Staff

Melissa Aiello, Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Dr. Aiello is a licensed psychologist and is a specialist in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression.  She also has expertise in working with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. She draws on a number of cognitive and behavioral treatment approaches to best help clients reach their goals. Dr. Aiello also has extensive training in career counseling and provides career assessments for individuals seeking guidance about career choices.  She specializes in working with young adults, and has wide-ranging experience working in various counseling settings.  She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from University at Albany, State University of New York, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Purchase College’s counseling center .

Sulani Perera, Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Dr. Perera specializes in the treatment of insomnia, adult ADD / ADHD, depression, PTSD and anxiety. She has received advanced training in research-based treatments for OCD (exposure and response prevention), insomnia (CBT-I), and PTSD (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy). Her expertise also includes DBT, a research-based approach for developing effective emotion regulation and interpersonal skills.  She completed her B.A. in psychology at Carleton College, her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. She works with adults only.

Dr. Perera is actively involved in scientific research on trauma and PTSD and has conducted research both domestically and internationally. She has co-authored many peer-reviewed publications and presented her research at conferences. Dr. Perera has received numerous awards and honors, including the APA Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship.

Jennifer Chen, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Chen is an expert in the treatment of anxiety and depression using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques. She also utilizes other evidence-based practices including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She works with adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Chen has a particularly strong background in treating post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and related problems. She also participates in our specialty treatment programs in trichotillomania and tic disorders. Additionally, Dr. Chen has extensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Dr. Chen received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She has also completed training at the Maimonides Medical and Cancer Centers, the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, and other inpatient hospital, forensic, and community mental health settings.

Pallavi Visvanathan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Visvanathan specializes in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety and depressive disorders, with particular expertise in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She works with adults, adolescents, couples, and is skilled in working with individuals identifying as sexual or ethnic minorities. She is a clinician in the Trichotillomania and Tourette Syndrome Specialty Treatment Programs at the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  She has additional expertise in couples therapy for heterosexual and same-gender couples. Dr. Visvanathan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver and completed her internship training in inpatient, outpatient, primary care, and community mental health at the Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Visvanathan also conducts evaluation research in the area of substance use and mental illness prevention and is actively involved in NIH-funded intervention research that examines the effects and mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions for mental health and physical health disorders.

Shawn Ewbank, Psy.D.

Senior Psychologist

Dr. Ewbank is an expert in the

treatment of Tourette Syndrome. OCD, anxiety, depression and trichotillomania in adults, children and adolescents. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and completed postdoctoral training at the Tourette Syndrome Program at Rutgers University  and the Stevens Institute of Technology’s college counseling center. In addition to his work at the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, he is currently the Clinical Director of the Rutgers University’s Tourette Syndrome Program, where trains graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the evaluation and cognitive-behavioral treatment of tic disorders and related difficulties. Dr. Ewbank also conducts research on the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT or Habit Reversal) for children, adolescents and adults with tic disorders.

Lindsay Mathews, M.A.

Lindsay works with adults and adolescents who are suffering from anxiety, mood, or behavioral disorders.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at John Jay College (CUNY). Her past training experiences include working with adolescents through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) facilities, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Psychiatric Inpatient Service, and Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program. She has some training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her research focuses on emotion dysregulation and the role of adaptive skills (e.g. humor). She has also conducted research at Bellevue Hospital Center on impulsivity and malingering. Lindsay graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Psychology and received her Master’s degree in Clinical-Forensic psychology from John Jay College (CUNY).

Joanna Cahall Young, M.A.

Joanna works with adults and adolescents who are suffering from anxiety, mood, or behavioral disorders.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate Center of CUNY/John Jay College. Her past training experiences include working with children, adolescents, and adults at Northside Center for Child Development, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Psychiatric Inpatient Service, and the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health.  In addition, she received formal training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while working with adults in a mandated treatment program.  Her research focuses on the impact of childhood maltreatment on emotion development.  Joanna graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and received her Master’s degree in Clinical-Forensic psychology from John Jay College (CUNY).

Paul B. Greene, Ph.D.  

Director

Dr. Greene is an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and OCD. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to his work at the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy he is an assistant professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. where he conducts research, supervises medical residents, and trains other mental health providers in cognitive-behavioral therapy; he has been invited to speak about his research in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Greene is also a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  MBSR is based on the ancient practice of meditation, and has been demonstrated to be effective for people struggling with anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, and other medical disorders.

Dr. Sara Raboin is a research psychologist with extensive experience with chronically ill populations. She received her doctorate in psychophysiology from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Although she is no longer based in NYC cognitive behavioral therapy continues to be a research interest in her ongoing work. Dr. Raboin is currently a research-based consultant for the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy .

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