Sharon Kahler, MD

Specialty Areas: Stress, Trauma, and Resiliency, Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sharon Kahler, MD, is a resident in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her clinical interests include the treatment of children and adolescents exposed to disaster and trauma, through the use of various therapy modalities. Dr. Kahler is also interested in student mental health, as well as early intervention and treatment for children with autism.

Dr. Kahler received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers College, and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her adult psychiatry training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Prior to starting her child and adolescent psychiatry training at NYU, Dr. Kahler served on the Residency Council for the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell. In addition, she has been an active member of the Young Professionals Advisory Board for the Mentoring Partnership of New York for the past two years, helping to raise awareness and funds for mentoring programs in the greater New York City area. For the past three years, Dr. Kahler also served as a co-captain for the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk Team. During medical school, as chairperson for the AMA Anti-Obesity Committee, Dr. Kahler helped develop outreach programs to promote healthy living for children in local schools.

Dr. Kahler has been a guest lecturer to Emergency Medicine residents at Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2009, she was granted the Stephen P. Jewett, MD Memorial Award for her interest and proficiency in the field of Psychiatry. Dr. Kahler is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and the American Medical Association.

Kathryn Fort, MD

Specialty Areas: Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Stress, Trauma, and Resilience, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family/Couples Therapy

Kathryn Fort, MD, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident at the NYU Child Study Center. Her clinical interests include treatment of adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and childhood trauma through use of psychopharmacology and multiple therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy.

Dr. Fort received her BA in psychology at College of the Holy Cross and her MD from State University of New York Upstate Medical University. She completed her general psychiatry residency training at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt.

During her adult psychiatry residency, Dr. Fort participated in the Adult Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. She coauthored a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy of guanfacine for treatment of ADHD (pending submission for publication) and presented a poster on this topic at the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry Research Day. Dr. Fort has completed the Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence Course with license to prescribe.

Dr. Fort is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Mia Everett, MD

Specialty Areas: Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Stress, Trauma, and Resilience 

Mia Everett, MD, is a resident in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, public interest psychiatry, trauma, and women's mental health.

Dr. Everett received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Spelman College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her general adult psychiatry training at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Child Study Center, Dr. Everett spearheaded the Community Psychiatry Interest Group at Penn, served as a fellow for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and provided psychotherapy for undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Everett is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Drew Bianchi, MD

Drew Bianchi, MD, is a resident in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. His interests include working with high-risk and substance abusing teens, juvenile justice, and the implementation of prevention programs. He also has a clinical interest in mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches.

Dr. Bianchi received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University before receiving his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his post-graduate training in general adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Bianchi is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. He was a fellow at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute from 2011-2012. He has engaged in research on medicinal plants and shamanic healing practices in Madagascar. He received the S. Mouchly Small, MD Award in recognition of superior patient communication skills.

Clark R.  Goldstein, PhD

Specialty Areas: Anxiety and Mood Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Selective Mutism; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Office Location: Manhattan; Lake Success, Long Island

Clark Goldstein, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist at the Child Study Center. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, teens, and adults. Dr. Goldstein is experienced in treating children with behavioral problems, video game and computer misuse, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tic and Tourette’s Disorder and trichotillomania.

Dr. Goldstein received a bachelor's degree with high distinction in psychology from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in psychology, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University.

Dr. Goldstein trained at the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. He completed a pre doctoral fellowship at the May Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Study Center. He was also involved with the supervision of advanced doctoral students and assisted in the adaptation Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children with Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD).

Prior to joining the Child Study Center, Dr. Goldstein served as a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute where he gained expertise in helping children, adults, and their families working to overcome anxiety and depression. He was actively involved in the Intensive Treatment Program which focused on intensive treatment for those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Dr. Goldstein has co-authored articles for several journals, including Child and Behavior Therapy and the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, and he has co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders and the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders.

Dr. Goldstein was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Fellowship at Boston University where he taught an undergraduate class in Abnormal Psychology. He has also presented research at numerous conferences and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

 

Sarah  Kern, LCSW

Specialty Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders

 

Office Location: Manhattan

Sarah Kern, LCSW, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and the family services coordinator for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program at the Child Study Center. She participates in the evaluation of young children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provides individual consultation services to help families with educational and therapeutic service planning. Ms. Kern provides individual supportive therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, co-occurring anxiety and mood disorders with Autism Spectrum Disorder, early childhood development, other social learning needs, social cognition groups, and provides parent/caregiver training on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Ms. Kern received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master's degree in social work from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

Prior to joining the Child Study Center, Ms. Kern worked in the Early Intervention program through YAI/NYL-Lifestart where she participated in multi-disciplinary evaluations for infants and toddlers with developmental delays, as well as providing case management services and individual supportive therapy to parents of children with a range of developmental disabilities.

Ms. Kern is an adjunct lecturer at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, providing field instruction and supervision for students pursuing a master's degree in social work.

Lauren  Knickerbocker, PhD

Specialty Areas: Selective Mutism; Organizational Skills Training; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders; Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Office Location: Manhattan

Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of adult and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Knickerbocker specializes in treating selective mutism and anxiety in young children, ADHD and difficulties with organization and time management across development, disruptive behaviors, and parent management training. She is a Coordinator with Dr. Richard Gallagher for the Selective Mutism program, including Camp Courage, and is involved in Organizational Skills Treatment. She is also part of the Consultation-Liasion Program with the Institute for Family Centered Care. 

Dr. Knickerbocker earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University, master's degree at San Diego State University, and her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Knickerbocker completed her clinical internship in the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and she completed her post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

Dr. Knickerbocker has presented her work at conferences, in book chapters, and in scientific journals. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Stephanie  Wagner, PhD

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

Office Location: Manhattan

Stephanie Wagner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist working in the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders. She specializes in providing psychosocial interventions, including parent training, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and school consultation to parents and teachers of children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Additionally, Dr. Wagner has training in pediatric sleep medicine. As part of her clinical practice at CSC, she provides organizational skills training. During the summer, Dr. Wagner is a clinical supervisor at the NYU Summer Program for Kids.

Dr. Wagner earned her PhD in clinical child psychology from West Virginia University and her BS in psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Wagner completed her clinical internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute through the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, where she gained experience providing behavioral services in pediatric primary care settings to address a wide array of presenting problems and received specialized training in assessing and treating pediatric sleep disorders.

Dr. Wagner is a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and Division 53 (Child and Adolescent Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She has presented her work at national conferences including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy conventions and has authored several articles and book chapters.Pooja Vekaria, PhD

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

Office Location: Manhattan

Dr. Vekaria conducts neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental, neurological, and psychiatric disorders that affect cognition and daily functioning. Dr. Vekaria’s clinical interests include: assessment of children and adolescents with developmental delays and complex psychosocial presentations, assessment of individuals with medically complex histories, and assessment of adolescents and young adults with ADHD. Along with the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement, Dr. Vekaria is part of Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service and the Organizational Skills Treatment multi-disciplinary teams. She also has experience in school consultation and behavioral treatment, and she is involved in the training of psychology externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry fellows.

Dr. Vekaria completed her postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. She earned her PhD in school psychology from Columbia University, her EdM in school psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her BA in English from Emory University. In addition to her training in neuropsychology and school psychology, Dr. Vekaria has been trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Organizational Skills Treatment, family therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Dr. Vekaria has trained at Bellevue Hospital Center, Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hewlett-Woodmere Public School District, Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College, McCarton Developmental Disabilities Center, and Emory Autism Center.

Dr. Vekaria has presented at national conferences of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Everyone Reading. She has also presented at various community organizations and schools. She has collaborated on several projects and grants to provide neuropsychological evaluations to the underserved. Dr. Vekaria is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the New York Neuropsychology Group.

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.