Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training
Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT, 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 has close to 20 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 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, a Fellow of both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 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 Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a former 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 was Founding President of the Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is an Editorial Board member of numerous journals, has over 30 publications (including 2 books) and more than 150 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, is an Attending Psychologist at the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore’s Wakefield Division, the Director of the Mentalization-Based Parenting Program, Co-Developer of the Becoming an Emerging Adult at Montefiore Program (BEAM), and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Zayde provides clinical and administrative supervision for pre-doctoral psychology interns, research assistants 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 dismantle the intergenerational transmission of trauma, developmental psychopathology and attachment theory, the intersection of poverty and mental illness, the use of behavioral interventions in the context of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and the assessment and treatment of emerging adults. Dr. Zayde‘s current research focuses on evaluating the outcomes and treatment implications of mentalization-based parenting groups within the Bronx community.
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, the World Association for Infant Mental Health, and Montefiore. She is currently on the executive committee of the Emerging Adulthood Special Interest Group of Division 53 of the American Psychological Association.