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 Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training Program within the Residency Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Rego has over 15 years of experience in using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (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 (PE) therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure and ritual prevention (Ex/RP) therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Rego is Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of both the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and a Diplomate and Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Rego is also 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.
Dr. Rego is a member of the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chair of the Public Education Committee for the New York State Psychological Association, a Founding Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association, and Founding President of the Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is currently Editor of Advances in Cognitive Therapy, Consulting Editor of Trauma Psychology News, and an Editorial Board member of the American Journal of Psychotherapy, Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, the Journal of Psychology, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Stimulation, and WebmedCentral Plus.
Dr. Rego recently completed his first book (Treatment Plans and Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and is now working on his second book on the treatment of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. He 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.
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
Sandra Pimentel, PhD is incoming Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
From 2007 through 2015, Dr. Pimentel held the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center, where she served as Senior Psychologist and Associate Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. At CUCARD, Dr. Pimentel coordinated the externship and postdoctoral fellowship training programs, focused on the clinic's program development, and managed day-to-day operations of this specialty clinic for anxiety. Previously, she was a T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellow at New York State Psychiatric Institute (2004-2007) where she focused her research efforts on dissemination of evidence-based treatments.
Dr. Pimentel specializes in cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and behavioral difficulties. She provides comprehensive assessments and consultations and individual, group and family therapy.
Advanced training and mentorship is at the core of Dr. Pimentel's professional interests. Her research interests have focused on the dissemination of evidenced-based interventions for child and adolescent disorders and the evaluation of the most effective strategies for training and transporting treatments to school and community settings. Throughout each year, she delivers multiple professional training workshops on CBT for anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior disorders in youth, as well as workshops for parents and community organizations. Dr. Pimentel served as a CBT consultant for community- and school-based clinicians throughout New York State and for the New York State Office of Mental Health's statewide clinician training initiative. She was named a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.
Dr. Pimentel is actively involved in professional organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies where she has served as the Coordinator of Convention and Education Issues, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, Chair of the Public Education and Media Dissemination Committee, and most recently having been elected to the Board as Representative-at-Large. She also volunteers for community-based programs.
Associate Director of Psychology Training
Amanda Zayde, PsyD, is an Attending Psychologist at the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore’s Wakefield Division and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at our Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Zayde provides clinical and administrative supervision for pre-doctoral psychology interns and medical students; she believes strongly in creating a safe space in which to discuss clinical cases and professional development.
Dr. Zayde’s clinical and research interests include the use of mentalization-based parenting interventions to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of trauma, developmental psychopathology and attachment theory, the use of behavioral interventions in the context of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and the assessment and treatment of young adults. Dr. Zayde has delivered presentations and workshops at the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale-Riggs conference, the American Psychological Association conference, the American Psychoanalytic Association conference, The Hebrew Educational Society, and Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Zayde is currently the Principal Investigator for a pilot study at the COPD Wakefield investigating Outcomes and Treatment Implications of Mentalization-Based Parenting Groups. She is also on the executive committee of the Emerging Adulthood Special Interest Group of Division 53 of the American Psychological Association.