Meet Our Professional Staff
Our professional staff includes board certified child psychiatrists, adult psychiatrists, an advanced nurse practitioner, psychotherapists, learning consultants, organizational consultants and nutritionists.
Merritt Hubsher, MD
Merritt Hubsher, MD is the medical director of ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center. He is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist, and specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD) as well as all child and adolescent emotional, behavioral, social and academic disorders. He possesses an expertise in treatment of childhood mood disorders, such as Childhood Depression, Childhood Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety and OCD Disorders, behavior disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as Pervasive Developmental Disorders, such as Asperger's Disorder and Autism, and Eating Disorders.
Dr. Hubsher received his medical degree from SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in New York. He received his residency training in Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, where he also completed his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Hubsher has been in practice since 1987, promoting effective treatment for children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Hubsher has appeared on television and radio, has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles, and lectures all over the State of New Jersey to school teachers, guidance counselors, therapists and parent groups, as well as other psychiatrists, teaching the hallmarks of childhood mental health, behavioral and academic conditions, in order to increase awareness, and thereby help children to receive the help from which they can so greatly benefit.
Denise McClellan, APN
Denise is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy and medication management services to children, adolescents and adults. She received her Masters degree in Nursing from Rutgers University and also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Denise worked extensively as a social worker with children and adults and as a psychotherapist in child, adolescent and women's mental health. Denise utilizes an eclectic, client-centered treatment approach combining existential, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic treatment techniques to assist clients in achieving their desired personal goals and quality of life. In addition to providing direct mental health care to patients, Denise has experience managing NIMH-funded research and providing investigative services for the State of New Jersey. Denise is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and has received commendations in her role as advocate for the mentally ill and victims of crime and abuse. She is an award-winning author on strategies to reduce the challenges faced by acutely mentally ill individuals.
Brigitte Kelly, LCSW
Brigitte Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who specializes in working with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of emotional, social, family and academic difficulties. She received her Masters of Social Work from Fordham University in 1996 and has been working in the mental health field with children and adolescents for 17 years. She has an extensive and varied experience working in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Brigitte worked as a primary therapist for children hospitalized in the psychiatric unit of the Children’s Crisis Intervention Service at Elizabeth General Medical Center, where she also developed and implemented a specialized program for children affected by trauma. Brigitte also spent three years at the Institute for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack University Medical Center, working in the Adolescent Partial Hospital Program with teens in crisis. She also worked for the Elizabeth Board of Education in the Early Childhood Program and as a consultant for Morristown High School, working with teens at risk of dropping out of school. In addition, Brigitte is the Director of a community mental health center in Morris County.
Mike Shugrue, LCSW
Michael Shugrue is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the ADHD, Mood and Behavior Center, where he specializes in treating children, adolescents, and their families. Michael joined the center in 2005 and provides individual, group, and family therapy. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and events addressing parents and educational audiences on a wide range of topics from dealing with ADHD to fostering self-esteem in special needs children.
Michael received his Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York. Prior to joining the ADHD, Mood and Behavior Center, Michael spent 3 years at the Institute for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. From 2000 to 2002, Michael worked at and helped develop "Project Destiny", a unique and highly successful Oakland, California-based full service, 'wrap-around' program. There, Michael both provided counseling and supportive services to high risk families in economically challenged neighborhoods as well as participated in the development, direction and team management of the burgeoning, grant supported 'wrap around' program. In addition to direct client work, Michael also has extensive experience working with juvenile justice, educational, and hospital/health service systems.
Harley Goodfriend, LDT-C
Harley Goodfriend, M.Ed is a certified Learning Disabilities-Teacher Consultant (LDT-C) specializing in the academic evaluation of children and adults for learning disabilities. Harley also provides academic tutoring to students, with and without learning disabilities, to improve proficiency in the areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, study skills and organizational skills.
Ms. Goodfriend has over ten years of collective experience in teaching, in both public and private learning disabilities and developmental disabilities schools, tutoring and providing educational evaluations. She has worked with high and low functioning populations including learning disabled, emotionally disabled and developmentally disabled. Harley's philosophy has always been that we are all individuals with different ways of learning. She continues to help students discover their own style of learning and apply it to their everyday lives.
Ms. Goodfriend was graduated with a Masters in Education and a certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant from Montclair State University, and received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Kansas in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in students with disabilities. Harley is also trained in Orton-Gillingham and Wilson, two specialized Reading programs that teach phonics skills using multi-sensory techniques.
Christine Nucera, MAT, LDT-C.
Christine attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J. for four years and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology in 1998. She then went on to attend Montclair State University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and certifications for Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary Education in 2001. Christine began her career as a Special Education teacher and worked in a variety of settings, such as a Resource Center teacher, Self-Contained Special Education teacher, and an In-Class Support teacher in a regular education classroom. She has experience working with a multitude of students with a variety of disabilities, such as learning disabilities, attentional difficulties, behavior issues, autism, multiple handicaps, etc. While working with students with disabilities, Christine developed an interest in assessment techniques. She decided to return to Montclair State University to pursue her Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certification in 2004. Currently, Christine works as an L.D.T.-C. on a Child Study Team in a public school district in northern New Jersey. She works with students ranging from pre-school to high-school age. Christine has experience evaluating all levels of students and providing appropriate recommendations for both public and private school settings.
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