Meet Our Staff
Our Unique Team Approach
Dr. Hallowell believes that the human connections we make in life are what leave us feeling satisfied and secure, more than anything else. It’s all about connecting with people. People know instinctively what “connectness” is. That feeling of connectedness leads to health and achievement.
Our practitioners at the HALLOWELL Center all reflect Dr. Hallowell’s strength-based and “connectedness” philosophy. They work together in close connection with their patients, and one another, to achieve the best results possible. As you will discover when you meet them, whether in person or here online, they are a group of highly-trained, caring professionals who you can connect with to help resolve the challenges you are facing.
Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell
Dr. Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School. He completed his residency in adult and child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he also served as an instructor for twenty years. In 1996, he opened up The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on ADHD. He is the author of 16 books including the groundbreaking Driven to Distraction, which has sold over two million copies and radically changed the perception of ADHD from a disabling condition that prevents people from achieving their goals to one that can be managed, even embraced for the unique gifts that accompany it. Dr Hallowell has a new in-depth website full of valuable information about ADHD and many areas of mental health and well being – DrHallowell.com
HIS SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
With his unique, strength-based approach to treating ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has essentially redefined the condition, and its prognosis, for millions of children, teens and adults –along with the parents, teachers, spouses and colleagues who interact with them on a daily basis. Dr. Hallowell, who was himself diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 31, believes the condition is often misunderstood and, consequently, mismanaged. His mission, and the mission of all the Hallowell Centers, is to educate patients, along with the general public, about how the ADHD brain works. It’s not that the ADHD brain doesn’t process information; it simply processes the information differently. Understanding the “how and the why” paves the way for self-empowerment and the achievement of one’s goals.
Sue George Hallowell, LICSW, attended the University of Virginia and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She has been a social worker for 35 years. Sue was Director of Inpatient Social Work at Massachusetts Mental Health Center and was an Associate Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work (adjunct). She currently is the Clinical Director for the Hallowell Center NYC. Sue has been in private practice in Cambridge Ma. since 1984 working exclusively with college students and adults.
Sue was originally trained psychodynamically but over the years she has expanded her repertoire to include elements of ACT, DBT, and mindfulness in her work. She finds a narrative framework particularly useful. She has a special expertise in working with couples, especially, but not limited, to couples where ADHD is an issue. She has also done a significant amount of work with parents whose children are struggling with attentional issues or other mental health concerns. In her work with individual clients Sue works with a wide range of client concerns and functioning.
Sue co-authored, with Dr. Edward Hallowell, Married To Distraction. Together they appeared on Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and the Today Show as well as numerous radio shows. Sue has presented at numerous conferences and other events on her model of couples treatment and ADHD.
Sue is married to Dr. Edward Hallowell and is the mother of 3 adult children. She divides her time between NYC where she manages the NY office and Boston where she continues her private practice in Cambridge.
See more on Sue, especially her work with couples and ADHD, here.
Andrew Gilbert, MD
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, where he also completed a research fellowship and prestigious research scholars program and where he remains an adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He is board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry and he is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He has been the recipient of numerous awards from leading psychiatry organizations/institutions, including the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP), and AACAP. Dr. Gilbert has expertise in child/adolescent psychiatry, ADHD, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. He is the author of multiple papers and book chapters, has given numerous presentations at national conferences, has taught/mentored medical and PhD students, psychiatry residents and fellows, and has carried out brain imaging research in children and adults. He has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including emergency rooms, hospital floors, and intensive outpatient programs. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Gilbert founded and directed a nationally recognized pediatric anxiety disorder program which received the 2008 SAMHSA Science and Service Award from the Department of Health and Human Services. He later moved to New York to become Medical Director of an OCD treatment center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert moved to full-time private practice at the Hallowell Center in 2011.
HIS SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Dr. Gilbert practices an integrative, strength-based approach to psychiatry, incorporating evidence-based treatment, knowledge from his extensive clinical training, and his broad experience working with patients and families. Dr. Gilbert views his role as a teacher, guide and student. He practices both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and each case is individually tailored to meet the patient’s needs and build upon their strengths. He brings a unique combination of both research and clinical experience to his work. His experience in research has taught him how to interpret clinical and neuroscience data, weigh the value of research studies and clearly translate this information to patients and their families. Dr. Gilbert has training in cognitive-behavioral (CBT), family, and psychodynamic therapy. His overarching goal is to demystify psychiatry and make the experience more human and positive for patients and families. While working with Dr. Gilbert you will be receiving nurturing, cutting-edge treatment from a physician who can translate complex and sophisticated science and research jargon into language that is both understandable and user-friendly.
Terri Bacow, PhD
Director of Training
Dr. Bacow is a graduate of Brown University and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. While in Boston, Dr. Bacow trained under David Barlow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, a clinic well-known in Massachusetts for assisting individuals with a range of anxiety and mood disorders. She is an expert in working with children, adolescents and families, as well as adult therapy. Dr. Bacow completed her internship in clinical psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center on the Child and Adolescent Track. During this internship, she provided clinical services to children and adolescents in several outpatient and inpatient rotations. In addition to her clinical experience, she has also been a special lecturer for psychiatry residents in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Dr. Bacow’s specialties include cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood, anxiety and attention-based disorders. She also has a special interest in working with college students and providing parenting support, including prenatal/postpartum mental health and parent training for child/adolescent behavioral difficulties. Dr. Bacow is committed to utilizing treatments with supported efficacy with individuals of all ages and has published several papers related to anxiety and eating/weight research topics. Dr. Bacow has particular expertise in treating anxiety, mood and eating disorders, ADHD, and providing cognitive-behavioral therapy, schema therapy, family therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training to clients she works with.
Terri Bacow, PhD. comments on the use of CBT therapy when managing pain and mental health issues on Thrive Global.
Jen Zobel Bieber
Certified Personal Coach (ADHD Specialty)
Jen Zobel Bieber received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University, where she graduated as valedictorian of her college class. She received her coaching certification from New York University. Earlier in her career, Jen worked in the film and television industry in news, documentary, and entertainment production for ABC, NY1, PBS, MSNBC, and HBO. Jen’s work as a personal coach has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Smart Money, Time Out New York, Forbes, and on The Today Show.
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Jen’s specialty is helping adults with ADHD/ADHD achieve significant personal and professional goals. She has a keen ability to listen; synthesize; ask questions that count; and support individuals in moving from contemplation into action. Jen’s clients come away with practical tools for time management, organization, decision-making, prioritizing, and simplifying tasks. They report feeling more centered and less overwhelmed as they capitalize on their strengths, manage their challenges, and exceed their own expectations.
Matt Buttigieg, PMHNP-BC
Matt Buttigieg, PMHNP-BC, is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an adjunct facility member at New York University’s College of Nursing. He earned his master’s degree from New York University, and undergraduate degrees in both nursing and psychology from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
Matt has over ten years of clinical experience, working on the inpatient behavioral health units of Columbia Medical Center and University of Michigan Hospital, and at private practices in Manhattan. Having worked closely with diverse and complex individuals during these years, he had the opportunity to gain knowledge on the treatment modalities for many mental health conditions.
While Matt specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders, his approach to treatment focuses on the whole person and meeting each person where they are at. Realizing that each individual is unique and benefits from a personalized treatment plan, Matt creates a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for every client.
Lisa Cornelio, MSW
Executive Function Coach
Lisa Cornelio received her undergraduate degree in English and Women’s Studies from Princeton and her master’s in social work from NYU. She comes to the Center after many years as an executive function coach, academic tutor and admissions consultant.
She has worked with hundreds of individuals and families to navigate transitions, handle obstacles and reach goals of all kinds and thrives on helping clients build on their strengths. Her experiences as a creative professional, Ironman triathlete and cancer survivor inform her practice and guide her approach to enable clients manage the stress, anxiety and self-doubt life’s challenges can create.
Alison Franklin, LCSW
Alison Franklin, LCSW, is a graduate of Northwestern University. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work at NYU, where she later completed a Post-Master’s certification in Advanced Clinical Practice. Alison trained at NYU’s Counseling Center and later worked at Corporate Counseling Associates as a Senior Counselor. In this role, she provided clinical services to employees struggling in their personal and/or professional lives with issues including poor work performance and substance abuse.
Alison specializes in goal-oriented therapies to help late adolescents, adults and couples get out of their own way and achieve measurable change. In the context of ADHD, this often entails concrete skills training, psycho-education and self-esteem building. Alison trained at the renowned Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and integrates this treatment approach with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy and coaching. Alison has a special interest in health and wellness and regards both as an integral part of self-improvement and growth.
Claire Golden, Ph.D.
Dr. Claire Golden received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College in and her Ph.D in School Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology at the Columbia University Medical Center in the Promise Program. She specializes in developmental neuropsychological evaluations, including assessing for ADHD, Autism, and Learning Disorders in children and adults. Dr. Golden also has extensive experience in schools, often consults and collaborates with teachers to incorporate her recommendations into daily teaching strategies, and has worked with families to ensure their children are receiving appropriate services in the school setting.
William Harrison, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Harrison earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As part of his graduate training, he also completed clinical externships at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, The YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, and North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Harrison completed his clinical internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Dr. Harrison has extensive training in psychotherapy as well as psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological testing. He has worked in outpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment settings and has experience with children, teens and adults. Dr. Harrison also consults with schools, mental health practitioners, community agencies and organizations with regard to clinical diagnoses, behavioral interventions, diversity and cultural competency.
Dr. Harrison specializes in treating toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children and families. He is particularly interested in treating behavioral problems due to executive functioning deficits, oppositional and defiant behavior, depression, anxiety, and anger management problems. He also treats children who are having difficulty functioning in a blended, adoptive or foster family. Dr. Harrison uses cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic techniques and tailors his treatment to the individual needs of his clients. Treatment may include talk therapy, play therapy, family therapy or parent counseling. Treatment may also include assessments of general cognitive ability, executive functioning, learning ability, and social-emotional functioning. Assessments are used to identify areas of strength and weakness, clarify diagnoses, and help guide intervention strategies for individuals.
Cheryl Jacobs, MA, PPP, LMT
Cheryl is a mindfulness coach and body/mind educator for adults with ADHD, and to parents of children with ADHD. She works with groups and individuals, teaching tools and techniques that help increase focus, reduce inner chaos and improve interpersonal effectiveness. Cheryl synthesizes her knowledge and presents it in an easy and immediately accessible format that allows people to integrate it into their lives. Clients report feeling stronger, healthier and more equipped to manage the stress of everyday life. Individual sessions can be scheduled in a 4-6 week series.
Cheryl has a Masters degree from Columbia Teachers College, is a Positive Psychology Practitioner and holds a Florida massage license. She has been invited to speak at and facilitate many workshops in the Northeast U.S. and Florida. Her areas of expertise include mindfulness techniques, stress management, team building, active visualization, preparation for surgery/healing faster, nurturing communication, breath and movement, present touch and hands-on-energy work.
Jocelyn Lichtin, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Lichtin is a graduate of Vassar College and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specialization in Neuropsychology, from the Graduate Center of CUNY. She trained at the NYU Child Study Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and completed her clinical internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she split her time between the ADHD Center and the Seaver Autism Center. Dr. Lichtin has a background in ADHD research, having studied with some of the leading researchers in the field, investigating the neuroanatomical correlates of ADHD, factors predicting outcome in young children with the disorder, and the development of novel, neurodevelopmentally-informed treatments to improve the developmental trajectory of ADHD.
Dr. Lichtin specializes in neuropsychological assessment, as well as the psychosocial (i.e., non-medication) treatment of ADHD and related disorders, including anxiety disorders and pervasive developmental disorders. In psychotherapy she draws on behavioral, cognitive, systems, and coaching techniques, informed by neuropsychology and evidence-based practice. Dr. Lichtin is one of a small number of therapists in the NYC area who specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adolescent and adult ADHD. She enjoys working with children (as young as preschool-age), adolescents, and adults. Treatment planning is highly individualized and invariably multifaceted, often involving consultation with schools and meetings with parents and spouses.
Shawna Newman, MD
Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Newman received her BFA from Parson’s School of Design, as well as a BA in literature and liberal arts prior to attending medical school. Dr. Newman is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and she completed her residency training in adult general psychiatry at New York Medical College’s Manhattan site, St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Dr. Newman continued post-doctoral training in child psychiatry and graduated from the Mount Sinai Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Newman is board certified in psychiatry. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), serves as a member of the American Psychiatric Association/New York District Branch Women’s Committee, as well as the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Newman has served as a psychiatrist in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including the emergency room, general medicine wards as a consultant for adults and children as well as serving as a public psychiatric consultant for medically fragile children. Dr. Newman has expertise in psycho-pharmacology and psychiatry in the context of medical illness. Skills and training in the following psychotherapeutic approaches include psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy, group therapy, couples/family therapy, parent-infant psychotherapy as well as play therapy. Dr. Newman was the recipient of a specialized fellowship in group and family psychotherapy awarded by the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.
Christina Nichols, PhD
Christina Nichols, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience helping children and adults cope with anxiety, stress, neurological and learning differences. Currently, she is a Learning Specialist and the Coordinator of Academic Support at a leading independent school in New York City. She works with students to identify areas of strength and improve academic performance and an improved sense of well-being.
In addition to coaching and providing therapy to clients, Christina, conducts workshops and groups to help people develop greater awareness of their unique set of strengths, preferences, and motivation. Armed with this new information, people are empowered to create personalized strategies and use various tools to increase the quality and efficiency of their work habits. New technology holds great promise for individuals struggling with time management and organizational issues. Christina draws from the fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience to help individuals integrate technology as a tool in managing their academic or professional demands.
Christine Robinson, M.Ed.
Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant
Christine Robinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University. She is a certified ADHD Coach and is an Educational Consultant who has received training and certification from the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston.
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
As an experienced Certified ADHD Coach and Educational Consultant, Christine works to empower her clients to be their own self advocate by utilizing dynamic strategies to enhance their own self- awareness and natural strengths. Christine has spent over 12,000 hours coaching children, teens, adults, couples and college students and has been with the Hallowell Center NYC since its opening. Working with teens (16+) and adults, her coaching style is one that involves introspection and self- examination which follows every client uniquely down the path of discovery and change. She helps her clients realize short and long term goals, effective organization and time management techniques with an overall emphasis of increasing productivity through the improvement of executive functioning skills. Having assisted many students and executives get control of their academics and careers, we will strategize to put the best plan together to move forward with your life in a positive and proactive manner. Christine’s mission is to increase your everyday performance and scope with strategies that minimize your ADHD symptoms. With her 20+ years in sales, management and training, Christine enjoys bringing her perspective and expertise to coach through difficult corporate downsizings, restructurings and culture shifts that could impact the client’s work experiences. Christine also has an individualized coach training program for those who are interested in adding coaching to their existing practice or in starting a new coaching business (available via Skype worldwide).
In her Educational Consulting practice, Christine’s specialty areas include ADHD, dyslexia, learning differences and Asperger’s syndrome. She has helped many students attain the right fit schools, accommodations or 504/special education plans that will assist them in their academic careers.
COLLEGE COACHING AND ADHD
The pace of life and expectations placed on today’s college student often exacerbates ADHD symptoms. College represents a transition to an autonomy that they may not be prepared for as soon as they move onto campus. Just as the adverse effects of “helicoptering” during early years has adverse effects on children, recent research shows similar negative effects of helicoptering during the college years, namely depressive symptoms and lowered self-esteem. My experience as an ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant has validated one simple variable: college students who have a history of struggling with academics, and particularly time management and organizational skills, can benefit from a coach or “cheerleader” at their side, making that journey with them as they seek autonomy and independence.
I began coaching a student attending an elite private university in the South. His parents called me the summer before his junior year reporting that he was on academic probation and that coaching, they felt, was the last hope of getting him through college. When meeting “John” I found him to be engaging, extremely bright and very socially adept. However, he described his drawbacks as being “horrible with time management and organizing his schedule.” I worked with “John” once or twice per week the whole academic year, not only with time management and organizational strategies but sorting out goals, determining internships, class schedule and choices of classes or the next academic year. I’m pleased to report that “John” achieved very respectable grades in all of his courses, is completely off of academic probation and will graduate on time next year.
In addition, to coaching, I also offer a full range of educational services including college placement and guidance in finding the “right fit” school for your prospective college student. With a detailed inventory and learning assessment process, the best school can be found for your child whether he or she is struggling with ADHD, a learning difference or executive functioning difficulties. Highlighting self-advocacy skills is often a first measure when working with any high school or college student.
For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available.
Paula Santa Donato, LCSW
Professional and Personal Coach (ADHD Specialty)
Paula Santa-Donato is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Professional and Personal Coach. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, she received her training as a coach from Mentor Coach and the American Coaching Association, which specializes in ADHD coaching. Earlier in her career, she was a TV commercial producer and an Executive Producer in the advertising industry for over fifteen years. As a skilled professional, she produced television commercials for top national advertising agencies and worked on accounts such as Cigna Insurance, Hershey’s, AT&T, IBM, and Pepsi International.
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
With her expertise in business and knowledge of ADHD as both a clinician and coach, Ms. Santa-Donato coaches entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as young adults who are overwhelmed, disorganized and challenged with maintaining balance and productivity – helping them develop skills and strategies to effectively manage their professional and daily lives and achieve their goals.
Paula Santa-Donato sees in every client the possibility for positive change. Typically, her clients struggle with issues of time management, planning, procrastination, disorganization and lack of consistency. Ms. Santa-Donato works closely with each individual to craft a realistic, personalized action plan, based on each client’s personality, and their particular challenges. She then helps each client learn to manage his or her challenges by implementing that plan in order to make permanent positive change a reality. As part of her coaching process, Ms. Santa-Donato helps each individual identify their strengths, which she then leverages to help them achieve their goals. Ultimately, she finds that clients progressively gain confidence in their plan and rely on it, and the new skills it incorporates, as they experience positive results.
In addition to working with clients on a one-on-one basis, Ms. Santa-Donato conducts workshops on ADHD and coaching and has been a frequent guest speaker at schools in the New York metro area, addressing the challenges for parents of raising a child with ADHD.
Christina Young, LPC, BCC
Christina Young, LPC, BCC is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified life coach with over 10 years of experience. She combines her knowledge of cognitive science, executive functions and mindfulness with her hands-on experience helping people thrive. As a life coach, she helps individuals and organizations strengthen performance while improving their overall well-being. Christina creates interactive workshops and presents at a variety of events. She is available to work with individual clients both in NY and out of state through video conferencing and phone sessions.
Christina is the Director of Student Life at Riverdale Country School, where she oversees the counseling and health departments for Grades 6-12 and leads coaching workshops for faculty. She is also a part-time instructor at the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teacher College and the author of Executive Functions at Home and School: Six Skills Young Learners Need to Succeed.
Marcia Hochman, LMSW, MPA
Parenting Coach, and Professional ADHD Parent Coach Trainer
Marcia Hochman has a diverse and varied academic and professional background. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and has received two masters’ degrees from Columbia University, one in Public Policy and Administration, and one in Social Work. Additionally, she was admitted to the Post-Masters Program of Professional Excellence at Columbia’s School of Social Work, where she specialized in Practice with Families. Ms. Hochman also received training at both the premier national Parent Coaching Institute, PCI, and at the ADHD Parent Coach Academy. She served as an adjunct Professor of Social Work at the Wurzweiler School of Yeshiva University.
At the beginning of her career, Ms. Hochman was a Presidential Intern at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she was involved in developing and evaluating mental health programs for women and families. Subsequently, she served as a consultant to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychology at the Rusk Institute in NY. After completing her MSW, Ms. Hochman was involved with a wide range of projects and initiatives: creating and directing the first social work department for an international religious organization; conducting psychosocial assessments and providing counseling, support services, and psycho-education to individuals and couples, through a program in the New York area, assisting in building families.
Ms. Hochman currently conducts both the parent ADHD education workshops and the parent support groups at the Hallowell Center.
Erica Frankel, LMSW
Erica Frankel studied psychology at Emory University and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010. Following undergraduate school, Erica worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the Mental Health Institute (NIMH). Specifically, Erica worked in the Experimental Therapeutics Pathophysiology lab researching new anti-depressant medications for adults with treatment resistant depression and bipolar disorder. After completing her fellowship, Erica attended Columbia University’s School of Social Work, with a focus in advanced clinical practice and received a certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Erica joined the Hallowell Center in Spring of 2015 as a therapist and works mostly with young adults and adults with ADHD, mood, and or anxiety disorders.
Andrea Elrom M.A.Ed., ACC
Andrea Elrom is an ADHD and Executive Function Coach with more than 15 years experience working with children and parents. In her New York City-based practice, which includes workshops, individual and group sessions, Andrea emphasizes the use of empathy and understanding to help parents develop effective strategies for addressing their children’s challenging behaviors. She also works with independent schools, using strengths-based approach to help students develop their executive functions skills. In her Calm and Connected @ workshop series, Andrea helps families improve the overall dynamics and quality of family life by building on a family’s existing strengths. Andrea earned her Master’s degree from New York University in Elementary Education and received her ADHD/Life Coach training through ADHD Coach Academy. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and has two children and two step-children.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOL SUPPORT SYSTEMS
This training provides the latest research and best practices regarding how to remediate and support students with ADHD and Executive Function weaknesses. Participants will gain skills, strategies, and techniques to help students in need at the Point of Performance while balancing the needs of all students in the classroom. Understand how their brain works to help them focus, reduces stress, and learn more effectively. Take advantage of the latest evidence-based best practices to get kids motivated, focused, organized, and performing closer to their real potential.
- Identify how executive functioning deficits impact students’ ability to utilize classroom learning and perform well on curriculum objectives successfully.
- List enhanced strategies for engaging and maintaining students’ attention and active participation.
- Apply subtle changes in classroom structure and environment to improve time management, organizational skills and study skills that will benefit all children, not only those with ADHD.
Dr. Alisa Powers
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Powers earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from LIU. She has trained and worked in numerous specialty clinics in New York City, including the NYU Child Study Center, the outpatient department at Weill Cornell Medicine, and the Therapeutic Nursery School at the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS). Dr. Powers completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell and has numerous peer-reviewed publications on the neurodevelopment of anxiety disorders across the lifespan. She is an instructor on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine on the Upper East Side where she supervises and mentors trainees.
Dr. Powers specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a strength-based and individualized approach to assess and treat ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression and other challenges to wellbeing (e.g., parenting children with oppositional behavior, perfectionism, rigidity, life transitions). She additionally provides social skills and parent management training, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and executive functioning coaching to help individuals overcome academic, social, and emotional obstacles to personal growth. When treating individuals, Dr. Powers routinely works closely with other healthcare providers, parents/caregivers, and teachers/schools to ensure continuity of care across multiple settings.
Carey Anderson, LMHC, MSEd, BFA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Carey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, but she discovered her passion for counseling through her first career in the performing arts. Empathy is at the root of both professions. Carey received her MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY/Hunter College. Carey was clinically trained at The Mount Sinai Hospital as a Mental Health Counselor working in their Partial Hospitalization Program. Carey’s approach is influenced by her continuing education in Positive Psychology, mindfulness training and person-centered counseling. Carey has spent much of her clinical experience working with adult clients with substance use disorders as well as working with performing artists in her private practice.
As Clinical Coordinator, Carey utilizes her clinical experience and vast administrative experience to meet the unique needs of the Hallowell Center. Carey works closely with each clinician and potential client at the center to assure comprehensive and appropriate treatment needs are addressed and holistically matched. Carey aligns her intake approach with the strength-based approach of The Hallowell Center. Carey co-facilitates an ongoing weekly ADHD support group with Dr. Hallowell.
Elliott R. Weinstein, MPH
Executive Functioning Tutor and Academic Coach
Elliott is currently a predoctoral psychology trainee in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Miami. He earned his undergraduate degrees from the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University in Psychology and Art History as well as a Masters in Public Health from Boston University as well.
Elliott has worked as executive functioning coach and academic tutor for over two years at both the Hallowell Center and the Horace Mann School. In his clinical practice, Elliott uses a strength based approach wherein he helps his clients harness their own strengths so that they may be able to overcome their executive functioning challenges. Elliott works with children and adults and specializes in time management strategies, organizational planning, and study skills development. As an academic tutor, Elliott primarily supports studies struggling in the humanities or social sciences.