Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief of Psychology
Scott Wetzler, PhD, is Vice Chairman and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer of University Behavioral Associates, and Executive Director of several substance abuse case management programs, a marriage education program, a family treatment and rehabilitation program, and a home health aide employment and training program.
Dr. Wetzler has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, and is the author of five books. His areas of research have focused on aggression dysregulation, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and the economics of behavioral care.
In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Wetzler has written two books for the general public on relationship topics: Living With the Passive-Aggressive Man (1992), published by Simon & Schuster and translated into German, Russian, Czech, Greek, Chinese and Japanese, and Is It You or Is It Me? How We Turn Our Feelings Inside Out and Blame Each Other (1998), with Diane Cole, published by HarperCollins and, translated into Norwegian.
Dr. Wetzler has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including 20/20 and a recurring role on The View. He recently testified at Congress on the topic of substance abuse.
Director of Psychology Training
Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT, is a Supervising Psychologist in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and is a consultant to both the Institutional Review Board of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York and the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore.
Dr. Rego has over 15 years of experience in using CBT and other evidence-based psychological treatments for anxiety, stress, and mood disorders, as well as insomnia and body focused repetitive behaviors. He completed his first two postdoctoral years at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, directed by Dr. Edna Foa, an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders and creator of Prolonged Exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure and ritual prevention therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder and is Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and Certified as a Cognitive Therapy Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a Fellow of both the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Dr. Rego is a member of the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a Founding Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association, and President of the Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is also Editor of Advances in Cognitive Therapy and Trauma Psychology News, a former section editor for The Clinical Psychologist, and a former Editorial Advisory Board member of Moodletter.com. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including the American Journal of Psychotherapy, Assessment, CNS Spectrums, Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, Current Psychiatry, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, Journal of Trauma Practice, and The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Dr. Rego has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and given dozens of presentations and workshops on topics including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, insomnia, depression, trichotillomania, stress management, and the use of evidence-based psychotherapies in training and practice. He is also currently completing a book on the treatment of OCD and a book on the treatment of Panic Disorder.
Dr. Rego also works with the media to educate the public about the latest mental health news using a simple, non-sensationalized approach and has been featured as an expert in many national outlets, including television (e.g. MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show, CNN's American Morning, ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Eye on New York, ABC's Eyewitness News, Fox News, Animal Planet's Confessions: Animal Hoarding, etc.), radio (e.g., NPR, 1010 WINS, WCBS, Radio France Internationale, etc.), print (e.g., The New York Times, USA Today , Newsday, Toronto Star, BBC News, USA WEEKEND, etc.), and on the web (e.g., WebMD, HealthDay, MSN, Financial Times of London, Reader's Digest, etc.).
Associate Director of Psychology Training
Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He is also Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP, a private group practice based in White Plains, NY and Manhattan.
Dr. Miller has become internationally known in the areas of adolescent suicidology, non-suicidal self-injury, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. Since 1995, he has headed a clinical-research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents, as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings, including schools. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research and has been an invited member of NIMH consensus meetings regarding adolescent suicide. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters and is first author of a book titled, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007) published by Guilford Press. Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007). In addition, he co-authored a book titled Childhood Maltreatment, Advances in Psychotherapy-Evidence Based Practice (2006). In 2014, Guilford Press will publish two more of his books: DBT Skills Training Manual with Adolescents and Families; and Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A): Implementing DBT skills training in schools.
Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Miller was nominated to be a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in both Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He has served on the Board of Directors of APA, Division 12, and is past president of the Clinical Emergencies and Crises section. He also served as the 2007 Division 12 Program Chair of the APA Convention. In 2002, he received the Service Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Training of DBT (ISITDBT), served as the ISITDBT Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, and currently serves on its Executive Board. In 2008, he received the Lauretta Bender Honored Lecturer Award and in 2013 he received the Rhodes Spirit of Leadership Award. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, a past consultant on the FDA’s Suicide Classification Project. He is past Associate Editor of the journal, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and a reviewer for over a dozen professional journals. He is also a founding member of NYC-CBT.
Dr. Miller became a DBT trainer in 1997 and has conducted over 400 lectures and workshops around the world to both lay and professional audiences. He was the lead trainer, supervisor, and co-investigator, of the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT recently conducted in Oslo, Norway. He is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 10 school districts in New York that have begun implementing DBT in their schools. In addition, Dr. Miller is a School Board Trustee of the IDEAL School in New York City.
As a clinician, Dr. Miller is a practitioner of CBT and DBT and treats adults, adolescents, couples and families. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS TV, MSNBC, PBS TV, Teen People Magazine, Redbook, WebMD, and the Associated Press.
Associate Director of Psychology Training
Tracy L. Gard, PhD is the Director of Clinical and Business Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on the Wakefield Campus. She has nearly ten years of experience in hospital administration. In her current role she provides administrative oversight of 2 inpatient and 3 outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.
Dr. Gard is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been a clinical supervisor to psychology interns in both the substance abuse treatment program and the adult outpatient psychiatry clinic. She has also facilitated the psychology interns’ weekly process group. Her clinical experiences are in the areas of addictions and health psychology, with an emphasis on people with HIV.
Research interests have predominantly been in the area of HIV. Recent publications focused on biopsychosocial factors affecting the health-related quality of life or health behaviors of Rwandan women genocide survivors, the majority of whom were HIV infected. Research has also focused on translating evidence based treatment protocols into community-based clinical settings.