Officers of GLIPS

STEPHEN PERRET, MD
President
2018-2020
Dr. Perret recently completed training in both General and Child Psychiatry at Hofstra North Shore- LIJ. Currently, he is a full-time Attending at Long Island Jewish, working as both an Adult Psychiatry Attending in the Consultation-Liaison Department where he supervises residents, fellows, and students and also serves as the staff Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Fay J. Lindner Center in partnership with A.H.R.C., treating adults and children with Developmental Disabilities and Autism.

SCOTT KRAKOWER, DO
President-Elect
2018-2020
Dr. Krakower completed his training in general psychiatry at the Albert Einstein-Long Island Jewish Medical Center Psychiatry program, and served as Chief Resident. He subsequently completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ fellowship program, and served as Chief Fellow and is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He currently serves in the North Shore-LIJ Health System as the Medical Director of the Mineola Community Treatment Center, where he treats patients with addiction disorders. He also works for the School Based Health Center to help provide psychiatric care to children in the underserved schools. Dr. Krakower has a private outpatient practice for General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

LAWRENCE CHALIF, MD
Secretary-Treasurer
2018-2020

Dr. Chalif is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and has been a member of the APA for 26 years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Chalif attended George Washington Medical School and did his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, his residency at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, and two years of post-residency training at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. He was the Medical Director of a mental health clinic in Hempstead from 1991-93 and during those years also did inpatient and consult-liaison work while building an outpatient practice. Since 1993, he has worked exclusively with outpatients in his Huntington and Roslyn offices where he sees individuals from early adolescence to old age, as well as couples and families, sometimes across several generations. He treats a wide diversity of problems in patients ranging from very high functioning to seriously impaired, with a particular interest in intensive psychotherapy. He also specializes in pharmacotherapy, often working in conjunction with psychologists and social workers.

JACQUELINE CAST
Executive Director
1976-Present
Ms. Cast served as Executive Director of the former Nassau Psychiatric Society and the Suffolk District Branch, APA before their consolidation to form the Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society. In addition to overseeing the general operation of the organization, Ms. Cast is the link between members, the public and the organization. She served as a Consultant to the American Psychiatric Association's National Membership Committee for ten years (1999-2009), and chaired the Ad-Hoc Workgroup on Centralized Membership Processing.

SASHI SHUKLA, MD
Councillor
2014-2020
Dr. Shukla is a graduate of Delhi University, New Delhi, India. She completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Medical College. Currently she is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science SUNY, Stony Brook. An APA Fellow, and International Medical Graduate representative to the GLIPS Board, she maintains a private practice and is Attending Psychiatrist at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY.

RUTH WALDBAUM, MD
Councillor
2016-2022

RISA GOLD, MD
Director
2018-2024

After graduating from Harvard College, Dr. Gold completed her residency training in Psychiatry at Paine Whitney Clinic and a Child Psychiatry Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Gold is currently as assistant attending at North Shore University Hospital, where responsibilities have included supervision of residents and mock Board exams. Since completing her Fellowship in 1987, Dr Gold has been in private practice for Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Cold Spring Harbor. In response to a request from Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Gold helped organize a network of Long Island psychiatrists and social workers to help the New York City Police Department treat officers after 9/11. The program has been a success and Dr. Gold is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical interests include guided imagery and visualization as well as psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy and play therapy.

DANA COHEN, MD
Director
2013-2019

Dr. Cohen received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Cornell University in 2001, and attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for both medical school as well as adult psychiatric residency. She served as Chief Resident during her last year of training, and received the Chairman's Commendation for superior performance in psychiatry. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry. She presently works for the Northport VA Medical Center, and provides outpatient psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy at the Riverhead community-based clinic.

PATRICE REIVES-BRIGHT, MD
Director
2013-2019

Patrice Reives-Bright, MD is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She then went on to complete both General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at Zucker-Hillside Hospital. Following graduation from the two-year fellowship, she developed a private practice in Merrick, NY where she treated a child, adolescent and adult population with individual psychotherapy and medication management services. The time following residency also included part-time work as a consulting psychiatrist at St. John's University Counseling Center. During these years, Dr. Reives-Bright also took on the role of Medical Director for Harmony Heights Residential Treatment Center, a therapeutic school-based placement for high school females and continues to provide weekly consultation there at present. In 2008, Dr. Reives-Bright joined the staff at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, NY. There she helped to develop the hospital's child and adolescent outpatient program that currently provides comprehensive psychiatric services to youth and their families. Dr. Reives-Bright is currently the Director of Child Psychiatry where she now provides predominantly inpatient services to children and adolescents. She is currently the President of the Medical staff at South Oaks Hospital. Other activities include previous term of service on the Board of Mental Health Association in Suffolk County.

STEPHEN GEISLER, MD
Director
2015-2019

Dr. Geisler is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at the Zucker Hillside Hospital of the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System where he also completed a Psychotherapy Fellowship. Dr. Geisler is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been on staff at the Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) since 1985 and is currently the Clinical Director of Adult Ambulatory Services.

Dr. Geisler has been the recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, the APA's Irma Bland, MD Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents Award and twice received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from ZHH graduating residents' classes. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Geisler is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

SCOTT FALKOWITZ, MD
Director
2017-2019

LAURA SCHNEIDER, MD
Director
2016-2020

Dr. Laura Schneider is a Board Certified psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. She graduated from Yale College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in the major of psychology. She went to NYU Medical School, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received a Women's Medical Association Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She completed her psychiatric residency training at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center and served as Chief Resident at Bellevue and the Manhattan VA Hospital. Following residency, Dr. Schneider worked on the Resident Teaching Unit at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, teaching residents and treating chronically mentally ill patients. She then served as an attending at the Hillside Hospital Walk-In-Clinic for five years, where she provided assessment, crisis intervention and referral of patients as well as supervision of residents. In 1996, Dr. Schneider joined the staff at Pride of Judea, a community mental health center in Douglaston, New York, where she worked for the next ten years. At Pride, she treated adults suffering from a wide range of both acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, working closely with a team of other mental health professionals. Dr. Schneider has been in private practice in Roslyn, New York, since 2004, where she provides psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Schneider has been a lifelong resident of Long Island, has been a GLIPS member for many years and has served on the GLIPS Board for the past two years. She is excited by the prospect of continuing to serve on the Board, where she hopes to continue to represent the GLIPS membership and also the community that it serves. She plans to draw upon her diverse experiences in the mental health arena to ensure that Long Islanders in need have easy access to the care provided by psychiatrists and other resources afforded by GLIPS. At a time of great changes in our healthcare system, Dr. Schneider will work to help GLIPS remain responsive to the needs of its members, including solo practitioners, like herself, so that they are well equipped to continue providing the highest level of care. She looks forward to working with the entire GLIPS community in the spirit of collegiality and patient service that has always defined this organization.

MARY URICCHIO, MD
Director
2016-2020

Dr. Mary C. Uricchio has been in private practice in Huntington, New York, for the past twenty-four years. She attended medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, where she served as Chief Resident as well. Following the completion of residency, Dr. Uricchio remained as the Assistant Unit Chief on the Psychiatry Unit for two years.

Dr. Uricchio's practice is centered on the adult population, and is not limited to any particular diagnosis. Her special areas of interest are oncology and geriatrics.

MICHEAL GREENSPAN, MD
Director
2018-2020

Dr. Michael Greenspan is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry, and is currently the Associate Director of the Residency Training Program at Zucker Hillside/Northwell. Prior to this role, he served as Unit Chief of the Women's/Perinatal Unit at Zucker Hillside, leading a multidisciplinary specialized team expert in the treatment of perinatal psychiatric illness as well as other women's mental health issues. Before joining Northwell, Dr. Greenspan was Associate Program Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. His forensic work has included consultation for the NYS Division of Forensic Services/Office of Mental Health (particularly around risk management for both violent and sexual offenses), consultation for court related diversion programs, fitness to return to duty evaluations, civil law consultation, and teaching. He has published and presented at national conferences on forensic issues including asylum, violence risk management, landmark legal cases, and hunger strikes. He received his BA (Cum Laude) from Yale College with a double major in Biology and Economics. He stayed at Yale to complete his medical school training, residency training in General Psychiatry, and Fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry. If elected to the Board, Dr. Greenspan will aim to foster increased and improved resident participation in GLIPS activities, including facilitating mentorship connections between our members and those entering our field.

CLAUDINE HIGDON, MD
Director
2018-2020

Dr. Claudine Higdon has been an active GLIPS member and had served as a Member-in-Training (RFM) representative to the GLIPS Board during her Adult Psychiatry residency. She is now the Physician-in-Charge of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Department at The Zucker Hillside Hospital/Northwell Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell. Dr. Higdon received her B.A. degree from Barnard College and then pursued her medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Higdon completed her Adult Psychiatry residency and her Child Psychiatry Fellowship training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Higdon has worked at the Recognition and Prevention Program for several years providing clinical care to adolescents at high risk for psychosis and mood disorders. Dr. Higdon is also currently a co-investigator for a large pragmatic trial entitled Mobility (Metformin for overweight and obese children with bipolar spectrum disorders treated with second-generation antipsychotics).