Spectrum Services | New York, NY
Spectrum Services

About Us

Spectrum Services provides child and adult diagnosis, pragmatic language groups, psychotherapy, college coaching, neuropsychology, vocational support and much more for those with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.

 

 

Lynda Geller

Lynda Geller, Ph.D. Founder of Spectrum Services and Psychologist

Lynda Geller, Ph.D., served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she created and developed clinical centers providing an extensive array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. She has also designed and taught numerous courses on autism spectrum conditions at Stony Brook University, Pace University, Hunter College, and Bank Street College. Dr. Geller developed training courses in coaching students with Asperger Syndrome in college and supporting students on the autism spectrum transitioning to adulthood, that she delivers around the country. Dr. Geller has consulted with a wide range of schools and families struggling with the complexities of including students on the spectrum in mainstream classrooms. She has developed a variety of innovative interventions designed to address the unique issues adults face in the realms of work, marriage and relationships. Dr. Geller has a clinical practice in New York City that provides specialized clinical and educational services for children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. She founded Spectrum Services, an interdisciplinary cooperative of independent practices and organizations specializing in Asperger Syndrome and other related conditions. Dr. Geller can be reached at lynda.geller@aspergercenter.com.

E-mail: Lynda.geller@aspergercenter.com
Website:
www.aspergercenter.com

Rahimeh Andilabian

Rahimeh Andilabian, PsyD, Psychologist

Dr. Andalibian (“Dr. A”) is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New York and California. She earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1999. For the past 15 years, she has worked with multidisciplinary teams conducting psychological evaluations and has provided therapy services for individuals, families, couples, and groups (e.g., adult groups, support groups, multifamily groups, trauma and loss groups, and DBT/Mindfulness groups). Dr. A owned and operated a cognitive learning center in southern California for over 5 years, specializing in the remediation of executive functioning skills, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and cognitive deficits. Her memoir, The Rose Hotel, was published in 2012, and is a story of resilience and redemption demonstrated by the impact of trauma on a family.

It is with this systemic perspective that she works with her clients. She holds an advanced certification in Strategic Family Intervention and specializes in trauma work. Dr. A understands the family dynamics that are unique to individuals struggling with Asperger Syndrome or Autism. She works with the entire family perspective in mind, even when working with individuals, and incorporates EMDR (a research based, powerful, short-term therapy treating a wide range of traumatic incidents and highly effective for treatment for chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders and poor self-image, stress, anxiety, stage fright and performance anxiety, and recovery from sexual abuse), trauma-focused CBT, body-mind-spirit integration, and personal narrative work. Her experience in systemic intervention enables her to seek solutions to problem areas based on family strengths, creating lasting changes that support the individual and the family as a whole.

E-mail: draconnect@gmail.com
Website:
www.draconnect.org

Ronni Aronow

Ronni Aronow, M.A., M.S., College Transition Consultant

Ronni Aronow, founder of Supporting Success, LLC, provides individualized High School Skills Coaching, Transition Planning and College Support for students that experience challenges in the areas of Executive Functioning, Social Communication and Stress Management. She is an IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) Associate Member. As the Long Island Regional Program Manager for AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities), she had the opportunity to work with families and support students with disabilities, such as Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, while they attended college. In addition, her education and training from Lehigh University (BA Social Relations), New York University (MA Elementary Education), Long Island University-CW Post (MS Special Education with a Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders) as well as Certification in Coaching Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Certification in Teaching Yoga, has provided her with the knowledge and experience to best serve this population and to encourage them to reach their goals. As a mother of three (one college graduate, one college student, and one high school student), Ronni has experienced firsthand the importance of transition planning, researching colleges and disabilities departments to find the best match, and learning healthy stress management skills. She offers individualized support because she believes each student is unique and presents a different set of strengths and challenges that need to be addressed and supported in order for them to reach their greatest potential. Ronni has offices in NYC and Port Washington, Long Island.

E-mail: ronni@supporting-success.com
Website: www.supporting-success.com

Jaime Black

Jaime Black, Psy.D., Psychologist

Jaime Black, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Her specialties include autism spectrum disorders, at-risk infants and their parents, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Black conducts individual therapy and runs various social skills groups children and adults, including unique improvisation groups aimed at improving social skills and working executive functions. She conducts psychological and educational evaluations and writes a biweekly parenting column. Dr. Black has offices in New York City and in Westchester, NY. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email JaimeBlackPsyD@gmail.com or call 914-712-8208.

E-mail: jaimeblackpsyd@gmail.com

Karen Chin

Karen Chin Ph.D., Psychologist

Karen Chin, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, received her doctorate degree in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University. She has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders since 1998 and is currently the Director of Outreach Services for the ELIJA School Outreach Program in Levittown, New York. Excited to be involved in Spectrum Services, she offers psychological evaluations and consultation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to address challenging behaviors, aid in the development of a treatment plan, and provide support in the home and community settings.

E-mail: kchin@elijaschool.org

Katherine Cody

Katherine Cody, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Cody is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently the Senior Staff Psychologist with the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Brookville, NY. At the Fay J. Lindner Center, Dr. Cody participates in the multidisciplinary evaluation team, conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. She also provides individual and family psychotherapy services, specializing in an individualized and integrated approach to treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. She previously completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Seaver Autism Center through a community partnership with FEGS Health and Human Services Day Habilitation in their Bronx and Manhattan locations. She has served as the Licensed Psychologist within the Day Habilitation programs since August 2011. Dr. Cody’s experiences working with ASDs began in 2006 when she received training in diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with ASDs at Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Cody has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders. She offers individual psychotherapy services using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches integrated with social skills training, and family psychotherapy as needed. She also offers group therapy services including social skills integrated with self-regulation skills.

E-mail: katherinecodypsyd@gmail.com

David Cooperman

David A. Cooperman, M.D., Psychiatrist

 

E-mail: dcoopermanmd@gmail.com

Peter DellaBella

Peter DellaBella, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. DellaBella is board certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry, with office hours at Spectrum Services and in Montclair, New Jersey. He joins Spectrum Services after 17 years at the YAI National Institute for Disabilities as a practicing psychiatrist, Chief of Psychiatry, and Medical Director. An Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, he works with people of all ages and a range of psychiatric, personal, and family issues, including those on the spectrum. He believes that there are many different approaches that can be integrated to help people reach the goals they set: insight-oriented strategies, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques, medication, family treatment, and parent guidance. He emphasizes the importance of education, family and larger community as routes to a good life. His services include patient and family consultation, assessment, and treatment. He also provides program consultation, professional supervision, and speaks publicly on a wide variety of mental health issues.

E-mail: pdellabella1@gmail.com
Phone:
917-514-7979

Valerie Gaus

Valerie Gaus, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Gaus is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing mental health services to people with disabilities. With a cognitive-behavioral approach, she offers psychotherapy to adults and teens with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability and mental illness), Asperger Syndrome, higher functioning autism, depression, anxiety, trauma and stress-related problems. She has private practice with offices in Huntington and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She is on the advisory board for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and the grant review committee for the Organization for Autism Research. She has lectured nationally and abroad on topics related to dual diagnosis and Asperger syndrome. She has also authored numerous articles, chapters and two books on these subjects, including a recent self-help book for adults called Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism (2011), published by Guilford Press.

E-mail: gaus@optonline.net
Website:
www.drvaleriegaus.com

Peter Gerhardt

Peter Gerhardt, EdD, Behavior Analyst

Peter Gerhardt is the Managing Partner of JPG Autism Consulting, LLC. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt’s most recent publication, co-edited with Daniel Crimmins, is Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders, which is published by Brookes Publishing.

Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Autism Society of America. His current research interests include the effectiveness of community-based, behavioral analytic intervention with adolescent and adults, sexuality education and safety, response effort relative to challenging behavior, and the development of adaptive behavior competencies. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

E-mail: pfgerhardt@gmail.com

Deborah Thievierge

Debora Harris-Thivierge, BCaBA, Behavior Analyst

Debora received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She is the Co-Founder of the ELIJA School and the ELIJA Foundation. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the ELIJA School and Co- Director of a behavioral clinic serving the needs of individuals with autism. Debora volunteers with numerous autism groups such as Nassau County's Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, the New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, and the Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive. She currently serves as a board member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). For the past 11 years, Debora has been providing advocacy and conducting training workshops to promote evidence-based instruction for families and educators. She has a son with Autism.

E-mail: deb@elija.org

Rhea Hooper

Rhea L. Hooper, M.A., CCC-SLP. Speech and Language Pathologist

Rhea Hooper, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who has worked with children on the spectrum from early childhood through adolescence. Ms. Hooper currently has a clinical practice in New York City which provides assessment, individual treatment and social skills groups for children with Asperger syndrome and related conditions. Ms. Hooper previously served on faculty of NYU Child Study Center and worked in a variety of school settings where she provided a wide array of services to children with speech and language disorders and autism spectrum disorders. She has experience constructing and facilitating group-based treatment models, consulting on home-based therapy programs, and training parents and educators on use of effective communication strategies and treatment programs. Ms. Hooper is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She holds her New York State license and teaching certificate for the speech and hearing handicapped.

E-mail: rlhooper@gmail.com
Website:
www.speakingissocial.com

Carole Kornsweig

Carole Kornsweig, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Carole Kornsweig, M.A., CCC-.Speech Language Pathologist, has enjoyed a successful, well-rounded private practice spanning close to four decades, treating individuals both on, and off, the Autism Spectrum for a gamut of speech, language, learning, and social communication difficulties. Parlaying her clinical skills to support the demands for excellent communication skills required of business people and other professionals, Ms Kornsweig developed Accent & Speech Solutions (www.accentandspeech.com). More recently she joined with Spectrum Services in NYC, where she combines her therapeutic and corporate coaching skills to target the needs of adults on the high end of the spectrum whose social/communication and related difficulties interfere with job performance and keep them underemployed. She also provides relevant SLP evaluation and treatment services to those with Asperger’s and other social-cognitive disorders, from early childhood through their adult years; adding her clinical know-how to enrich the coaching of college students. Carole Kornsweig is a NYS licensed and ASHA certified (Certificate of Clinical Competence) Speech-Language Pathologist, and NYS licensed Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped. Ms. Kornsweig graduated with a Masters in Communication Disorders from Queens College of CUNY and was invited back a number of years later to serve as an Adjunct Lecturer. She earned two ACE awards from the American Speech and Hearing Association: Applicable training and influence include the teachings of Michelle Garcia Winner, Tony Attwood, and Sara Ward. She was trained by Lynda Geller, Ph,D. in college coaching for students on the autism spectrum, and served as a mentor in an adult social skills training group led by Mary Cohen, Ph. D. She can be contacted at 516 791-4664 or 516 524-0450

E-mail: carolekornsweig@yahoo.com
Website:
www.aspergersolutions.com

Stephen Migden

Stephen Migden, Ph.D., ABPP, Independent Educational Consultant

Dr. Steve Migden, Ph.D., ABPP is an independent educational and therapeutic consultant who assists families trying to find boarding schools or other types of specialized residential programs for children, adolescents and young adults. He travels extensively throughout the Northeast and the rest of the country, personally site visiting a wide range of schools and programs. Dr. Migden helps individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, as well as a variety of other issues, including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. He has offices in Long Island and with Spectrum Services in Manhattan. Dr. Migden can be reached at 516 625 0824 or drmigden@verizon.net.

E-mail: drmigden@verizon.net
Website:
www.DrStephenMigdenandAssociates.com

Mitch Nagler

Mitchell Nagler, MA, LMHC Mental Health Counselor

Mitch Nagler, MA, LMHC is the Director of the Bridges to Adelphi Project, which is funded by the Jewish Child Care Association. Mitch is also the Director of the Adelphi Center for Social Training, which provides group and individual counseling and support services to 15-22 year old individuals with Asperger Syndrome, and their families. Mitch also maintains private practice offices in Merrick, NY and in New York City where he specializes in group and individual counseling and support to individuals on the spectrum.

E-mail: mnagler@gmail.com
Website:
http://students.adelphi.edu/sa/bridges/index.php

Michele Robins

Michele Robins, Ph.D.

Michele Robins, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist and school certified psychologist currently licensed in Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in clinical/developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Michele has over 25 years experience in the area of assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning and emotional problems associated with autism spectrum disorders. As a clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and a former director of psychology training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Michele consults and lectures widely on the treatment of disorders throughout the lifespan. As a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy as well as family therapist, Michele uniquely integrates cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy and school consultation to create individualized treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

E-mail: Michele.Robins@gmail.com
Phone:
(484) 775-0348

Shuli Sandler

Shuli Sandler, Psy.D., Psychologist

Shuli Sandler is a clinical psychologist who received her doctorate in psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Her dissertation focused on remediating some of the social deficits associated with Asperger Syndrome using a unique video-modeling technique. Dr. Sandler is currently in private practice, with offices in New York and New Jersey, and she is licensed in both states. She has extensive experience in working with high-functioning children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum with an emphasis on teaching emotional awareness and regulation. She also has experience running social skills groups and groups with a focus on teaching executive functioning to children and adolescents on the spectrum. Dr. Sandler can be reached at (646) 374-8543.

E-mail: shulisandlerpsyd@gmail.com

Pat Schissel

Pat Schissel, LMSW, Social Worker

Pat Schissel LMSW is a licensed social worker and an adjunct associate professor at Adelphi’s Ammon School of Education where she taught undergraduates and graduate students about Asperger Syndrome and related conditions as well as teaching on the faculty of the Long Island Campus of C.W. Post. She is the Executive Director of AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and in that role facilitates support groups, organizes their bi-annual conferences and works with families, individuals and partners involved in relationships with individuals on the spectrum. She is a founding member of Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury, NY, a secondary residential school serving the unique needs of students with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. She is on the editorial board of the Autism Spectrum News. For more information or to schedule an appointment, Pat can be reached at patschissel.msw@gmail.com

E-mail: patschissel.msw@gmail.com

Leslie Sickels

Leslie Sickels, LMSW, Social Worker

Leslie Sickels, LMSW is a licensed social worker who specializes in individual, couple and group therapy with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Much of her work focuses on relationship building, gender and sexuality as they relate to the unique concerns of individuals with ASD. Leslie currently facilitates a social skills training group for young adults that focuses on building social skills through educational and recreational components. For more information or to schedule an appointment, Leslie can be reached at LeslieSickelsLMSW@gmail.com.

E-mail: lesliesickelsLMSW@gmail.com

Debra Solomon

Debra Solomon - Certified life and Career Coach

Debra Solomon, founder and professional coach at Spectrum Strategies, focuses on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum and helps them accomplish their life and career goals. Children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum have specialty skills that can be leveraged for successful careers as long as they are steered in the right direction and taught the proper techniques. Debra takes her clients through every step of the job interview process, giving them the confidence to succeed. Her coaching expertise range from providing tips on what to wear on a job interview to teaching executive functioning skills. Debra is an NYU certified life and career coach who helps her clients discover what jobs would be the best match for their interests and abilities. Coaching skills range from individual to family, in order to help them transition from college, the vocational world, or the work force. She has a practice in Long Island and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. Debra graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sales Administration.

E-mail: debra@spectrumroadmap.com
Website:
www.spectrumroadmap.com

Ilene Solomon

Ilene Solomon, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist

Ilene Solomon, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral trained clinical and pediatric neuropsychologist and organizational consultant. She has twenty-five years of experience working in and consulting to medical and educational institutions and independent professional practitioners. She is the former Chief Psychologist at the Child Development Center at Nassau University Hospital, has taught at Long Island University and Bank Street College of Education. She is currently on the faculty of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University.In addition to her practice in Manhattan, Dr. Solomon maintains a private practice in Long Island, New York. As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Solomon specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders including specific learning disorders, attention disorders, and social learning disorders. She routinely evaluates children through the entire age range from early childhood through young adult. As an organizational consultant and neuropsychologist, Dr. Solomon has assisted numerous school districts to understand that academic success is not defined only by intellectual abilities and has helped develop appropriate educational programs for students with both executive functioning and academic challenges. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Solomon specializes in the treatment of children, families and parents with a range of difficulties including autism spectrum disorders, other social learning challenges, and attention and learning disorders. She provides individual and family therapy as well as parent training in addition to neuropsychological assessment.

E-mail: irsphd@gmail.com

Bridget Taylor

Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D, Psychologist

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She has specialized in the education and treatment of children with autism for the past twenty-five years. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is active in the autism research community and has published numerous research studies on effective interventions for autism. She serves as an Associate Editor on the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is on the editorial board of Behavioral Interventions. She is also a board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and is a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She serves in an advisory capacity to the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and serves on the autism advisory board of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts. Dr. Taylor is also Senior Clinical advisor for Rethink - an innovative web-based curriculum for children with autism. Dr. Taylor’s treatment focus is in diagnostic screenings, early learning assessments, home programming advisement, behavioral consultations, and helping families identify appropriate educational and treatment options for their children with autism.

E-mail: btaylor@alpinelearninggroup.org
Website:
www.alpinelearninggroup.org

Nancy Waring Weiss

Nancy Waring Weiss, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Nancy Waring Weiss is a New York State licensed speech pathologist with over 25 years of experience working with children and adults with a variety of speech/language and communication challenges. Areas of expertise include: assessment and treatment of speech, language and communication disorders and development and facilitation of social skill groups. Since 2003, she has specialized in working with individuals with social communication disorders related to Asperger's Syndrome, Autism and other neurobiological disorders. Ms. Weiss has recently opened a private practice in Oyster Bay, New York, with the mission of utilizing the community within therapy. Joining Spectrum Services will further allow her to work with individuals with social communication deficits and use the “real world” to practice newly acquired skills. For many years, Ms. Weiss has used the principles of Social Thinking in her therapy. That lead to her attendance at Michelle Garcia Winner's Mentorship Program in 2008, and her creation of an Unthinkable character, the Boastful Boar, published in Winner's “Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables for SuperflexTM to Outsmart!" Ms. Weiss earned her degrees from Boston University and was honored with 3 ACE awards from the American- Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for extensive continuing education training. Lastly, Ms. Weiss enjoys being a first generation Sibshop facilitator, which provides sibling support to various school and non-for profit programs.

E-mail: nweissslp@gmail.com
Website:
www.onestepfurthercenter.com

Beth Yurman

Beth Yurman, Psy.D., Psychologist

Beth Yurman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist, and a certified school psychologist in the State of Connecticut, who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) and related interventions, to treat anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults. Dr. Yurman has an extensive background, and developed expertise, within the field of autism spectrum disorders. She adapts CBT techniques to address co-morbid anxiety and mood disorders affecting individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or other related conditions. She has worked within public and private school systems, hospital and mental health settings, and consulted with departments of education at the State level to improve care for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Currently, Dr. Yurman maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.

E-mail: beth.yurman@gmail.com