I am a New York State-licensed clinical neuropsychologist 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 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.
Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and her post-doctoral fellowship at Einstein Medical Center. She has experience working in schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice, and she has helped clients from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. Deidre also has unique training in working with clients struggling with comorbid medical conditions, such as diabetes and gastrointestinal or rheumatological issues.
Deidre is originally from Minnesota, but she has lived and worked on both coasts and is happily making New York her home. She is a certified yoga instructor and loves spending time outside.
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.
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.
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 also 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!
Sara Snyder 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
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.
in crisis and in need of assistance with navigating difficult life conditions. Sam is also an adjunct professor at Pace University, where he has taught a number of courses to undergraduate students. When not working, Sam is a self-proclaimed "nerd" who loves movies, music, comic books, and sci-fi novels and is willing to discuss the finer points in superhero lore.
Sam believes that every person views the world in a unique manner. As a result, there are different ways to process feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. In therapy, there can be a focus on present issues and/or an exploration of the past. Sam provides evidence-based therapeutic interventions in a grounded and accessible manner. The goal is to help an individual to better adjust and develop the strategies needed to grow, to adapt, and to continue being successful.
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.
and he worked at Rebecca School, for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and at Lifeline for Child Development, for students with social-emotional difficulties. As an accomplished pianist, Kenji earned piano performance degrees from Royal Academy of Music in London and at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Kenji has training and experience in utilizing evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT). He has worked with individuals with a wide range of clinical presentations, including mood and anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), aggression and conduct problems, neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), attachment difficulty, and issues related to cultural diversity (e.g., LGBTQ+, race and ethnicity, immigration). As a native of Japan, Kenji is bilingual in Japanese and English and is familiar with Japanese youth culture, including anime, manga, and video games. Kenji and his husband are also fathers of active twin boys, who keep them busy! Kenji is very excited to be part of Small Brooklyn Psychology and is looking forward to bringing his versatility to clinical practice!
Kenji Takeda, Psy.D., LCAT is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in the state of New York. Kenji earned his doctoral degree in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University, graduating with the Ivan Wentworth/Rohr Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice. Kenji's training as a psychologist and music therapist has occurred in a variety of settings with all age groups, such as Kings County Hospital Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, Bronx Psychiatric Center, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU-Langone Medical Center, Valley Stream School District, and Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU. He currently works as a staff psychologist at The Quad Preparatory School for twice-exceptional students, where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship, and he also serves as an adjunct professor at Pace University. As a music therapist, he earned his M.A. in Music Therapy from NYU,
Deidre Edwards, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing emotional, social, and/or behavioral difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, behavior problems, or adjustment issues. She also has expertise in helping parents to understand and manage kids' emotions and behaviors and to improve family dynamics. Deidre has training and experience in a wide array of evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Parent Management Training (PMT), as well as school-based consultation and advocacy, teacher consultation, and classroom management support. She also has extensive experience in diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment.
Deidre completed her doctorate and pre-doctoral internship at the University of
Samuel (Sam) Jeannite, M.S. Ed., Psy.D. is a licensed New York State clinical psychologist. He completed a doctorate in School Psychology/Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University. Sam's training includes pre-doctoral internships at Nassau University Medical Center and MercyFirst Residential Treatment Facility. After receiving his doctorate, Sam worked as a treating psychologist and coordinator at League Education and Day Treatment Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with children and young adults who present with a wide range of psychopathology and behavioral/emotional difficulties, including complex trauma, anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, poor emotion regulation, conduct disorder, ADHD, poor social skills, and executive functioning difficulties. His professional background is not limited to working with children, as he has provided therapeutic services to families, parents, and adults who are
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
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Small Brooklyn Psychology is a group practice of experienced psychologists and neuropsychologists who offer evidence-based therapy and neuropsychological assessments to people of all ages. We work closely with families, teachers, and other providers to gather and disseminate the best information we can. We also offer short-term consultations to discuss your concerns and to give you advice about your next steps, and we will connect you to the best help available.