Jonathan Woods, LCSW received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and his MSW from Hunter College. He is trained in the treatment of adults, couples, children and adolescents. Areas of special interest include depression, adolescent turmoil and marital disenchantment. Mr. Woods has been in clinical practice since 1979.
Donald Fong, MD received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, graduating on the Dean's Distinguished List. He received his MD from Texas Tech School of Medicine and Interned at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He was a Resident in Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was Chief Resident.
Joel Szkrybalo, PhD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University. He has extensive experience in providing psychological assessment and therapy services to children, teens, adults, and families. His areas of interest include depression, anxiety, autistic spectrum disorders in children and teens, adoption and attachment issues, coping with loss, and social skills training. Dr. Szkrybalo developed an innovative, 10-week social skills program and has run dozens of groups for children ages 5-15. He has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University since 2002, teaching a variety of undergraduate psychology courses. In 2006, he was awarded the Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellowship by the American Psychological Association. He served a year in Washington, DC as a special education and mental health policy advisor to United States Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Prior to joining CMHS, Dr. Szkrybalo worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, overseeing the development of a national program to provide improved care for returning US soldiers with traumatic brain injuries.
Peter Thomas, PhD received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his doctorate from DePaul University. Dr. Thomas served two years as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School where he received clinical training at Beth Israel Hospital and The Children's Hospital. He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Thomas specializes in family therapy and the treatment of disruptive behavior and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Aside from working with CMHS, Dr. Thomas is Vice President of Outpatient Services for Princeton House Behavioral Health. He has been in clinical practice since 1986.
Scott G. Gill, LCSW received his undergraduate education at Rider University and his MSW from Rutgers University. Mr. GIll is trained in the treatment of adults, couples, children and adolescents. He has experience in both academic and clinical settings. In addition to his work at Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Mr. Gill is the Director of Student Services at Rutgers Preparatory School where he oversees the counseling and health departments. Mr. Gill is an accomplished athlete, having played sports on high school teams and college teams, and takes special interest in the unique pressures confronted by student-athletes.
Suneeta Sayyaparaju, MD is Board Certified in both Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She was Chief Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital/Icahn School of Medicine where she completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Previously, she completed her residency at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital Adult Psychiatry program, and she received her medical degree from Sri Ramachandra Medical College. Having been raised primarily in North Carolina, having graduated from high school in New Jersey and having lived overseas, Dr. Sayyaparaju brings a broad perspective and a wide range of experiences to her work. Areas of special interest include parent-child relational issues and psychiatric conditions in school settings.
Sarah Trillin, LCSW received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MSW from UCLA. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. In addition to working in mental health agencies, Ms. Trillin has worked in schools, hospitals and other healthcare settings and has extensive experience working with chronic pain and addiction issues. Ms. Trillin has completed a postgraduate training program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and is interested in helping individuals look at symptoms in the context of their family systems. Areas of special interest include parenting issues and family therapy. Ms Trillin has written numerous articles for parenting magazines.
Candace Jones, LCSW received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is trained in Bowen family systems theory and is on the faculty of the Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc. which is based on Murray Bowen's natural systems theory. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families to help them better understand and manage important challenges in their lives. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression and marital/family conflict. Ms. Jones has been in clinical practice since 1980.
Selden Dunbar Illick, LCSW received her BS from the College of New Jersey and her MSS from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research. She has trained extensively in Bowen Family Systems Theory and is the founder and Director of the Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc., which is based on Murray Bowen's natural systems theory. Ms. Illick considers individual human behavior within the context of family, work and social relationship systems. In the therapeutic process her goal is to promote awareness of the instinctual and automatic emotional forces that challenge one's ability to think and act responsibly. Ms. Illick has been in clinical practice since 1981.
Keith Ann Raser, MD received her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College graduating summa cum laude. She attended Northwestern Medical School in Chicago and did her residency at Tufts University/New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston where she was Chief Resident for Inpatient Psychiatry at New England Medical Center. Following residency she joined the Westwood Pembroke Health System where she became the Clinical Director of the outpatient psychopharmacology group practice and later the Medical Director of Geriatric Services at Pembroke Hospital. She moved with her family to NJ in 1998 and has been in private practice since. Dr. Raser is board certified in adult psychiatry. She enjoys working with individuals from late adolescence through later life. She is particularly understanding of individuals affected by family members' developmental challenges.
Deborah Dumont, LCSW graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Psychology. She received her MSS from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, after which she completed a year of postgraduate training in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Princeton Family Center for Education. Ms. Dumont has substantial experience working with trauma, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders, eating disorders and other food and body issues. Of note, utilizing both cognitive-behavioral theory and family systems theory, Ms. Dumont has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders both at Princeton University and the University Medical Center at Princeton. In addition, in her capacity as a trained breast feeding counselor, Ms. Dumont takes a special interest in assisting women adjusting to the challenges of a new baby in the home.
Michael P. Boyle, PhD obtained his graduate degree from New York University and his undergraduate degree from St. Peter's College. While at NYU, Dr. Boyle did an internship with the Devereux Foundation. Of note, Dr. Boyle is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At CMHS Dr. Boyle is unique in that he provides psychological and psychodiagnostic testing including psycho-educational evaluations for the identification of developmental and learning disabilities, along with personality assessments for treatment, vocational and forensic purposes. Dr. Boyle has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in general, and more specifically children with learning and/or developmental disabilities. He played a principal role in the development and implementation of a program utilizing applied behavioral analysis principles on behalf of autistic students in a public school setting. Also of note, Dr. Boyle plays the five string banjo.
Lee S. Gardner, LCSW received her BA from Connecticut College and her MSW from Rutgers University. She works with individuals, couples and families on issues relating to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bereavement and relationship challenges. She assists clients looking at patterns of functioning from a broader family systems perspective. Ms. Gardner has trained extensively in Bowen Family Systems Theory and is on the faculty of the Princeton Family Center for Education, Inc. which offers programs in Bowen theory to professionals, laypeople and the community. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and has presented Bowen theory to teachers and parents in schools throughout New Jersey.
Leichena Bodie-Young, LCSW received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her MSW from New York University. She has experience working with all populations and age groups, and takes special interest in working with children, adolescents and families. For six years, before joining CMHS, Mrs. Bodie-Young was the Director of Adolescent Days Services for the Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Center. Mrs. Bodie-Young is a parent and an avid reader. She has been in clinical practice since 2002.
Julia Paul, LCSW received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from La Salle University and her MSW from the University of California at Berkeley. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She specializes in the treatment of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Feeding Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to working at CMHS, Mrs. Paul is on staff At Children’s Specialized Hospital. Mrs. Paul has been in practice since 2004.
Erin Falk, PhD received her doctorate from Temple University. In addition she earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rider University, along with a separate Master’s degree in Educational Administration. Also she has an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Penn State. Aside from her clinical work, Dr. Falk has been employed as a school principal, vice principal, supervisor of special services, school psychologist and classroom teacher. In short, Dr. Falk has substantial experience working with children in a variety of roles and settings. And, at the same time, Dr. Falk is trained and experienced in working with adults struggling with depression, workplace problems, anxiety, life transitions, illness, grief and other forms of loss. Also Dr. Falk works with adults undergoing bariatric surgery, those caring for the aged and chronically ill, and adults with disabilities.
Ilene West, PsyD graduated with honors and distinction from Cornell University. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Yeshiva University. Dr. West completed her internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Ward’s Island and post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Following her post-doctoral training, she was a staff psychologist and supervisor at Bellevue Hospital, providing both psychotherapy on the inpatient service and clinical training and supervision to psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents. Dr. West has also provided consultation and treatment at an acute rehabilitation center and skilled nursing facility. Prior to joining CMHS, Dr. West was an Adjunct Professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a clinical instructor and supervisor at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. West’s areas of interest include working with older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions. She is especially interested in working with individuals who have inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Also, she is interested in assisting with managing the emotional challenges surrounding infertility. Dr. West specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based treatments and stress-management. In addition to clinical work, Dr. West enjoys cooking and creating her own recipes.
Katharine Roman, LSW received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MSS from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where she completed a fellowship in the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing. Katharine works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience working in schools and agencies, providing counseling to clients on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting, and stress due to life changes. Katharine has a background as a professional actor and holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. She has a particular interest in working with artists of all kinds and in creating programs that combine theater with the field of social work.
Jill Richards, PsyD received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and her doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her Post Doctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University. While offering clinical services through CMHS, Dr. Richards remains the Director of Rutgers University mental health, psychiatric and substance abuse services. Through the years Dr. Richards has worked extensively with college students and, in addition, she has substantial experience working with adults, couples and families. While early in her career Dr. Richards was heavily influenced by psychodynamic perspectives on human development, in more recent years she has cultivated rich and useful skills in evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Incorporated into Dr. Richards's approach is respect for cultural and individual difference and a deep appreciation of how power, access and opportunity impact health and well-being. In her spare time, Dr. Richards enjoys time with her family and friends, travel, reading fiction, theater and museums and hugging her very big dog. Dr Richards has been in clinical practice since 1998.
Bryan Balaban, LCSW received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his MSW from Rutgers University. Mr. Balaban is trained in working with adolescents, adults and families. He takes a special interest in treating depression, substance abuse and anxiety. He is also interested in the role and impact of music on the regulation of mood. Outside of the office, Mr. Balaban enjoys playing the hand drums and he is the only CMHS clinician who identifies as a DeadHead, in spite of being the youngest individual on staff. Mr. Balaban is an avid runner of half and full marathons and annually participates in the Broad Street Run on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Sara Popkin, MD received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude. Following college, she taught eighth grade English in Harlem as part of Teach For America and earned a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University. She received her medical degree from Tulane University and was honored with the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. She completed both her general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the NYU School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in both Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Popkin grew up in Minnesota and was a competitive pairs figure skater. She still loves to get out on the ice when she gets the chance.