Who We Are

PROMISE at Columbia

Who We Are

Molly A. Algermissen, PhD

Clinicial Director
Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUIMC

Dr. Molly Algermissen is the clinical director of PROMISE at Columbia. She is also a clinical psychologist in the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at Columbia University Medical Center, and participates in research at the New York Psychiatric Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from George Mason University in May 2000. She completed her internship in at Penn State Geisinger Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children's Hospital. Her areas of specialization include neuropsychology, learning disabilities, autism, and developmental disorders.

Dr. Algermissen is committed to helping impoverished children with learning disabilities get the support they need to succeed. She supervises and trains the staff of four postdoctoral fellows who administer the neuropsychological evaluations and who create recommendations for the child. She also oversees the work of the educational consultant who is responsible for educating the parents about the child's learning issues and helps the families get the services the child needs from the schools. 

Dr. Meghan Tomb
Associate Clinical Director
Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUIMC

Dr. Meghan Tomb is the associate clinical director of PROMISE at Columbia. Dr. Tomb is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist. She received her PhD at the University of Vermont and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. As the associate clinical director, Dr. Tomb trains and supervises postdoctoral fellows in neuropsychology and psychotherapy, and she is a co-mentor for the DeHirsch Robinson Research Fellow in Neuropsychology.

Dr. Tomb also provides direct clinical service to patients and families at PROMISE. She specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, language, attention/executive function, and developmental disabilities. Evaluations are completed within a developmental framework and often include assessment of social-emotional functioning and co-occurring psychiatric concerns. Her work includes providing ongoing recommendations and consultation for families and educators in developing and implementing appropriate academic, social, and behavioral interventions for children who are evaluated.

Amy Margolis
Principal Investigator, PROMISE Project Reading Study
Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Amy Margolis has a PhD in applied educational psychology: school psychology, and an MSEd in neuroscience and education from Teachers College. In the first decade of her career, she established a comprehensive assessment and treatment program for children with learning disabilities and attention disorders. In 2010, Dr. Margolis transitioned to a research career and completed the NIMH-funded T32 in research in child psychiatry in 2013, becoming an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her research aims to understand how learning problems are related to underlying deficiencies in the structure and function of neural systems that support learning processes. With funding from PROMISE at Columbia, she is using MRI to examine how neural circuits that support cognitive control and learning processes produce reading disorder and, with funding from the NVLD Project, she is studying children with nonverbal learning disorder. Dr. Margolis is the recent recipient of an NIEHS–funded K Award to study how exposure to neurotoxic chemicals may affect neurodevelopment and manifest as subsequent learning and social problems. Her research program seeks to inform the development of novel therapeutics and early prevention programs for people with learning disabilities.

L. Cristina Calderón

L. Cristina Calderón, PsyD

Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Cristina Calderón, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist at the PROMISE Program and Instructor in Medical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and medical conditions. The focus of her assessment is with Latino populations, ensuring comprehensive standardized bilingual and multicultural assessments, as well as targeted recommendations for the home and community. In collaboration with a team of educational consultants, she provides ongoing psychoeducation and consultation for families and educators of bilingual students to develop adequate services to meet their learning needs.

She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in August 2016 and specialized in neuropsychology. During her training, she focused her clinical work on assessment across the lifespan of individuals with complex developmental and neuromedical presentations within the rehabilitation and outpatient setting. Dr. Calderón later completed her internship in clinical neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences–Acquired Brain Injury Program, with a focus on assessment and treatment in a rehabilitation setting. Following her doctoral training, she completed a fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the PROMISE Program of Columbia University Medical Center. 

Jaclyn Zocca

Jaclyn Zocca, PsyD

Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Jaclyn Zocca, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist at PROMISE at Columbia. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Dr. Zocca completed her predoctoral internship in child psychology and her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Zocca provides neuropsychological evaluations for youth experiencing learning and related difficulties. Dr. Zocca creates personalized, effective recommendations targeting areas of academic, neurocognitive, and socio-emotional difficulty and provides ongoing consultation for families and providers to ensure that individuals receive appropriate supports. She will also be developing a school-based screening program to identify young children at risk for developing learning difficulties and help link schools with additional services to support these children’s learning needs.

Ana Garcia

Ana J. Garcia, MS

Program Manager

Ana J. Garcia, MS, is the program manager at PROMISE at Columbia. Ana has been a member of the Columbia family for the majority of her career, and she came to PROMISE and the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with a background in grants management, finance, and administration.

Lorenzo Torres, MA

Lorenzo Torres, MA

Supervising Education Coordinator

Lorenzo Torres is the supervising education coordinator for PROMISE at Columbia. Lorenzo leads a team of three senior education coordinators who provide advocacy for patients after the PROMISE neuropsychological evaluation is completed. He interacts with hospital staff, school staff, and community agencies to promote collaboration between all parties. Lorenzo supervises cases at all levels of need, attends IEP meetings with parents, and provides educational law didactics within the hospital system to aid other families in need.

Lorenzo earned his MA in educational psychology, specializing in bilingual psycho-educational assessments; he earned a BA in psychology and a BA in human development. Lorenzo has over 11 years of experience advocating for children’s educational needs. Prior to joining PROMISE, Lorenzo was a bilingual school psychologist assessing and advocating for underrepresented children. He has years of experience as a social worker advocating for children with developmental disabilities and ties in this past experience to advocate for and obtain the most appropriate services for PROMISE patients. 

Albert Martinez, Promise Senior Education Coordinator

Albert Martínez, LMSW

Senior Education Coordinator

Albert Martínez, LMSW, joined PROMISE at Columbia as a senior education coordinator in the fall of 2016. Al has over 13 years of experience working as an educator and advocate on behalf of youth with disabilities and their families. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lehman College and completed a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. At PROMISE, Al uses his advocacy skills to assist youth and families in obtaining appropriate supports in educational and community settings.

Johanna Rodriguez

Johanna Rodriguez, MS

Education Coordinator

Johanna Rodriguez is an education coordinator at PROMISE. She is an experienced educator in general education, as well as special education. Before joining PROMISE, she was an independent provider of special education teacher support services (SETSS) contracted by the New York City Department of Education. Prior to that, she taught second and third grades at a private elementary school in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Johanna holds a dual teacher certification license in the state of New York in childhood education (grades one–six) and students with disabilities (grades one–six), as well as a dual teacher certification license in the state of New Jersey in early education (preschool through grade three) and elementary education (kindergarten through grade five). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education and Spanish from the College of St. Elizabeth, as well as a Master of Science in special education from Nyack College. At PROMISE, Johanna uses her background as an educator to assist families in obtaining appropriate educational services.

Anne R. Antoine

Anne R. Antoine, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anne R. Antoine, PsyD (second year), graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors of Arts in psychology and a minor in cognitive neuroscience. She earned her PsyD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Adler University. Throughout her graduate education and clinical training, she began establishing an expertise in neuropsychology through her focus on neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation for both adults and children. She completed her neuropsychological advanced practicum at Rush University Medical Center in the Movement Disorders Clinic in Chicago, IL, and conducted comprehensive pediatric neuropsychological assessments during her internship year at Trinity Services, Inc., in New Lenox, IL. She has trained in hospital settings as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as in community mental health settings. She has also gained extensive experience conducting behavioral therapy for young children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Antoine joined PROMISE at Columbia for her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology to aid in bridging the gap between quality neuropsychological services and educational success for children in lower-income communities. Dr. Antoine strives to provide contextually relevant services to those she serves and to be an advocate for those children who are underserved.

Emily Kurlansik

Emily Kurlansik, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Kurlansik, PsyD (second year), received her doctorate diploma in October 2017 in school psychology from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). The year before last, Emily was a predoctoral intern in Woodland Hills, CA, at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), an applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment center for children on the autism spectrum, where she provided diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations and consultative services. Emily is also a certified school psychologist and board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She has previous school-based counseling, behavior consultation, and case-management experience.

Amanda A. Macdonald

Amanda A. Macdonald, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Amanda Addolorato Macdonald, PsyD (second year), earned a BA in psychology from Binghamton University and a MA in psychology in education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She received her MS in school psychology and just completed her PsyD in the combined school psychology/child clinical psychology program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. For the past year, Dr. Macdonald has interned at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a regional diagnostic and treatment center for child maltreatment and trauma in Hackensack, New Jersey. Prior to this internship, Dr. Macdonald externed at the NYU Child Study Center, the Game-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program at Wynona’s House, and in the Cresskill School District.

Katelyn Selver

Katelyn Selver, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Katelyn Selver, PsyD, is currently a first-year postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at the ROMISE Program. She earned her PsyD in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in August of 2018. Katelyn completed her predoctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center in June of 2018 specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. Katelyn is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

David Sukiennik

David Sukiennik, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

David Sukiennik, PsyD, is a first-year postdoctoral fellow at the PROMISE Program at Columbia. His role includes conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, language, attention/executive function, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Sukiennik graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors of Arts in psychology. He earned his PsyD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, completed his neuropsychological advanced practicum at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, and conducted neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents during his internship year at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. He has trained in hospital settings as part of a multidisciplinary team and worked in schools to implement recommendations and interventions for children who are evaluated.