Are you between the ages of 14-25 and...
...feeling confused or suspicious?
Concerned about a family member?
Family members are often the first to notice mental health issues.
Concerned about a patient?
Get in touch with us.
Like with physical health, a medical professional can help you cope and manage your symptoms.
Family members are often some of the first to notice upsetting symptoms in a loved one. If you are concerned about a family member, here are some signs to look out for:
If you are between 14-25 years old, our ProSPECT program can help. We can help you with:
Getting help early is key in learning to manage symptoms. Because mental health conditions can vary greatly between different people, the ProSPECT team will work with you and your family to develop a treatment plan that works for you.
Your first meeting with the ProSPECT team will be an interview with a mental health professional who can determine what the next steps should be. These steps may involve:
Mental health can vary greatly between different people, so your team will work to design your treatment plan to suit your individual needs.
As with all programs through the Institute for Family Health, nobody is turned away based on their ability to pay.
Andrea Cole, PhD, LCSW, Program Coordinator
Andrea Cole, PhD, LCSW is the coordinator of the ProSPECT program at the Institute for Family Health. Andrea graduated with her MSW in 2008 from Boston College and her PhD in Social Work in 2017 from New York University. Andrea has a long-standing interest in youth and young adults with mental health challenges, and engages in clinical practice, research, and administration to support youth mental health. Currently, Andrea is the Behavioral Health Research Coordinator at the Institute for Family Health as well as an Implementation Specialist at the Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she provides trainings in evidence-based behavioral health practice to providers across the state.
Dana Brodsky, LMSW, Project Clinician
Dana graduated with her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2020 after completing the Advanced Clinical Practice track with a focus on health, mental health, and disabilities. She is a licensed social worker in the state of New York. Dana also graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Psychology. In her graduate school training, Dana interned at an after-school college access program for adolescents providing counseling and social-emotional/mental health programming. Dana also interned at the Mount Sinai Morningside (formerly St. Luke’s) Child & Family Institute in the outpatient department providing biopsychosocial intake assessments, individual psychotherapy, collateral family therapy, and small group therapy. Dana was thrilled to join the IFH staff as a Mental Health Clinician and ProSPECT clinician. She is committed to providing trauma-informed care and support to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
David Riley, LMSW, Project Clinician
Graduating from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, David completed an internship at Court Appointed Special Advocates in the Kings County Family Court advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children and families within the NYC foster care system. David began his work at the Institute for Family Health’s Center for Counseling as an intern before joining the team as a full-time staff member. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Anthropology with a minor in Forensic Science from Radford University in Virginia. During his undergraduate tenure, David worked as an intern for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner assisting in abuse and neglect-related child death investigations. This experience has led him to pursue a career as a Clinical Social Worker specializing in the intervention and treatment of childhood and adolescent trauma. In addition to his work with the ProSPECT team, David provides individual, couples, and family therapy and runs a Social Skills Building group for adolescents and a Trauma Recovery group for men.
Ella Johnson, LMSW
Ella Johnson, LMSW, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work in 2019. While in her second year at Columbia, Ella participated in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training program, where she completed DBT Intensive Training through Behavioral Tech, LLC in addition to trainings on Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and suicide risk assessment/ management. Prior to joining IFH and the ProSPECT team, Ella worked as an intern at Zucker Hillside Hospital in the adult outpatient department, where she delivered both comprehensive DBT, CBT, and group-based interventions. Additionally, Ella has previously worked as an intern at a High School in NYC, providing individual counseling, group counseling, and academic assistance to 10th graders. Ella received her BA in psychology from Connecticut College in 2017 and had the opportunity to work as a summer DBT intern at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA as well as intern at a local elementary school in Connecticut.
Abigail Herron, DO, Site Clinical Leader
Neil Calman, MD, FAAFP, Site Executive Leader
Diane Hauser, MPA, Administrative Director
Iffat Iqbal, MSW Candidate, Social Work Intern
Iffat graduated with her Bachelor in Social Work from Fordham University in May 2020 and is now completing her MSW at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Services. She interned at Her Justice, an agency that serves women who have experienced intimate partner violence as a social work intern providing individual psychotherapy. She is now completing her second year internship at the Institute for Family Health as a social work intern. Iffat assists in the outreach processes for the ProsSPECT program. This involves creating and improving outreach materials, conducting presentations at other agencies, and maintaining external agency contacts and relationships. Iffat also conducts initial assessments with potential referrals regarding fit for the program.
Yulia Landa, PsyD, Site Principal Investigator, Director of CBT Education
Rachel Jespersen, LMSW, Clinical Coordinator
Matthew Dobbs, MA, Education and Technical Support
Rene Kahn, MD, Scientific Director
Cheryl Corcoran, MD, Director of Recruitment and Evaluation
Kim T. Mueser, PhD, Family and FEP Intervention Consultant
Katarzyn Wyka, PhD, Biostatistician
Ilana Nossel, MD, Program Director
Lisa B. Dixon, MD, MPH, Program Advisor