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Division of Early Career Psychologists

Welcome to the first state psychological ECP division in the country!

2015 Early Career Division Executive Board


President Jessy Warner-Cohen, PhD
President-Elect Christopher Sbarrata, PhD

Amanda Spray, PhD

Secretary/Tresurer Jennifer Presnall-Shvorin
Representative to NYSPA Council
Sabrina Esbitt, PhD
President-Elect: Jessy Warner-Cohen, PhD, MPH
Dr. Warner-Cohen is a health psychologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (child clinical track) and her public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests are the interplay of physical and mental health, especially among youth.
Past-President: Amanda Spray, PhD  
Dr. Spray is a clinical psychologist at the Bellevue Hospital Cancer Center and the NYU Langone Medical Center Military Family Clinic. Dr. Spray completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Based Mental Health and Health Psychology and predoctoral internship in Psychology at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan Campus. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Health Emphasis with a minor in Neuropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Research interests include examining predictors of adherence to medication regimens and health outcomes following mental health integration into medical care. 
Representative to NYSPA Council: Sabrina Esbitt, PhD
Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Presnall-Shvorin
Program Coordinator: Carmela Bass, PhD 
Dr. Bass is currently a geropsychology postdoctoral fellow at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley California and moved to New York for her internship at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan Campus. Her clinical and research interests include aging, neuropsychology, and PTSD.
Social Media Coordinator: Max Nisenbaum, PhD
Dr. Nisenbaum is a psychologist in a group practice that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. His research and clinical interests include anxiety disorders, anger expression, adult attachment, technology use in therapy, and group and couples therapy.
Member at Large 2015 Desiree Castillo, PhD
Dr. Castillo is currently a clinical psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center working in multiple primary care clinics.  The focus of her clinical work is providing long-term psychotherapy for at-risk parents of young children from birth to 5 years old.  In addition, Dr. Castillo provides short-term evidence based interventions and psychotherapy with the school-aged (ages 4-18) population as part of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) at Montefiore Medical Center.  Previously, Dr. Castillo worked as a police psychologist at the Psychological Services Section-Medical Division of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducting psychological evaluations of potential candidates for employment in civil service positions and providing on-call emergency evaluations for members of service following a crisis.  Dr. Castillo earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center.  Dr. Castillo is also provisionally certified as a NYS School Psychologist and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  Clinical interests include working with victims of trauma, parental mental health and the emerging adulthood populations.
Membership Chair Alyson Sheehan, PhD
Dr. Sheehan graduated from University at Albany, SUNY with a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. She is currently working at ASPIRE Center in Melville, NY where she specializes in evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with attention, autism spectrum, and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Sheehan is involved in research examining alliances in family therapy, as well as individual and group therapy approaches for children with social learning disorders.


The Early Career Psychologist Division of NYSPA is very excited to announce our December Psychologist of the month, Dr. Jon Marrelli. Please join us in congratulating our colleague and friend. 

Dr. Marrelli is Program Director of the Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration (PCBHI-SAMHSA) Program at a local hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The focus of the program is to improve the physical health care of adults with mental health issues, by providing them an array of primary care, psychiatric care, and peer-led wellness activities  He also supervises licensed mental health staff and psychology externs. He received his doctorate from the University of Hartford, and completed practicums and his predoctoral internship at Yale University. His background is in working with adults with more severe forms of mental illness (SMI), and providing treatments that are evidence based and recovery-oriented. His interests also include leadership in mental health systems, understanding how healthcare reforms will impact mental health services, and integrated health care. Dr. Marrelli is the past president of our Early Career Psychologist Division and he currently Co-Chairs NYSPA's Health Care Reform Task Force and APA Division 31's Health Care Reform Task Force. 





The ECP DIvision is focuses on the delopment of psychologists entering the profession, empowering its members through advocacy, mentoring, and education.

Who We Are/A Brief History
In 2005, the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) formed an Ad hoc Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Committee to demonstrate NYSPA’s commitment to supporting the needs and interests of ECPs. In March 2008, this committee successfully petitioned NYSPA Council for Divisional status and became the first Early Career Psychologists division in the country!

Who can Join the Division?
Advanced Doctoral students who completed their internship can join the ECP division at a discounted rate. Once a member receives their Doctorate degree, he/she will achieve full membership status. There is no upper limit for membership since NYSPA members may benefit from aspects of the ECP division at any point in their career. For example, a more seasoned clinician who has worked in hospital settings throughout his/her career may feel “less experienced” in starting a private practice and may benefit from the resources and programs that the ECP division provides. In order to ensure accurate representation of ECP needs, elected board members will need to be within 10 years of receiving their Doctoral degree.

What are the Benefits of Joining NYSPA and the ECP Division?
There are many benefits of joining the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and the Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Division. Learn more about our Membership Benefits.

Once a member of the ECP Division, subscribe to the “Members Only” NYSPA ECP list serve. This is the best way to receive communications, updates and other important information, so please subscribe today!  You can also access the ECP Members only Media which includes several valuable webinars, videos and audio files.

How can I join and become an ECP Division Member?
Becoming an ECP division member is easy -- you can join online (you must be logged in as a NYSPA member) or email NYSPA's central office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Our goal in 2013 is to help ECP's across New York State excel and find success in the modern world through education, knowledge, and practical skills that are integral to 21st century practice. We can always use additional support, so if you have a topic you would like to present, or would like to volunteer for one of our available roles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jon Marrelli, PsyD
President, Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Division
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)


Dr. Carolyn Greene is completing her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Hospital, specializing in Geropsychology. She recently passed the license exam for NYC and will be fully licensed any day now. Previously, she was an intern at the Rusk Institute of Cognitive Rehabilitation at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Dr. Greene received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Geropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Her clinical and research interests include aging, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation. Dr. Greene is now entering the ECP job market, with a lot of specialized clinical training and experience. She will be a valuable asset wherever she chooses to go!