Internship Program Administration / Training Committee

Gregory Benson, Psy.D., Director of Psychology Training, Newark

Paula Iudica-Costa, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Psychology Training

Mitch Abrams, Psy.D., Clinician Administrator, Coordinator Correctional/Forensic Track

Pamela Dengrove, Psy.D., Assessment Director

Evelyn Orozco, Psy.D., Program Director, Child & Adolescent Services

Stacey Shivers, Psy.D., Intern Representative

Stephanie Marcello, Ph.D., Executive Director, Newark and Piscataway Psychology Internship Programs; Chief Psychologist, University Behavioral Health Care

Internship Program Supervisors

Mitch Abrams, Psy.D., C.W. Post/Long Island University, 1998. Clinician Administrator, RUCHC, Coordinator of Forensic Psychology Training; Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Interests: Correctional Psychology, Anger Management, Violence, Trauma, Sports Psychology.

Rashi Aggarwal, M.D., Govt Medical College, Jammu, India, 1997. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, NJMS. Interests: Empathy in Medicine, Reproductive Psychiatry, Medical Education, Role of International Students in Medical Education.

Nicole Attaway, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2004. Psychologist, Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, Extended Treatment Division, RUBHC. Interests: Addiction Treatment and Prevention; Dual Diagnosis and Treatment, Spiritual Coping; Program Development; Multicultural Issues; Community Psychology and Prevention Services

Lara Aunio, M.A., LaSalle University, 2018. Mental Health Clinician, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. Interests: Resilience in Families and Children from Impoverished Areas, Trauma-Focused CBT and Complex Trauma, CBT with Internalizing Youth, Parent Management Training/PCIT for Young Children with Behavioral Concerns, The Impact of Chronic Illness on Youth and Family, Advocacy for Families Navigating Academic Issues.

Gregory Benson, Psy.D., Yeshiva University, 1998. Director of Psychology Training, Clinician Supervisor, Internship Program and Adult Outpatient Services, RUBHC Newark. Interests: Chronic Mental Illness; Character Pathology; Integrative Psychotherapy.

Chantal Brazeau, M.D., University of Ottawa, 1983. Joint Appiontment in Psychiatry and Family Medicine – NJMS; Associate Professor. Interests: Teaching Psychosocial Issues; Issues Related to the Interface of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Depression in Primary Care; Evaluation of Medical Student Empathy.

James Cassidy, Psy.D., Widener University, 2000. Forensic Specialist/Psychologist, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, RUCHC. Interests: Forensic Psychology, Divorce/Child Custody, Child Sexual Abuse.

Mark Chernin, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1987. Psychologist, EAP Program, RUBHC. Interests: Objects Relations Theory and Practice, Psychoanalysis

Donald S. Ciccone, Ph.D., Rice University, 1975. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry-NJMS, University Hospital Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Service. Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Cognitive Theory and Therapy; Chronic Pain.

Pamela Dengrove, Psy.D., Widener University, 2012. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, UCHC. Interests: Neuropsychology, Personality Assessment.

Jason S. Fleming, Psy.D., Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, 2004. Forensic Psychologist, Jamesburg Juvenile Detention Facility, RUCHC. Interests: Clinical and
Forensic Psychology.

Heidi Haiken, LCSW, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1984; MPH, UMDNJ, 1993. Coordinator of Social Work Services, FXB Program, School of Nursing, UMDNJ. Interests: HIV, Pediatrics, Women’s Health Care, Group Therapy.

Paula N. Iudica-Costa, Psy.D., Wright State University 1999. Psychologist, RUBHC, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services. Interests: Child Neglect/Abuse, Trauma, Attachment Theory, Multicultural Competency.

Stephanie Marcello, Ph.D., Temple University, 2007. Program Director, Training and Education, Chief Psychologist, RUBHC, Director, Psychology Internship Programs, Piscataway and Newark. Interests: Trauma-Informed Care, Treatment of PTSD, Co-occurring disorders, Serious Mental Illness, Implementation of EBP’s, Motivational Interviewing, CBT.

Ryan Montes, Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2012. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, RUCHC. Interests: Ethics, Correctional psychology, Differential diagnosis, Psychological evaluation, Suicide risk assessment, Multicultural assessment, Risk assessment, Crisis management, EBT, Non-suicidal self-injurious behavior (NSSI), Competencies in forensic supervision.

Irene Ngai, Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2012. Clinician, UBHC Child and Adolescent Services. Interests: Complex Trauma, Abuse, Neglect, Domestic Violence, Integrative Psychotherapy.

Douglas J. Opler, M.D., State University of New York Downstate, 2008. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, NJMS. Interests: Psychosomatic medicine/Consult-liaison psychiatry, Psychopharmacology.

Luz Oramas, LCSW. Rutgers University, 2002. Program Manager, EISS, RUBHC. Interests: Adolescent Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention.

Evelyn A. Orozco, Ph.D., Kent State University, 1995. Clinician Administrator; Children’s Services Newark Campus, UMDNJ-RUBHC. Interests: Multicultural Competency Training, Working with Underserved Populations; Community-Based Services; Impact of Migration and Acculturation on Families.

Guillermo Parra, Ph.D., Long Island University, 1989. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, RUBHC/RUCHC. Interests: Forensic Psychology; psychological testing.

Sueli S. Petry, Ph.D., Seton Hall University, 2005. Psychologist and Family Therapist; RUBHC, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, Clinician. Interests: Multicultural Competency Training, Mental Health and Resiliency in the Context of Oppression; Child Sexual Abuse and Family Treatment.

Stacie Shivers, Psy.D., Yeshiva University, 2015. Mental Health Clinician, RUBHC. Interests: Somatic and movement-based interventions, Trauma, Multicultural competency, Group Therapy, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Deborah Skibee, Ph.D., Seton Hall University, 2001. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, RUCHC. Interests: Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Arts in Mental Health, Training, Program Development.

Christopher Staples, Ph.D., Hofstra University, 2008. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, RUCHC. Interests: Sex offender treatment and risk assessment, Virtual Reality treatment for anxiety disorders, CBT for individuals with intellectual disabilities/limitations.

Nicholas Tolchin, Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, 2007. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, RUCHC. Interests: Forensic psychology, sex offending, geriatric neuropsychology, dementia.

Ruby Valles, DSW. Rutgers University, 2016. Program Coordinator, Crisis Services, RUBHC. Interests: Trauma, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention.

Dayna Zatina Egan, Psy.D., University of Hartford, 2011. Director, YCS Institute. Interests: Infant Mental Health, Animal Assisted Therapy, Primary Healthcare Integration.

Internship Program Faculty Contributors

Justin Arocho, Ph.D., Fordham University, 2015. Postdoctoral Fellow, Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Interests: CBT, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Treatment of Insomnia, Cultural Issues in Treatment, LGBT Isssues.

Rinku Arora, Psy.D., Argosy University, Chicago, 2003. Psychologist, RUBHC Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services. Interests: Trauma, Anxiety Disorders, Group Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Karen Aizaga, Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2015. Mental Health Clinician, Rutgers University Health Care (RUBHC). Interests: Effects of Acculturation on Latino Families, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy

Frank Baffige, Ph.D., Cappella University, 2005. Psychologist, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor. Adult Outpatient Services. Interests: Motivational interviewing, MICA/substance abuse, anger management.

Beata Sylvia Beaudoin, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2001. Neuropsychologist, RUBHC, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry-NJMS. Interests: Neuropsychology; Child Psychology; Cultural Issues in Assessment, Therapeutic Assessment; ADHD

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1982. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry- NJMS; Professor, Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. Interests: Family Therapy with Black Families.

Ilana Breslau, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2002. Psychologist, North Central Bronx Medical Center. Interests: Substance Use Disorders, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy, Psychology Training.

Richard Cevasco, Ed.D., University of Memphis, 1989. Director of Psychology, RUCHC. Interests: Forensic Psychology, Sports Psychology.

Bernard Chelis, Ph.D., Seton Hall University, 1996. Clinician Supervisor, Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, UCHC. Interests: Trauma, Cognitive Therapy.

LaWana Darden, M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, Northern State Prison, RUCHC. Interests: Spirituality, Forgiveness, Prison Population

Flora DeFilippo, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1987. Clinician Supervisor, University Correctional Health Care. Interests: Acquired Brain Injury, Neuropsychology, Mental Health in Prisons.

Rosanna DeJesus, M.A., Jersey City University, 2006. Clinician, Child and Adolescent Outpatient, RUBHC. Interests: Play Therapy, Domestic Violence, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Susan C. Esquilin, Ph.D., ABPP , University of Chicago, 1979. Center for Child Advocacy, Montclair State University. Interests: Child Sexual Abuse; Impact of Violence; Child Custody; Sexual Behavior Problems in Children; Ethical and Forensic Issues.

Dana Gabriel, Psy.D., American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/ DC., 2010. Licensed Psychologist, UCHC/ Northern State Prison. Interests: Adult Individual/ Group Dynamic Psychotherapy and Psychological Evaluations.

Ursula Gener-Orru, Ph.D. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2014. Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hudson County Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital. Interests: Trauma, Multicultural Competency, Anxiety Disorders.

Stephen Gilman, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1983. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NJMS and NYU. Interests: Motivation, Addiction Psychiatry.

David S. Gomberg, Ph.D., Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, 1996. Psychologist in Private Practice. Interests: Custody and Parenting Time Evaluations, Best Interest Evaluations, Risk Assessments, Pre-employment Screening for Public Safety Officers, Parent Coordination, Reunification Therapy, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Brief Focused Assessments, Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Couple's Psychotherapy.

Harry Green, Psy.D., Widener University, 2000. Clinician Administrator, RUCHC. Interests: Correctional Psychology, Criminal Responsibility, Sex Offenders, CBT.

Elaine Herzog, Ed.D., Rutgers University, 1982. Director, Child and Adolescent Services, University Behavioral HealthCare, Associate Professor, Psychiatry. Interests: Attachment, Family Therapy, Trauma, Infant Mental Health, Violence Prevention

Nancy Just, Ph.D., ABPP. Temple University, 1994. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry-NJMS; Co-Director of Advanced Psychological Specialists, LLC. Interests: Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Derrick Knighton, B.A., Kean University, 1990. Program Coordinator, Partial Hospitalization Program, RUBHC. Interests: Youth Mentoring, Rites of Passage, Non-Profit Organizations Benefitting Underserved Communities

Gerald Levanthal, Ph.D., Duke University, 1962. Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. Interests: Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Editing and Reviewing for Psychology Journals, Psychologists’ Collaboration with Other Health Service Professionals, Role of Psychology in Primary Care Settings and Medical Schools.

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., Stanford University, Medical College of Pennsylvania. 1994. Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, LGBT, Social Class Issues in Medicine.

Mark Lowenthal, Psy.D., Rutgers University, Graduate School for Applied and Professional Psychology, 1988. Psychologist in Private Practice. Interests: Individual and Couples Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Relationship Issues, Treatment of Depression and Anxiety, Divorce-Related Issues/ Children of Divorce, Parenting Issues, LGBTQ- Related Issues, Men’s Issues.

Phil McCabe, CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC, Health Educator, School of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Interests: LGBT Healthcare, Training & Education, Substance Abuse Prevention, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence.

Sangeetha Nayak, Ph.D., State University of NY at Stony Brook, 1997. Psychologist, Private Practice. Interests: Pain Management, Unexplained Illness, Behavioral Medicine.

Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., The Graduate Center (CUNY) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2010. Owner, Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. LLC. Interests: Forensic Psychology, Professional Ethics and Standards of Practice, Firearms and Mental Health.

Rachael Power, M.D., Catholic University of Cuenca, Ecuador, 1987. Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, RUBHC. Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Resilience and Spirituality, Conduct Disorder and Psychopathy.

Erica Rojas, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016. Psychologist II: New York Family Court Mental Health Services. Interests: Forensic Evaluations (Child Custody to Evaluate Risk for Violence, Parental Fitness/Termination, and Competency to Proceed), Psychodiagnostic Assessment, Research in the Role of Systemic Oppression, Stigma, and Mental Illness within the Criminal Justice System, Individual Psychotherapy, Matters Related to Forensic and Corporate Consultation

Donald “Rusty” Raymond Reeves Jr., M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1991. Director of Psychiatry, University Correctional Health Care. Interests: Neuroscience, Forensic Psychiatry, Legal Issues.

Donna Ricca, Psy.D., Rutgers University, Graduate School for Applied and Professional Psychology, 2003. Interests: Professional Training, Cultural Diversity, Positive Psychology, Ethics.

Matthew Roche, Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2012. INSPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow, Department Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Etiology, Development, and Treatment of schizophrenia; Cognitive Remediation Treatment.

Barbara Samaan, MA,LPC, Nyack College, 2002. Clinician, Child Outpatient Services, RUBHC. Interests: Pediatric HIV, Trauma, Adolescent Psychology, Spirituality.

Lauren F. Sullivan, MA. Montclair State University, 2015. Mental Health Clinician, RUBHC. Interests: Children and Families, Crisis De-escalation/Intervention, Gender Roles, Trauma.

Tolga Taneli, M.D., Robert College of Istanbul, 1987, and Udulag University, 1994; Mt. Sinai residency and fellowship. Co-director of Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Training Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Interests: Effective management and training.

Danielle Trippeda, M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justic, 2005. Mental Health Clinician, RUBHC. Interests: Treatment of Forensic Population, Treatment of the Co-occurring Population, Mindfulness practices for clients and staff.

Debra Waksberg, M.S.W., Yeshiva University, 1998. Program Coordinator, Collaborative Partial Hospitalization Program, RUBHC. Interests: Crisis Management, Community Integration, Program Development.

Erin Williams, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2010. Forensic Mental Health Clinician, Rutgers UCHC. Interests: Acute Mental Illness, Personality Disorders, CBT, DBT, Quality Improvement.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School - Department of Psychiatry Administration

Petros Levounis, M.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NJMS

Rashi Aggarwal, M.D., Residency Training Director, Department of Psychiatry, NJMS


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