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Our Staff

Alice Medalia, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, NY State Office of Mental Health Cognitive Health Services
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Medalia is an international leader in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, who focuses on the treatment of neuropsychological disorders in psychiatric illness. She developed the widely used NEAR (Neuropsychological & Educational Approach to Remediation) model to help people with mental illness improve their thinking skills in such areas as attention, memory, processing speed and problem solving. She lectures and consults to agencies worldwide and conducts training workshops for clinicians who want to learn how to provide cognitive remediation to psychiatric patients. Dr Medalia works with policy makers, researchers, clinicians, families and patients to bring awareness about the impact of cognitive dysfunction on recovery. In order to facilitate greater awareness about cognition in the rehabilitation field, she started the largest conference on this topic, Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry, which takes place the first Friday in June in New York City. Her research focuses on the factors that impact a successful recovery of neuropsychological functions. Dr Medalia's contributions as a neuropsychologist, researcher and advocate of cognitive remediation have won her awards from professional and advocacy groups.
Wikipedia Profile
Columbia University Faculty Profile
2012 Brain Behavior Foundation Productive Lives Award Winner
CNN feature on cognitive remediation in psychiatry
Teach Recovery
Cognitive Remediation to Improve Functional Outcome

Tiffany Herlands
Clinical Director, The Lieber Clinic
Director of Rehabilitation, Columbia University Psychiatry, Midtown
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Dr. Herlands received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She completed a clinical internship in neuropsychology on the neuropsychiatric service at Montefiore Medical Center. After completing her internship, Dr. Herlands was awarded the Marie Kessel Fellowship, a clinical and research fellowship in the neurocognition and treatment of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Following the fellowship, Dr. Herlands became an attending neuropsychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. Later that year, she joined Columbia University to take part in the development of the Lieber Clinic and was appointed Clinical Director. Dr. Herlands is a published author and lectures regularly on a broad range of topics related to rehabilitation and recovery in psychotic disorders, intrinsic motivation, and cognition, and consults on complex cases.
Teach Recovery
Contributing Author, Cognitive Remediation to Improve Functional Outcome

Enid Gertmenian-King, LCSW
Ms. Gertmenian-King has been a clinical social worker at the Columbia University Day Treatment Program since 2008.  She received her undergraduate degree from Eugene Lang College where she majored in psychology and literature.  She worked on several NIMH-funded research projects for the next five years, and then completed a graduate degree in social work at the Columbia University School of Social Work with a focus on mental health.  She worked at several community mental health agencies before joining the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry's Day Treatment Program and the Lieber Recovery Clinic. Here, she developed a manualized treatment to address executive functioning skills deficits and self-esteem problems for individuals with ADHD and runs the executive functioning program.  She has also adapted Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) for individuals with psychotic disorders and runs a weekly group.
Daniel Mancini, LMHC

Mr. Mancini is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned two Master's Degrees in Counseling Psychology from Teacher's College at Columbia University. He specializes in cognitive remediation, executive functioning skills training, and self-esteem work.

Melanie Monaco, CESP

Supportive Employment and Education Specialist

Melanie is a Certified Supported Employment Support Professional and Supported Education Specialist with diversified experience in providing recovery-oriented supportive employment and educational services to individuals with psychiatric diagnosis.   Melanie takes a person-centered approach to employment and education by assisting individuals developing the skills they need to succeed in the competitive work and educational environment. Some of the services provided are; cover letter and resume development, job/volunteer seeking and development, soft skills development, pre-vocational, job coaching, college schedule planning, college application assistance and advocacy.

Emily Nicholas, LCSW

Ms. Nicholas received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Chicago's School of Social Administration.  She has worked with adolescents and adults in a diverse mental health agency in Chicago before joining the Lieber Clinic staff in 2014.  Ms. Nicholas facilitates several groups, including cognitive behavioral techniques for symptom management, dialectical behavioral therapy, increasing individuation and independence, voices group, cognitive remediation, and a women's group which uses many creative expression therapeutic techniques. She also facilitates the Family Orientation session which introduces clients and their families to the clinic and provides psychoeducation.



William Jock, Ph.D.


Dr. Jock completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research, where he conducted his dissertation research on the therapeutic alliance and psychotherapy outcomes. He trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in Elmhurst Hospital Center and the World Trade Center Mental Health Programfor his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship, respectively. Dr. Jock worked at the Lieber Clinic previously as a recovery coach and has returned as a staff psychologist and faculty member of Columbia University Medical Center. He conducts group therapy and research at the Clinic and accepts individual therapy patients in his faculty practice.

Sheyla Delvecchio 
Recovery Coach

Sheyla Delvecchio studied Special Education at the University of Rio de Janeiro. She received additional training in ADHD, Autism, and Learning Disabilities at Columbia University's Graduate School of Education. Ms. Delvecchio, a senior recovery coach, has specialized training in teaching social skills to people with Schizophrenia (Penn and Roberts), Autism and Asperger syndrome (Birch), and to provide LEAP  (Xavier Amador), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Remediation (Medalia, et al.). Ms. Delvecchio works as a recovery coach with individuals and small groups to promote social skills, executive functioning skills, and independent living skills. Ms. Delvecchio is fluent in English and Portuguese.

Sharon Fader, LCSW



Ms. Fader is a licensed clinical social worker  with advanced clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She earned her MSW from City College of New York--Hunter College, and a certificate in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Insititure of Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has training in CBT for psychosis, DBT, and Cognitive Remediation Therapy. Ms. Fader runs treatment groups and sees patients for individual therapy.


Marie Hansen, MA
Recovery Coach



Ms. Hansen has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is working towards her PhD at Long Island University, Brooklyn. At the Lieber Clinic she works as a recovery coach and cognitive remediation therapist and co-leads our hearing voices group.

Jamel Burroughs

Jamel Burroughs is a third-year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at Fielding Graduate University. At The Leiber Recovery Clinic he co-leads cognitive remediation and executive functioning skills groups. His areas of research interest are in the assessment of men and depression and cognitive remediation with various treatment populations. His professional goal is to pursue post-doctoral studies in neuropsychology.  

Jen Kao



Jen received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brown University and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College. As a psychology extern at the Lieber Clinic, she helps conduct neuropsychological assessments and assists in groups such as cognitive remediation, social skills training, and cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis