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Military Family Center Team

The care team at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center offers support and treatment for veterans and their families experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, and other mental health conditions.

  • Directors

    • Charles R. Marmar, MD, Adult Psychiatry

      Chair of Psychiatry | Adult Psychiatry

      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.

    • Amanda M. Spray, PhD, Psychology

      Clinic Director | Psychology

      Dr. Spray is the director of the Military Family Center, where she directs the training program. She is also a clinical assistant professor in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry. At the center, she provides individual cognitive behavioral psychotherapy to adults and specializes in trauma, health psychology, and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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      Lead Clinician | Psychology

      Dr. Wen is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the lead clinician at the Military Family Center. She joined the Military Family Center in 2012, helping to establish its robust clinical program. Dr. Wen specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of relationship difficulties, traumatic stress, and complex trauma.

  • Clinical Staff

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      Dr. Folberth is a clinical psychologist and clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families who have been impacted by trauma and has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders. He has presented at the annual convention of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America on the implementation of evidence-based treatments to treat PTSD in children and adolescents.

    • Margo A. Kakoullis, PsyD, Psychology


      Dr. Kakoullis is a clinical psychologist in the Military Family Center and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She 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.

    • Ariane Ling, PhD, Psychology


      Dr. Ling is a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ling provides integrative, culturally attuned, and individually tailored evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals and couples who present with substance use difficulties, PTSD, depression, anxiety, adjustment, and psychosocial stressors.

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      Dr. Mbabazi is a clinical psychologist treating children, adolescents, and adults at the Military Family Center. She uses an integrative orientation, primarily attachment based, utilizing psychodynamic psychotherapy, and CBT. Dr. Mbabazi specializes in providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families who experience depression, anxiety, complex trauma, racial trauma, parent–child attachment concerns, challenging life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties, as well as parenting and co-parenting challenges.

    • Komal Nayak-Giovinazzo, MD, Adult Psychiatry

      Adult Psychiatry

      Dr. Nayak has worked in various settings, including inpatient and outpatient settings and the psychiatric emergency room. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults who have mood disorders, trauma, difficult life adjustments, and relationship challenges. She provides psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment.

    • Justin R. Pomerenke, PhD, Psychology


      Dr. Pomerenke is a clinical psychologist and clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. His training emphasized the treatment and research of PTSD and co-occurring conditions such as substance use disorder and insomnia. Dr. Pomerenke provides individually tailored cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. He has specialized training in a variety of evidence-based therapies, including exposure therapies such as exposure and response prevention for obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and prolonged exposure for PTSD, cognitive processing therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

    • Collin Reiff, MD, Addiction Psychiatry

      Addiction Psychiatry

      Dr. Reiff specializes in treating substance use disorders, PTSD, and mood and anxiety disorders. He uses psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to improve the lives of his patients.

    • Jessica B. Stern, PhD, Psychology


      Dr. Stern is a clinical psychologist and clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. She specializes in individually tailored, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral interventions for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, as well as support with relationship distress, reintegration concerns, and chronic medical concerns. She has advanced training in inpatient and outpatient individual and group therapies.

    • Linnea Vaurio, PhD, Psychology


      Dr. Vaurio is a clinical neuropsychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for brain-related syndromes. In addition, she provides cognitive training to veterans with challenges as a result of mild traumatic brain injury and concurrent PTSD or other mood disorders.

    • Shelby E. Weltz, PsyD, Psychology


      Dr. Weltz is a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. She has advanced training in the delivery of cognitive and exposure-based therapies designed to treat PTSD. Dr. Weltz specializes in treating adolescents and adults affected by depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and relationship difficulties. She utilizes an integrative, existentially informed, and culturally responsive approach that is tailored to the unique needs of each individual, couple, or family.

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

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      Emily Brackman, PhD

      Dr. Brackman is a psychology postdoctoral fellow at the Military Family Center. She completed her predoctoral psychology internship and externship training at the Manhattan VA Medical Center—VA NY Harbor Healthcare System. Dr. Brackman’s primary clinical interests are in the evidence-based treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders in culturally diverse veteran populations. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, complex trauma, and a range of co-occurring conditions in veterans and civilians in outpatient, inpatient, and psychiatric emergency room settings. Her research focuses on the connection between interpersonal stress and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Brackman currently provides tailored, evidence-based treatment to individuals and couples.

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      Catherine Nobile, PsyD

      Dr. Nobile is a psychology postdoctoral fellow at the Military Family Center. She completed her predoctoral internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital at Northwell Health. Dr. Nobile is trained in a variety of evidence-based treatments including second- and third-wave behavior therapies. She has a particular interest in trauma-related disorders, obsessive–compulsive-related disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Nobile has worked across psychiatric contexts, including inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals and groups. Her research background includes vulnerability, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders as well as the effectiveness of compassion-focused therapies in improved treatment outcome.

  • Support Staff

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      Danielle Bayer

      Ms. Bayer is the clinic’s database analyst. She provides data management support to all initiatives at the clinic. Before joining the Military Family Center, she worked in public transit, evaluating and enhancing the on-time performance of Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) Bus. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Binghamton University.

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      Patricia Luzuriaga

      Ms. Luzuriaga is the program associate of the Military Family Center. Before joining the clinic, she studied at Fordham University where she completed a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with a minor in music. She hopes to pursue a medical degree in the future.

    • Gabriela Sarrate

      Gabriela Sarrate, MA

      Ms. Sarrate is the clinic’s program coordinator and intake coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before joining the Military Family Center, she completed her externship at the Brooklyn Mental Health Court, working with defendants with serious and persistent mental health diagnoses, conducting intake interviews, and matching them to appropriate long-term counseling and service programs as an alternative to incarceration.

    • Jared Sterk

      Jared Sterk, MA

      Mr. Sterk is the 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.