Dr. Margaret Sala

Dr. Margaret Sala is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Sala received her B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and her clinical internship training from the Connecticut VA in West Haven. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Drexel WELL Center, under the mentorship of Dr. Evan Forman. Her research interests focus on understanding the role that mindfulness plays in eating and weight disorders. The ultimate goal of her research is to design novel mindfulness-based interventions that alleviate eating and weight disorders.


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In addition to her research, she holds a part-time psychotherapy private practice.

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Sofia Coll

Graduate Student

Sofia Coll is a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology Psy. D. program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has completed a one-year placement as an extern at Baruch College Counseling Center and is currently a neuropsychology extern at Cornell Neurosurgery. She also works as a student clinician at The Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic in the Bronx. Her research interests focus on understanding the intersection of trauma and eating disorders. She is looking forward to joining the MEAL lab to begin working on her RPII (dissertation).

Sarah Song

Graduate Student

Sarah Song is a second year at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in the Adult Clinical Psy.D. program. She is currently externing at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling. Her research interests include looking at the cultural factors that impact eating disorders. Her ultimate clinical goal is to spread mental health awareness to the Asian population, where mental health is still stigmatized.

Rebecca Berg

Graduate Student

Rebecca is a first-year student in Ferkauf's Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She previously graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in Psychology and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). Since graduation, she has been working at a residential treatment center for individuals with eating disorders.  Her research interests broadly include the development of coping skills and maladaptive behaviors in the context of PTSD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, seeing live music, and spending time outdoors.

Danielle L. Kahn

Graduate Student

Danielle is a first-year student in Ferkauf's Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She graduated in 2019 from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychology and Educational Studies. During her undergraduate experience, she was a Research Assistant and Data analyst at the Weight Management and Eating Disorder Program with a focus on how Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) can be used as a premiere form of treatment for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Post-graduation, Danielle was a Clinical Psychology Research Coordinator in the Eating Disorder Clinical and Research Program and Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School where she supported research investigating the homeostatic and hedonic food motivation pathways underlying Eating Disorder trajectories. Specifically, how the course of eating disorders relate to food motivation pathways in the brain through resonance imaging (MRI), psychological assessments, and evaluation of hormones in the blood that influence feelings of hunger and satiety. Her research and clinical interests broadly include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and suicide. In particular, Danielle is interested in mindfulness-based interventions for Anorexia Nervosa, the complexity that distinguishes Anorexia Nervosa from Atypical Anorexia Nervosa, and treatment/recovery. In her free time, Danielle is a certified Yoga Instructor and loves reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Madeline Schupak

Graduate Student

Madeline is a first-year student in Ferkauf's Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She graduated in 2021 from Tulane University with a B.S. in Psychology and two minors in both Spanish and Music. During her undergraduate experience, she interned at Children's National Medical Center's Donald Delaney Eating Disorder Clinic. Her research interests generally include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, the effects of COVID-19 on the aforementioned disorders, and mindfulness. In her free time, she enjoys singing, writing, and spending time with friends.

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Ayelet Schechter

Graduate Student

Ayelet is a first-year student in Ferkauf's Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She previously graduated from Yeshiva University with a BA in Psychology and Studio Art. Since graduation, she has been working as a clinical/treatment coordinator at an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in a behavioral health clinic which provides high-level care to high-risk patients struggling with interpersonal difficulties, emotional dysregulation disorders, and other comorbid disorders. She has helped create an effective way of tracking clients progress throughout treatment and has worked to use this information to create the most effective treatment for each client. Ayelet’s research interests broadly include eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders and effective treatments for each of these disorders. She is also particularly interested in studying early intervention for Anorexia Nervosa and identifying as well as tracking the development of this disorder. In her free time, Ayelet enjoys painting, traveling, hiking, and sports.

Leeba Goldenhersh

Graduate Ssudent

Leeba graduated from Yeshiva University in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and a focus in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate experience, she volunteered for the National Eating Disorders Association, where she was able to offer support and resources to those struggling with eating disorders. Her research interests primarily include eating disorders, neuropsychology, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specifically the relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and Anorexia Nervosa. She loves spending time with friends and family, running, and reading.

Meredith Zoltan

Research Assistant

Meredith graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing and Finance in 2015. Having an interest in third wave psychology that focuses on mindfulness and behavior, Meredith is currently in the process of a career change. Meredith plans to attend a PsyD program starting in the Fall of 2023 with the intention of integrating psychoanalytic approaches with current mindful practices learned through her work within Dr. Sala’s Mindfulness Lab. In her free time, you can find Meredith running, practicing yoga, giving her dog too many kisses and trying new restaurants!

Jamie Jacobson

Research Assistant

Jamie Jacobson is a second-year student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She previously graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Psychology. Her research interests broadly include eating disorders, suicide, and various mood disorders. Having the opportunity to take part in Dr. Sala’s Mindfulness, Eating Disorders, and Acceptance Lab has given Jamie the chance to pursue her interests even further. Jamie plans to attend a PsyD program in the Fall of 2024 to continue to achieve her research and clinical goals. In her free time, you will find Jamie hanging with her friends, attending concerts, and watching movies!

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Joshua Becker

Research and Marketing Assistant

Joshua is a second-year undergraduate student at New York University studying psychology and marketing. He has long been captivated by the workings of the mind, from both a neurobiological and psychological standpoint. He intends to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. His areas of research interests include mood and anxiety disorders, working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults, mindfulness-based interventions, and trauma. Joshua is also passionate about portrait and landscape photography and videography. He hopes to contribute to the burgeoning utilization of technology to assist in evidence-based psychological interventions to increase access to at-risk populations.