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CLINICAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE PRACTICE

June 2013 Present

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

New York, NY

Provides individual, family, and intensive outpatient therapy, specializing in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive and related disorders, autism spectrum disorders, school adjustment and problematic home behaviors. Provides consultation for professionals as well and supervises psychology postdoctoral fellow, interns and externs.

FAY J. LINDNER CENTER FOR AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

May 2013April 2015

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Brookville, NY

Provided individual, family, and group therapy and conducted psychological evaluation and testing for individuals across the lifespan with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Developmental Disability (DD) diagnosis and co-morbid mental health diagnosis. Duties also included collateral contact with other professionals, clinical supervision of part-time psychologists and doctoral level psychology students, program evaluation and development, and community workshops and speaking engagements.

NEUROBEHAVIORAL INSTITUTE

January 2012February 2013

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Weston, FL

Provided individual and family therapy utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Training including treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tic Disorders, ADHD, Pediatric and Adult OCD, and Mood Disorders. Participated in the Intensive Outpatient Program, Co-ran OCD Children & Families Support Group, and acted as a Liason with Academic Options.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

May 2010December 2011

Fellowship: Clinical Therapist & Graduate Student Supervisor

Miami, FL

Supervisor: Craig Marker, Ph.D.

Performed therapy with individual clients and groups, led various Mindfulness Based groups, and supervised Ph.D. graduate students who perform therapy with children, families, adults and couples, to address various problems in daily living, with an emphasis on health and caregiving issues, mood and anxiety disorders.

PENINSULA COUNSELING CENTER

August 2005August 2006

Practicum: Clinical Therapist Intern

Lynbrook, NY

Supervisor: Marla Ince, Ph.D.

Performed therapy with clients with a wide-range of psychological difficulties in a community counseling center; performed psycho-educational assessments including clinical interviews, assessments of intelligence, and personality evaluations.

JERICHO MIDDLE SCHOOL

September 2004June 2005

Practicum: School Psychology Intern

Jericho, NY

Supervisor: Jeffrey Barnes, Ph.D.

Counseled individual students, performed psycho-educational assessments including clinical interviews, functional behavior analyses, assessments of intelligence, and personality evaluations; wrote evaluation reports and presented results to parents and at meetings of CSE, Child Study Team, and Social & Emotional Literacy; consulted with parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff; worked with New Student Groups.

STRAWBERRY CANYON CAMP, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY

June 2004August 2005

Coordinator of Social Skills Track

Berkeley, CA 

Oversaw all aspects of the social skills camp designed for children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and children with similar social skills deficits; lead group social skills sessions with campers; created specialized activities for staff to use; trained and oversaw staff members working with Social Skills Track campers; consulted with staff, parents, and outside professionals.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION RESEARCH AND COUNSELING CLINIC (PERCC), HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

September 2004January 2006

Practicums: Psychotherapist and Psychoeducation Tester   

Hempstead, NY

Treated psychotherapy clients with cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Was responsible for case conceptualization, report writing and conducting individual and/or family conferences

GERSH ACADEMY

March 2005June 2005

Practicum: Intern Evaluator

Huntington, NY

Conducted achievement evaluations of primary and secondary school aged children with neurobiological disorders; was responsible for full report for evaluation results.

EDUCATION

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

September 2002December 2009

Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology

Dissertation Title: Weightlifting as a Taught Competence Image for Dating Anxiety Management Training in Jewish Women

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

January 2010December 2011

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Miami, FL

PENINSULA COUNSELING CENTER

August 2005August 2006

Clinical Psychology Internship

Lynbrook, NY

JERICHO MIDDLE SCHOOL

September 2004June 2005

School Psychology Internship

Jericho, NY

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

September 2002August 2003

M.A. Psychology

Hempstead, NY

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

August 1995May 1999

B.A. Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Psychology

New York, NY

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

September 2004January 2007

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Hempstead, NY

Taught Abnormal Psychology (Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006); Psychology of Women (Fall 2005); Child Psychology (Spring 2005)

SUNY, OLD WESTBURY

January 2006December 2006

Adjunct Instructor

Westbury, NY

Taught Psychology of Gender (Spring 2006, Fall 2006); Theories of Personality (Fall 2006)

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

January 2005May 2006

Adjunct Professor

Brooklyn, NY

Taught Abnormal Psychology (Fall 2006)

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

January 2005May 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Hempstead, NY

Supervisor: Phyllis Ohr, Ph.D.

Assisted in Graduate Course, Exceptional Child; conducted mock parent conferences in class, was responsible for facilitating student’s understanding and application of the etiology, evaluation, and treatment of children with various disorders.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

BIOBEHAVIORAL ONCOLOGY, SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

January 2010December 2011

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Miami, FL

Principal Investigator: Youngmee Kim, Ph.D.

Project Manager for various studies investigating psychosocial and biophysiological aspects of quality of life of cancer patients and their family caregivers and implementation of intervention programs to improve overall quality of life. Responsible for the overall coordination and management of data collection & dissemination of findings: for:

  • Psychosocial Correlates and Biomarkers of Stress among Families Dealing with Prostate Cancer
  • Elevated Health Risk Among Patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) and Their Caregivers: Pilot Study
  • Feasibility of Home-Based Cancer Preventive Behaviors Intervention for CR

RESEARCH INSTITUTE ON AGING, JEWISH HOME LIFE CARE

January 2007January 2010

Research Coordinator

New York, NY

Principal Investigators: Amy Horowitz, DSW/Ph.D., Joann Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Project Director: Brent E. Gibson, Ph.D. 

Responsible for conducting semi-structured interviews in a longitudinal study examining developmental aspects of coping, and performing relevant analyses.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

January 2007August 2009

Graduate Research Scientist

Hempstead, NY

Dissertation Sponsor: Richard O’Brien, Ph.D.

Conducted dissertation treatment study with a single subject multiple-baseline-across-subjects design on Anxiety Management Training utilizing taught competence imagery on anxiety and avoidance behaviors related to dating.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

July 2001August 2002

Research Assistant

Palo Alto, CA

Supervisor: Ellen Markman, Ph.D.

Conducted experimental sessions examining cognitive and language development in children and infants; performed relevant statistics to analyze data.

POST-LICENSURE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): 5-Day Training for the Prevention of Depression Relapse with Zindel Segal August 2012

ACT-II: 2-Day Training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinical Skills Building Intensive with Steven C. Hayes , November 2017

RO-DBT: Full Day Training in Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Over ontrol with Thomas Lynch, November 2018

HONORS & AWARDS

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Participant in the ADAA Career Development Leadership Program, 2015

Hofstra University: Nominated for the H. Alan Robinson Outstanding Dissertation Award, August 2009

New York Association of School Psychologists: The Ted Bernstein Award, Excellence in the Practice of School Psychology, November 2009

Hofstra University: Graduate Student Research Fellowship, September 2002-May 2004

New York University: NYU Trustee Scholar, 1995-1999; Dean's List, 1997-1999

CLINICAL WORKSHOPS & PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSIONS

Gaus, V,  Brodkin, E., Bookman-Frazee, L., Maddox, B., Mitchell, Z.,  Sachs, R. and Vivian D. (2018) "Community-Based Mental Health Treatment for Co-Ocurring Psychiatric Conditions and ASD: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go" Panel presented at 52nd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

Hoffman, D., McKay D., Owens, S., and Sachs, R. (2018) "What Can an Evidence Based Mental Health Practitioner Do When Faced with Pseudoscience" Panel presented at 52nd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

Sachs, R. (2018) "Applications of Exposure Therapy across different diagnoses- common themes and important differences: OCD, Hoarding, Social Phobia and Specific Phobia." Presented at the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) Congress, Pretoria, South Africa.

Sachs, R. (2018) "An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cognitive Behavior Therapy: How can CBT be use to target flexility to improve symptoms of ASD." Presented at the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) Congress, Pretoria, South Africa.

Sachs, R. (2018) "Differential Diagnosis: When is it Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or both CO-Ocurring ASD and OCD" Presented at the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) Congress, Pretoria, South Africa.

Sachs, R. (2018) “Not Just OCD: A Support Group for those with a Dual Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families.”  Support Group presented at the 25rd  Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Washington DC.

Sachs, R., & Cody K. (2018) “Treatment Resistant OCD or Co-Morbid ASD? Diagnostic and Treatment Implications: Workshop  presented at the Annual Conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Washington DC. 

Sachs, R., & Cody K. (2017) “Assessment: Recognizing and Evaluating OCD in Autism” Symposium presented at the Treating OCD in the Autism Community Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

 Hoffman, J.& Sachs, R.(2017) “Clinical Barriers to Change in OCD and Autism” Symposium presented at the Treating OCD in the Autism Community Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sachs, R., & Cody K (2017) “Getting Unstuck: Interventions for Fostering Independence Throughout Delveopment.” Keynote  presented at the 17th Annual Spring Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Associations (AHA) Conference, Garden City, NY.

Sachs, R., & Cody K. (2017) “Innovative Assessment-Based Approach to Treatment Planning: Utilizing Assessment Beyond Diagnosis for Co-Co-Occurring Anxiety/OCD and Autism” Master Clinician Session presented at the Annual Conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), San Francisco, CA.

Sachs, R. (2017)" High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults" Full Day Workshop presented for PESI, Chattanooga, TN, Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN.

Sachs, R., Gaus, V.L., Hoffman, J., Kerns, C.M., Lerner, M.D., Woods, D. (2016). Mechanisms of Change in CBT for ASD: knowledge and process based interventions. Clinical Roundtable presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Sachs, R., Hoffman, J., Hudak, R., Penzel, F., & Tucker, B. (2016) “Live Your Best Life Anyway!: A Town Hall Experience with the OCD & Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group” Workshop presented at the 23rd  Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Sachs, R. (2016) “Not Just OCD: A Support Group for those with a Dual Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families.”  Support Group presented at the 23rd  Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Sachs, R. & Baumeister, A., & Mitchell, Z. (2016) “Help! My Brain’s CEO has Fallen Into a Deep Hole on the Way to Work: Understanding How Executive Function (EF) Difficulties can Impact Mental Health and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression” Symposia presented at the Annual Conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Chicago, IL.

Gilbert, K., Gaus, V., Sachs, R., & Veeenstra-VanderWheel (2016) “Mental Health Care and Adults on the Autism Spectrum.” Workshop presented at the 16th Annual Spring Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Associations (AHA) Conference, Garden City, NY.

Sachs, R., (2016) “Dealing with School Related Stress Using Cognitive Behavioral Concepts” Workshop for parents and professionals presented at the P.S. 116, New York, NY.

Sachs, R., (2016) “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study” Guest Lecture for Psychology 334: ASD, Matthew Lerner, SUNY, Stony Brook.

Sachs, R., Gaus, V.L., Hoffman, J., Kerns, C.M., Lerner, M.D., Storch, E. (2015). Addressing Real and Imagined Constraints in Utilizing CBT for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Practices regarding the applicability of CBT to ASD. Storch, E. (Chair). Clinical Roundtable presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Sachs, R., (2015) “ASDs  & OCD: Complicating Comorbidities Treatment.”  Discussion presented at Tics, Tourette's and Related Disorders clinic at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center,  New York, NY

Sachs, R., (2015) “Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents.”  Discussion presented at Mercy First Hospital, Syosset, NY.

Sachs, R., Boden, D., Rios, B., Schure, D., Weber, A. (2015) “Family Matters: Navigating Parenthood of a Child with a Dual Diagnosis of OCD or Related Disorder and an ASD” Symposia presented at the 22th Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Boston, MA.

Sachs, R. (2015) “Not Just OCD: A Support Group for those with a Dual Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families.”  Support Group at the 22th Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Boston, MA.

Sachs, R. & Iemolo, M. (2015) “The Role of ASDs in Treatment of Co-Occurring Conditions: Complicating Comorbidities” Symposia presented at the Annual Conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Miami FL.

Sachs, R. & Baumeister, A., & Braider, L. (2015) “How to Navigate Screen Time: iPads, Cell Phones, Computers - oh my!” Symposia presented at the Annual Conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Miami FL.

Sachs, R., (2014) “Understanding and Addressing the Role of ASDs in OCD Treatment.”  Discussion presented at OCD New Jersey (OCDNJ) December Meeting, Brunswick, NJ.

Sachs, R., (2014) “Lazy, Messy, Stubborn Kid? Maybe Not: Learning About Executive Functioning” Workshop for parents and professionals presented at the Fusion Academy, Brooklyn.

Sachs, R., Cody, K. & Newman, S. (2014) “The Role of ASDs in OCD Treatment: Complicating Comorbidities” Workshop at the 21th Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

Sachs, R., Cody, K. (2014) “Not Just OCD: A Support Group for those with a Dual Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities and their Families.”  Support Group at the 21th Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Ronemus, M., Sachs, R., (2014)  “Symposium on Autism.” Discussion at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Cody, K., Sachs, R., Wajsblat, L. (2013) “ASD, Co-Occurring Conditions and Maintaining Good Mental Health.” Workshop presented at the 14th Annual Spring Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Associations (AHA) Conference, Garden City, NY.

Sachs, R. (2014) “Autism Spectrum Disorder and OCD Behaviors.” Workshop for parents and professionals presented at the Sid Jacobson JCC Special Needs Center, East Hills, NY.

Sachs, R. (2013) “The Role of ASDs in OCD Treatment.” Discussion presented to staff at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI.

Hoffman, J., Poskar, S. & Sachs, R. (2012) “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Dating.” Workshop presented at the 19th Annual Conference, International OCD Foundation, Chicago, IL.

Sachs, R. (2011) “Managing Stress: As a person and as a practitioner.” Talk presented at the University of Miami Medical School to Third Year Medical Students, Miami, FL.

Selke, J. & Sachs, R. (2005) Add a social skills camp to your program.  Talk presented at the Tri State 2005 Camp Conference. New York, New York.

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS & POSTER PRESENTATION 

Sachs, R., Bruer, T., Schare, M. (2014) Using virtual reality exposure to prepare for an airplane flight for an adolescentt with ASD: a case report. Poster Session to be presented at ABCT’s 48th Annual Convention, Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders (ASDD) SIG in Philadelphia, PA.

Sachs, R., Kim, Y. (2011 Risk Factors for Bereavement Outcomes Among Cancer Caregivers. Poster Session presented at ABCT’s 45th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sachs, R., Kim, Y. (2010).  Pre-loss depression: A predictor of complicated grief among cancer caregivers. Poster Session presented at 2010 Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Presentation, Miami, FL.

Guedj, S., Leon,J., Wesley, K., Sachs, R., Kim, Y. (2010).  Dyadic and individual effects of attachment between colorectal cancer patients and their caregivers on mental and physical health. Poster Session presented at 2010 Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Presentation, Miami, FL.

Sachs, R., O’Brien, R., Levy, J., Feiner, J., Cohen, E. (2009). Weight Lifting as a taught competency image for Anxiety Management Training with dating anxiety in Jewish Women.  Poster Session presented ABCT’s 43rd Annual Convention, New York, NY.

Sachs, R., O’Brien, R., Levy, J., Feiner, J., Cohen, E. (2009). Weight Lifting as a taught competency image for Anxiety Management Training. Poster session presented at the 117th annual American Psychological Association Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sachs, R. (2009). Predictors of dating anxiety and dating behaviors in Jewish women. Poster session presented at the 117th annual American Psychological Association Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pastor, S.C., Orban, L., Sachs, R., Ephron, R., Owens, S.G., Corso, A., & Dill, C.A. (2004). Monitoring anti-gay hate speech utilizing implementation intentions. Poster session presented at the 111th annual American Psychological Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dill, C., Owens, S.G., Ephron, R., Sachs, R., Corso, A., Gross, D., & Sledz, B. (2004). Self-efficacy and reinforcement: Delimiting the effects of implementation intentions. Poster session presented at the 111th annual American Psychological Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.       

PEER-REVIEWED REVIEWER

Reviewer for Submissions to ABCT Annual Convention

Quality of Life Research Journal

Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Journal

Examiner for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Behavior & Cognitive Psychology

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

ADAA CDLP Committee Member 2017,  2018

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Associations (AHA-NY)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF)

New York State Psychological Association, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Division

Trichotillomania Learning Center

LICENSURE & BOARD

Psychologist in State of New York: License Number 020065
Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology