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Dr. Olubukunola “Bukky” Kolawole, a graduate of the Long Island University Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program, Class of 2009, is presently Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine. In this appointment, she works with the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) and ParentCorps, where she is lead designer and trainer for early childhood educators and mental health professionals. She facilitates impactful change by delivering professional development workshops focused on evidence-based strategies for managing children’s behavior and effective family engagement practices in a fun and dynamic way that empowers families, educators, and mental health professionals. Some of Dr. Kolawole’s workshops include ParentCorps Fundamentals (Proactive, Reinforcement and Consequence Strategies in the Classroom; Parent Engagement), Selective Mutism in the Classroom, Effectively Engaging Teachers, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Preschool Children.

While at Long Island University, Dr. Kolawole defended her dissertation on subtypes of perpetrators of intimate partner violence. She went on to complete her internship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. In pursuit of her diverse interests, she has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Culturally Sensitive CBT with LGBT Clients, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Establishing her commitment to lifelong learning and advancement in the field, she is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, International Centre for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy, and the New York Center for Emotion Focused Therapy.    

In addition to Dr. Kolawole’s academic appointments, she has a private practice in New York City (www.drbukkyk.com), where she specializes in couples therapy and provides relationship and pre-marital counseling for all couples including those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community. She is currently in the process of expanding her practice into a larger venture focused on enhancing relationships through therapy but also utilizing other innovative and experiential approaches such as adventures and playful learning.

Between her academic commitments and private practice, Dr. Kolawole enjoys spending time with her friends and family and finds time to pursue personal interests such as traveling, exploring new cuisine, dancing, and writing poetry/spoken word. She is also dedicated to developing future psychologists and we are thrilled to have Dr. Kolawole return to her alma mater in a mentoring role in our Alumni Mentoring Program, which launched in the Fall of 2013.

Congratulations Dr. Kolawole on your many accomplishments!

 

 

 

Dr. Spitzer has been the Associate Director for the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine since 2007 and is a private practitioner based in New York City. Since graduating from Long Island University in 2001, she has followed her passion working with underserved populations dealing with serious and persistent mental illness.

The diversity of her experience includes a research study for the Philadelphia Geriatric Center to identify the special needs of long-term care patients who are survivors of the Holocaust. Her dedication to public service continued at the Adolescent Pavilion of the North Shore – LIJ Health System. In her role as the supervising psychologist for the adolescent, psychiatric inpatient unit, she provided individual and family psychotherapy, group therapy, psychoeducation, and case management to adolescents presenting with Axis I and Axis II disorders. Dr. Spitzer later served as the supervising psychologist on a new, first-run, Intensive Treatment Unit for adult male inmates on Rikers Island which she helped develop and implement. This program provided treatment for inmates serving punitive segregation and solitary confinement while incarcerated.

In addition to providing direct patient care to the underrepresented, Dr. Spitzer has lent her expertise to the training of future psychologists throughout her career. As supervising psychologist at the Adolescent Pavilion, she presented didactic seminars and instructed psychology trainees in a Yalom-oriented, interpersonal psychotherapy group and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group. Presently, as the Associate Director and Assistant Professor at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Spitzer provides consultation to a multi-disciplinary treatment team on behavioral management techniques for the milieu treatment program, including the management of crisis and individualized behavior plans for high-risk patients.

Dr. Spitzer particularly enjoys her supervisory role in these intense clinical environments, working with psychology and psychiatry trainees, as well as consulting with multidisciplinary staff in all parts of the hospital. She has cultivated a career that mixes her daily responsibilities on the inpatient unit with the challenges of working with private practice patients on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Dr. Spitzer is also happy to say that her work allows her time for her greater passion, her family, which includes her husband, and two young sons.

Congratulations Dr. Spitzer on your many accomplishments!

Dr. Raj was born in India, and moved to New York City during high school. She later attended Stony Brook University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree. She has always been interested in Developmental Disabilities and has found working with individuals who are disabled to be rewarding.

After completing her doctoral degree at Long Island University, she worked with children and teenagers in diverse settings, including residential settings, special education preschools, and in private practice. She worked on several grant studies at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where she earned a postdoctoral degree. Her name was attached to three scholarly articles while at the school.

She now has a private practice in Plainview, NY, where she focuses on anxiety and depression and autism spectrum disorders. She administers neuropsychological evaluations in her practice and teaches and supervises at Adelphi University. Additionally, she volunteers with Suffolk County and New York State Psychological Associations. She is also a consultant for neuropsychological and bilingual evaluations with the New York City Board Of Education. For the last two years, she has served as a New York State delegate on diversity at the Conference of State Leaders hosted by the American Psychological Association.

She is currently expanding his practice to include Forensic Evaluations and is studying for a Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Neuropsychology.

Anu would like to thank Dave Roll, Jill Rathus, Eva Feindler, Jerry Lachter, Shiela McKenna, and of course, Cathy Kudlack.

Congratulations Dr. Raj on your many accomplishments!

Dr. Widmer is currently running her own private practice on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is located between Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. Named the Center For Psychological Well Being, her practice has been open for five years. It specializes in CBT Therapy and is a venue where fellow doctors also conduct therapy in a variety of languages, including English, French, German, and Greek.

She was born in French-speaking Switzerland, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Geneva. She then entered into the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University: CW Post, which provided her with an education that was in stark contrast to the classical Freudian theories she was taught in her undergraduate studies. While at CW Post, she was exposed to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and became interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She completed an internship at Nassau University Medical Center and graduated in 1997.

After she earned her PsyD, Dr. Widmer moved back to Switzerland, where she worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the Geneva University Hospital’s outpatient DBT unit. During her time at the hospital, she also led DBT Intensive Trainings intended for the French speaking parts of Europe.

Having completed several years at the hospital, she moved to the United Arab Emirates, where she lived with her husband. Due to the region’s view of clinical psychology and the lack of available mental health professionals in the region to collaborate with, Dr. Widmer became an Assistant Professor at an Australian University’s Dubai campus. She began instructing students about international management behavior and cross-cultural issues in the business world.

She then moved back to Switzerland, but this time resided in the German-speaking area of the country. She worked in an inpatient unit in a private psychiatric clinic located on the shores of Lake Zurich. She also connected with the local DBT Association and started to deliver DBT trainings in German. In addition to her main position at the clinic, she worked part-time for the Spouse Career Centre, a consulting group that provides professional assistance to trailing spouses.

It has now been five years since Dr. Widmer relocated to Cyprus, where she hopes to one day start a DBT program. In the meantime, she continues to fly to other European countries to lead DBT trainings in German and French. She will, once again, be moving back to the United Arab Emirates this summer. Realizing that both Dubai and she have changed since she was last there, she is dreaming up ambitious new projects for her time spent there.

Congratulations Dr. Widmer on your many accomplishments!

Dr. Amy R. Mack, director of a national center for disaster behavioral health preparedness and response, has 15 years of diverse clinical experience treating trauma survivors; providing interventions and ongoing support to schools/communities upon a child/youth fatality; implementing prevention and early intervention services in a school-based setting; treating adults with serious persistent mental illness; leading groups for oppositional youth; providing treatment to juvenile and adult offenders… and these are just the highlights. Dr. Mack reported that working clinically with these populations helped prepare her for what she considers to be her true passion and current role: developing, evaluating, and directing programs that serve many of these same populations.

Dr. Mack received both her M.A. in Applied Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post. While completing her dissertation and graduating from C. W. Post in May 2002, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital where she was involved with a longitudinal study about ADHD and aggression. After her fellowship, Dr. Mack moved to Washington, D.C. where she currently resides with her husband and two children. Her first job there was as a Clinical Psychologist and then Evaluation Coordinator in the D.C. Department of Mental Health’s School-based Mental Health Program. She was also involved with a D.C. government community-based initiative to co-create and evaluate a mentoring program for at-risk youth.

Dr. Mack decided to move into the private sector in 2006 and has been working since then for ICF International, a large international consulting company. She has been the project manager for several federally-funded contracts aimed at the prevention and early intervention for at-risk youth, including the Child Development-Community Policing program that was developed at Yale University’s Child Study Center. After several promotions, and in 2009 winning a contract funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), she has been the project director of the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC). SAMHSA DTAC provides training and technical assistance to the entire United States, its Territories, the District of Columbia, and all Federally-recognized Tribes on disaster behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) all-hazards preparedness, response, and recovery. Using her background in program evaluation, Dr. Mack also supervises the survey research team which is responsible for developing and disseminating national needs assessment surveys and a customer satisfaction survey Dr. Mack works with subject matter experts across the country to revise psychoeducational materials and develop podcasts on various disaster behavioral health topics (e.g. compassion fatigue, retraumatization, and mass casualty). She presents nationally at conferences about integrating disaster behavioral health and the public health fields, as well as, findings from the needs assessment studies.

Beyond impressive credentials, Dr. Mack’s career highlights the diversity in paths available to us upon graduation from C.W. Post as clinicians, researchers, or a combination of both. If you have any questions about Dr. Mack’s experiences since Post, she can be reached at AMack@icfi.com.

Congratulations Dr. Mack of your many accomplishments!

Assistant Professor Position

See link for details:

http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000743003-01

Dr. Passarelli currently works as a supervising psychologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Traumatic Stress Studies Division, a clinical research program that studies the underlying biology and clinical recovery from trauma.  Dr. Passarelli provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment for trauma survivors and their families, including working with combat veterans, Holocaust survivors and their children.

He also works as a clinical psychologist in the Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome Clinic at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx.  Dr. Passarelli provides trauma-focused therapy and assistance for returning veterans transitioning from military services.  In addition, he provides consultations for various institutions, including NIMH funded research grants, and has co-authored publications in the area of personality development and assessment.

Dr. Passarelli also has an interest in Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, which he provides to adolescents, adults and families at Cognitive Behavioral Associates in Great Neck, Long Island.  He works with program co-founders Drs. Jill Rathus and Ruth DeRosa, and also has a private practice in Manhattan.

Dr. Passarelli received a Bachelors of Science in Management and Finance from CUNY, Brooklyn College in 1993.  He received his Doctorate from CW Post in 2004.  His dissertation focused on the Adaptation of DBT in Partner Violence.

While at Post, Dr. Passarelli worked as an extern for the Comprehensive Day Treatment Program at the Northport VAMC.  During his second externship, he worked at the Zucker Hillside Hospital- Adult Outpatient and Geriatric Day Treatment Center as well as the Psychological Services Center on Post’s campus, where he provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy for court-mandated and self-referred men with domestic violence histories.  Dr. Passarelli completed his internship in North Shore University Hospital’s Adult Track with a rotation in the Child and Adolescent Clinic.

Upon graduating, Dr. Passarelli worked for the Bronx Veterans Medical Foundation and Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Mood and Personality Research Program, where he provided outpatient DBT and assisted with the adaptation of DBT for a substance use day treatment center.  In addition, he performed comprehensive evaluations specific to the treatment and etiology of personality development and structure.

Vince would like to thank Drs. Jill Rathus, Eva Feindler, David Roll, David Pelcovitz, Stewart Lipner, and Ms. Cathy Kudlack for their mentorship and friendship over the years.

Congratulations Dr. Passarelli on your many accomplishments!

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