schools. Her experience and knowledge of the school system provides her with valuable insight into helping children with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges succeed. In addition to her expertise in providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, she also has a strong background in educational advocacy, cognitive rehabilitation, culturally sensitive assessment and school-based mental health. As the clinical training supervisor for the study she manages the training of externs, post docs and current staff.

Cindy Gil, MSW

is the site operations manager for the Healthy Brain Network. Cindy brings an extensive background in clinical operations and administrative management to her role at the Child Mind Institute, where she will oversee the daily operations at the Harlem facility. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work while working for a behavioral health agency.

Cindy has clinical experience working with adults with mental illness and substance abuse in both residential and clinic settings. Her management and oversight of an Office of Mental Health-licensed Treatment Apartment Program, where she oversaw the delivery of clinical service to consumers through a trauma-informed approach, resulted in her team and program receiving a top tier certification from the Office of Mental Health within the first year of the program’s operation.

Cindy comes to the Child Mind Institute from Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, where she was the senior clinical applications support specialist. Her role focused on staff training and development as well as administrative oversight and implementation of the Cerner Behavioral Health electronic health record, ensuring production and maintenance of quality data and outcomes.

Camille A. Gregory

is the research coordinator for the Harlem location of the Healthy Brain Network. She is primarily responsible for daily protocol operations, supervising research assistant staff, and collaboratively monitoring data quality. In addition to serving as a liaison between research and clinical staff, Camille continues to interface with our participating families, administering behavioral, psychological, and imaging batteries. Prior to this position she worked as a research assistant with HBN for one year, and has experience in several other academic laboratories at CUNY Brooklyn College, Princeton University, and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. She is passionate about scientific education and outreach, and her own interests lie in elucidating the neural circuits involved in decision making and motivation across development. Following her time at CMI, Camille plans to apply to a PhD program in neuroscience so she can continue to learn more about the human brain and its development.

Tabinda Abro

is a Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. Tabinda is responsible for scheduling appointments, collecting data and ensuring positive experiences for participants and families.

Tabinda’s interest in mental health began when she was an undergraduate student. After graduating college, Tabinda volunteered at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she helped patients and visitors with their inquiries. With Tabinda’s passion for children and mental health, she hopes to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders.

Michael Appelgren, PsyD, NCSP, ABSNP

is a school psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network. He earned his educational specialist’s degree in school psychology from Seton Hall University and received his doctoral training in school psychology with a concentration in cognitive-behavioral therapy and neuropsychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Appelgren completed a predoctoral internship with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and Rutgers University. He has experience working with clients with a variety of diagnoses and challenges, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disorders, trauma and grief.

Dr. Appelgren is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and holds a diploma from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. In addition, Dr. Appelgren holds his school administrator’s certificate. He has experience working with students in general education and special education from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in urban and suburban areas.

As a school psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Appelgren conducts psycho-educational assessments and intakes with study participants ranging from children, adolescents and young adults. Results from these evaluations are included as part of comprehensive feedback and referrals for families. He enjoys helping young people identify their strengths and overcome obstacles to social, emotional and academic functioning.

Erica Correa

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Her responsibilities include assisting with participant enrollment and the administration and scoring of assessments. Erica received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Trinity College and is currently working towards a Master of Biomedical Science degree from Rutgers University. Her master’s thesis research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the basal forebrain, hippocampal and neocortical systems modulate learning, memory and vulnerabilities to develop anxiety disorders. Before joining the Healthy Brain Network, Erica worked as a Program Assistant for the Child Mind Institute’s Summer Program and later served as a counselor. While there, she assisted with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy sessions, which enabled her to work closely with clinicians from both the Anxiety Disorders Center and the Mood Disorders Center. Erica looks forward to aligning her research interests with that of the Healthy Brain Network and hopes to utilize the clinical and research experience she will gain in her pursuit of a doctoral degree in neuropsychology.

Abigail Felix

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Her responsibilities include data collection and the management and scoring of assessments and questionnaires. Abby received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with honors from the University of Michigan. During her undergraduate experience, she worked as a research assistant for the university’s Department of Psychiatry on a study that created and implemented an intervention for early childhood anxiety. Abby’s interests include working with children with autism spectrum disorder and creating ways to improve mental health accessibility and outcomes.

Gabriela Fiszbein, LMSW

is an associate clinical evaluator for the Healthy Brain Network. She is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker. Gabriela obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern University and a Master of Social Work from New York University. Gabriela has experience working as a therapist providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. Gabriela has clinical experience working with a variety of mental health disorders in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In her role at the Healthy Brain Network, Gabriela conducts assessments with study participants and their families.

Katie Fitzgerald, Ed.M NCSP

is a school psychologist with national and New York State certification who works with the Healthy Brain Network. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University and her master’s degrees in applied developmental psychology and educational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Teachers College, Katie conducted comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations, including intakes and feedback, at the Dean Hope Center for Psychological Services. Katie has spent the past five years working in public schools in the greater New York City area as a building school psychologist and Committee on Special Education (CSE) chairperson. From this experience, she brings an extensive knowledge of the most common disabilities seen in schools, how they present in academic settings, and the most effective and practical interventions to help remediate the impacting factors of these disabilities within a school setting.

As a school psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network, Katie conducts psycho-educational assessments and intakes with study participants ranging from children, adolescents and young adults. Results from these evaluations will be included as part of comprehensive feedback and referrals with participating families.

Reilly Gallin

is a research assistant at the Healthy Brain Network, where she assists with enrolling participants and administering scoring assessments. Reilly graduated from Tulane University with a double major in psychology and economics. During her undergraduate experience, she worked as a research assistant in a social psychology lab that studied individuals’ perceptions of marginalized groups and how they viewed their own perceptions of these groups. She has since worked at a home for victims of sex trafficking and as a counselor for the Child Mind Institute’s Brave Buddies camp. Her experiences have culminated in an interest in creating ways to improve mental health accessibility and outcomes for a broad range of individuals. Reilly plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a focus on child psychology.

Emily Hart, PhD

is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network.  Dr. Hart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. During her clinical internship at University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Hart completed rotations in an outpatient clinic, an inpatient unit, and a general pediatrics clinic. Following internship, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House of Hackensack University Medical Center, where she provided forensic evaluations and trauma-focused therapy to children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Dr. Hart has also conducted research on aggressive behavior and social cognition both in young children and emerging adults. She strives to maintain an integrative focus both in her research and clinical work.

As a clinical psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Hart conducts diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults using a combination of interviews, self-report measures, and intelligence and achievement tests. She provides comprehensive reports, feedback and referrals to participating families. Dr. Hart also assists in community outreach efforts related to the project.

Chase Hill, MS

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Chase attended graduate school at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where they obtained a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Education. Their research experiences range from pharmacological studies of comorbid depression and anxiety to longitudinal evaluations of substance abuse in at-risk populations through neuroimaging. Their master’s thesis aimed to elucidate the neural mechanisms that enhance a forensic interview when having a child victim draw during the disclosure of an allegation.

Chase’s research interests include health outcomes and quality of life for marginalized people of LGBTQ+ communities and disenfranchised populations with ethnic identities. They plan to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on social justice.

Danielle Kahn, LMSW

is a social worker for the Health Brain Network. She is a board certified Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State. Danielle works directly with participants and their parents conducting psychosocial assessments and assisting with data collection. Danielle obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Danielle has clinical experience working with children, adults and families with mental health disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and psychosocial stressors in both community-based and hospital settings.

Jordan Kaye

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. In her role she assists with enrolling participants and administering scoring assessments. Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. During her time there she worked in the Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships, where she studied child and adolescent social and emotional development. Jordan also worked as a practicum student in a behavior management clinic. Jordan’s research interests include callous-unemotional traits in children and parent-child relationships. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Germeen Kilada

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, she was involved in peer and community crisis counseling in the city of Ithaca through the EARS counseling service within Cornell. In addition to volunteering at EARS, Germeen completed a year-long clinical psychology practicum, facilitating child therapy for local elementary school children living with trauma and various mental health disorders. At the Healthy Brain Network, she guides participating families through the study, performing research protocol tasks, collecting data, and administering and scoring assessments. In the coming years, Germeen hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in child clinical psychology in order to help families and children throughout their development.

Dawn M. Kraut, MS

is an associate school psychologist with New York State certification who works for the Healthy Brain Network. Dawn brings a unique perspective to the team, built upon her experience as a seasoned educator and school psychologist. Throughout her career Dawn has dedicated herself to supporting students’ abilities to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Her experience includes working in several public schools, both as a teacher and more recently as a school psychologist. She also founded Achievement Learning Center, an after-school supplemental education center in Larchmont, New York. Dawn brings over twenty years of experience in diagnostic and prescriptive intervention implementation. She possesses extensive knowledge about learning disabilities and how they manifest in the school setting, as well as substantial experience with parent and professional collaboration. At the Healthy Brain Network Dawn conducts psycho-educational assessments with study participants. Results from these evaluations are included as part of the comprehensive feedback given to participating families.

Amanda Lewis, M.A., M.S., NCSP

is an associate school psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Golden Gate University and a master’s degree in school psychology from St. John’s University. Amanda did a postgraduate internship at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, where she provided psychotherapy, crisis intervention and case management. As part of her third year at St. John’s University, Amanda completed an internship with the Ardsley Union Free School District. During her internship, Amanda conducted comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations, Functional Behavioral Assessments, and Behavioral Intervention Plans, as well as facilitated both group and individual research-based counseling.

As an associate school psychologist, Amanda administers, scores and interprets psychoeducational assessments in collaboration with the team at HBN. Amanda is passionate about family dynamics and understanding parent-child and parent-school interactions. She is also interested in research on how those interactions contribute to a child’s social-emotional functioning and academic success.

Katie Moskowitz

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her role includes enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Katie graduated from Colgate University Cum Laude while majoring in Psychology. At Colgate Katie was a research assistant in a social psychology lab and she wrote her thesis on personality trait extraversion and self-expansion in individuals. Katie has always been passionate about working with children. She is very interested in child psychopathology, specifically the impact of early intervention and effective experimental therapeutic treatments. Katie hopes to gain clinical and research experience through her role as a research assistant. She plans to earn a doctoral degree in clinical child psychology and pursue a career dedicated to helping children and families.

Haley Ringenary

is a research assistant at the Healthy Brain Network. Her main responsibilities are enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Haley is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. During her time as an undergraduate, Haley worked as a research assistant for a study examining the effects of infant attachment in middle childhood.

Miriam San Lucas

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Miriam received her Bachelor of Arts degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As an undergraduate, she was also admitted to the New York University Writers in Paris program. Prior to joining the Healthy Brain Network, Miriam acquired experience conducting research, data retrieval and analysis on cortical oscillations and visual perception using EEG, TMS and optical imaging. Combining her passion for children and neuroscience, she wants to make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of children’s lives. She plans to apply to a doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience.

Annette Schieffelin

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a double major in psychology and leadership studies. While at the University of Richmond, she conducted research with both a clinical and a social psychologist and co-authored a research paper that was recently published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. She also completed an undergraduate honors thesis that examined the casual role of mindsets about the nature of people on field-specific brilliance beliefs, expectancy value beliefs, and belonging in the fields of computer science and psychology. Annette previously interned at the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. While there, she mainly assisted in delivering a Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI). Annette has always been passionate about working with children. Her goal is to earn her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology and pursue a career working in this field.

Kelly Scolaro, LMSW

 is a social worker for the Healthy Brain Network. She is a board-certified Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. After graduate school, she completed a certificate program in child and adolescent psychotherapy at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Kelly has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families living with diverse mental health disorders and psychosocial challenges, and has experience working in mental health clinics and schools. As a social worker with the Healthy Brain Network, Kelly conducts psychosocial assessments with youth and their families.

Katherine Sitler-Elbel

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. She administers and scores assessments for participants in the study. Katherine has a passion for child trauma intervention and counseling and hopes to pursue a career providing children with the tools they need to cope with traumatic life events.

Katherine graduated cum laude with a double major in environmental science and psychology from Fordham University. During this time, she worked as a research assistant in a study regarding immunity properties against White-nose Syndrome in bats, and in a study on fitness and motivation in children. In her hometown of Dallas, Texas, Katherine worked with youth and children’s programming at Grace United Methodist Church, where most of the children and youth were refugees from Eastern Africa. Her experiences have culminated in an interest in working with children to improve mental health and treatment.

Meg Stomski

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her responsibilities include enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Meg graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with magna cum laude honors. During her time at the university, Meg worked in the Child Development Lab and completed a senior honors thesis that examined whether social-behavioral deficits place children with depressive symptoms at risk for peer relationship difficulties. She has also conducted research at the Center for Research on Culture, Education and Development at NYU, where she assisted a study on infant language development. Meg’s research interests include childhood depression and anxiety, and she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Staten Island Evaluation Center

Amy Racanello, MSEd, PhD

is a New York State licensed clinical neuropsychologist and the clinical manager for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Racanello holds a master’s degree and advanced certificate in school psychology from Brooklyn College, and she earned a second master’s degree and doctoral degree from the Educational Psychology Department at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Racanello completed her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and she was the DeHirsch-Robinson Fellow at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center. She has extensive training and experience conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and specializes in evaluating individuals with complex learning difficulties, as well as those with behavioral and emotional dysregulation.

Dr. Racanello is a professor of neuropsychology at the School Psychologist Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her publications focus on fuzzy set psychometrics in social and behavioral sciences, as well as the relationship between chronic otitis media, language development and academic performance. Dr. Racanello is interested in the development of evaluations that effectively assess the neurocognitive underpinnings of mathematics. As Clinical Manager, she conducts evaluations, supervises the Staten Island-based clinical team, and ensures the office runs per research protocol.

Alexis Alexander, LCSW

is the clinical operations manager for the Healthy Brain Network and oversees daily operations at the Staten Island facility. Alexis is a New York State licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She has clinical experience working with children and adults with mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, and medical disabilities in several settings including mental health clinics, the court system, and directly in the homes and communities of families.

Alexis received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Binghamton University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant for the Levis/Rourke Psychophysiology and Psychopathology Laboratory, researching implosive therapy for individuals with traumatic histories.

Victoria Castagna, MS

is the research coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network office in Staten Island. She is responsible for assisting in the coordination of daily protocol operations and supervising the research assistant staff. Victoria received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in neuroscience from the College of Staten Island. During her graduate studies, she worked in a neuroscience research lab that focused on understanding the uniqueness of the naked mole-rat. She helped create a novel imaging approach by rendering whole brain samples optically transparent with the addition of a Golgi stain in order to compare the neurons of naked mole-rats to other species.  As Research Assistant, she is responsible for enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Victoria is passionate about working with children and pursuing research in order to help those with neurological and mental illnesses.

Jennifer Andersen, PsyD

is a licensed clinical psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University’s Post Campus. Dr. Andersen’s dissertation measured the effects of DIR/Floortime as a therapeutic intervention for children with developmental delays. Dr. Andersen completed an APA-accredited internship and a post-doctoral training year at Andrus, an outpatient mental health clinic in Yonkers, where she provided therapy for children and families and conducted psychological assessments. She has several years of experience working with children and adolescents, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Carolyn “CC” Chadwick

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. She assists in conducting participant interviews and collecting data for research.

CC graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral neuroscience. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked as a research assistant at the Memory and Aging Center at UC San Francisco, where she studied geriatric depression and the socio-emotional functioning of adults with various types of dementia. She also volunteered in a neuroscience lab and studied memory impairments following drug and alcohol exposure and subsequent amphetamine addiction.

CC’s interests include learning about mental health disorders and finding individualized treatments as well as studying psychophysiology, or how the brain interacts with the body and vice versa. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in neuropsychology.

Megan Del Rosario

is a participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network, where she is responsible for greeting and interacting with families, scheduling participant appointments, and collecting data for research purposes. Megan has a passion for helping those with communication disorders, which lead her to study speech language pathology at Brooklyn College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2016. While attending Brooklyn College, Megan took part in a speech therapy clinical observation, where she worked closely with clients and clinician, getting a hands-on look at the field. After graduation, Megan was an intern at Chatty Child, where she gained experience working with children and assisting speech language pathologists during sessions. Megan would like to return to school to obtain her master’s degree in speech and specialize in vocal disorders.

Ramon Diah

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where his role includes assisting in the collection and entering of data and scoring assessments. Ramon graduated from Skidmore College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. During his time there he worked as a research assistant in an early learning lab, studying children’s ability to retain new words and how young children organize their early word knowledge as they get older. He attended a meeting of the Cognitive Development Society in Portland, Oregon, where he presented his findings. Since his graduation, Ramon has worked as a research assistant at NYU Steinhardt, where he investigated children’s learning dispositions towards visual media. Ramon’s research interests include cognitive development and decision-making in children and adolescents. His goal is to obtain a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and open his own practice while conducting psychological research.

Margaret Dyson, PhD

is a licensed clinical psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego/VA San Diego Healthcare System in the child clinical track.  Dr. Dyson completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), where she was involved in a large-scale, NIMH-funded study evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention for youth with autism spectrum disorder and comorbid mental health. She has previously served as a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego’s Outpatient Psychiatry clinics. Dr. Dyson has experience conducting psychodiagnostic assessments as well as evidence-based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, PEERS, parent management training, and AIM HI, to youth with complex clinical presentations. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as presented at a number of national conferences.

Angelina Kim-Li, LMSW

is a social worker at the Healthy Brain Network. She is board certified and licensed as a Master Social Worker in the state of New York. At the Healthy Brain Network, Ms. Kim-Li provides clinical evaluations for participants and their families.

Ms. Kim-Li received her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Baruch College in New York. She has experience providing a range of evidence-based treatments, including Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She has clinical experience working with families, children with disabilities, survivors of human trafficking, and survivors of domestic violence. In addition to her clinical skills, Ms. Kim-Li also has classroom teaching experience supporting special needs students in a school setting.

Corey Plate

is a participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. He is currently an undergraduate researcher and student at the College of Staten Island, working toward a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and psychology. As a Participant Navigator he is responsible for facilitating a positive and rewarding experience for all participating families. In the future Corey hopes to use advanced imaging techniques and modelling to better integrate psychology and its biological correlates through applied physics.

Anna Rudo-Hutt, PhD

is a licensed clinical psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on using biomarkers to examine the development of externalizing disorders and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. Dr. Rudo-Hutt completed an APA-accredited internship and a post-doctoral training year at Westchester Jewish Community Services, a community mental health agency in Westchester County, where she provided outpatient therapy using evidence-based interventions and conducted psychological evaluations. She later served as assistant director of the Learning Center at WJCS, where she conducted psychological evaluations and provided supervision and training in psychological assessment for psychology externs and interns. She has extensive training and experience conducting comprehensive assessments for children and adults, particularly children with autism spectrum disorder. In her role at the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Rudo-Hutt conducts mental health, cognitive and learning evaluations.

Kristen Schiavo

is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where she is responsible for enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. She graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. While at Skidmore, Kristen lead a positive psychology lab that studied the well-being of college students.  She has studied both the research and clinical sides of the cognitive development of children as a mental health intern for children with autism spectrum disorder and as a research assistant for the Rutgers Cognitive Development Lab.

Kristen’s research interests include cognitive development and the mental health of children. She has a passion for working with children and a strong interest in early intervention for developmental and psychological disorders. Kristen is excited to gain valuable research and clinical experience at the Child Mind Institute before pursuing a doctorate program in clinical psychology.

Anna Smith, LCSW

is a social worker with the Healthy Brain Network. She is a a New York State licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained a bachelor degree from Marist College and a graduate degree from Adelphi University, both in social work. Anna has clinical experience working with adults, children and families affected by mental health disorders, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, homelessness and medical conditions across a variety of health care settings. In her role at the Healthy Brain Network, Anna assists with data collection and providing feedback on findings to the participants.

MRI Facilities

Jacob DeRosa

is a research site supervisor for the Healthy Brain Network, where he oversees the daily operations of the study’s MRI sites and EEG testing. He graduated from the Southern Connecticut State University with a major in psychology and English. While at college he coordinated a study that investigated memory, decision making, and impression management to help detect deception.  His research with this lab has been published in the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

Jacob also has research experience in multi-disciplinary labs at Yale University. His work there focused on the biological basis of psychotic disorders and cannabis dependence, associated neurocognitive impairments and the effectiveness of psychotropic medications. Jacob is passionate about having a transformative impact on the lives of children. His goal is to earn his doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a special interest in the neurodevelopment assessment of children.

Ahrisue Choi

is an MRI participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. She schedules MRI scan visits, manages key data and facilitates appointments to support the participants and their families. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience at the University of Michigan. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant on a study that explored different factors behind making economically selfish, fair or altruistic decisions.

Ahrisue is passionate about mental health and hopes to improve the dialogue on mental illness, starting with children.

Victoria Connors

is an MRI participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. She is responsible for MRI scheduling and preparation, data collection, and ensuring participants and their families feel comfortable throughout screenings.

Victoria graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. There, she was an associate of CIVICUS, a program that encourages students to become engaged citizens through dialogue and volunteering with nonprofits. Additionally, she became passionate about early intervention research through her positions with the Maryland ADHD Program, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Community Services For Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC). Her goal is to obtain a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and focus on increasing positive social interactions with early intervention research.

Muthoni Mahachi

is an MRI participant navigator with the Healthy Brain Network, where she supports research participants and their families during their imaging visits conducted at MRI sites in both New York and New Jersey. She schedules and runs MRI visits, ensuring optimal data collection and quality. Muthoni previously worked at Success Academy Charter Schools in their special education or 12:1:1 program, where she developed a passion for assisting students with learning disabilities.

Muthoni graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in fine arts. She has previously done research on antibiotic resistance, altering the primary structure of proteins and collecting data on their turnover rate. She was also a co-founder of Hofstra’s Amnesty International chapter, where she was actively involved in their Write for Rights campaign to free prisoners of conscience.

Nicole O’Donnell

is an MRI participant navigator at the Healthy Brain Network’s Newark site. With over a decade of experience working with families and children, including survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, Nicole is a staunch advocate for education and mental health research. She has an Associate’s degree in Bilingual Childhood Education from Borough of Manhattan Community College and completed her BS in Human Development and Education Advocacy through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.

As a Participant Navigator charged with ensuring Healthy Brain Network participants feel supported and comfortable during their visits, she works closely with the families and children taking part in the study.

Speech and Language Pathology

Jessica Falco, MS, CCC-SLP

is a speech-language pathologist for the Healthy Brain Network. Jessica is responsible for evaluating and diagnosing study participants with speech and language disorders, utilizing a battery of standardized tests. She also provides comprehensive feedback sessions with the parents of participants regarding test results.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland in 2009 and her master’s degree in communication sciences from Mercy College in 2015. Jessica completed her clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology at NYU Langone’s Cochlear Implant Center, where she provided evaluations for cochlear implant candidacy, as well as post-implantation auditory habilitation. After completion of her fellowship, Jessica continued to work at the Cochlear Implant Center and also lead the music portion of an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP).

In addition to her work with the Healthy Brain Network, Jessica also serves as a clinical supervisor to graduate students in the Communication Sciences Department at Mercy College.