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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Current Interns: 2015-16 Academic Year

Adult Specialization

Stacey Blasé

Sara Geisser
GSAPP, Rutgers University

Sara Geisser is a fifth year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.  Sara has extensive experience implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with adults in various treatment settings.   She is particularly interested in applying evidence-based interventions to her work with individuals with emotion dysregulation and suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors.  Sara’s dissertation focuses on the effects of “bug-in the-eye” live supervision on student therapist adherence to DBT.  She has presented research at numerous psychology conferences and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  

Tanya Farber

Amy Kranzler
Rutgers University

Amy Kranzler is a fifth year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Rutgers University. She has extensive experience using evidence-based treatments including DBT and CBT with children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical interests include the treatment of non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal behaviors, and anxiety disorders.  Her dissertation examined the emotion regulation functions of non-suicidal self-injury. Amy has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at international psychology conferences. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association.

Dahlia Mukherjee

Emma MacDonald
Ryerson University

Emma MacDonald is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her clinical interests include the application of evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression. Her dissertation examines the efficacy and mechanisms of two brief treatments for anxiety, mood and alcohol use disorders. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. 

Erica Rosenthal

Sacha Zilkha
City College, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Sacha Zilkha is a fifth year clinical psychology student at City College who up until now had simultaneously worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene increasing the use of evidence practices among community mental health providers. Sacha is passionate about mental health recovery, trauma informed care and health integration. Sacha is excited to be dedicating this year to providing clinical services and expanding her understanding of evidence based clinical care as part of the Montefiore internship program.


Child and Adolescent Specialization

Matthew Liebman

Samantha Pflum
Palo Alto University

Samantha Pflum is a 6th year doctoral candidate at Palo Alto University. Her clinical interests include DBT for adolescents in individual and group contexts, as well as neuropsychological assessment with youth and adults. Samantha’s research focuses on social support in the transgender and genderqueer communities, and she has clinical expertise in affirmative work with gender-expansive youth and their families. Samantha has presented her research at the national meetings of APA, AAS, and Philadelphia Trans-Health; she is a member of APA (Divisions 44 and 53), ABCT, and AAS.

Blair Morris

Corinne Sweeney
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Corinne Sweeney is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Corinne has extensive experience using evidence-based treatments including CBT and DBT with children, adolescents, and families. Her research focuses on identification of childhood anxiety and eating disorders, and supporting children and families confronted with medical illness. Corinne has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at international psychology conferences. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Pediatric Psychology.


Combined Specialization

Naomi Azar

Cara Spitalewitz
Long Island University - Brooklyn

Cara Spitalewitz is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Long Island University - Brooklyn. She received a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, and was an Urban Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on child poverty and social policy. She is especially interested in fostering healthy childhood development and integrating mental health into primary care settings. Her dissertation examines the impact of childhood maltreatment on executive function and academic achievement.

Traci Maynigo

Brooke Ziegelbaum
La Salle University

Brooke Ziegelbaum is a 5th year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. She has received extensive training in utilizing evidence-based treatments with children, adolescents, and adults, and is particularly interested in CBT, DBT, and other third-wave treatments. Brooke has experience supervising doctoral-level clinicians. Her dissertation is examining emotion regulation difficulties as mediators of the relationship between childhood trauma and suicidal ideation and suicide attempt history.