Victoria Schattner, PhD
Dr. Schattner is one of our Clinical Neuropsychological Evaluators. She earned her BA in Psychology at Tufts University in 1991 and her Doctorate in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1996. She worked for seven years as a middle and elementary school psychologist in the Hauppauge Public Schools system in Long Island which afforded her extensive experience with the school-based CSE and IEP process.
Dr. Schattner also worked for the Educational Records Bureau for 13 years as a Senior Examiner/Reviewer, which gave her the opportunity to work in a range of pre-schools across Manhattan and conduct private school admissions testing for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade.
Dr. Schattner specializes in neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents, and young adults and has many years of experience diagnosing and formulating treatment recommendations for ADHD as well as a variety of learning disabilities, spectrum disorders, and mood disorders. In the course of conducting neuropsychological evaluations with children, Dr. Schattner believes in close collaboration with any outside providers and support personnel (e.g., teachers, school administration, therapists, etc.) in order to gain a comprehensive picture of a child's functioning and ensure coordinated follow-up and implementation of treatment recommendations. Dr. Schattner joined Familyhealth Associates in 2000.
Dr. Schattner practices out of the New York City office.
Lisa Scionti, PsyD
Dr. Lisa Scionti is a New York State licensed psychologist who earned a doctorate in Psychology from Pace University with a combined degree in Child Clinical Psychology and School Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Education. Her dissertation, which was used and adapted for publication in the Comprehensive Psychiatry journal in 2005, was entitled “Do daughters with eating disorders agree with their parents’ perception of family functioning?”
Dr. Scionti also earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from U.C.L.A. where she had the opportunity not only to take coursework, but also to provide behavioral therapy to autistic children.
Prior to joining the Familyhealth Associates team, her experience included an interim staff psychologist position at North Central Bronx Hospital on an adult inpatient unit, a maternity-leave replacement school psychologist in a Westchester Country elementary school, as well as a triennial evaluator and a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) coordinator. She also served as staff psychologist and administrator and was responsible for developing, implementing and supervising the APA approved doctoral level internship at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents. At the residential treatment center, she provided trauma-based work and worked with individuals who had been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused.
Dr. Scionti currently conducts psychological evaluations at an evaluation site in Westchester for the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). In addition, Dr. Scionti is a member of the Familyhealth Associates private practice and provides consultation services and psychotherapy to young children, adolescents, adults, and families, working closely with and increasing collaboration between individuals, families and schools is emphasized.
Dr. Scionti practices out of the New York City Office.
Scott Tessler, PsyD
Dr. Tessler is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. He received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology, as well as a Master's degree in Psychology, from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Tessler completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he also worked as a Staff Neuropsychologist. He is licensed in Psychology in New York and New Jersey and holds New York State certification in School Psychology.
Dr. Tessler has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a wide range of settings, including residential treatment programs, mental health clinics, day treatment programs, schools, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and private practice in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey. He has lectured and conducted workshops with parents, mental health professionals, and school faculties on various mental health topics and behavioral interventions. Dr. Tessler has taught undergraduate college courses in developmental psychology, behavioral management of children and adolescents, and group dynamics. In addition to his work at Family Health Associates, Dr. Tessler works as a psychologist in a school district in Westchester and as a consultant for an organization that operates various programs for children and adolescents across the country where he trains staff in therapeutic and behavioral interventions and crisis intervention. At Family Health Associates, Dr. Tessler works with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents.
Dr. Tessler practices out of the White Plains Office.
Kristi Bracchitta, PhD
Dr. Kristi Bracchitta is a New York State licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University. She completed her pre and post-doctoral training at an inpatient children’s rehabilitation hospital where she conducted psychotherapy and psychoeducational testing. Dr. Bracchitta also served as a full-time faculty member in the psychology department at a local college. She is also involved in staff training and consultation, and conducts psychological testing at a local preschool.
Dr. Bracchitta’s main areas of interest include the integration of mind and body into treatment of psychological issues in childhood and adolescence, particularly anxiety and ADHD, development and improvement of executive functioning, and issues related to parenting. Dr. Bracchitta provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults, consults with parents and schools related to childhood psychological and developmental issues, and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological testing.
Dr. Bracchitta practices out of the White Plains office