Dr. Constance Salhany – Founder & Director
Constance Salhany, LMHC, Ph.D., ACT, Diplomate and Fellow, Cognitive Therapy, Certified Trainer and Consultant, Academy of Cognitive Therapy is the Founder and Clinical Director of Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island, PSLMHC, PLLC. Dr. Salhany is a licensed psychologist and has been treating individuals with a broad range of anxiety and depressive disorders for more than 20 years. She received a Masters of Science in School & Community Counseling from CUNY, the College of Staten Island and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. Dr. Salhany is a licensed Psychologist in New York and New Jersey as well a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey.
Dr. Victoria NicholsVictoria Nichols, Ph.D., is a psychologist at Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island since 2010. Dr. Nichols obtained her doctorate degree from Hofstra University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Dr. Nichols is trained in treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders of both adults and children; utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Dr. Nichols is a professional colleague of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She also brings to the Center extensive experience as a School Psychologist from the Woodbridge School System. In her experience as part of the school based support team, she collaborated on interventions for a wide range of school age children & adolescents. Dr. Nichols provides psycho-diagnostic assessments for all age groups. Her experience with seniors and elderly was obtained by working at Woodhaven Medical Center and the Alzheimer’s Treatment & Memory Centers of America. There, she became proficient in the testing, memory evaluation and treatment of the senior and elderly population. During her clinical internships, Dr. Nichols worked as a research assistant, performed clinical evaluations at various testing centers and presented at a national conference on the subject of reducing anxiety of the elderly through imagery. Dr. Nichols is a licensed Psychologist in New York and a certified School Psychologist in both New York and New Jersey. We are pleased to have Dr. Nichols as part of the Center. Her impressive background makes her well suited to treat clients of all ages.
Dr. Jennifer Feretic
Laura Parisi, MS, LMHC is a mental health counselor with over 20 years of counseling experience with adolescents, children, and their families, primarily in the school setting. Laura graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Science in Education Degree in Counseling from Fordham University. She has practiced as a counselor at Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program and at Notre Dame Academy High school. Laura earned certificates from the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a Level One Practitioner and as an Anxiety Specialist.
Francine Curcio HansenFrancine Curcio Hansen, M.S., LMHC, NCC, CCMHC is mental health counselor at Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island. She obtained her degree from Pace University with a focus in Mental Health Counseling. She also minored in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. After spending 11 years in the financial industry as a Project Manager and Analyst and observing first hand the mental strain put on her colleagues and clientele from the looming financial crisis, Francine decided to pursue her passion in Mental Health. During her academics, she assisted professors in research of experimental studies. She has maintained a fervent connection working in the educational setting conducting evaluations, creating behavioral interventions and methods, and performing functional behavioral assessments. Francine gained her experience in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Depression in adults; She interned under the director of The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy ,Dr. Steven Phillipson. She has completed her Postgraduate work at Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island and has worked here for several years. Francine is a professional colleague of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In addition to serving her community she is an adjunct professor at Pace University for the department of psychology.
Jacqueline McCumiskey, PsyDJacqueline McCumiskey, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist at Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island. She obtained her Master’s degree from Long Island University and doctoral degree from Capella University (Minneapolis, MN). She received her doctoral clinical training at South Beach Psychiatric Center and Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island. Dr. McCumiskey has spent several years working within the Staten Island community in both private practice and hospital settings in clinical and administrative capacities. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy to treat children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and depression. She has had special training in mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques as well as biofeedback.
Valentina Diglio, PSYDValentina Diglio, PSYD is a postdoctoral fellow at Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island. Dr. Diglio obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. She completed three externship rotations in various settings, conducting psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults, parent-child therapy, and individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings. Following her externship experience, she completed her internship at the Youth Consultation Services in East Orange, NJ, where she worked with children and also women in treatment for substance use who sought relationship enhancement with their children. Additionally, Valentina conducted psychological evaluations for children conducted group therapy at residential treatment facilities, conducted individual therapy and dyadic therapy, and implemented a variety of relational and behavioral interventions. Dr. Diglio is excited to be a new member of the CTSI team.
Stefanie Scudera,LMHCStefanie Scudera, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Cum Laude and Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY in 2007 and became licensed in 2011. She was a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Ms. Scudera has worked with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient and supportive housing settings. Ms. Scudera has worked with children and adolescents in an inpatient psychiatric and outpatient partial program setting at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY where she also interned while she was in graduate school. Upon graduation, she worked with adolescents at risk for PINS Petitions with Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY. For the past six years, Ms. Scudera has worked with homeless and formerly homeless individuals with mental illness and substance use diagnoses at Project Hospitality, Inc. She joined Cognitive Therapy of Staten Island in 2013.