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.

Jasmine Escalera, PhD

is the Project Manager for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Escalera received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University and her doctorate in pharmacology from the Yale University School of Medicine. During her graduate studies at Yale, her work focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in sensory neural pain pathways and their role in skin inflammation. Dr. Escalera brings an extensive knowledge of research design, management, and coordination to the Healthy Brain Network from her roles at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Heath Care System and the Brain Trauma Foundation. Dr. Escalera has many duties ranging from developing project plans and setting milestones to ensuring adherence to clinical and research obligations.

Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD

is a Volunteer Research Scientist for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Paus is a Senior Scientist and the Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience at Baycrest and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a pioneer of an integrated approach to brain health that combines epidemiology, neuroscience, and genetics under an umbrella of population neuroscience, a discipline he delineated in the book Population Neuroscience, published by Springer in 2013. He trained in medicine and physiology in Czechoslovakia and then moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), and subsequently to the Brain and Body Center at the University of Nottingham.

Cameron Craddock, PhD

is a Volunteer Research Scientist for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Craddock completed his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Baylor School of Medicine and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Dr. Craddock has been involved with the Child Mind Institute’s research projects from their inception, including the NKI Rockland Sample, Open Neuroscience Initiatives, and the ADHD-200. An internationally recognized neuroscience researcher, he is a recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Fund for his project on real-time fMRI neuro-feedback in depression. Dr. Craddock is also co-founder of The Neuro Bureau, a collaborative initiative that supports open neuroscience and advocates for the free sharing of data, methods, and ideas.

Lindsay Alexander, MPH

is the Clinical Data Manager in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute.  She oversees aspects of data collection, quality assurance, sharing, and analysis 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 recently 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.

Charissa Andreotti, PhD

is a New York State licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Clinical Research Manager for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her doctorate in clinical psychological science from Vanderbilt University, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine with a specialization in neuropsychology and an NIH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Andreotti is trained in the empirically supported assessment and treatment of children and adults, including comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented numerous abstracts at national conferences. As the Clinical Research Manager for the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Andreotti conducts comprehensive evaluations with participants, supervises the clinical team, works toward ensuring protocol consistency across study sites, and assists with the development of new research sub-studies.

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.

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.

 

Alexandra Levine, MS, CCC-SLP

received her BA in Child Development from Tufts University, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.  She is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Learning and Development Center and the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Alex has more than five years of professional experience working with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders, language delay and disorders, speech sounds impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, including work at NYU, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center. She believes in a dynamic approach to diagnostics and intervention, and is committed to providing the most effective and appropriate care for both children and their families.

Haley Ringenary

is an intake coordinator at the Healthy Brain Network. Her main responsibility is to work as a liaison between families and the team at the Healthy Brain Network. 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.

Tian Saltzman

is a graduate of Barnard College. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tian has always been interested in child psychology. As an Intake Coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network, she will act as a liaison between families and the research and clinical teams of the Healthy Brain Network. Tian previously worked as an Intake Counselor at The Door and with the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline.

Batya Septimus

is the Research Operations Coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network. Her work focuses on streamlining the project’s internal research and administrative processes.  Batya joins HBN from the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, a diversity training and education center on the Queens College Campus. There, she held various positions including Director of Dialogue and Social Change Fellowships, where she developed and directed two student leadership training programs. Batya has designed and taught workshops on group facilitation, managing difficult conversations, diversity challenges and social identity. She has also assisted in research on the mental health challenges of boys in East Jerusalem, helping boys of color succeed in schools and the impact of experiential learning in the classroom. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Middle East Studies from Queens College.

Staten Island

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.

Giuseppe Minniti, MSc

is the Research Coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network office in Staten Island. He is responsible for assisting in the coordination of daily protocol operations and supervising the research assistant staff. Giuseppe has a master’s of science degree in biotechnology from CUNY College of Staten Island where his research focused on understanding the genetic mechanisms induced by drugs of abuse that produce brain plasticity leading to tolerance and dependence. In the past, he interned at Maimonides Medical Center, as well as in Dr. Alejandra Alonso’s molecular biology lab researching Alzheimer’s disease and pathological human tau.

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.

Victoria Castagna, MS

is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. 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.

Rosa Cohen, MSEd, NCSP

is an associate school psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. Rosa holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, and earned her master’s degree in school psychology from Brooklyn College. During and after her undergraduate studies, Rosa participated at Yale’s Connecticut Mental Health Center as a research assistant, performing intakes and conducting literature reviews for a study on the behavioral components of impulsivity in adolescents.

As part of her master’s degree, Rosa completed an internship at Cooke Grammar School, a private special needs institute that focuses on developing social and adaptive skills for students aged five to fourteen. During her internship, Rosa evaluated, counseled and created evidence-based behavior and academic behavioral interventions for youth with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

As associate school psychologist, Rosa administers, scores and interprets psycho-educational assessments in collaboration with the team at HBN. Rosa is interested in helping children identify their strengths and use them as a tool to develop practical and educational strategies. Rosa is excited about being able to facilitate research that aims to identify and support students that require unique educational and behavioral interventions.

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.

Erin Hunt

is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her role includes enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Erin graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrative neuroscience and concentration in cognitive neuroscience. Her research experiences range from studying memory consolidation during sleep to how aging mediates pain sensitivity. She conducted her senior research project on the effect of menstrual cycle phase on cognition and autobiographical memory in the Fordham Memory & Aging Lab.

Erin’s research interests include brain and cognitive development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders and specifically identifying biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and individualized treatment. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience.

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.

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.

Grace McAlindin

is a Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. Grace graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Public Health and a minor in Health Communication. During her time there, she conducted a research study measuring student stress levels based on their positive and negative coping mechanisms. She also conducted a campus-wide health communication campaign to raise awareness around “red flags” in relationships. As a public health advocate, Grace hopes to eliminate the stigma on mental health disorders in order to encourage more people to seek treatment. She is also interested in utilizing early intervention strategies to aid psychological and learning disorders and hopes to further research on the matter.

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.

Alexa Rodriguez

is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Her responsibilities include assisting in the collection of data, scoring assessments and entering data. Alexa graduated from State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in psychology with a minor in health science. During the time at her university, she worked in the Sensory Behavior Lab and presented at Eastern Psychological Association in Boston. She also conducted her own independent research study on sensory ability in migraine sufferers. She used psychological measures to identify differences in olfactory thresholds between individuals who have migraines and those who do not. After graduation, she worked at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities where she helped them reach daily goals and learn skills for everyday life. Alexa’s main interests are olfaction, neuropsychology and the brain. Her goal is to obtain a PsyD in clinical neuropsychology.

 

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 an MRI Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network, where she is responsible for liaising between research staff and participants to create a positive study experience for children and families. 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.

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.

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.

Cristina Sperrazza, PsyD

is a post-doctoral fellow psychologist at the Healthy Brain Network. A native Staten Islander, Dr. Sperrazza received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wagner College and master’s degree in mental health counseling at the College of Staten Island. Through her doctoral program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she worked as an assessment lab assistant and completed an externship rotation at Hahnemann Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, where she conducted intake evaluations for bariatric patients, neuropsychological batteries for neurology patients, and pre- and post-surgical cognitive assessments for cardiac patients involved in research studies. As a doctoral intern at the APA-accredited Intercommunity Action, Inc., Dr. Sperrazza worked as a child and adult outpatient community mental health clinician providing individual and group therapy, comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations, intakes, full and partial psychological/psycho-educational batteries, autism assessments using the ADOS-2, and crisis interventions. Her research interests pertain to pediatric clinical issues, specifically neurodevelopmental disorders, evidence-based interventions and school-related challenges.

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.

Manhattan

Camille A. Gregory

is the Research Coordinator for the midtown 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.

Cassady Casey, PsyD

is a New York state licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University-Post Campus. Dr. Casey completed an APA-accredited internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital. At Lenox Hill she provided comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders and learning challenges, worked with lawyers and the NYC Department of Education to ensure access to appropriate educational placements and services, and provided expert testimony. Dr. Casey has conducted research related to neuropsychological assessment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and maternal mood and cognitions. She has experience conducting developmental assessments with the zero to five population and is trained in various empirically supported treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and child-parent psychotherapy. As a Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Casey will provide diagnostic and clinical evaluation services for children (ages 5-21) participating in the study.

Elisha Chan

is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. She graduated with a bachelor of science with First Class Honors in psychology and a second major in biochemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia. As a student, Elisha conducted an independent research project examining the effects of repeatedly recalling a traumatic event on memory and psychological response, and presented her findings at the International Conference of Memory (ICOM-6). Her main duties at the Healthy Brain Network include enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments.

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.

Katie Fitzgerald, Ed.M NCSP

Katie 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.

Amanda Greenspan, LCSW

is a social worker for the Healthy Brain Network. She is a licensed clinical social worker in New York State. Amanda works directly with participants and their parents in conducting psychosocial assessments, assisting with data collection and providing clinical feedback. Amanda obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Amanda has experience providing clinical assessments, psychotherapy, consultations and case management services to children, adolescents and families affected by mental health disorders, trauma and developmental disabilities in school, home and community-based outpatient mental health settings.

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. He attended graduate school at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where he obtained a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Education. His research experiences range from pharmacological studies of comorbid depression and anxiety to longitudinal evaluations of substance abuse in at-risk populations through neuroimaging. He focused his master’s thesis on the neural mechanisms that facilitate a child forensic interview under optimal settings.

Chase’s research interests include interactions between default mode network and major depressive disorder in addition to the emerging utility for neuroscience in forensic developmental psychology. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology.

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.

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.

Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD

is a New York State licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist 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.

Ana Restrepo-Lachman

is a native Colombian from Santiago de Cali. Ana graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. During her time at Duke she gained experience with experiment design, IRB protocol development, data analysis, and manuscript writing. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. Ana is a Healthy Brain Network Research Assistant, and assists with enrollment and in the collection and scoring of data.

Eric Riklin 

is a clinical extern with the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. He is currently a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham University, where he specializes in health psychology, specifically with children and adolescents. Mr. Riklin previously held an externship position at the Hunter College Counseling & Wellness Center. As a psychology extern, he provided individualized treatments to young adults and college students with a range of presenting problems including learning and attentional challenges and mental health issues. Mr. Riklin also has experience providing treatment to children, adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings.

Prior to starting graduate school, Mr. Riklin was a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he taught mindfulness skills and stress management techniques to adolescents with chronic physical and emotional difficulties. Additionally, Mr. Riklin has assisted with group therapy sessions and narrative video projects for pediatric patients at NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Riklin’s research interests primarily focus on intervention development and psychological well-being of child and adolescent patients with chronic health conditions. Currently, Mr. Riklin conducts research examining the psychosocial needs of adolescents with craniofacial conditions and determining efficacious psychotherapeutic interventions for this population.

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.

Tohar Scheininger

is a Research Assistant at the Healthy Brain Network. Her main duties include enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. A native New Yorker, Tohar graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience and a minor in Global Studies. She has experience implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques while working one-on-one with non-verbal children on the autism spectrum at Binghamton’s Institute for Child Development, and in Dr. Kathleen Horwath’s biological research lab.

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.

Amy Zhen

is an intern for the Healthy Brain Network, where she assists with day-to-day operations. Amy is passionate about early mental health interventions and plans to pursue a doctorate in counseling psychology. Amy majors in psychology and creative writing at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, where her thesis focuses on the effects of parenting styles on children’s mental health. Amy previously worked at The Bridge, where she helped licensed clinical social workers update psychosocial histories and ran biweekly art workshops for the patients, and at The Fresh Air Fund, where she enrolled children for its summer camp programs.

MRI Facilities

Lianne Ramdhany

is the Research Site Supervisor for the MRI sites of the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stony Brook University and has an avid interest in psychology, health and wellness. She has managed operations for several health care and technology startups over the past 3 years, with a focus on building and organizing teams while cultivating an exciting work culture that is both fun and productive. In addition to her operations experience, Lianne also teaches children’s yoga and has worked on a variety of studies in child psychology focused on ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Her passion lies in child psychology research and working to understand the developing brain.

Aaron Battey

is an MRI participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network Newark site. Aaron schedules MRI appointments and facilitates and collects data from participant scans. With over 6 years of experience as a paraprofessional educator for the New York City Department of Education, Aaron has provided educational support and care for children of all ages and backgrounds. The majority of his experience has involved working closely with students with special education needs, including emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as physical, developmental and learning disabilities. Aaron has a strong interest in mental health studies and early childhood education. He is dedicated to ensuring a positive, safe and supportive research study experience for participants and parents.

Karen Leung

is an MRI Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. She is responsible for MRI scan preparation, data collection and liaising between participants and research staff to ensure a positive experience for children and their families.

Karen studied psychology at the University of California, San Diego, where she was involved with research in a behavioral incentives lab focused on judgment formation and decision-making. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits and is excited to be at the intersection of neuroscience, behavioral research and service-focused initiatives at the Child Mind Institute. Her research interests also include the effects of inflammation on physical and mental health, and she is passionate about the development of dual biological and behavioral approaches to healthy brain development.

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 is currently enrolled at the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, pursuing an associate’s degree in Bilingual Childhood Education from Borough of Manhattan Community College and a BS in Human Development and Education Advocacy. 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.