David J. Marks, PhD

Specialty Areas: Learning Disorders; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders; Neuropsychological and Educational Testing; Organizational Skills Training.

Office Location: Lake Success, Long Island

David J. Marks, PhD, is the director of educational outreach for the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement at the Child Study Center and a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Marks conducts and supervises comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disorders, developmental disabilities, and neurological conditions. A highly gifted and respected clinician, Dr. Marks routinely consults with teachers and school-based support teams, and assists parents and teachers with the implementation of home and school-based behavioral interventions.

A strong believer that active participation in science and clinical practice reciprocally informs and benefits each endeavor, Dr. Marks has also served as a researcher on multiple federally-funded research programs involving children and adults with ADHD. Currently, he is a co-investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study evaluating non-pharmacological interventions for preschool children with ADHD as well as a longitudinal investigation of preschoolers with ADHD.

Dr. Marks received his bachelor's degree in psychology (Cum Laude) from Emory University and his master's degree in psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. During his clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Marks received intensive training in pediatric neuropsychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as child outpatient psychotherapy.

Following his postdoctoral fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Marks served as an assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the director of the Mount Sinai Learning and Development Center. While there, Dr. Marks's comprehensive approach to psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing and individualized, results-focused clinical reports earned him a reputation as an empathic clinician, dedicated educator, and invaluable patient advocate.

Dr. Marks has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other professional publications, presented his work at numerous national and international conferences, and served as a reviewer for a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) special emphasis panel and an ad-hoc reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, and International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

 

Yamalis Diaz, PhD

Specialty Areas: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and Behavior Disorders; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Organizational Skills Training; Diagnostic Evaluation.

Office Location: Manhattan

Yamalis Diaz, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist in the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders at the Child Study Center where she conducts evaluations and provides clinical services to children and families. Dr. Diaz specializes in behavioral parent training, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and other behavioral interventions to help parents develop effective strategies for managing their child's attention and behavior problems. She also provides school consultation services to assist teachers and school staff in the use of effective classroom accommodations and behavior management strategies for children with ADHD and disruptive behavior problems. Dr. Diaz is also a clinical supervisor for our APA-accredited predoctoral internship program and at the NYU Summer Program for Kids, and co-teaches courses for the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) Minor.

Dr. Diaz received her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, and a certificate in criminology, from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her graduate education, Dr. Diaz received specialized training in ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders through the Maryland ADHD Program. She completed her clinical internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Diaz previously worked as a project coordinator at Rutgers University's Center for State Health Policy, where she assisted in the planning and implementation of research studies related to mental health policy.

Dr. Diaz is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirshstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for her graduate research and she has authored or co-authored a number of journal articles, reports and chapters related to mental health practice and policy. She has also taught or co-taught a number of undergraduate psychology courses.

Adam Douglass Brown, PsyD

Specialty Areas: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Grief/Bereavement, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Family/Couples Therapy

Adam Douglass Brown, PsyD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and a licensed clinical psychologist at the Child Study Center, providing evaluations and clinical services to children and families. Dr. Brown is also a senior research scientist who works with the departmental chairman, Dr. Glenn Saxe, on the Trauma Systems Therapy model of assessment and treatment for youth and families affected by traumatic stress. He teaches a course on childhood trauma in the CAMS program, and is clinical coordinator of the stress, trauma and resilience treatment team at the Child Study Center.

Dr. Brown received his BA in psychology from the State University of New York College at Purchase, and his MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Brown was coordinator of Trauma Treatment at the Children's Village in Westchester County, the clinical director at the Andrus Children's Center in Westchester County, and the program director of the young children's inpatient unit at Four Winds Hospital.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the New York State Psychological Association.Jennifer L. Rosenblatt, PhD

Specialty Areas: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Disorders; Organizational Skills Training; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Selective Mutism; Diagnostic Evaluation. 

Office Location: Manhattan

Jennifer L. Rosenblatt, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist in the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders a the Child Study Center. Dr. Rosenblatt provides home and school-based services in Westchester County, specializing in treatment for ADHD, organizational skills training, parent training for behavior management, and treatment of selective mutism.

Dr. Rosenblatt graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College with honors in psychology and received her doctoral degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She completed her clinical internship at the NYU-Bellevue Internship Program.

Dr. Rosenblatt worked as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders at the Child Study Center, where she provided clinical services for treatment studies being conducted at the Institute, including parent training, diagnostic assessment, and school-based programming.

Dr. Rosenblatt is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received a Rutgers University fellowship to support her graduate training. At Rutgers, she taught courses on infant and child development and adolescent development. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Primary Prevention, and she has presented at conferences including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Rosenblatt is a co-author of the Middle School Organizational Skills Training program treatment manuals.

 

Glenn Saxe, MD

Glenn Saxe, MD is the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and director of The Child Study Center. Dr. Saxe is a physician scientist with a focus on the psychiatric consequences of traumatic events on children.

Dr. Saxe joined The Child Study Center in October 2010 from Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School where he was the director of the Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience and the director of the Mental Health Informatics Laboratory and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was chairman of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center.

Dr. Saxe and his team have published some of the first research on the biobehavioral processes controlling traumatic stress in injured children. This line of research, funded over many years by the National Institute of Mental Health, has relevance both for the identification of risk factors for traumatic stress in acutely traumatized children and also for the development of secondary preventative agents. Dr. Saxe's work in this area has moved into the fields of bioinformatics and Network Science and he currently is principal investigator on an NIMH grant to adapt these powerful methodologies for research on traumatic stress. Dr. Saxe and his team have developed Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), a community-based intervention for traumatized children. The manual of TST was published in book form by Guilford Press in 2006. TST is now used in programs related to medical trauma, refugee trauma, child welfare, substance abuse, and residential care across the United States.

Dr. Saxe studied medicine at McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario. He completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Mental Health Center and two post-residency fellowships; a PTSD Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard Medical School/The Cambridge Hospital.

Dana Rhule, PhD

Specialty Areas: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Selective Mutism, Parent Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, School Consultation

Dana M. Rhule, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a licensed clinical psychologist at the Child Study Center. Dr. Rhule provides psychological evaluations, parent training, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has extensive training and experience in the research and treatment of child and adolescent behavior disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Rhule provides consultation and training for teachers and school staff regarding effective behavior management techniques. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology.

Dr. Rhule earned her BA in psychology from Duke University and her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the CSC, Dr. Rhule received advanced training in a variety of mental health settings, including Bellevue Hospital Center, the CSC, University of Washington Parenting Clinic, and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Rhule is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Society for Research in Child Development. Her work has been published in numerous books and peer-reviewed journals, including Behavior Therapy, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research & Practice.


J. Rebecca Weis, MD

J. Rebecca Weis, MD, is the director of Adolescent Inpatient Services at Bellevue Hospital Center and clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Weis is involved in teaching and supervising adult and child psychiatry residents, medical students, and psychology trainees over the past several years. She provides clinical care on the inpatient service for over 200 adolescents admitted yearly, thus developing expertise in adolescent development and treatment.

Dr. Weis has a special interest in early childhood mental health and is working with other clinicians and researchers at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center to enhance delivery of early childhood services. She is committed to collaborative work with researchers and administrators to ensure that patients are receiving the most effective treatments including in the public sector and has been involved in bringing specific treatment protocols to the inpatient service and analyzing effects through research.

Dr. Weis received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the California State University, Sacramento and earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at NYU School of Medicine and completed her training in child psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital based at Columbia and Cornell medical centers. She has also completed a Public Psychiatry Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center and pursued supplemental training through the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is currently participating in the Parent Infant Psychotherapy training program through the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Dr. Weis is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She has collaboratively published articles in scholarly journals based on her work on the inpatient unit related to complex psychopharmacologic interventions and improved identification and treatment for symptoms related to trauma. She leads the Systems of Care course for the child psychiatry training program each year.

Marsha Vasserman, PsyD, ABPP-CN

Specialty areas: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and Behavior Disorders; Learning Disorders; Neuropsychological and Educational Testing.

Office Location: Manhattan

Marsha Vasserman, PsyD, ABPP-CN, is a neuropsychologist in the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement and a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Vasserman conducts neuropsychological and educational evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions that affect cognitive functioning and learning. Dr. Vasserman's clinical interests include assessment of children with medically and psychosocially complex histories, as well as assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disorders, concussion, acquired brain injury, and the impact of early stress on brain development. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Vasserman is conducting several clinical research projects which are often presented at national conferences. She is involved in the training of externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Vasserman received her bachelor's degree in psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and received her master's degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Vasserman completed concentration programs in the areas of school psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Vasserman completed her clinical internship at Widener University where she performed rotations at the Academic Support Service and the Neuropsychological Assessment Center. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Child Study Center, and completed a one-year rotation at Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center.

Dr. Vasserman served as the student representative of the Alumni Council at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology and the New York Neuropsychology Group, as well as the pediatric interest group of the New York State Association of Neuropsychologists.

 

Melissa B. Vaccari, PhD

Specialty Areas: Neuropsychological and Educational Testing; Learning Disorders; Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Office Location: Hackensack, New Jersey

Melissa Vaccari, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a neuropsychologist at the Child Study Center. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, consults with schools, and provides psychotherapy. She uses developmental theory and cognitive behavioral techniques in the assessment and treatment of a variety of neurological and emotional conditions.

Dr. Vaccari graduated phi beta kappa from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in biopsychology. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from St. John's University and completed her internship at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU. She received specialized training through a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children's Specialized Hospital in New Jersey. Here, she continued to work with children with acquired and traumatic brain injury, various neurological conditions, learning disorders and other mental health conditions.

Dr. Vaccari has taught undergraduate psychology at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ.

Aron Janssen, MD

Specialty Areas: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and Behavior Disorders; Diagnostic Evaluation; Pharmacology; Anxiety and Mood Disorders; Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. 

Office Location: Manhattan

 Aron Janssen, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and clinical director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center. Dr. Janssen's areas of expertise include LGBT mental health, gender identity and sexual orientation development, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Janssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his medical degree from the University of Colorado. In medical school, he was awarded the Adler Scholarship, an honor given to two medical students that demonstrated academic excellence and service to their school and community. Dr. Janssen completed his general psychiatry residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. While in training, he founded the LGBT mental health program at Bellevue Hospital and continues to oversee its operation.

Dr. Janssen is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health. In addition, Dr. Janssen has presented on LGBT issues in medicine at Regional and National Conferences for the American Association of Medical Colleges, for the American Psychiatric Association, and on television and radio. He has had his research presented at several academic psychiatric conferences. He is also the professor for an undergraduate course at the NYU College of Arts and Science as part of CAMS - Sex Matters: Identity, Behavior and Development.

Dr. Janssen was named to the 2013 Super Doctors Rising Stars list published in the New York Times Magazine.