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Robert P. Tepley, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Robert P. Tepley is the Founder and Managing Member of Neuropsychology Consultants, LLC, established in 2002. He has medical staff privileges at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and faculty appointment in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. In addition to outpatient evaluations, he provides inpatient neuropsychological consultations for the Yale-New Haven Hospital Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.
 
Dr. Tepley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, where he won the prestigious Benjamin and Dorothy Fruchter Annual Prize for Excellence in Educational Psychology Research at the Doctoral Level (“A Critical Analysis of the Recovered Memory Controversy”). He specialized in clinical neuropsychology during his doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin, internship at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, and two-year post-doctoral residency at the Norwalk Hospital Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He earned his M.A. degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, completing the Marriage and Family Therapy program at UConn in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1989.
 
Dr. Tepley is a Connecticut licensed psychologist since 1999. As a highly sought after clinical neuropsychologist, he has assessed thousands of individuals with diverse problems and concerns. He has presented to physician groups, community groups, hospital staffs, and at regional and national professional conferences on various topics, including mild cognitive impairment and dementia, medically unexplained illnesses, behavioral management of the brain injured patient, personality assessment following brain injury, pediatric neuropsychology, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the nature of traumatic memories.

Karen Salzarulo, L.C.S.W.

 

Karen Salzarulo is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for 30 years.  Her clinical expertise and extensive training in clinical social work, cognitive behavioral therapy and modern analysis has resulted in a unique clinical approach.  Her combined use of psychodynamic and cognitive therapies enable individuals to deal with their thoughts, feelings and desires in a more productive and meaningful way.  Her treatment approach is to create a therapeutic relationship in a safe and comfortable environment.

Ms. Salzarulo works with individuals who display a full range of emotional concerns including the most difficult, including addictions, trauma, and complexities with abusive relationships.  Her past experience as an Emergency Room Clinical Social Worker afforded her the opportunity to work with patients and staff dealing with crisis management, sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse assessments and treatment planning.  She has an ongoing group therapy for spouses of patients with neurological impairments.

She is the clinical consultant for a private early learning center in Southern Connecticut and conducts parenting workshops as needed.  Ms. Salzarulo has presented training workshops at the NASW CT Conference on the role for Clinical Social Work in the Emergency Room.  She has presented at the Boston Graduate School for Psychoanalysis Cape Cod Conference on “Addictions and Modern Psychoanalysis”.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Indiana University, and post graduate training from The Boston Graduate School for Modern Psychoanalysis and The Center for Modern Analytic Training in Manhattan.  She also has training from Pia Melody at The Meadow’s on addictions.

Cheree L. Fenske, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Fenske received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Medicine and Neuropsychology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City specializing in the treatment of individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. After completing a fellowship at Mount Sinai, Dr. Fenske went on to become the chief psychologist of the hospital’s 25-bed inpatient brain injury unit, providing individual, group and family psychotherapy and cognitive remediation. She also was responsible for data collection for the national Model Systems research grant, an integral part of understanding the nature and treatment of traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Fenske has presented at regional and national conferences on symptom reporting patterns in individuals with brain injury as well as issues related to dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment outcomes. She has taught medical students and residents about brain injury diagnosis and treatment, and the application of neuropsychological and psychological assessment.

Dr. Fenske has vast experience in neuropsychological assessment and treatment of traumatic and acquired brain injury and ADD. She specializes in cognitive remediation, biofeedback, and executive functioning coaching. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. She is licensed in both Connecticut and New York State.

Dr. Fenske is a member of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut. She is also the mother of two children, ages 16 and 18.

Mana Samghabadi Shafie, Psy.D.

 

Dr. Mana Samghabadi Shafie received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City. During her fellowship, she specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as comorbid psychiatric and medical complications. After completing her training, Dr. Samghabadi Shafie was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine, and went on to head the neuropsychological assessment services at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Child and Family Institute, Outpatient Department. She was also responsible for supervising psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as teaching courses on neuroanatomy and neurodevelopment, and guest lecturing for various disciplines throughout the hospital system.
 
Presently, Dr. Samghabadi Shafie continues to maintain a faculty appointment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she serves as a consultant and is routinely invited to guest lecture on topics including neurodevelopment, neuropsychological assessment, and premorbid psychiatric conditions in children/adolescents. She also maintains a faculty appointment at Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, where she supervises doctoral students and teaches courses on personality assessment, psychopathology, and psychodynamic theory and therapy.
 
Dr. Samghabadi Shafie is licensed in both Connecticut and New York. She specializes in the assessment of developmental, attention, learning, and psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. She has extensive experience collaborating with educational advocates and attorneys, as well as special education providers, in an effort to support implementation of treatment and educational recommendations. Dr. Samghabadi Shafie also has significant training in evidence-based practices and experience treating child, adolescent, and adult populations, struggling with suicidality, mood, anxiety, complex trauma, personality, and eating disorders.

Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, Ph.D.

August 20, 1972 - December 14, 2019

 

Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera was our beloved colleague, partner and friend.  Her clinical expertise, professionalism, devotion to her patients, passion for her work, love of life, and compassion towards all those she encountered are just some of the qualities that made her so exceptional and inspiring.  

She will forever hold a special place in our hearts.