In 1999 a group of psychologists and social workers set out to develop an outpatient program for children which would provide state-of-the-art treatments for children and their families. As a result of this effort, Child & Family Psychological Services was established and continues to provide the most effective assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Through staff associations at SUNY at Stony Brook, we have access to the most up-to-date tested techniques.
Our agency is a training facility. Doctoral students in clinical psychology receive training in our office under the supervision of licensed psychologists.
Since opening in 1999, Child & Family Psychological Services has enjoyed a close working relationship with the Foundation for Child and Family, Inc., a not-for-profit research foundation that conducts research in the field of child abuse and neglect. The two organizations work together with the Psychological Services providing clinical treatment for the research studies conducted by the research Foundation.
Jane Albertson-Kelly, PhD
Dr. Albertson-Kelly has worked with individuals and families in crisis for over 15 years. Dr. Albertson-Kelly has a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as a Master's Degree in Education. She has been affiliated with the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Mather Hospital, the North Suffolk Center Child Treatment Program, and the Northport VA. A former teacher, Dr. Albertson-Kelly has particular interests in working with families adjusting to separation and divorce, as well as adolescents. She is recognized as an expert witness in the areas of parenting, custody and sexual abuse and has presented on topics related to these areas.
Barbara Burkhard, PhD
Dr. Burkhard has provided psychological services to young children and their families for over 35 years. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University and has specialized training in the area of child abuse assessment. She has served as program director for several Suffolk County programs serving children and families including the Child Treatment Program of North Suffolk Mental Health Center, Inc. and Parents Anonymous of Suffolk County. She has received awards from both Suffolk County and the State University for her work. Dr. Burkhard currently provides treatment and assessment for children and parents including treatment for distressed and traumatized children. She also provides expert testimony in child abuse and custody proceedings.
Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R
Ms. Bosak earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 15 years. Using a cognitive behavioral approach as well as cognitive play therapy, Ms. Bosak assists individuals in developing coping skills for problems related to divorce, social skills issues, anxiety, school problems, foster care placement, grief, as well as assisting those who have been in abusive situations. A strong component of Ms. Bosak's work is assisting parents with developing positive skills to manage thier children's behavioral or emotional issues.
Veronica Citarrella, LCSW-R
Ms. Citarrella has earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Besides practicing at Child & Family Psychological Services, Ms. Citarrella is a staff psychotheraptist at The Center for Psychotherapy in Garden City. She currently provides assessment and psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children and families assisting them to overcome problems of daily living. She also has vast experience working with clients diagnosed with mental disorders as well as substance dependence.
Vanessa Gomes, PhD
Dr. Gomes earned her doctorate degree from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Gomes completed a three year fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook with a concentration in Parent-Child Attachment. Dr. Gomes is affiliated with the New York Attachment Consortium and has published several articles in this field. She provides services in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Holly Maurer, LMSW
Holly Maurer, LMSW
Holly has earned a Bachelors degree in psychology from Stony brook University as well as a Masters degree in social work from Adelphi University. She has clinical experience working with adolescents diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or school issues from working at John T. Mather Memorial hospital. Holly also is a staff psychotherapist at L.I. Cognitive Wellness in Bay Shore. She is currently on her way to becoming DBT certified.