Jessica Oppenheim, J.D.
Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.
Marty Krupnick, Psy.D.
Carol Somlo, MA
Barbara Chayt, MA
Board of Trustees
Jeffrey B. Allen, Ph.D.
Heather Burnett, LCSW
La Teisha Callender, Ph.D.
Jamie R. Canataro, Psy.D.
Sean P. Hiscox, Ph.D.
Stuart Leeds, Psy.D.
Merrill Main, Ph.D.
Julie McBride, MA
Doreen Stanzione, Ed.D.
Honorary Board Member
Maureen O’Brien, J.D.
Jeffrey B. Allen, Ph.D.
Dr. Allen is a licensed psychologist and Director of PSYCHealth Associates, a private group practice for mental health and forensic psychology. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of persons with sexual behavior problems, including teenagers and developmentally disabled persons with sexual behavior problems, and sex offenders. He regularly consults and trains in this area for private and governmental agencies. These currently include the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC). In the past, he was Director of Psychology at the New Jersey correctional facility for adult sex offenders (Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center). In recent years, he has developed and implemented two outpatient treatment programs for teenagers with sexual behavior problems. At PSYCHealth Associates, Dr. Allen facilitates a weekly therapy group for male sex offenders under community supervision. With his wife Elaine Allen, a nurse practitioner, he also facilitates a weekly therapy group for developmentally disabled men who have serious sexual behavior problems.
Heather Burnett, LCSW
Heather Burnett is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work. In Canada, Heather was active in grassroots community organizing. Upon moving to the United States, Heather began her career at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center. She is currently the Director of Social Work at the Special Treatment Unit - an inpatient facility for civilly committed sex offenders in Avenel, NJ. As a licensed clinical social worker, she maintains an active private practice assessing and treating adult, sex offenders. She also volunteers as an advocate for domestic violence victims with her local Domestic Violence Response Team. Heather has been an NJATSA board member since 2008. As a member of the NJATSA Membership Committee, Heather has played a significant role in formalizing the membership and registration process resulting in a noteworthy growth in NJATSA memberships since 2008. Additionally, Heather has been active in steering NJATSA towards increasing partnerships with various community stakeholders including residential programs and the religious communities with her involvement with the “Building Bridges: Working with communities of faith to help recovering sex offenders in the community” meetings in 2015/16 and the “Understanding Sex Offenders: An overview for direct care staff and case managers” meeting in June 2014.
La Teisha Callender, Ph. D.
Dr. Callender’s interest in treating children and families led her to earn a doctoral degree in 2002. As a graduate student, she developed an expertise in high risk sexual behavior, completing her Master’s Thesis on teenage mothers and her doctoral dissertation on the constructivist self development theory and sexual behavior of young adults. After becoming a child clinical psychologist, she began working with sexually abusive youth at the Juvenile Justice Commission. She then gained an understanding of deviant sexual behavior as a Clinical Psychologist at the Special Treatment Unit working with sexually violent males from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, she returned to the Juvenile Justice Commission as the Secure Care Juvenile Sex Offense Treatment Program Coordinator. A licensed psychologist currently employed by Rutgers University, she also supervises the clinical staff of the Juvenile Justice Commission’s Pinelands Residential Community Home. She has developed presentations on sex offenders and their families for Long Island University, Clinical Psychology Program, Family Violence Graduate Course, the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and Morris County Unit of the National Association of Social Workers, NJ. Dr. Callender has been a member of the NJ Psychological Association for fifteen years. As NJ ATSA Board Member she brings an informed perspective about the challenges youth and families encounter in navigating the juvenile correction system. She is on the NJ ATSA Membership Committee and helped organize a panel presentation on community supports for sex offenders. She is passionate about empowering juveniles and families move past their histories of intergenerational poverty, violence, abandonment, neglect and trauma to embrace healthier futures. Dr. Callender looks forward to continuing to advocate for the needs of young people as a NJ ASTA Board member.
Jamie R. Canataro, Psy.D.
Jamie R. Canataro is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University. She is currently a member of the Assessment Team at the Special Treatment Unit (STU) and has held this position for 10 years. At the STU, which is New Jersey’s Civil Commitment facility for individuals committed under the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Act, Dr. Canataro generates sexual risk assessment reports, by addressing static and dynamic risk factors while utilizing a variety of evaluation tools such as the Static-99R, Stable-2007, SVR-20, and PCL-R. Integration of this information is provided in a psychological report, which provides an opinion of current risk to sexually reoffend. Dr. Canataro provides expert witness testimony in court proceedings as a part of her role at the STU. She also supervises practicum students and doctoral staff pursuing state licensure. Dr. Canataro has been a member of NJ ATSA since 2008. She is currently a Board Member of NJ ATSA and a member of the Membership/Registration Committee. Dr. Canataro enjoys collaborating with the multidisciplinary staff at the STU and views the connections with NJ ATSA and ATSA as a part of this process.
Barbara Chayt, M.A.
Barbara, a longstanding NJ ATSA Board member, is currently NJ ATSA’s Executive Director. Previously, she worked in NJ’s child welfare then juvenile corrections agencies. Within the Department of Corrections, then the newly created Juvenile Justice Commission, she managed and/or had oversight of facilities for females, and youth with mental health problems, sexual offenses and/or multi-system involvement. Through creation of the Office of Special Needs, and then as Director, Office of Specialized & Interagency Services, Barbara developed, and/or directed a continuum of mental health, sex offense-specific, medical and substance abuse programs and served as interagency liaison, leading collaborations on special initiatives, affiliation agreements and standards of care, and participating in task forces aimed at system reform and statewide plans. In 2007, Barbara began consultant work, conducting facility assessments upon request, (e.g., sexually abusive youths, healthcare services), and primarily, for national juvenile justice agencies, monitoring a MacArthur Models for Change mental health/juvenile justice grant and currently supporting a juvenile reentry grant and working with corrections and detention facilities to implement a data driven continuous improvement program. Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Kean University and earned her master’s in criminal justice from Rutgers University.
Rachael Gillin, M.S.
Rachael Gillin began in the position of Student Board Member for the New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NJ ATSA) sin 2012. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Psychology at Holy Family University in 2015, and was subsequently elected to the Board as a regular member. Rachael graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2004 and has worked as a Senior Probation Officer in Mercer County since 2005. She supervises the county’s juvenile Sexually Abusive Behavior (SAB) caseload and is an active member of the Judiciary’s Statewide Committee for the Supervision of Juveniles with Sexually Abusive Behavior.
Sean P. Hiscox, Ph.D.
Sean P. Hiscox is a Past-President of New Jersey-ATSA (2007-2009) and has served on the Board for many years (2000-2006 & 2015-present). In 2016, he was recognized as a Fellow by ATSA. In his private practice, he specializes in forensic psychology and is a managing partner at Somerset Psychological Group, PA in Somerville. He conducts forensic evaluations, provides testimony, and is a consultant in a range of criminal areas for juveniles and adults. His areas of expertise include sex offender risk assessment and treatment, competency to proceed and waive Miranda rights, waiver to criminal court, and parental fitness and bonding. In civil areas, he performs personal injury evaluations in a variety of areas. In addition, Dr. Hiscox, along with Dr. Witt, helped develop the JRAS, which is the standard evaluation method in NJ to place juveniles in risk tiers in accord with Megan’s Law. Dr. Hiscox’s recent publications include: Witt, P.H, Hiscox, S.P., & Serebnick, B.J. (Winter 2017). Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court: The Old and the New. New Jersey Psychologist. 69, 13-14; Hiscox, S.P. (2016). Navigating Conflicts with Systems and Other Professionals (Chapter 5): Attorney Work Product and Resolving Ethical Issues with Other Mental Health Professionals. In G. Pirelli, R. A. Beatty, & P. A. Zapf (Eds.), The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook. New York, Oxford University Press; DeNigris, P. & Hiscox, S.P. (Spring 2016). Psychological & Bonding Evaluations in Parental Rights Cases: One Approach for Structuring Conclusions. New Jersey Psychologist, 66, 7-8; Witt, P.H., Furlong, J.S., Hiscox, S.P., Maynard, J.H. (2015). Age and Sex Offense Recidivism. Sex Offender Law Report, 16, (2), 17-32; Bosley, J.T. & Hiscox, S.P. (2014). Documenting Treatment for Sexually Abusive Youth. In D.S. Bromberg & W.T. O’Donohue (Eds.) (pp. 449-477). Toolkit for Working with Juvenile Sex Offenders. Waltham, MA: Academic Press; Witt, P.H., Prentky, R.A., Furlong, J.S., Reynolds, J.R., & Hiscox, S.P. (2014). Assessing Sex Offense Risk in Adults Whose Offenses Occurred as Juveniles. Sex Offender Law Report, 15, (3), 33-40.
Martin Krupnick, Psy.D
Martin Krupnick, Psy.D. is a founding member and Treasurer of the NJ ATSA, after developing the NJ Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (NJATSO), which worked to provided training to clinicians, probation and parole officers. He is a licensed psychologist (NJ License No. 1846) with a practice in Freehold, where he specializes in working with juveniles with sexually inappropriate behaviors, adult sex offenders and male victims of sexual assault. He is also the Executive Director of IEP Youth Services, a not-for-profit agency which works with youth with sexually inappropriate behaviors. He is a consulting psychologist for the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission's Special Needs Assessment Panel, and the clinical director of the Monmouth County Probation Offenders Program. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center/MultiDisciplinary Team. He has been on many state and county committees focused on both adult sex offenders as well as juveniles with sexually inappropriate behaviors, including the NJ Bar Association's Megan's Law Sub-Committee.
Stuart M. Leeds, Psy.D.
Dr. Stuart Leeds is a clinical psychologist with a private practice group in Parsippany. His practice includes individual, marital, family, and group therapy of children, adolescents and adults. He regularly conducts diagnostic evaluations and reports for a variety of applications, including forensic and high risk situations. Dr. Leeds also specializes in forensic psychology, juvenile and adult behavioral and sexual offenders, and adventure-based experiential therapies. Dr. Leeds received his B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook in New York. He also received a separate Masters’ degree at the City College of New York, and at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where he completed his doctorate degree. Dr. Leeds completed a post-doctoral Associate Fellowship at the Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy in New York City. Dr. Leeds has additional post-doctoral training in the assessment and treatment of adult and juvenile offenders, family in crisis management, short-term group psychotherapy with severe behavioral and pathological disorders, fire-setter assessments, and in working with at risk populations.
Merrill Main, Ph.D.
Dr. Main is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey who has specialized in the treatment and assessment of sexual offenders for more than twenty years. With a B.S. in Management Science from Kean University and a Ph.D. from Fairleigh Dickson, he is currently the Clinical Director for the New Jersey Special Treatment Unit. In that role, he supervises over 160 staff members that include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and educators as well as support staff such as human resources, building engineers, and researchers.
Julie McBride, M.A.
Julie McBride has been a member of ATSA since 2003. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgian Court University. She began her career working with the developmentally disabled population providing direct care and managing a group home for ARC for more than 5 years. Julie began her work with sex-offenders in 2000 at the Special Treatment Unit where she has been involved with many aspects of sex-offender treatment. She facilitated rehabilitation and behavior modification, therapy and psychoeducational groups, managed an Interdisciplinary Treatment Team in addition to other duties such as curriculum development. Julie currently works as a Supervising Program Development Specialist and is responsible for compliance with a federal class action lawsuit settlement as well as developing and implementing policy and programming. She also oversees staff training and quality assurance of the treatment program. In addition, Julie serves on a Statewide Wellness Committee tasked with implementing wellness initiatives within the NJ state hospital system. She has provided outpatient sex-offender specific treatment for a private practice in Monmouth County, and functioned as an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Brookdale Community College for more than 10 years. Julie has been a NJATSA board member for 4 years. While on the board, she has brought in such speakers as Andrew Harris, Ph.D., William Marshall, Ph.D., and Jill Levenson, Ph.D. & LCSW. She was also instrumental in moving NJATSA elections to an electronic format and serves on the CEUs and hospitality committees.
Jessica S. Oppenheim, J.D.
Jessica S. Oppenheim, Esq. is the Director of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of The Arc of NJ, a statewide program which provides advocacy for people with developmental disabilities who become involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining The Arc of NJ in 2010, she was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice, Dept. of Law and Public Safety, from 1985 until 2010. In that capacity, she was Bureau Chief of the Prosecutor’s Supervision and Coordination Bureau, the unit which oversaw the 21 County Prosecutor’s Offices and 600 law enforcement agencies on behalf of the Attorney General. She also drafted and implemented the Attorney General’s Megan’s Law Guidelines, prosecuted Megan’s Law and domestic violence cases and provided training and policies and protocols for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors throughout the State on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, internal affairs policies, Megan’s Law and dealing with diverse populations. She has taught as an adjunct professor for the Paralegal Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to her Board membership for Women Aware, she is a board member for the NJ Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
Jennifer E. Schneider, Ph.D.
Jennifer E. Schneider received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She is a Research Scientist at the Special Treatment Unit, New Jersey’s sex offender civil commitment facility. She served as the Project Coordinator on a federally funded sex offender reentry study that provided counseling and case management to sex offenders recently released from incarceration in collaboration with the Department of Corrections and State Parole Board. In addition, she worked as a Program Development Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. She has published on the topics of sex offender treatment programs in correctional facilities, assessing treatment progress, and the management of sex offenders through the assessment of dynamic risk factors. In addition to her published work she presents at various conferences and provides training to other professionals in the areas of civil commitment and dynamic risk factors. Dr. Schneider is President of the NJ Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is also Secretary of the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network and a member of the Research Committee and Conference Planning Committees.
Carol Somlo, M.A.
Carol Somlo has worked with youth involved in mental health and juvenile justice for over 30 years. For the past 22 years she has exclusively worked with youth that engage in sexual acting out behaviors in various venues that include outpatient, residential, therapeutic foster homes and youth in secure care. Since 2005 Carol has supervised an outpatient program for sexually acting out youth at Catholic Charities in Trenton, New Jersey. Carol has been a member of ATSA since 1996 and joined NJATSA in 1998. She is completing 4 terms as NJATSA Board Secretary. Carol received a BA and MA in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas.
Doreen Stanzione, Ed.D.
Dr. Stanzione is a licensed NJ Psychologist who is currently Acting Director of Psychology at the Special Treatment Unit (STU). At the STU she supervises and works with an interdisciplinary staff of professionals in Rehabilitation, Psychology, Social Work, and Substance Abuse. She also navigates between New Jersey systems including the Courts, the Office of the Attorney General, Parole, the Department of Corrections, and Rutgers/UMDNJ. Dr. Stanzione has worked at the STU for 13 years in various positions including Treatment Psychologist, Assessor, and Chairperson of Assessment. Her focus on best practices includes working with STU on integrating measures, such as the Stable 2007, into assessments, developing the STU’s comprehensive treatment program, and collaboration with staff and agencies to improve the STU’s discharge process. Dr. Stanzione has been an ATSA member for 5 years and has had the honor of presenting to NJ ATSA in September 2015, “The STU and Case Law,” to demonstrate the interdependence of multiple systems on our work.
Liz Zadnik is Statewide Capacity Manager at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) and has been part of the sexual violence prevention movement for eight years. Liz is a proud graduate of Temple University, where she received her bachelor’s in Women’s Studies. She has her master’s in community psychology and social change from Pennsylvania State University, concentrating on community diversity and gender dynamics. Professionally, Liz focuses on discovering and celebrating innovative sexual violence prevention approaches and communities working toward the elimination of sexual violence. She has published a number of technical assistance resources and peer-review journal articles on topics ranging from creating safer campus communities to addressing the needs of Latinx survivors to organizational capacity for primary prevention of violence. She is also a self-professed “evaluation nerd” and loves all things data. Personally, Liz is always searching for ways to promote self-care in the lives of activists and trauma workers through yoga, meditation, and storytelling.