CARES Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship

CARES Fellowship is a two-year training program for those who have completed their doctoral psychology studies and are seeking to enhance their clinical skills while acquiring postdoctoral supervision for licensure. CARES Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work with individuals across the lifespan with developmental disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, and PTSD. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds including recent Chinese and Hispanic immigrant families along with the broad range of NYC residents.

Fellows provide therapeutic services using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing and administer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. They are trained to provide individual, family and group therapy. Fellows work in multidisciplinary teams of psychologists, social workers, BCBA, and psychiatric professionals. This approach affords a rich opportunity for collaborative learning and leads to a more holistic understanding of the individual from various facets. Fellows are provided with intensive supervision and robust didactics that are targeted to enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, treatment and assessment. The first year is focused on learning skills that can be applied to children, adolescents and adults with an emphasis on enhancing diagnostic assessments. The second year is spent honing those skills, developing greater independence as a clinician and learning to supervise others.

Additional information about our program and how to apply is included in the program handbook. You can also contact our Training Director, Dr. Sharon Shkedi at internship@caresnys.org or at 212-420-1970 ext. 142.

The CARES Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Our Fellowship program code is 9202.

Our Faculty

DR. LEAH ESTHER LAX, PH.D (1)

DR. LEAH ESTHER LAX, PH.D.

CEO

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Education: Psychology PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Masters of Science, Special Education, Touro College.

Dr. Lax leads agency initiatives and directs CARES services and programs. Under her tenure, CARES has provided OPWDD and Mental Health clinical services as well as HCBS program for children, adolescents, and adults with Intellectual/ Developmental disabilities, emotional issues, short term and/or chronic mental health conditions. She has developed programs to train parents and community members to support families of children with significant issues living with their families and communities.

Dr. Sharon Shkedi, Psy.D.

Sharon Shkedi, Psy.D.

Clinic Director and Clinical Supervisor

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Education: Long Island University – Clinical Psychology
Language: English, Hebrew

Dr. Shkedi is the Clinic and Training Director of CARES. She oversees the operations of two NYS-licensed outpatient clinics for children and adults, one for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, the other for individuals with mental health issues. She has extensive training working with families and individuals with developmental disabilities, such as ASD, ID, learning disabilities, ADHD, and mental health comorbidities of depression and anxiety across the lifespan. She provides individual and group supervision to clinicians, fellows, and interns, presents didactic seminars, and oversees the implementation of evidence-based practices and interventions. Dr. Shkedi is involved in program development and grant writing.

Dr. Jacqueline DeGroat,

Dr. Jacqueline DeGroat, M.S.Ed., Psy.D.

Senior Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education: Pace University—School and Clinical Child Psychology

Dr. DeGroat is a senior psychologist and clinical supervisor. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents living with disabilities and developmental challenges, and their families. She uses aspects of play and narrative therapy, and strength-based approaches that help individuals and families identify their own skills and resources for facing challenges. Dr. DeGroat is an adjunct professor at at the Pace University Psy.D. program. Within CARES, she supervises clinicians in training, presents didactic seminars, and is involved in program development.

Patty Carambot

Dr. Patty Carambot, Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Birthplace: Long Island, New York
Education: CUNY Graduate Center-Clinical Psychology with Forensic Specialty
Languages: English & Spanish

Dr. Carambot is a psychologist and clinical supervisor with extensive experience working with children/adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her clinical passion is working with underserved populations with complex trauma, behavioral health diagnoses, and social-cognition deficits. She is adept at crisis intervention and risk assessment. Dr. Carambot strives to create an environment that helps clients feel safe, understood and accepted to openly explore the challenges that face them. She uses numerous evidence-based practices, particularly CBT and DBT-informed, Person-Centered, Interpersonal approaches, mindfulness and strengths-based strategies. She also enjoys incorporating neuroscience, psycho-education & the connections between mind & body when useful/age-appropriate in therapy.

Meet our Current and Past Fellows

Ashley Zanghi

Ashley Zanghi, Psy.D., NCSP

2022/2024 Clinical Psychology Fellowship

Education: William James College – School Psychology

Dr. Zanghi applies her clinical experience and training in school psychology and applied behavior analysis to provide individualized services to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with developmental and other disabilities.

Philip Kaplan

Philip Kaplan, Psy.D.

2023/2025 Clinical Psychology Fellowship

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Language: English, Russian

Dr. Kaplan specializes in the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to help provide individualized, high quality behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and adults that struggle with developmental/cognitive disabilities as well as additional mental health diagnoses.

Alma C. Torres-Colon

Alma C. Torres-Colón, Psy.D.

2020/2022 Clinical Psychology Fellowship

Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Education: Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Puerto Rico – Major in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Torres-Colón serves children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from behavioral, emotional, developmental, and physical disabilities from culturally diverse populations in different social contexts. She specializes in providing therapeutic services in Spanish.