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.
is the Director of Research Operations for the Center for the Developing Brain. 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.
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.
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.
is a research marketing specialist at the Healthy Brain Network. She does outreach to let parents know that participating in this study
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.
is a New York State licensed clinical neuropsychologist and clinical training supervisor 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.
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.
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.
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.
is an imaging data analyst at Child Mind Institute, where her responsibilities include organizing, maintaining and sharing Healthy Brain Network data as well as analyzing MRI and EEG data. Her work supports several research initiatives for understanding how brain function and structure are impacted by mental illness and neurodevelopment.
Maryam received her first master’s degree in computer science and her second master’s degree in data science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. During her time at the university, her research focused on human scene understanding. Her research interests include theoretical artificial intelligence and machine learning and their applications to help understand human cognition.
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.
is a graduate of Barnard College. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tian has always been interested in child psychology. As a senior intake coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network, she both acts as a liaison between families and the research and clinical teams of the Healthy Brain Network, and trains and oversees other intake staff and processes. Tian previously worked as an Intake Counselor at The Door and with the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is an associate psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at the University of Florida, and completed a postbaccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Adalio received his doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation research fellow. At Berkeley, he worked with advisor Stephen Hinshaw on research involving neuropsychological functioning in youth with ADHD. As part of his PhD requirements, he completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship with the National Psychology Training Consortium.
Dr. Adalio has experience working with youth in community mental health centers and schools. He is trained in empirically supported assessment and treatment of children and adults. As an associate psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network, he conducts psychoeducational evaluations with youth. Dr. Adalio enjoys helping young people identify their strengths and overcome obstacles to social, emotional and academic functioning.
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.
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.
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.
is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. He graduated from the Southern Connecticut State University with a major in psychology. While at college he coordinated a study that investigated memory, decision making, and impression management to help detect deception. His paper about the study has been accepted and is being prepared for publication. Jacob also has research experience with Yale University’s School of Medicine. There he worked with a multi-disciplinary research team investigating 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is a participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Germeen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved in counseling and clinical practice, engaging in peer and community crisis counseling in the city of Ithaca. In addition to that, she participated in a clinical psychology practicum, applying models and techniques of child therapy with local elementary school children living with trauma and various mental health disorders. Germeen’s interests lie in developmental, learning and mental health disorders in children. In her role at the Healthy Brain Network, she is responsible for assisting with research tasks as well as coordinating between participants and the research team to ensure a positive, valuable experience for all participating families. In the coming years, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in order to become a therapist who empowers people through the use of individualized psychological skills and techniques.
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.
is an associate clinical evaluator for the Healthy Brain Network. Ms. Mercedes conducts psychiatric interviews and a multitude of assessments that include intelligence, achievement, language and cognitive testing.
Ms. Mercedes obtained a Master of Arts in psychological counseling and a Master of Education in counseling psychology and mental health counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also completed a bilingual Latinx mental health concentration that trained bilingual students with the necessary competencies for understanding and providing culturally responsive care to Spanish dominant, bilingual and multi-racial Latinx populations. During her undergraduate studies, she mentored at-risk adolescents in academic settings.
Ms. Mercedes’ clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families from all socioeconomic statuses in a variety of settings. She has provided psychotherapy, crisis intervention, case management, and consultation for facilitating treatment. She has also gained research experience in raising mental health awareness to reduce stigma in underprivileged communities. Ms. Mercedes intends to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is a research assistant 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.
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.
is a research sssistant 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.
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.
is a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.