Profiles in Success
Karen E. Starr, Psy.D
Graduated in 2007
I am Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow at CUNY, The Graduate Center, in the Psychological Counseling and Adult Development center. I conduct short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy with doctoral students, lead a dissertation support group, and conduct one-on-one dissertation consultations with students who are having difficulty completing their dissertations. I am also Assistant Director of CUNY’s Scholars Development program, which assists doctoral students in their development toward becoming academic professionals. I am Adjunct Professor at the C.W. Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, where I teach an internship preparation workshop. At C.W. Post, I chose the SPMI concentration. My book, Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2008) is based on my doctoral dissertation. My paper, Faith as the Fulcrum of Psychic Change, published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, April 2008, is also drawn from my doctoral dissertation. I am a candidate at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Christine M. Wade, Psy.D.
Graduated in 2005
At C.W. Post, I was a Head Start Graduate Student Research Grantee, with my dissertation research examining a behavioral group parent-training approach to bedtime noncompliance in Head Start preschoolers. My chair, Dr. Camilo Ortiz, and I published my research in Child and Family Behavior Therapy. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, where I was also a psychology fellow in the LEND (Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities) program. There I provided classroom consultation and parent training for children with autism spectrum disorders. I also performed numerous diagnostic evaluations on children with suspected ASDs at URMC's Andrew J. Kirch Developmental Services Center. Currently I am employed by the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) as a Licensed Psychologist at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office in Rochester, NY. I work on a secure forensic unit where I provide psychological services to individuals with developmental disabilities whose behavior represents a significant risk to themselves and others.
Gil Tippy, Psy.D.
Graduated in 1999
I am one of the founders and currently Assistant Director/Clinical Director of the Rebecca School, in Manhattan. It is the largest Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship Based (DIR) School in the world, and one of the largest single site schools in the world for children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicating. I conduct research in developmental interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. My newest publication is currently going to press: The Rebecca School Casebook, co-authored with Stanley Greenspan, MD. I also am in private practice in Oyster Bay, NY.
Jesse Jong-Shik Suh, Psy.D.
Graduated in 1996
Dr. Jesse Suh is a clinical research psychologist and an investigator for the VISN 4 Mental Illness, Research Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center where he oversees the MIRECC Neuroimaging Research Program. He is Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Studies of Addiction. Using the latest therapies and neuroimaging techniques, he examines novel treatment approaches and behavior-brain vulnerability factors in the co-morbid conditions of substance addiction and PTSD. Dr. Suh’s primary responsibilities include submitting research grants, overseeing research projects, conducting assessment and treatment, analyzing behavior and neuroimaging data and publishing results.
Dr. Suh received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post, as part of the entering Class of 1996. He then went on to complete the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received research grants from NIH-NIDA to study the role of affect regulation in cocaine dependent patients, and from VA-MIRECC to investigate behavior-brain vulnerability factors in veterans with PTSD using behavioral and neuroimaging assessment tools. He has presented at various national and international conferences, and has published numerous book chapters and scientific journal articles on substance addiction and co-morbid conditions. Several of his most recent journal articles include: Effects of Varenicline on Smoking Cue-triggered Neural and Craving Responses (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2011), Identifying Marijuana Use in High-Risk Veterans for Targeted Screening (Journal of Addiction Medicine, 2010), Low Prefrontal Perfusion Linked to Depression Symptoms in Methadone-Maintained Opiate-Dependent Patients (Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2009), and Gender Differences in Predictors of Treatment Attrition with High-dose Naltrexone in Cocaine and Alcohol Dependence (American Journal of Addiction, 2008).
Dr. Suh’s core research and clinical interests lie in the area of substance addiction, co-morbid conditions, and treatment. He maintains a private practice in Philadelphia working with adolescents, adults and their families with trauma experiences and/or substance abuse problems, with the aim of facilitating a therapeutic environment, promoting emotional growth and building coping skills. As a Korean-American clinician, he possesses invaluable experience in working with Asian adolescent and adult clients, with emphasis on cultural, acculturation and intra-familial issues.
Manuel Guantez, Psy.D.
Dr. Manuel Guantez is the Executive Director of Turning Point in Verona, Secaucus and Paterson, NJ. Turning Point is a behavioral health treatment program that focuses on alcohol and substance abuse addictions as well as their co-occurring disorders. Turning Point serves clients across the state of New Jersey. Under Dr. Guantez’s leadership, Turning Point has expanded beyond residential treatment programs for men and women to include the recent acquisition of a significant portion of Barnert Hospital in Paterson, NJ, the opening of an outpatient program in Verona, New Jersey, and the launch of a new family program in Verona, NJ.
Dr. Guantez is an international speaker and consultant working with the United Nations to help other countries achieve the gains in combating addiction that we have seen here in the United States. He has been singled out as an important contributor in shaping statewide policy and practices in mental health and substance abuse, and has served on the New Jersey Division of Addiction Services’ Residential Licensure Standards Revision Committee, the Residential Treatment Services Committee and the Quality Standards Substance Abuse Treatment Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the State Professional Advisory Committee on addictions and is the co-chair of the state mental health association co-occurring disorders committee. He was an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and taught all core graduate and undergraduate courses in addiction and mental health.
Dr. Guantez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University, C.W. Post, as part of the entering Class of 1994 and graduated in 1999. He is a former U.S. Marine and Presidential Honor Guard.