Dr. Meghan Tomb is the 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 Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. As the clinical director, Dr. Tomb trains and supervises postdoctoral fellows in neuropsychology and psychotherapy. Dr. Tomb specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, language, attention/executive function, developmental disabilities, and complex medical issues affecting neurocognitive functioning. 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.
PROMISE at Columbia
Who We Are
Ana J. Garcia, MS
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.
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, PsyD
Cristina Calderón, PsyD, is a neuropsychologist at the PROMISE Program and the ColumbiaDoctors Neuropsychological Evaluation Service. 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.
Sonel Rowley, PhD
Dr. Sonel Rowley is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist. She is an Instructor in Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a neuropsychologist at PROMISE at Columbia and at the ColumbiaDoctors Neuropsychological Evaluation Service. Dr. Rowley specializes in providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to underserved children and adolescents with learning, language, attention/executive function, and developmental disabilities. Her evaluations integrate students’ cognitive, neuropsychological, academic and social-emotional functioning and include diagnostic impressions and individualized recommendations for appropriate interventions.
Dr. Rowley received her doctorate in school psychology from Fordham University. She completed her predoctoral internship in school psychology at The Bronxville School and her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at The Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital. Throughout her clinical training, Dr. Rowley honed her skills in neuropsychological assessment by completing pediatric neuropsychology externships at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Further, Dr. Rowley’s master’s degree in therapeutic interventions has allowed her to become proficient in multiple evidence-based treatment interventions for children and adolescents with an array of mental health concerns.
Jaclyn Zocca, PsyD
Jaclyn Zocca is an Instructor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a licensed clinical psychologist and a neuropsychologist at PROMISE at Columbia and at the ColumbiaDoctors Neuropsychological Evaluation Service.
Dr. Zocca provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing learning, attention/executive functioning, language, and developmental disorders. Dr. Zocca’s evaluations assess aspects of an individual’s academic, neurocognitive, social, and emotional functioning through a culturally sensitive, developmental framework in order to understand each person’s unique strengths and areas of growth. Using this knowledge, Dr. Zocca creates individualized, effective recommendations designed to target areas of academic, neurocognitive, and socioemotional difficulty. She also provides ongoing consultation for families, school personnel, and service providers to ensure that each individual receives the appropriate supports and services to foster growth.
Lorenzo Torres, MA
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 Martínez, LMSW
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, MS
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.
Danielle DiFilipo, PhD
Danielle DiFilipo, Ph.D.,earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a forensic concentration from The Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She completed her predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario. She has joined the Promise Program as a postdoctoral fellow specializing in clinical pediatric neuropsychology.
Katelyn Selver, PsyD
Katelyn Selver, PsyD, is currently a first-year postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at the PROMISE 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.
Leticia Soares, PsyD
Leticia Soares, PsyD., graduated from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil with a BS in psychology. She earned her PsyD and MS in school psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed her predoctoral internship at The School at Columbia University where she specialized in school-based mental health services. Leticia has joined the PROMISE Program as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical pediatric neuropsychology.
David Sukiennik, PsyD
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.