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Meet Our Psychologists

 

Carolyn Waldecker, Psy.D.

Carolyn Waldecker, Psy.D. is the director of psychological assessments at North Coast Psychological Services.  Dr. Waldecker is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist.  She received her doctorate in school psychology from St. John’s University and completed a two year post-doctoral training program in clinical neuropsychology.  Dr. Waldecker worked as a school psychologist at The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children for 11 years.  She has also served as the director of the Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Center at the Hagedorn Little Village School in Seaford, NY, and a clinical neuropsychologist at Allied Professional Partners, PLLC., in Plainview, NY.  Dr. Waldecker has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cognitive Assessment and Developmental Psychopathology at Queens College, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of School Neuropsychology at St. John's University. Dr. Waldecker is a skilled diagnostician and has expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and executive functioning deficits. Dr. Waldecker provides comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments to children and adolescents. 

 Dr. Waldecker received the honor of Nassau County School Psychologist of the Year in 2014, and was recognized in 2012 by the American Psychological Association (APA) for her achievements as an early career psychologist.  Dr. Waldecker has presented her research on Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities at numerous national conferences including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP).  She has also co-authored textbook chapters on learning disabilities in mathematics and the assessment of brain injuries.  

You can reach Dr. Waldecker via email at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.

 

Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D.

Mark Terjesen, Ph.D. is the director of clinical training at North Coast Psychological Services. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York, where he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1999. Dr. Terjesen has served as the program director of the School Psychology (Doctorate and Masters) programs and has trained and supervised doctoral students throughout his tenure. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University and has studied, published, and presented at a number of national and international conferences on topics that include matters related to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and the assessment and treatment of various disorders seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Terjesen has trained many professionals internationally in school psychology and the use of cognitive behavioral practices with children and families.  Dr. Terjesen has served as President of the School Division of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), as the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), the largest national training organization for school psychology faculty members, and as President of the Division 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) of which he is also a fellow. Dr. Terjesen has served as an Editorial Board Member for a number of applied professional psychology journals.

Dr. Terjesen completed his post-doctoral experience at the Albert Ellis Institute where he served as a psychotherapist, trainer, and coordinator of child, youth, and family services until he joined the faculty at St. John’s University. Dr. Terjesen is a practicing psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  CBT focuses on helping clients understand the role that unhealthy thought patterns may play in contributing to maladaptive behaviors and emotions while then developing more effective ways of thinking with the objective of engaging in and experiencing more positive emotions and behaviors.

Dr. Terjesen provides individual, couples, and family counseling to people of all ages and with a wide variety of presenting problems ranging from mood disorders (anxiety, depression), relationship difficulties, stress, anger, and parenting issues. 

Dr. Terjesen views counseling as a collaborative process working with clients to develop their own short-term and long-term goals with an accompanying plan to work towards those goals. The individualized focus on goals and strategies to achieve them is considered an essential component of counseling to help clients not only reduce their struggles but also to work towards greater life satisfaction.

You can reach Dr. Terjesen via email at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.

Irene Delgado Tseretopoulos, Ph.D.

Irene Delgado Tseretopoulos, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, which included a two-year specialized fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Tseretopoulos has experience in clinical care, research, training, and supervision of graduate-level students. For over 5 years she served as the staff neuropsychologist for the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), a non-profit research organization that develops evidence-based guidelines for the detection and management of traumatic brain injuries. During her tenure at BTF, she worked with the U.S.Department of Defense, Stanford University School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and New York Presbyterian Hospital to coordinate one of the largest multi-site study of its kind, examining the effectiveness of novel eye-tracking technology to detect and characterize the effects of mild traumatic brain injury on cognitive abilities in civilians and the military. In addition, Dr. Tseretopoulos served as director and clinical supervisor for the BTF Neurotrauma Fellowship Program.

Dr. Tseretopoulos has co-authored a number of publications and presentations at national and international professional conferences on topics of special interest, including the late effects of pediatric cancer treatments, adaptive and neurobehavioral functioning in children with chronic illness, visual tracking and neurocognitive functioning in adults with concussion, and deficit profiles in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is an active member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, and the American Psychological Association (Division 40- Clinical Neuropsychology).

Having trained and practiced as a clinician and diagnostician in multidisciplinary, academic medical centers, Dr. Tseretopoulos offers expertise in tertiary care (specialized consultation services), particularly neuropsychological assessment of patients with medically complex conditions that can affect cognitive, neurobehavioral, and emotional functioning, such as epilepsy, brain tumors, stroke, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson ’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, as a native Spanish-speaker, Dr. Tseretopoulos is a fully bilingual clinician with particular interest in the assessment of Spanish-speaking individuals. Dr. Tseretopoulos provides neuropsychological evaluations to children and adults. T

You can reach Dr. Tseretopoulos via email at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.

 

Kathleen Hurley, Psy.D.

Kathleen Hurley, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in School Psychology from St. John’s University and her Masters degree in School Psychology from Adelphi University.  She has also received advanced training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute. Dr. Hurley is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. She has worked as a school psychologist for a local district for the past several years.  In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Hurley supervises psychology interns, provides training to graduate level interns, has been invited to present on her areas of clinical and research expertise at local schools, agencies, and professional conferences.  Dr. Hurley has a strong interest and background in psycho-educational assessment including the identification of specific learning disorders, emotional and attention disorders, and executive functioning deficits. Dr. Hurley provides individual, group, couples, and family therapy to individuals of all ages with a wide variety of presenting problems. She specializes in stress, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and autism spectrum disorder, utilizing the evidence-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dr. Hurley also incorporates a variety of mindfulness-based practices into her sessions.  Dr. Hurley’s mission is to collaborate with her clients to help them understand the difficulties they or their children are having and to generate practical and effective recommendations.  Dr. Hurley is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Hurley has presented at national conferences including the New England Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

You can reach Dr. Hurley via email  at [email protected] or by calling the office at     (516) 780-0111.

 

Adam McGuire, Psy.D.

Adam McGuire, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. He received his doctorate in school psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. McGuire has worked as a psychologist for several years at The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children, providing a variety of assessment, counseling, and behavior intervention services for children with developmental disabilities.

Dr. McGuire provides individual and group therapy to individuals of all ages with a variety of presenting problems utilizing the evidence-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He also provides social skills training for children and adolescents as well as parenting support services. Dr. McGuire specializes in working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and other behavioral challenges as well as with their family members. He also has a strong interest and background in psycho-educational and diagnostic assessment, including the identification of autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. McGuire strives to offer clients a supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment to identify short- and long-term goals and develop individualized, evidence-based strategies to meet these goals successfully.

Dr. McGuire is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

You can reach Dr. McGuire via e-mail at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.

 

Madalina Yellico, Ph.D.

Madalina Yellico, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist trained in evidence-based practices, including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Dr. Yellico completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at St. John's University with an expertise in the study of anger, rumination and impulsivity in relationships. Dr. Yellico specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families, frequently with a parent-training component. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient units and outpatient centers throughout the New York area, including Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center, Andrus Children’s Center, and NYU Lutheran Family Health Center. Dr. Yellico furthered her training through a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jill Rathus and Dr. Ruth DeRosa at Cognitive Behavioral Associates in Great Neck, NY. Though her experiences in the mental health field working with individuals from varied background, Dr. Yellico has come to understand firsthand the importance of hope. Her passion for encouraging personal growth and psychological health in others has also inspired a devotion to fostering hope on a societal and individual level.

You can reach Dr. Yellico via email at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.

 

 

 

Michelle Barahman, Ph.D.

Michelle Barahman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist trained in evidence-based and integrative psychotherapy practices, including Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal (IPT), and Psychodynamic Therapies.  She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at St. John's University, with research and expertise in the fields of clinical and health psychology, as well as neuropsychology. Dr. Barahman is experienced in working with people across the developmental lifespan, from children to the elderly. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, partial, and outpatient hospital programs throughout the New York area.  She has trained at the Zucker Hillside Hospital of Northwell Health, SCO Family of Services, and Bronx State Psychiatric Center. Dr. Barahman helps people to understand their problems and come up with solutions through a systems-based approach.  This means that in order to thrive, we need our family, friends, school, or workplace (to name a few!) involved in our care.  Dr. Barahman’s treatment approach involves helping clients utilize these networks for support, while working on individual goals in therapy.

Dr. Barahman provides individual and group therapy to individuals of all ages with a variety of presenting problems and backgrounds.  She specializes in working with adolescents, adults, and families suffering from anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Dr. Barahman is also proficient in psychological assessment, both in clinical and research applications.

You can reach Dr. Barahman via email at [email protected] or by calling the office at (516) 780-0111.