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Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D., Leader, is the founder of Growth Psychology, P.C. He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine at the Child Study Center. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, teens, and adults.

Dr. Goldstein earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in psychology and a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with high distinction. He was awarded the Anita Saltz Postdoctoral Fellowship for two years at the NYU Medical Center Child Study Center. He trained extensively at The Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University treating children, teenagers, and adults, and he brings additional experiences from the May Institute, where he completed his predoctoral internship. He also served as a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York.

Dr. Goldstein has co-authored articles for several journals, including Child and Behavior Therapy and the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, and he has co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders and the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders.  He is a former co-editor of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group Newsletter of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT) and serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Behavior Therapist.

Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D., Leader-Elect, is the Founder & Executive Director of The Child & Family Institute (CFI) in New York, an interdisciplinary behavioral health center for children, families, and young adults. He is an expert in the treatment of a wide range of youth anxiety and mood disorders, behavior problems, ADHD, and related conditions. Dr. Weissman received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University under the mentorship of Brian C. Chu, Ph.D. He completed his internship at the NYU Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital and a post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at Judge Baker Children’s Center/Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of John R. Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP. Dr. Weissman has a passion for youth anxiety CBT training, supervision, and dissemination; he is on the clinical faculty at Columbia University Teacher’s College and directs clinical psychology externship and post-doctoral training programs at CFI. In addition to his role as CAA SIG Leader-Elect, Dr. Weissman currently serves as President of the Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA) Clinical Division, Representative-At- Large for the New York City CBT Association, and Past SIG Leader for the Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIG. He also serves as a Westchester County representative to the New York State Psychological Association. Dr. Weissman has 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 3 edited books, and over 50 professional presentations, the majority focusing on the differential diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of youth anxiety and related disorders.

Cara Settipani, Ph.D., Immediate Past Leader, received her Ph.D. from Temple University under the mentorship of Dr. Philip C. Kendall. Cara acquired extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of youth anxiety within the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where she was able to apply her anxiety training to new settings and populations, including youth with medical illnesses, trauma, and severe functional impairment. She then continued her specialization in youth anxiety and related disorders at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Albano. Cara’s research has examined social functioning in youth with anxiety disorders as it relates to treatment outcome, direction of change between parent factors and youth anxiety over time, and the role of child distress in maternal accommodation of anxiety. Cara currently lives in Toronto, where she conducts youth-focused research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and provides clinical services at CBT Associates.

Kendra Read, Ph.D., Memberships/Treasurer, is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University under the mentorship of Dr. Philip C. Kendall. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and her postdoctoral fellowship in the child and adolescent anxiety disorders clinic through the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Kendra’s independent and collaborative research interests have centered on the understanding and measurement of cognitive factors theorized to contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders, the relationship between these factors and treatment outcome, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for anxiety disorders in school and community settings. She continues to have an interest in understanding the relationship between early stages of attention orientation and control as factors that interact with environmental learning, including parenting, to influence the development, maintenance, and treatment of clinically impairing anxiety.

Linda Spiro, Psy.D., Newletter Co-Editor, is a postdoctoral fellow at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester & Manhattan, where she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Spiro has been trained in CBT and intensively trained in DBT. She has a particular interest in childhood anxiety disorders, and she completed a year long externship in the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, where she specialized in treating pediatric OCD, GAD, social phobia, selective mutism, and separation anxiety using evidence-based practices. At CMI, Dr. Spiro was actively involved in their intensive pediatric OCD program. She completed her dissertation on the factors that contribute to family accommodation in pediatric OCD. Dr. Spiro completed her internship at Nassau University Medical Center where she completed rotations on the child and adolescent inpatient unit, consultation and liasion service, as well as the child and adult outpatient department. Dr. Spiro completed a year long externship at NY Presbyterian Hospital where she worked on an adult inpatient unit providing individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy to patients with anxiety, mood and personality disorders. She earned her masters degree in school psychology, and doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

Dana Galler-Hodkin, Psy.D., Newsletter Co-Editor, is a postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center where she specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. She has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral treatments to children, teenagers, and young adults struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral problems, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Hodkin received her doctorate from Rutgers University under the mentorship of Dr. Cary Cherniss. Prior to joining the NYU Child Study Center, Dr. Hodkin completed her pre-doctoral internship at the St. John’s University Child Help Partnership where she specialized in providing evidence-based interventions for traumatized children and adolescents and worked on the New York City Children’s Grief Connection Project, a multi-site study examining the effectiveness of bereavement groups for children, adolescents and their caregivers. She has also completed year-long externships at the NYU Child Study Center and UMDNJ Division of Addiction and Psychiatry/Damon House where she gained training and experience in providing evidence based treatments to a variety of patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Jennifer Hudson, Ph.D., Emeritus Leader/Listserve Manager, founded the Child and Adolescent SIG in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and research fellow at the Centre for Emotional Health in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.  In 2008, she commenced a QEII fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council at Macquarie University. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Mental Health (United States) and Macquarie University. Assoc. Prof. Hudson received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Macquarie University and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Temple University, Philadelphia under the supervision of Professor Philip Kendall.  Her research focuses on anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, specifically the role of parents in the aetiology of anxiety disorders in youth and the treatment of internalizing disorders using cognitive behavioural and cognitive behavioural family therapies. Assoc. Prof. Hudson has published her research in international journals. She has co-authored a book 'Treating anxious children: An evidence-based approach' (2000) and edited a book “Psychopathology and the Family” (2006).  She is also currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology. In recognition of her achievements as an early career researcher, Assoc. Prof. Hudson has received awards from a number of organisations including Scopus, Australian Psychological Society, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, The Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and The Australian Institute of Political Sciences.

Monica Wu, Ph.D., Website Manager, is a post-doctoral scholar and clinical instructor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  She is currently working under the mentorship of John Piacentini, Ph.D., ABPP through the T32 post-doctoral fellowship in Child Mental Health Intervention Research.  She completed her clinical psychology training at the University of South Florida, working under the mentorship of Eric Storch, Ph.D.  Monica's primary research interests involve the investigation of factors that may predict and/or augment response to cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth with anxiety, as well as the roles families play in the therapeutic process.  Her independent research has focused on family accommodation and its role in anxiety symptom maintenance and exacerbation, with future directions of interest involving technology-enhanced adjuncts to treatment tailored towards caregivers of youth with anxiety and OCD. All requests for contributions to this site should be directed to monicawu@mail.usf.edu.

Michelle Clementi, Student Representative, is a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of Houston working under the mentorship of Candice Alfano, Ph.D. Michelle graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in psychology and subsequently worked at the National Institute of Mental Health studying child anxiety disorders under the direction of Dr. Daniel Pine. Michelle’s research interests broadly focus on the role of sleep in child and adolescent anxiety disorders and the development, implementation, and dissemination of anxiety and sleep interventions for youth. For her dissertation work, she is examining the efficacy of an integrated sleep and anxiety intervention for anxious children. Michelle's clinical interests include integrated behavioral health care in primary care settings and in chronically ill pediatric populations.

Chris LaLima, Student Representative, is a 5th year clinical psychology PhD candidate at Hofstra University currently working on his dissertation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. His thesis examines the feasibility and efficacy of therapist guided, internet-based CBT on a global platform for body dysmorphic disorder. He served as a supervised therapist and researcher in the Child and Parent Psychological Services clinic and Sports Psychology Lab at Hofstra, as well as a supervised therapist at the Hofstra ASD clinic. At the NYU Child Study Center (CSC), he completed a part-time externship with Dr. Richard Gallagher and a full-time externship with the special projects track, and served as a lead counselor at the Summer Program for Kids (SPK). He most recently externed at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center’s (NYSPI/CUMC) Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC)/Children's Day Unit (CDU) under the supervision of Anthony Puliafico, PhD, and adult Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) under the supervision of Sapana Patel, PhD. His clinical training has focused on CBT for ADHD, DBDs, and anxiety and mood disorders, with an emphasis on OCD and related disorders. He has provided school consultation services for children and adolescents, and treated children, adolescents, families, and adults. Chris’s clinical and research interests currently focus on using technology to disseminate evidence-based treatments.

Rachel Terry, Student Representative, is a graduate student in the Combined Clinical Psychology and School Psychology Psy.D. Program at Yeshiva University. Under the mentorship of Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D. she has developed a strong interest the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported practices (ESPs) for underserved youth in community settings. Rachel is currently a clinical extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), under the direction of Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP. Prior to graduate school, she worked in medical research and non-profit management to help children impacted by chronic illness and physical disabilities.

Past SIG Leaders:

Cara Settipani, Ph.D
Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D.
Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.
Jill Ehrenreich, Ph.D.
Jennie Hudson, Ph.D.

Past Treasurer/Membership:

Courtney Weiner, Ph.D.
Tony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Candice Alfano, Ph.D.

Past Newsletter Co-Editors:

Clark Goldstein, Ph.D.
Adam Weissman, Ph.D.
Candice Alfano, Ph.D.
Jonathan Comer, Ph.D.
Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D.
Brian Buzzella, Ph.D.

Past Website Managers:

Aubrey Carpenter, Ph.D.
Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.

Past Student Representatives:

Monica Wu, Ph.D.
Dana Galler-Hodkin, Psy.D.
Christine Cooper-Vince, Ph.D.
Aubrey Carpenter, Ph.D.
Laura Skriner, Ph.D.
Emily Bilek, Ph.D.
Shelly Gonzales, Ph.D.
Kaitlin Gallo, Ph.D.
Natoshia Raishevich Cunningham, Ph.D.