Dr. Dorta's expertise/specialty is in developmental syndromes (e.g., Autistic Spectrum), learning and attentional disorders (e.g., dyslexia, ADHD), and varied neurological conditions (e.g., Tourette’s Syndrome, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). With regard to Dr. Dorta’s background, he was an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was the Director of Child Psychology Training and Senior Attending Neuropsychologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. He was also a Supervising Neuropsychologist at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Columbia Presbyterian. Dr. Dorta completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Buffalo and pursued his two-year, post-doctoral training at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School in Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Dorta has lectured nationally and published papers on diverse topics in epilepsy, pediatric psychopathology, and special education. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Melissa Starr, Psy.D.
Dr Starr specializes in evaluating children and adolescents with varied presentations, including attention and learning disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as behavioral issues. Dr. Starr attained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She completed her post-graduate training, which included neuropsychological evaluations as well as psychotherapeutic training specializing in child and adolescent psychotherapy, at Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY. Additionally, she completed post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP) in Rye, NY. She has lectured on attention disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.
Trish McDonough-Ryan, Ph.D.
Dr. McDonough-Ryan attained her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and did her pediatric fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She held an assistant professor rank in clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University. Her expertise is in the areas of traumatic brain injury, concussion mangement/training, pediatric neuro-oncology and childhood bipolar disorder. Her research has been supported by National Cancer Institute & National Institute of Environmental Health, and The Stanley Foundation. She has also been a consultant to the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team.
Kristen Pollack Dorta, Ph.D.
Dr. Pollack-Dorta attained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at Schneider's Children's Hospital/LIJ Healthcare System, an affiliate of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Her expertise and extensive scientific publication history are in the areas of adolescent development and depression. Her post-doctoral training also encompassed behavioral medicine and specific training with children and adolescents with complex medical conditions, chronic pain and eating disorders.
Janielle Zinna, MA
Janielle Zinna, MA, is a licensed speech and language pathologist with expertise in childhood articulation, voice and language disorders.