Doctors

APS is comprised of a group of doctoral level psychologists whose goal is to help people understand and address emotional distress, cognitive difficulties and life issues. The doctors at APS come from a variety of training orientations and each has specific areas of expertise. Dr. Nancy Just is Director of APS and assigns each new patient based on their needs.

Nancy Just

Dr. Nancy Just
(NJ #03382)

Dr. Nancy Just is Director of Advanced Psychological Specialists (APS). She founded APS with the intent of creating a premier group of highly trained psychologists with different specialties to serve people in need. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Biofeedback and Hypnosis, Dr. Just treats both adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chronic pain.

Dr. Just received her B.A. from Rutgers University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was recruited as a Scholar in Residence by Temple University where she received her Doctorate in clinical psychology with Faculty Commendation. Dr. Just completed her clinical internship at UMDNJ-NJ Medical School, following which she accepted a joint faculty appointment to the departments of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychologists.

Dr. Just is a past Director of Psychology at the UMD-NJ Medical School Pain Management Center. She serves as an Independent Evaluator for many major insurance companies and is qualified as an Expert Witness in New Jersey Superior Court. Dr. Just periodically serves as a Clinical Supervisor for the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and as an Evaluator for the Psychology Internship Program at UMDNJ-NJ Medical School.

Dr. Just is a member of the American Psychological Association, The American Pain Society, and The New Jersey Psychological Association and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She has published numerous articles on several topics including mood disorders and chronic pain.

Ellen Reicher

Dr. Ellen Reicher
(NJ #04164)

Dr. Ellen Reicher has treated and evaluated children, adolescents, and adults at APS since 2000. Her training and experience have allowed her to hone specialties in the areas of separation anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, selective mutism, depression, and chronic pain.

Dr. Reicher uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders. She enjoys consulting with parents and teachers to help them with their crucial roles in raising well-adjusted children. Sometimes the best way to help a child is to help the parent(s) and Dr. Reicher provides support, guidance, and concrete strategies to help parents navigate the challenging issues and problems that children and adolescents can face.

Dr. Reicher enjoys working with adults in individual therapy. Dr. Reicher has specific interest and expertise helping adults who are experiencing chronic pain, depression, or anxiety. She understands that although the stress of life can seem overwhelming at times, therapy can help. Dr. Reicher engages her clients in an active, solution-oriented approach that is based on evidence-based techniques. This therapy is delivered with a sensitive approach that acknowledges that 'one size' does not fit all people.

Dr. Reicher received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with honors from Binghamton University. Dr. Reicher was awarded several scholarships to continue her graduate studies at Fordham University, where she earned her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology. Her training sites included the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in NYC and West Bergen Mental Health Care in Ridgewood, NJ. Dr. Reicher completed her doctoral psychology training internship at the Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She has taught undergraduate psychology courses and numerous parenting workshops. Dr. Reicher is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association.

Andrea Riskin

Dr. Andrea Riskin
(NJ #05043)

Dr. Andrea Riskin joined APS in 2010 with tremendous excitement at being part of a premier practice. Dr. Riskin believes that providing comprehensive care is an essential part of the therapeutic process. Therefore, in addition to working with her APS colleagues, Dr. Riskin works in collaboration with many professionals in the community.

Dr. Riskin received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University. She was placed on the Dean's List of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for three semesters in recognition of outstanding scholastic excellence. She went on to receive her Master's degree from Queens College in general psychology, where she graduated with honors. She proceeded to earn her Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, CW Post Campus, with a concentration in family violence. Her training sites included the Long Island University, CW Post Campus Psychological Services Center, Winthrop University Hospital's Winthrop Pediatric Associates, and the Audrey Hepburn Children's House, Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Riskin completed her doctoral psychology internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services located in Hartsdale, New York.

Dr. Riskin works with children and adolescents as well as adults. She most recently worked in the Anxiety Disorders Program at West Bergen Mental Healthcare. In addition to working from a cognitive-behavioral orientation with those who suffer from anxiety, she also helps those with anger management issues, mood disorders, parenting issues, ADHD, and individuals coping with life cycle stressors. Dr. Riskin uses empathy and validation in conjunction with evidenced-based techniques to encourage those seeking treatment to move towards a self-actualized life. Making the decision to engage in therapy can feel like a daunting task; however, Dr. Riskin provides a safe, secure, warm and nurturing atmosphere that enables individuals to feel comfortable while accomplishing their treatment goals.

Allison Shale

Dr. Allison Shale
(NJ #05389)

Dr. Allison Shale has been with APS since 2014. She has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and play therapy. Dr. Shale provides therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, adults, and families; she particularly enjoys dyadic work with children and parents.

Dr. Shale is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, earning her B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences with a minor in Spanish for the Professions. Dr. Shale went on to earn both her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Maryland and she is currently a licensed psychologist in both New Jersey and New York. Dr. Shale completed both an APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship within the Mental Health Division at ANDRUS, an outpatient clinic in White Plains, NY. Dr. Shale’s other training sites include Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and the Sheppard Pratt Health System, both of which are located in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Shale is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She has presented at several local and national conventions and conferences and has spoken on topics related to ethics in practice as well as on the integration of complementary and alternative medicine into practice. Additionally, Dr. Shale recently co-authored her first book on this topic, titled Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Psychologists: An Essential Resource.

Patricia Woods

Dr. Patricia Woods
(NJ #05730)

Dr. Patricia Woods has been with APS since 2016. She has specialized training in evidenced based cognitive behavioral treatments for trauma, anxiety and mood disorders. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Dr. Woods provides individual psychotherapy and psychological evaluations to adults.

Dr. Woods received her Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Rutgers University and both her Master’s and Doctor of Psychology degrees from the American School of Professional Psychology in Honolulu, HI, graduating with highest honors. She completed her APA approved internship at Ulster County Mental Health, a community mental health center in Kingston, NY. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, WA. She served several years with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, a Department of Defense (DOD) Center of Excellence, treating and researching PTSD and depression in active duty soldiers before moving into private practice. She has 20 years of experience in the mental health field and serves as a consultant to Weill Cornell Medical School at NY Presbyterian Hospital on a current DOD project investigating PTSD interventions for Veterans.

While Dr. Woods specializes in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety and chronic pain, she also has a strong generalist background and has helped individuals struggling with adjustment, stress, health, and sexual identity related issues. Her style is warm, genuine and collaborative. She utilizes an active solution focused approach to provide support, guidance and evidenced based cognitive behavioral therapies to improve her patients' quality of life. Dr. Woods is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Amanda Milleisen

Dr. Amanda Milleisen
(NJ #04541)

Dr. Amanda O'Brien Milleisen has been with APS since 2017. She has received specialized training in working with adults coping with many different emotional difficulties, medical issues, physical disabilities, and cognitive impairments. At APS, she provides evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to adults who are coping with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD, adjustment issues, and health issues. In addition to individual psychotherapy, Dr. Milleisen also conducts comprehensive neuropsychological and pre-surgical psychological evaluations.

Dr. Milleisen graduated magna cum laude from The University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She received both her Master's and Doctorate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), with a specialization in Behavioral Health. At VCU, Dr. Milleisen passed her comprehensive exams with honors and was named "Outstanding Counseling Student," for her graduating class. She completed her APA-approved Internship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology. Her clinical post-doctoral training was completed at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Glen Oaks, NY. Dr. Milleisen continued her advanced training at Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange, NJ, seeing inpatients in the Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Units while conducting research in the Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab. Following completion of her postdoctoral training, Dr. Milleisen worked as a clinician and Senior Research Scientist at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey counseling adults with diverse physical, cognitive, and emotional issues.

Although Dr. Milleisen primarily utilizes a cognitive behavioral framework with clients, she takes an eclectic approach to choose the most appropriate and effective intervention strategies and techniques for each individual. Her approach to therapy is supportive and warm, and she believes genuine empathy, honesty, and humor are all very important in the client-therapist relationship. Dr. Milleisen takes a collaborative and goal-oriented approach to facilitate clients' journeys towards wellness and increased quality of life. Dr. Milleisen is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Jessica DeGaetano

Dr. Jessica DeGaetano
(NJ #05846)

Dr. DeGaetano has been with APS since 2017. She has extensive training with evidence-based practices for emerging through older adulthood, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. She also provides neuropsychological evaluations to help delineate behavioral and cognitive changes resulting from central nervous system disease or injury.

Dr. DeGaetano is experienced in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain, with the goal of facilitating behavior change in the service of living a more meaningful and values-driven life. Dr. DeGaetano also has extensive experience with adult Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, providing neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation-focused psychotherapy for patients and their families suffering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other neurological disorders.

Dr. DeGaetano completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Lehigh University and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was awarded a Doctoral Assistantship as a member of the inaugural cohort for Kean University's Combined and Integrated Psy.D. Program in Clinical and School Psychology. She is also a certified school psychologist in the state of New Jersey. Dr. DeGaetano completed her internship training in Adult and Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at Staten Island University Hospital and Adult Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology post-doctoral fellowship at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange and Saddle Brook, New Jersey. Dr. DeGaetano has presented at regional and nationwide conferences and has published on the topic of psychological flexibility and rehabilitation adherence.