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Chief of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training

Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, A-CBT, is Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training Program at Montefiore and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Rego is a licensed clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience in using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based psychological treatments. 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 B. 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 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 and Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Rego is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, as well as a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He is listed in the Who's Who in America and the Who's Who in Medicine Academia, and was the recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished Early Career Psychologists by the New York State Psychological Association, the 2015 Peterson Prize from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and the 2018 Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Dr. Rego is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and was Founding Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association, and was Founding President of the Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Rego is an Editorial Board member of numerous journals, has over 30 publications (including 4 books) and more than 160 professional presentations, and constantly works with the media in order to educate the public about the latest mental health news using a simple, non-sensationalized approach.


Associate Director of Psychology Training

Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD is Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also Director of the Anxiety and Mood Program in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department.

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 are 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 also served as a CBT Trainer for clinicians and supervisors in the Mental Health Service Corps, part of New York City’s ThriveNYC mental heal initiative. In addition to teaching on evidence-based interventions for youth, she has developed and teaches curricula emphasizing health disparities, health advocacy, and social justice.

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. She has served on the Board of Directors as Representative-at-Large, and was most recently elected as Secretary Treasurer. She also volunteers for community-based programs.


Associate Director of Psychology Training

Amanda Zayde, PsyD, s an Attending Psychologist, Associate Director of Psychology Training, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also the founder and Director of the Connecting and Reflecting Experience (CARE), a bi-generational, transdiagnostic, mentalizing-focused group parenting program, as well as co-founder and co-Director of the Becoming an Emerging Adult at Montefiore (BEAM) program. She is the recipient of a two-year FAR Fund grant that supports the CARE program’s current community-based clinical trial.

Dr. Zayde received her Psy.D. from the George Washington University and completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Medicine. She specializes in the use of mentalizing-focused parenting interventions to dismantle the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and attachment trauma in under-resourced communities, developmental psychopathology and attachment theory, and the assessment and treatment of emerging adults.

Dr. Zayde is actively involved in the training and supervision of clinicians providing Mothering from the Inside Out, an evidence-based parenting intervention designed specifically for mothers in recovery from substance use disorders.


Associate Director of Psychology Training

Laurie Gallo, PhD, is the Lead Psychologist at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Department (AOPD) at Montefiore’s Moses Division, Associate Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Program, Associate Director of Psychology Training, Assistant Director of Quality Improvement and Program Development in the Moses AOPD, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Gallo has been an Attending Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Montefiore|Einstein since 2010. Throughout her tenure at Montefiore she has been involved in various clinical, teaching, supervisory, and administrative activities in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Department, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship and Psychiatry Residency Training Programs. Dr. Gallo is deeply committed to teaching and supervision, and in 2018 was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore.

Dr. Gallo specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adults presenting with trauma related stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders. Her primary areas of interest and practice are in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Therapies, and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Her clinical and research interests include the dissemination of evidence-based treatments for marginalized and underserved communities, as well as program development to address systemic needs to provide quality and compassionate care within large community mental health systems. Of note, she has been involved in the dissemination of several evidence-based group interventions in the AOPD including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT for Anxiety, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga for PTSD. She has also been involved in the development and implementation of evidence-based tools and policies to improve the management of patients at high risk for suicide and violence which have been adopted throughout the department. Dr. Gallo is also a yoga teacher (RYT-200) and is interested in the application of yoga as an adjunctive treatment for trauma related stress, anxiety, and depression.