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“Our only goal is to help children and adults fulfill their potential.”
–Dr. Risa Tabacoff, founder & director, DAIC

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Dr Risa Tabacoff, Licensed Psychologist

The DAIC Genesis:
DAIC was founded by Dr. Risa Tabacoff, a New York State licensed psychologist who has been successfully treating children and adults for over 20 years. Dr. Tabacoff has a PhD in Developmental Psychology, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Creative Expressive Therapy. Dr. Tabacoff is the Director of DAIC, coordinating and overseeing all services, beginning with personally conducting the initial interview with the parent/caregiver. Consulting throughout testing with the psychologist individually assigned to each client, Dr. Tabacoff co-hosts a feedback meeting at the end of the evaluation to explain in detail the results of testing.


Her focus is enhancing the lives of children with special needs. She knows first hand the distress and dilemma parents face when a child is not performing at expected levels. She has an intimate knowledge of the intricacies of navigating successfully through school systems and of the special service providers needed to improve a child’s success rate. Parents are not often experts in the field of child development, they may be faced with a situation involving their child that demands expert intervention. Proper assessment and remediation can be invaluable to assuring a child’s healthy development.

Unfortunately, sometimes schools and professionals in other disciplines may not accurately detect a child’s problem. And even when a proper diagnosis is in place, parents need to coordinate the remedy, meeting with each specialist and/or teacher, making sure everyone is working together. This can easily overwhelm parents.


DAIC is the culmination of this awareness and concern for parents. Each staff member at DAIC is determined to help guide parents through this difficult process. The staff is made up of psychologists and other child development specialists who bring expert professional perspectives to the table. DAIC’s approach is team oriented. This affords DAIC the opportunity to develop the most comprehensive and thorough evaluation and remediation strategies possible, empowering the parents with the tools needed to ensure the child receives appropriate remediation.

The DAIC Team:

NYS Licensed Psychologist

DAIC Assistant Director, Dr. Suzanne Busby,
is a NYS licensed psychologist who primarily works with children, adolescents, and families. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and trained in various settings including the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins and the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Busby completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). She currently is the Assistant Director at DAIC, where she conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations and provides intervention services for children and families.

School Psychologist, Psychotherapy

Dr. Peter Faustino is a NYS and CT licensed psychologist and has been working with teenagers and their families for more than 13 years. He serves on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists and presents frequently at national conferences. As a long time DAIC team member Dr. Faustino offers individual and family psychotherapy specializing in adolescents with anxiety, attention difficulties, and Asperger’s.

Watch Dr. Faustino commenting on the subject of bullying for an MSNBC newscast.

 

associate professor, School performance

Liz Wahlquist is a NY and CT licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College. Liz has worked in public and private schools, at a private clinic, and in homes, assisting mostly children and adolescents aged 3 to 18.
Here at DAIC, Liz provides comprehensive language therapy which includes boosting students’ reading comprehension, word-retrieval, vocabulary skills, written and oral expression, and pragmatic language. She is also trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing program from Lindamood-Bell.
Additionally, Liz provides executive function tutoring for students who benefit from strategies that boost their organization, planning, memory, time management, flexible thinking, and attention skills.
Liz also conducts our speech-language evaluations. For students ranging from preschool through college age, Liz offers assessments at all levels, from a basic screening to a comprehensive evaluation. Liz will tailor the testing to the student’s needs and concerns, using a variety of both formal and informal measures.
Liz strongly believes in incorporating curriculum-based materials, helpful strategies, and a bit of humor to bolster students’ motivation and generalization of skills. At DAIC she currently provides individualized speech, language, and learning services to children of all ages.

*Liz offers Speech & Language therapy, and Evaluations in our Bedford Hills, NY or Greenwich, CT offices.

psycho-educational testing, School performance

Dr. Lauren Rodriguez is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and earned a Psy.D. in School Psychology from Alfred University. Dr. Rodriguez is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She currently serves as the Director of the Office of Disability Resources at Purchase College, SUNY, supervising all academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities. Prior to joining Purchase College, Dr. Rodriguez worked as a school psychologist in the public education setting. Dr. Rodriguez has a particular interest in students with disabilities transitioning from high school to college and has made it a professional goal to present to and educate others. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York State Disability Services Council. As a member of the DAIC team, Dr. Rodriguez offers comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents. 

family psychotherapy, expert psychoeducational assessments

Dr. Erica Adler is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Sarah Lawrence College. Dr. Adler received her M.A. and PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, where she was a recipient of the Jeffrey Sage Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Andrus Children’s Center in White Plains, NY. Dr. Adler offers individual and family psychotherapy as a DAIC team member and provides expert psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents.

associate professor, School performance

Dr. Nora Ryan is a licensed NYS psychologist who is a graduate of Pace University’s Child School-Clinical Psychology program. She continued on as an associate professor at Pace teaching child development, and also worked for the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) which provides services to youth in foster care. Her role as a psychologist at JCCA has expanded to include running the doctoral internship training program in psychology. She is the clinical division president of the Westchester County Psychological Association. As a member of DAIC, Dr. Ryan offers comprehensive psychoeducational assessments, as well as cognitive behavioral oriented treatment interventions with children, adolescents, and young adults.

 

psycho-educational testing, School performance

Dr. Dana Zelman is a NYS licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of cognitive and emotional issues for children, adolescents, and their families. She completed undergraduate study of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Ph.D. in school psychology at Columbia University.  She trained in schools, clinics, and hospitals including programs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Lenox Hill Hospital.  Dr. Zelman completed her internship and postdoctoral training working with youth and families in foster care.  As a member of the DAIC team, Dr. Zelman offers comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations to identify pathways to success in school and across the lifespan.

psycho-educational testing, School performance

Katrina Rodrigues is a NYS licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Karina holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University, Teachers College. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practices, public schools, special education programs and nursing/rehabilitation centers. Karina has a broad range of experience evaluating and treating children with language, articulation, and learning disorders. She is PROMPT trained and New York State certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Language Disabled.
As a member of DAIC, Karina provides comprehensive speech-language therapy that encompasses improving oral and written expression, receptive language skills, reading comprehension, and speech intelligibility. Karina believes in incorporating curriculum related material into each of her therapy sessions. She enjoys working with children, as well as their teachers and families in order to provide evidence-based practice in a supportive learning environment which targets each individual child’s learning style. She believes this collaboration is the key to generalization of skills learned within therapy.

Dr. Ellen Medd is a NYS licensed psychologist who has been working with children and their families for over 20 years. She earned her doctoral degree from Fordham University and has a Master’s degree in special education. Dr. Medd is a NY state certified school psychologist, special and general education teacher who has worked with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, autistic spectrum disorder, language disorders and emotional/behavior difficulties.​ She effectively counsels parents to help improve their child’s behavior and academic performance. Dr. Medd is an adjunct professor at Long Island University where she teaches graduate students. 

 



“Our only goal is to help children
and adults fulfill their potential.”

Psychology Center, Testing


DAIC, founded by Dr. Risa Tabacoff,
a NY State licensed psychologist
has been successfully maximizing potential in children and adults for
over 20 years.


Serving the New York City Tri-State area with offices in
Bedford Hills, NY & Greenwich, CT