Who We Are
CBT/DBT Associates is a group of behaviorally trained psychologists who specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Each member of our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, research-based treatments to fit your needs. Many of our staff psychologists have specialties in specific fields including trauma, OCD, sports and performance anxiety, child and adolescent services, and more.
Dr. Lisa Napolitano is a licensed psychologist in New York and Florida, and the Founder and Executive Director of CBT/DBT Associates.
When she founded the practice in 2009, Dr. Napolitano envisioned a group of like-minded, behaviorally trained psychologists bringing the highest quality, evidence-based treatments to clients of all ages. Eight years later, that vision has been realized. At CBT/DBT Associates she has assembled a team of practitioners across specialties, offering cognitive behavioral therapy and comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.
Early in her career, Dr. Napolitano gravitated towards dialectical behavior therapy and other newer mindfulness-based treatments. These approaches squared nicely with her own mindfulness practice and study of Buddhism. For this reason, an important part of her vision for the practice was the creation of a DBT program for high-functioning people. This program reflects her belief that high functioning individuals can benefit from DBT and shouldn’t have to surrender their jobs or academic pursuits to obtain treatment.
Kristen Roman earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Prior to attending Rutgers, Dr. Roman graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at CBT/DBT Associates. Dr. Roman completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services, where she delivered individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students and co-led CBT groups for eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. During her internship, she also gave presentations on suicide prevention and sexual assault which furthered her skills in crisis intervention.
Alison Bellevue earned her Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Dr. Bellevue earned an M.S.Ed. from Long Island University with a specialization in adolescent special education. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College, earning a B.A. in psychology and human rights. Dr. Bellevue completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at NYU Langone Medical Center-Rusk Rehabilitation, Pediatric Track. During her internship training she developed an expertise in neuropsychological assessment and provided psychotherapy to children and adolescents with co-morbid medical diagnoses, as well as to their families. Dr. Bellevue completed her postdoctoral fellowship at CBT Westport, where she gained extensive experience providing individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to youth and adults presenting with a range of diagnoses and led a group for parents of children with anxiety disorders.
William Benson earned his Psy.D. at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in psychology summa cum laude with departmental honors. Dr. Benson completed his pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he specialized in providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of clinical concerns in outpatient, emergency department, and inpatient settings. During this internship, he also served as Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University. Dr. Benson completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health, where he also served as Clinical Instructor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Haley Rottenberg earned her M.A. and Psy.D. from LaSalle University. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rottenberg completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she conducted CBT with children, teens, and families. Her predoctoral internship was at Ohio Guidestone in Cleveland, Ohio, where she conducted therapy and psychoeducational evaluations with children and teens.
Tory Tomassetti earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi counseling psychology program. She completed an APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the New Orleans VA, where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and trauma-related disorders. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tomassetti was the lead researcher in a trial which examined the effects of a novel intervention for persons with chronic sleep disturbance. Her research has been published in an APA journal and presented at regional, national, and international conferences.
Prior to joining CBT/DBT Associates, Dr. Tomassetti served as a staff psychologist and was the Associate Clinical Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans. While at CBT NOLA, Dr. Tomassetti further refined her expertise in the treatment of individuals with anxiety and related disorders, including phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Additionally, she devoted much of her practice to the behaviorally-focused treatment of couples.
Kyle Haney earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with Honors from Hofstra University. Prior to attending Hofstra she graduated from Villanova University summa cum laude with a B.A. and M.S. in psychology. Dr. Haney treats adolescents, young adults, and adults using CBT and DBT evidenced-based treatments for emotion dysregulation, suicidality, anxiety disorders, trauma, and eating disorders. She has received specialized training in the treatment of suicidality, self-harm, anxiety, and trauma through years of clinical practica and supervision.Dr. Haney completed her postdoctoral fellowship, here, at CBT/DBT Associates and completed her pre-doctoral, APA-accredited, clinical internship at Princeton House Behavioral Health, where she participated in rotations at both the Intensive Outpatient Women’s program and Intensive Outpatient General Adult program. During her internship year, she gained more training utilizing DBT for adult women who struggled with trauma, suicidality, and eating disordered behavior. Additionally, she gained extensive training delivering CBT-based approaches, such as Prolonged Exposure, to both men and women suffering from PTSD.
Michelle Litwer earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Litwer completed her pre-doctoral, APA-accredited, clinical internship at the Faulk Center for Counseling.
During her internship year she conducted individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults for individuals presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Dr. Litwer also conducted school psychotherapy groups implementing cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) lessons focused on decreasing problem behaviors, improving social skills, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution skills, autonomy, and self-esteem in children.
Shimon Littman earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University Post Campus (LIU-Post). Prior to attending LIU-Post, he graduated from Yeshiva University magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology.
Dr. Littman treats adolescents, young adults, and adults using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). He has particular experience in the evidence-based treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), emotion dysregulation, suicidality, depression, anxiety disorders, specific phobias, trichotillomania/excoriation, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). He has received specialized training in the treatment of suicidality, self-harm, anxiety, and trauma through years of clinical practice and supervision
Katherine Tezanos is a clinical extern at CBT/DBT Associates. Ms. Tezanos is currently a fifth-year doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, and earned her MS in spring 2020. Ms. Tezanos graduated cum laude from Amherst College where she received a BA in Psychology. Before beginning her doctoral degree, Ms. Tezanos worked for four years as a clinical research assistant at Brown University and Columbia University in emergency department, psychiatric inpatient, and laboratory-based settings with teens and adults at risk for suicide. Ms. Tezanos recently completed a pre-doctoral externship at the New York University Child Study Center, where she received in-depth training in cognitive behavioral therapy. Ms. Tezanos has treated both youth and adults with anxiety, depression, OCD, trichotillomania, anger, ADHD, emotional dysregulation, behavioral challenges, executive functioning deficits, and social difficulties. Her research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Monica Shah is a pre-doctoral intern at CBT/DBT Associates. She received an Honors B.Sc. Specialist in Psychology at the University of Toronto, an M.Ed. in School Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is completing the final year of her Psy.D. in School Psychology at St. John’s University. Before beginning her doctoral training, Ms. Shah worked as a Certified School Psychologist in British Columbia and supported students with unique needs in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings. Her role has spanned direct assessment, individual and group intervention, consultation, advocacy, and systems-level work within mental health and special education. She recently completed her pre-doctoral externship and is an Associate Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute, where she received in-depth training in rational emotive behavior therapy. Ms. Shah has treated both youth and adults with anxiety, depression, OCD, anger, ADHD, learning and intellectual disabilities, autism, emotional dysregulation, behavioral challenges, executive functioning deficits, and social difficulties. Her research and clinical interests include the use of mindfulness strategies with special school-based populations.
Caroline completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Georgetown University, where she was an active member of the Georgetown chapter of the International Psychology Honors Society, Psi Chi. While there Caroline became a vital member at two of Georgetown’s psychology labs. Under the guidance of a professor, Caroline collected data on the aspects of human development and behavior across cultures and applied her findings to the functional and dysfunctional facets of emotions, particularly, envy, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. Caroline used this data to investigate the social implications of these emotions. At Georgetown, Caroline also helped initiate the Family Wellbeing Program, a program that aims to address the mental health needs of parents and preschool children in Washington, D.C.. Clinical researchers, such as Caroline, are evaluating the impact of parental mental health on their child’s academic performance.
Dominique completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University as an early graduate of the Class of 2020. She was inducted into the prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, as a part of the top two percent of her class. At Barnard, Dominique was a member of the Athena Scholars Program, which is rigorous academic and extracurricular program designed to develop leadership skills in young women.