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Staff Biographies

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Pam Brodie is licensed in New Jersey as a Psychologist and as a Professional Counselor and has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Brodie completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at The College of Saint Elizabeth and Ph.D. in Family Psychology from Seton Hall University. As part of her doctoral work, she completed a year-long internship at Ulster County Mental Health Department with additional training in assessment, forensic evaluations, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with particular focus working with women with co-occuring addiction and mental health issues and the needs of young adults.

Dr. Brodie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addiction as well as the needs of first responders. While primary treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, she strives to understand each person in context of their families and other relationships with the goal of collaborating to improve daily functioning.

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Mary Culley, LCSW
Mary is committed to working with families, adults, children and adolescents utilizing a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, employing a humanistic approach. She is especially attuned to each client’s personality and strengths, integrating the results of an individual assessment into a unique treatment plan and healing continuum. Clinical emphasis includes, but is not limited to: trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, emotional regulation, communication and phase of life issues. Treatment orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Trauma Focused, EMDR, Family Systems and Play Therapy.

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Erik Dranoff, PhD
Dr. Erik Dranoff is a licensed psychologist who divides his professional time and focus between clinical practice, professional service, teaching, and research. His clinical practice is focused in the areas of psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic evaluation for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Dranoff’s approach to assessment is comprehensive, scientifically driven, and adheres to the highest practice and ethical standards in the field of professional psychology.

Dr. Dranoff graduated with highest honors in Psychology from Rutgers University and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During his doctoral training, he obtained a strong foundation in the area of psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults at Four Winds Hospital and specialized training in neuropsychology at Rehabilitation Specialists. Dr. Dranoff completed his pre-doctoral internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, New York where he received broad training with an inpatient and outpatient hospital population. His doctoral program and internship training are both fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

After Dr. Dranoff earned his doctorate, he completed the postdoctoral fellowship at the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect within Hackensack Medical Center where he obtained specialized training in the area of forensic mental health assessment. As part of the fellowship year, Dr. Dranoff completed the postdoctoral certificate programs in family-civil and criminal forensic psychology at Montclair State University.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Dranoff is invested in teaching and research. He holds an academic appointment at Seton Hall University where he teaches a wide range of undergraduate classes. Complementing his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Dranoff conducts research in the area of judgment and decision-making in adolescents for the prevention bullying, sexual harassment and violence.

Dr. Dranoff is highly committed to advancing and protecting the integrity of professional psychology. He is an active member of the New Jersey Psychological Association and is a board member of the Committee of Legislative Affairs (COLA). Dr. Dranoff frequently attends political events and meetings aimed at advocating for the interests of New Jersey psychologists and other mental health professionals.

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Ryan Montes, PsyD

Dr. Ryan J. Montes completed his Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) at the University of Scranton majoring in psychology and minoring in criminal justice. He then completed his Master’s degree (M.A.) at Boston University in General psychology. In 2012 Dr. Montes completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) specializing in Forensic Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Montes conducted and participated in several research projects including research on expert testimony in capital sentencing trials and treatment of inmates with mental illness in jail. Several of these research projects were presented a local, national, and
international conferences.

Dr. Montes takes an eclectic approach to treatment that is informed by evidence-based practice.
He follows the consumer model providing culturally sensitive care, considering the individual needs of each client. Dr. Montes works with couples, family, and individual in therapy. He has
significant experience working with clients who have severe and persistent mental illness and are court mandated for treatment. Dr. Montes also has experience in working with individuals with adjustment issues and interpersonal issues.
Dr. Montes specializes in psychological assessment including forensic assessment. Dr. Montes has conducted numerous evaluations for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency as well as psychodiagnostic and risk assessments.
In addition to work at Novo Psychological Services, Dr. Montes is a clinical supervisor of psychological assessments for pre-doctoral interns at Rutgers University Correctional Healthcare. He is an active member of several local and national psychological associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), New Jersey Psychological Association(NJPA), National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA), American Psychological Law
Society (APLS), and International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).
Dr. Montes is current committee member of the APLS Minority Affairs Committee and APLS
Communications Liaison of the Corrections Committee.

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Mirta Lopez, LCSW
Mirta Lopez, LCSW is a graduate of New York University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work as part of the the Advanced Standing Program. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey.
Mirta holds additional certifications as a School Counselor, School Social Worker and as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor for Master level clinicians pursuing their LCSW/LPC.
Mrs. Lopez has over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has provided crisis counseling in an Emergency Room setting, individual, group and family counseling in a mental health clinic, and presently works as a High School Counselor.
Mirta specializes in treating victims of sexual abuse.
Her extensive experience includes working with children and adolescents who have difficulties with their behavior, conflict resolution, bullying issues, divorce/separation, low self esteem, and poor relationship with their parents. Mirta also works with adults who are dealing with depression, relationship issues, parenting skills, and anxiety. Mirta is bilingual in Spanish.

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Karin Wynne, LCSW
Karin Wynne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. She is also a Certified School Social Worker. In addition to her work at Novo Psychological Services, Karin provides psychotherapy to students at Bloomfield High School who are part of an alternative behavioral program. She has experience in a wide variety of settings which also include residential and outpatient centers. Karin’s approach is eclectic utilizing psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness and play therapy depending on the age and needs of the client. She works with clients of all ages experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and trauma. Karin provides a safe and empathic environment where her clients can explore their feelings and work toward developing healthier relationships and coping skills so that they may experience a higher level of fulfillment in their lives.

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Gloria Leder, MSW, LCSW

Gloria Leder, MSW, LCSW has been working with individuals and couples for over 30 years.  She is committed to supporting others in life transitions, thru feelings of  depression and anxiety, loss, eating disorders, trauma, divorce.  Her professional career has given her the opportunity to focus on each of these areas as a specialty. She has been the clinical director of a community based center, a supervisor

and mediator on a matrimonial unit for the state, a clinical supervisor for masters level clinicians.

Her modalities for intervention includes psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, and trauma related skills within the therapeutic connection. Her style is relational and with a desire to meet you wherever you need.