I am a New York State-licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience with children and adults from many different backgrounds. I founded Small Brooklyn in 2013 after I noticed a need for Brooklyn-based psychological assessment services, especially outside of Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn. I'm so excited to be working in my own backyard, with many of my long-time neighbors and beloved Brooklyn institutions.
I earned my BA in Psychology from Cornell University and my MBA in Organizational Behavior from Suffolk University in Boston. In 2010, I
Taryn Boley received her BA in Sociology from Ithaca College in 2015 with a special interest in mental health counseling and its intersectionality with gender and sexuality. She then returned home to San Diego, CA where she began working as a Behavior Interventionist for children on the Autism Spectrum. In this role, her empathy for children with behavioral and physical difficulties, as well as her immense respect for the perseverance and love of their parents, grew immeasurably.
She later transitioned into a patient advocacy role in which she aided end-stage prostate cancer patients in their efforts to receive payment assistance for the costly drug treatment needed to prolong their lives and ameliorate the financial hardship. Providing terminal cancer patients and their families with the compassionate care and support they deserved was one of Taryn’s top priorities.
However, when an auspicious opportunity to chase her NYC dreams arose in early 2017, she moved to Flatbush and has since developed a great adoration and affinity for the diverse and dynamic Brooklyn culture.
Taryn then chose to return to a field near-and-dear to her heart when she became the Support Coordinator for Rethink Autism’s Behavioral Health Division— an all-in-one solution for ABA providers. In this position, she further developed her understanding of the intricate world of Behavioral Health and the complex challenges both ABA providers and the parents of children with developmental disabilities face with the current behavioral healthcare system. Taryn has since joined the Small Brooklyn team in hopes of continuing to make a positive impact on her community and to learn even more ways that she can best be of service to those in need.
received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Child Psychology, also from Suffolk University. I completed a predoctoral internship at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn and a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU School of Medicine. In my fellowship, I worked with renowned psychiatrist Dolores Malaspina to research the causes and correlates of childhood and adult aggression in schizophrenia. Following this, I joined the Family Translational Research Group (psychologists Amy Smith Slep and Richard Heyman) at NYU to study how family violence contributes to medical outcomes, such as childhood obesity and diabetes. I held an appointment as Assistant Professor with the Research Faculty at NYU School of Medicine. Though I loved research, I missed being able to spend more time helping families one-on-one, so I opened Small Brooklyn Psychology to get back to direct clinical work.
My software engineer husband and I love Brooklyn and are proud to call it home! We moved from Boston into Clinton Hill in 2009 with our then-2-year-old son and then Prospect Heights. Now we've settled into a home in Ditmas Park with our three kids and are likely to see you at the area playgrounds!
As a neuropsychologist, Susie strives to provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to children, adolescents, and adults who present with an array of with learning, attention, and behavior/psychiatric/medical difficulties. She also participates in educational advocacy within the school system as well as with legal advocates to help parents to navigate the labyrinth of the special education system, helping them attain the appropriate school placement, accommodations, and intervention services critical to the child's success. Susie thoroughly understands the nuances of the neuropsychological evaluation process and the neurocognitive underpinnings that support learning, development, behavior, and social-emotional functioning.
Sara is a global mental health practitioner and researcher. She received her BA from the University of Denver and two masters degrees from Columbia University (a MPH in Public health and Humanitarian Assistance and a MA in Global Mental Health and Trauma), and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Long Island University.
She works in (post)-conflict zones specializing in psychosocial well-being and protection of children affected by war. Her recent projects include: 1) a formative evaluation of a project delivering mental health and social support services to former child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army on the Ugandan-South Sudan border; 2) a randomized controlled trial in Jordan’s
Hospital, as well as in a multidisciplinary practice in Marin County. Nav completed her postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at California Pacific Medical Center, where she worked with all ages in an outpatient psychological clinic. She earned her doctorate from Argosy University, San Francisco, her M.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her B.A. from New York University. She is licensed in both New York and California.
Za’atari refugee camp to evaluate mental health case management care being provided to Syrian refugees by the World Health Organization and International Medical Corps; and 3) co-development of a monitoring and evaluation plan for a program aimed at increasing literacy and numeracy skills among mothers living in Rwanda’s resettlement camps. While Sara’s international work focuses on providing mental health services to forcibly displaced people (e.g., refugees, internally displaced persons, former child soldiers, trafficked people), her domestic work focuses on issues of access to healthcare and police brutality, specifically marginalized groups who die at the hands of law enforcement. Her dissertation aims to train local mental health providers in the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) in order to provide jobs by collecting normative data across three East African countries: Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Sara is a Colorado native who spent her summers hanging out around a marine biology lab on the coast of Maine. She loves spending time running around parks in Brooklyn with her two husky woofs (dogs), Athena & Zuri.
Susan (Susie) Kozelka, Ph.D., NCSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She completed a doctorate in school psychology at Fordham University, pre-doctoral internship at the School at Columbia, and a pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at the Promise Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to beginning her formal education in psychology, Susie was a special education middle school teaching assistant in the Chicagoland area. She has worked with children and adults from a range of socioeconomic populations with learning and related disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and medical/neurological conditions at Columbia, the NYU Child Study Center, Brooklyn Learning Center, and in private practice.
Navneet (Nav) Gill, Psy.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who has experience in conducting a variety of neuropsychological, psychological, and educational evaluations ranging the life span from young children to older adults. In addition to her work with families at Small Brooklyn Psychology, Nav is also working as a neuropsychologist at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU-Langone Medical Center. She engages in both neuropsychological assessment and individual and family therapy in the areas of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and more.
Prior to moving to New York, Nav worked in the consultation and liaison neuropsychology service at University of California – San Francisco General
Small Brooklyn Psychology is a group practice of experienced neuropsychologists who offer neuropsychological, educational, behavioral, diagnostic, and personality assessments to children from babies through young adults. Following our thorough evaluations make personalized recommendations for new strategies and for services throughout the city. We also offer hourly consultations to discuss your concerns and to give you advice about your next steps.
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