Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received extensive federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches. Dr. Foote has worked in the addiction treatment field as a clinician and researcher since the late 1980’s, and has developed a unique motivational treatment approach that incorporates principles of group treatment as well as research-based principles of human behavior change. Previously, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as a Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001. Dr. Foote was also team Psychologist for the New York Mets.
Dr. Wilkens has collaborated with Dr. Foote in a number of clinical and research settings. Her most recent work as Project Director for The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) was on a federal grant examining the effectiveness of motivational interventions for college binge drinking. In her work on the project, Dr. Wilkens gained extensive experience working with young adults and is well-versed in the developmental and environmentally specific factors that need to be addressed with this population. Previously, Dr. Wilkens was the Clinical Coordinator for Evaluation Services at the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center in NYC. Dr. Wilkens specializes in motivational treatments and group psychotherapy, and has worked with traumatized populations in both individual and group modalities.
Dr. Kosanke has worked in both therapeutic and research settings to address the most effective ways to help people change substance abusing behaviors and to help loved ones effectively assist in that process while also taking good care of themselves. She has participated in both the provision of motivational treatment interventions and the direction of government-funded research projects in the past and she has specialized training in comprehensive assessment to most effectively evaluate appropriate levels of care to meet individuals’ needs. She also has specialized training in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) which is an effective and unique treatment approach designed to help family members take care of themselves while also helping to motivate their substance abusing loved ones to be engaged in treatment.
Dr. Brody is a psychologist who has worked extensively with adolescents, adults, and families. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Education and Training at the Comprehensive Addictions Program for Adolescents (CAPA) of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center, where she specialized in motivational approaches and group psychotherapy. Most recently, she was the Coordinator of Outreach and Prevention at the Fordham University Counseling Services, where she worked individually with young adults struggling with substance use, eating disorders, depression, and trauma, while also developing motivationally-based outreach initiatives on campus.
Dr. Kathy Pruzan has been intimately involved in managing and developing the evaluation process at CMC. Her clinical work focuses on seeing clients for initial consultations, working with individuals using CBT techniques, and seeing family members using the CRAFT approach. Her background is in the treatment of individuals who have difficulties with anxiety, mood disorders, and acting out behaviors. She has previous experience utilizing DBT at Bellevue Hospital, as well as working with adolescents in residential and day treatment. Dr. Pruzan has experience working with people on the Autistic Spectrum who have co-occurring substance abuse disorders. She also has an interest in sport psychology, and has worked with athletes at all levels on issues related to performance, anxiety, and substance abuse. Dr. Pruzan also coordinates graduate internships at CMC.
Dr. Carpenter is a clinical research scientist and clinician who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. Dr. Carpenter has over 15 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidenced-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes. He holds an academic appointment in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and is a Research Scientist in the Division on Substance Abuse and the Substance Treatment and Research Services (S.T.A.R.S.) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. King is a psychologist who has specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness based therapies, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI). He is a founding member of the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He has worked at Bellevue Hospital with patients in acute crisis and with Borderline Personality Disorder. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. King worked as a therapist for college students at the Baruch College Counseling Center and as an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. In his position as Director of Clinical and Digital Service Integration, Dr. King oversees CMC’s social media presence and website, and is working to develop ways to expand CMC’s digital services with the specific goal of increasing access to CMC’s services to all people.