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Robert P. Tepley, PhD

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.

Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, PhD - August 20, 1972 - December 14, 2019


Dr. Timlin-Scalera provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation as well as individual and family therapy. Areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Mood/Adjustment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A focus of her clinical work is Social Skills/Relationship Issues. She works with children, adolescents and adults.

Her approach to both therapy and evaluation is completely individualized and is always considered a partnership toward health and wellness. Her primary goal is to help identify and remove obstacles so that individuals can reach their full potential.

She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York City as well as a Professional Diploma (PD) in School Psychology. While completing internship and fellowship programs in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology at the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, she received specialized training in the areas of family and marriage counseling through NYU Child Study Center and neuropsychological assessment of infants and young children through the NICU and pediatric departments. Dr. Timlin-Scalera is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and has received specialized training in the treatment of PTSD  through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Dr. Timlin-Scalera has held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University. Her research on issues of male adolescent help-seeking behavior is published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She is often called upon to serve as an expert witness in the legal forum for cases involving PTSD and related psychological issues. As a sought-after expert, she also contributes her professional opinion regarding relationships, child development, parenting and general psychology to several media outlets including:  the Associated Press, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Sirius Radio. As a mother of two, her expertise is tested on a daily basis.

Karen J. Salzarulo, LCSW

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.

Svenja Wacker, PhD

Dr. Svenja Wacker is a bilingual Harvard and Yale-trained neuropsychologist with a focus on evaluating and treating individuals with neurological illness and disability.


Dr. Wacker serves as the chief neuropsychologist at Norwalk Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and as a consultant on neurology/neurosurgery, telemetry, ICU, general medical and psychiatric departments of Norwalk Hospital. She provides neurocognitive, psychological and competency assessments and conducts bedside psychotherapy with patients and their families to guide collaborative treatment and discharge planning.


In her outpatient practice Dr. Wacker’s clinical focus is on the assessment of neuropsychological functioning in adult patients. As a treater, Dr. Wacker aims to guide clients with medical/neurological issues and disability, developmental disorders including ADHD, chronic pain, depression and anxiety to a place of personal resilience and empowerment through an array of brain-based therapeutic techniques, including individual, family and group psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness training, biofeedback/neurofeedback, animal-facilitated therapy and psychoeducation. Dr. Wacker also focuses on behavioral health and wellness, stress management, smoking cessation and peak performance training.

Cheree L. Fenske, PhD

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 14 and 16.

Mana Samghabadi Shafie, PsyD

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.

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