Internship Program Supervisors & Faculty

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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; Dynamic 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.

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

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

Lolalyn Clarke, Psy.D., Rutgers University, 2009. Clinician Supervisor, RUBHC, Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. Interests: Culture, Immigration, Underserved Populations.

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.

Stephanie Marcello Duva, 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.

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.

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

Andrew Greenberg, Psy.D., Carlos Albizu University, 2003. Forensic Psychologist, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. Interests: Risk assessment; Correctional 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.

Cheryl Kennedy, M.D., American University of the Caribbean, 1987. Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, NJMS. Interests: Psychosomatic Medicine, Addictions, Women’s Health, Adolescent Medicine.

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.

Alicia Lukachko, Ph.D., M.S.W., Columbia University, 2009. Rutgers University, 2014. Research Associate, RUBHC. Interests: Health effects of stressful life events and trauma (particularly in children), Treatment of trauma-related disorders, School-based mental health interventions, Early identification and treatment of psychosis, Role of race, ethnicity and culture in the development and treatment of mental illness.

Nadia Mirza, M.D., Rawalpindi Medical College, India, 2001. Instructor, New Jersey Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. Interests: Acute Services, Consultation/Liaison, Forensics.

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.

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.

David Schuh, Psy.D., Hartford University, 2010. Clinician, Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services, RUBHC. Interests: Crisis Services, Intimate Partner Violence, Severe Mental Illness, Qualitative Research.

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.

Diane Squadron, Psy.D., Yeshiva U., Ferkauf School of Psychology, 1992. Psychologist, Associate Director for Clinical Services, YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health. Interests: Infants and children, PCIT, family and dyadic work.

Regina Stanley, MA, LMFT, Kean University, 2009. Mental Health Clinician II, RUBHC. Interests: Systemic therapy, Art therapy, Play therapy.

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.

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.

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.

Aileen Torres, Ph.D., Carlos Albizu University, Puerto Rico, 2007. Associate Director of Clinical Services, Youth Consultation Services. Interests: Child Sexual Abuse; Trauma: Latino Psychology; Relational and Family Psychotherapy

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.

Internship 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.

Ed Barrett, Ph.D., University of Maine, 1988. Psychology Training Director, RUBHC Piscatway Campus. Interests: Depression, Anxiety, CBT, Psychology Training.

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 Carr, Psy.D., Yeshiva University, 1990. Clinician Supervisor, Brief Treatment Division RUBHC. Interests: Behavior Analysis, Family Behavior Therapy, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, Multicultural Competency Training.

Charles Cartwright, M.D., University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa, 1985. Director, Autism Center, YAI Network. Interests: Autism, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Social Skills Training.

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.

John “Jack” Farrell, M.S.W., Hunter College CUNY, 1974. Program Analyst, Violence Institute of New Jersey, RUBHC. Interests: Gang Violence, Addictions, History of Newark.

Melissa Frederikse, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1991. Clinical Assistant Professor, NJ Medical School. Interests: General Adult Psychiatry, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology

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. Mental Health Clinician, RUBHC. Interests: Trauma, Assessment, Multicultural Competency.

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

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

Najeeb Hussain, M.B.B., Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, 1990. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry – NJMS. Interests: Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, Training Issues.

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

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.

Josephine Minardo, Psy.D., Long Island University, CW Post, 2004. Psychological, Private Practice. Interests: Clinical Training, Mood Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, Diabetes Self-Management.

Shula Minsky, Ed.D., Rutgers University, 1998. Director of Quality Improvement, RUBHC. Interests: Quality Improvement, Person-Centered Approaches, Staff Training, Statistics and Measurement.

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

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.

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.

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.


Last modified: