New York Center of Infants and Toddlers stands at the crossroads of current academic thought and best clinical practice in the delivery of services relating to child development. Our Professional Advisory Board is comprised of leading experts in the fields of general and special education; speech-language pathology; occupational therapy; and psychology.

Our Advisors

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Vincent J. Carbone

EdD, BCBA-D

Vincent J. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral serving as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and visiting professor in the doctoral program for Behavioral Education at Simmons College, Boston, MA. Dr. Carbone currently serves on the editorial review board of several peer-reviewed behavior analytic scientific journals.

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Gerard Costa

Ph.D.

Gerard Costa is the founding director at the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers University- NJMS and serves a Trustee, DIR and Graduate School faculty at the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.

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Gil Foley

Ed.D.

Gil Foley serves as Clinical Co-Director of the Citywide Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at the New York Center for Child Development in New York City and visiting professor at the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He is a retired tenured faculty member of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the infancy-early childhood track.

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Sima Gerber

Ph.D, CCC

Sima Gerber is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, CUNY. Dr. Gerber has over 35 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of young children with autistic spectrum disorders.

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David H. Salsberg

Psy.D

David H. Salsberg is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist in NYC and a Clinical Instructor at The NYU School of Medicine in the Departments of Pediatrics. Dr. Salsberg is the Director of Pediatric Assessment, Learning, and Support, a multidisciplinary group practice in NYC, and former Associate Director of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at NYU Langone Medical Center’s.

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Serena Wieder

Ph.D.

Serena Wieder is the Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation and Founder and past Co-Chair, of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). She founded and directed the DIR® Institute, a case based competency training program for multidisciplinary professionals, from 1999-2010.

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Susan Chinitz

Psy.D

Susan Chinitz is a psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in infancy and early childhood. She is the former Director of the Early Childhood Center, the Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families, and the Parent Infant Family Court project, all therapeutic programs for children birth to five years of age at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Chinitz is currently affiliated with the Center for Court Innovation and also serves as Clinical Co-Director of the Citywide Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at the New York Center for Child Development in New York City.

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Connie Kasari

Ph.D.

Connie Kasari is Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA. She is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs, and a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and has been actively involved in autism research for the past 25 years, leading projects under the CPEA, STAART, and Autism Centers of Excellence programs from NIH.

Our Staff

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Michael Gordon, J.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Michael Gordon is the Founder and Executive Director of the New York Center for Child Development and the Founder and President of the New York Center for Infants and Toddlers, Inc. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He taught Law and the Poor and Problems of State and Local Government as a law professor at the University of Connecticut Law School. He served as the Vice President and General Counsel of a multinational manufacturing company and engaged in real estate investment and development ventures. In 1995 he founded New York Center for Child Development and New York Center for Infants and Toddlers inspired by a mission to utilize cutting edge research and best clinical practice to improve the lives of young children with special needs and their families.

Evelyn Blanck

Evelyn Blanck, LCSW

Executive Vice President

Evelyn has served on numerous boards and committees throughout New York City and State including a gubernatorial appointment to the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Chair of the NYC Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group. She serves on the boards of New York Zero To Three Network (past President), the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation and the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (founding member). Evelyn is also the Director of the New York City Citywide Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC). A major focus of her work has been on promoting the integration of mental health in education, primary care and all child serving systems and promoting policies to support this work.

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Waleska Amadiz

ABA Intake Coordinator
waleska.amadiz@nycit.org

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, LMSW

Director, Social Service Department
michael.brown@nyccd.org

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Erika Flores, M.S.Ed., BCBA

ABA Home-Based and Site Supervisor
erika.flores@nycit.org

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Kate Foster, OT/L

JASPER Consultant
kate.foster@nycit.org

Cheryl Gelber

Cheryl Gelber, M.A.

Director of Strategic Clinical Initiatives
cheryl.gelber@nycit.org

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Maria Kodjoe, M.S.Ed

Vice President, Behavioral Services
maria.kodjoe@nycit.org

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee, LMSW

Service Coordination Supervisor
sarah.lee@nycit.org

Nadine Maher

Nadine Maher, M.Ed., BCBA-NYSLBA

ABA Clinical Supervisor
nadine.maher@nycit.org

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Shruti Rao, M.A., BCBA-NYSLBA

ABA Clinical Supervisor
shruti.rao@nycit.org

Olga Ruiz

Olga Ruiz, M.S. SLP-CCC

Early Intervention Speech Director
Early Intervention Related Service Coordinator

olga.ruiz@nycit.org

Judith Wolff

Judith Wolff, LMSW

Vice President, Quality Assurance
judith.wolff@nycit.org