Military Family Clinic Team & Services

Doctors and other healthcare professionals at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone provide free and confidential services for veterans and families in many specialty areas, including the following:

  • post-traumatic stress
  • trauma and stress
  • traumatic brain injury
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • grief and loss
  • relationship and family conflict
  • military sexual trauma
  • readjustment issues
  • parenting concerns
  • children’s behavioral or academic problems

In addition to face-to-face services, our care team offers telemental health services to provide mental health care to veterans from any era, with any discharge status, and their families, as well as service members’ families in every part of New York State who are unable to regularly commute to therapy. Services are provided via computer or tablet and can be done in the privacy of your own home. For further information, please call 646-754-7258.

Our Team

The care team at the Military Family Clinic provides support and treatment for people experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental health difficulties.

Charles Marmar, MD, Chair of Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatrist Dr. Charles R. Marmar Internationally recognized for his expertise in post-traumatic stress, Dr. Marmar treats veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have combat-related conditions. He also works with refugees and earthquake survivors. Read Dr. Marmar’s full profile.

 

Irina Wen, PhD, Clinic Director

Psychiatrist Dr. Irina Komarovskaya, PhDDr. Wen is the Military Family Clinic director and a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Bellevue Hospital and another at NYU Langone. Dr. Wen joined the Military Family Clinic in 2012, helping to establish its robust clinical program. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic stress, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.

Amanda Spray, PhD, Assistant Director

Clinical Psychologist Amanda SprayDr. Spray is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant director of the Military Family Clinic. She is the clinic’s liaison to the Veterans Health Administration and a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. She provides individual cognitive behavioral psychotherapy to adults in the Military Family Clinic and specializes in health psychology.

Jon D. Stiffler, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatrist

Jon D. StifflerDr. Stiffler is a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. He completed his medical degree at Penn State College of Medicine. After finishing his psychiatric residency training at NYU Langone as chief resident, he went on to complete a fellowship in addiction psychiatry. Dr. Stiffler has worked with veterans in inpatient, outpatient, and groups settings and specializes in treating adults who have both psychiatric and substance-related disorders. Read Dr. Stiffler’s full profile.

Roni Avinadav, PhD

Dr. Avinadav is a licensed clinical psychologist and a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. She specializes in trauma, secondary traumatic stress, resilience, and parenting. Dr. Avinadav provides an individually tailored and integrated approach to treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, challenging life transitions, relationship difficulties, and parenting and co-parenting challenges.

Hatti Figge, LCSW

Hatti FiggeMs. Figge is a licensed clinical social worker who also holds a postgraduate certificate in trauma therapy. She has worked extensively with men, women, children, and families who are struggling with acute, complex, and single-incident trauma as well as a variety of other mental health disorders and life stressors.

Margo Kakoullis, PsyD

Margo KakoullisDr. Kakoullis has worked with veterans and active duty military personnel in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. She specializes in providing integrative, individually tailored, evidence-based treatment to adults affected by traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relationship problems, and other mental health issues.

Lauren Rocheleau, LCSW

Lauren RocheleauA licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Rocheleau has a post–master’s degree certificate in child and family therapy and has been trained in evidence-based treatment models specifically designed for children and families exposed to trauma.

 

Jennifer Sawaya, PsyD

Dr. Sawaya is a licensed clinical psychologist with the dual diagnosis subprogram of the Military Family Clinic. Prior to joining the Military Family Clinic, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and worked with military veterans in inpatient and outpatient settings in New York. She specializes in integrative and evidence-based treatments addressing addictions and co-occurring psychological and psychosocial difficulties, including PTSD and complex trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and readjustment and relationship difficulties. She provides individual, group, and couples’ psychotherapies to veterans, active duty service members, and their families.

Joshua Scott, PhD

Clinical Psychologist Joshua ScottDr. Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. He specializes in providing eclectic, individually tailored care to adults affected by traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relationship problems, substance misuse, and various mental health issues. Dr. Scott has worked with veterans and active duty military personnel in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings, and he provides individual, group, and couples therapy. Read Dr. Scott's full profile.

Sheena Starr, BA

Sheena StarrMs. Starr is the clinic’s program coordinator. Prior to joining the Military Family Clinic, she worked as a research assistant in the Berkeley Early Learning Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a behavioral therapist with children who have autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. In the future, she would like to continue her education in healthcare, helping children and families.

Jared Sterk, MA

Jared SterkMr. Sterk is program manager for veterans outreach. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004 and attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He received an honorable discharge in 2008, leaving the military after attaining the rank of corporal. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy and international affairs.
 

Sara Van Gunst, LCSW

Sara Van GunstMs. Van Gunst is a licensed clinical social worker and has completed a two-year training program in trauma theory and treatment. She has extensive experience and expertise in providing therapy to adults, children, and families with complex trauma histories and experiences.
 

 

Linnea Vaurio, PhD

Linnea VaurioDr. Vaurio is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for brain-related syndromes. In addition, she provides cognitive training to veterans with cognitive challenges as a result of mild traumatic brain injury and concurrent post-traumatic stress or other mood disorders.