Meet the Wilkins Center Team

 
 

Nathalie Szilagyi, MD Psychiatrist


Nathalie Szilagyi MD is a Yale-trained child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who treats difficulties including attention and learning disorders, anxiety and trauma, depression and adjustment problems, eating disorders, and issues of gender and sexuality. She is experienced in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Szilagyi receive her BA from Georgetown University, where she was elected to Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society). She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve. As a member of the National Health Service Crops, she practice family and emergency medicine in rural Maine and North Carolina. Internationally, she has served in Ireland, Nicaragua and New Zealand.

Dr. Szilagyi did her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Yale, she trained at the Yale Gender Program, led a weekly PRIDE group, and developed staff training for those working with gender nonconforming youth. She remains affiliated with the Yale Child study Center and the Yale Gender program, also training Yale medical students in psychiatry. Dr. Szilagyi lectures nationally on the care of children, adolescents and adults with issue of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dr. Szilagyi lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.

Diane Mickley, MD, FACP, FAED
Founder and Director


Dr. Mickley is an internationally-recognized expert in treating people with eating disorders and weight control issues. She founded Wilkins Center in 1982, and has provided highly effective, highly personalized care to over 8,000 individuals – helping them overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders and lead healthier lives.
Over the years, Dr. Mickley has received a number of awards for her outstanding leadership and contributions to her profession and community. She is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Clinician of the Year award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. She received the "Woman of Inspiration Award" from the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association for advancing the treatment of eating disorders through clinical research, hands-on treatment, and organizational leadership. She was the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mickley was also honored with the Greenwich YWCA's BRAVA Award.
Awards: 2010-2011 Clinician of the Year, Academy for Eating Disorders;
Listed among “America’s Top Physicians,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Top Doctors for Women” every year since 2002
Past President: American Anorexia and Bulimia Association, National Eating Disorders Association
Fellow: American College of Physicians
Founding Fellow: Academy for Eating Disorders
Assistant Clinical Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Collaborator: On research projects with Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Medical Schools
Emeritus Physician: Greenwich Hospital
Member: North American Association of Obesity, Society for Adolescent Medicine
Editorial Board Member: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine


Andrea Wegner, PhD

Dr Wegner has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Wilkins Center for over 30 years. She treats both adolescents and adults with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating. Her therapeutic approach utilizes different behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic styles.

Dr. Wegner earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College and her Doctorate Degree from New York University.


Fran Antell LCSW, MSW


Director of DBT

Fran Antell has over 20 years of professional experience and is a leading specialist in the breakthrough therapy method, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). She and her team offer broad expertise in adult and adolescent therapy, DBT, and other methods. With their help, many have learned to successfully cope with and overcome harmful behaviors, including cutting, eating disorders, substance abuse, anger issues, depression, anxiety and more.

Former Member of DBT Consult Team: Westchester Jewish Community Services; Sarah Lawrence College

Parent Management Training: Yale Parent Child Conduct Center Advocate: For children with learning differences MSW: Fordham University

Member: Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists; Academy for Eating Disorders.


Nancy King LCSW, MSW


Director of Clinical Services

Nancy King has been a Social Worker with Wilkins Center since its inception in 1982. She is an Individual and Group Therapist, as well as a Staff Supervisor. Ms. King specializes in treating adolescents and adults with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.

Ms. King is on the National Conference Committee of the National Eating Disorders Association. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Eating Disorders and the American Anorexic Bulimia Association.

Ms. King uses an eclectic treatment approach that includes a psychodynamic base with a cognitive-behavioral component. She fosters a safe, non-threatening, and empathetic environment in both individual and group therapies to facilitate a comfortable atmosphere for self-exploration.


Diane Mickley, MD, FACP, FAED Founder and Director


Dr. Mickley is an internationally-recognized expert in treating people with eating disorders and weight control issues. She founded Wilkins Center in 1982, and has provided highly effective, highly personalized care to over 8,000 individuals – helping them overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders and lead healthier lives.

Over the years, Dr. Mickley has received a number of awards for her outstanding leadership and contributions to her profession and community. She is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Clinician of the Year award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. She received the "Woman of Inspiration Award" from the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association for advancing the treatment of eating disorders through clinical research, hands-on treatment, and organizational leadership. She was the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mickley was also honored with the Greenwich YWCA's BRAVA Award.

Awards: 2010-2011 Clinician of the Year, Academy for Eating Disorders; Listed among “America’s Top Physicians,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Top Doctors for Women” every year since 2002 Past President: American Anorexia and Bulimia Association, National Eating Disorders Association Fellow: American College of Physicians Founding Fellow: Academy for Eating Disorders Assistant Clinical Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Collaborator: On research projects with Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Medical Schools Emeritus Physician: Greenwich Hospital Member: North American Association of Obesity, Society for Adolescent Medicine Editorial Board Member: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders MD: Tufts University School of Medicine

James Wegner, PhD


James Wegner has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Wilkins Center for over 20 years. He treats adolescents and adults with eating disorders and has a special interest in males with anorexia and bulimia. Dr. Wegner has expertise in neuropsychological testing. His therapeutic approach uses interpersonal and cognitive behavioral approaches for the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Wegner earned his undergraduate degree from the City University of New York at Queens College and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed psychiatry and psychology journals.


Pearl Berger LCSW, MSW

Pearl Berger, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in psychotherapy for people of all ages with eating disorders and a wide range of emotional difficulties. Ms. Berger has an extensive background in working with adolescents on building self-esteem and utilizes a variety of techniques designed to address each child's unique needs. With adolescents and young adults, she works collaboratively in setting goals and empowers them to achieve success and happiness. Ms Berger has a gentle and compassionate manner that invites participation and growth.

Ms Berger earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University. She is an advocate for her profession and a spokeswoman in local news media. Ms. Berger is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Association of Social Workers.


Elisa Mambrino


Elisa Mambrino, PhD., Licensed Psycholodgist

Dr. Mambrino is a psychologist licensed in Connecticut and New York, respectively. Dr. Mambrino completed the Marie Kessel Postdoctoral Fellowship (supervised by Neuropsychologist Alice Medalia, Ph.D.) in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. In 2003, Dr. Mambrino received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in School Psychology, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She completed an APA-accredited, pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. For three years prior to that, Dr. Mambrino was a clinical trainee in the Neuropsychological Assessment Service at New-York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), Weill Cornell Westchester Division. Additional clinical training included a two-year clinical externship on the Adolescent Unit at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in New York City.

In her career as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, Dr. Mambrino has performed individualized neuropsychological assessments in a variety of hospital settings (with patients across age groups from school-age children to older adults): outpatient clinics, children’s day hospital, day treatment, locked inpatient psychiatric units, inpatient spinal cord and inpatient brain injury rehabilitation settings as well as outpatient rehabilitation.

At Yale, Dr. Mambrino completed the NIMH Research Seminar in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Dr. Mambrino was also the Project Director for a randomized clinical trial of a cognitive-behavioral intervention in a sample of children and adolescents in the State of Connecticut’s Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. At NYPH, she was the Research Coordinator for a randomized, double blind comparison of the time course in two extended-release oral delivery systems of methylphenidate given to school-age children diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Mambrino’s own research interests and efforts explore the complex cognitive process of expository writing in a social context.

Her clinical training, experience and interests focus upon individualized psychological, psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment (with projectives), primarily with children, adolescents and young adults. Training and experience in individual and group therapy in a cognitive-behavioral modality, include features of psychodynamic and family systems theory. Some Recent Publications:
Mambrino, E. (2010). Introduction. In Eric Arzubi and Elisa Mambrino (Eds.),
A guide to neuropsychological testing for health care professionals (pp. xix-xxix). NY: Springer Publishing Company. Mambrino, E. (2012).
Written expression as a neuropsychological nexus. In Elena Grigorenko, Elisa Mambrino, & David Preiss (Eds.), Writing: A mosaic of new perspectives (pp. 325-344). NY: Psychology Press. Medalia, A., & Mambrino, E. (2010).
An overview of the neuropsychological educational approach to remediation. In Volker Roder and Alice Medalia (Eds.), Neurocognition and social cognition in schizophrenia patients: Basic concepts and treatment (pp. 104-117). Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG. Mambrino, Elisa.

Freelance Published Illustrator, 1996-2001. Some of Dr Mambrino's pen-and-ink drawings were published in the Best of Gourmet 1996 Edition, 1997 Edition, 1998 Edition, 1999 Edition, 2000 Edition and 2001Edition. Based upon Condé Nast’s Gourmet Magazine (which is now no longer in monthly publication), the Best of Gourmet was a full-color, hardcover series published by the Condé Nast Book Division of Random House.




David Greenfeld


David Greenfeld, MD is the Director of Adolescent Psychiatry, and joined the Wilkins Center team over 10 years ago as a noted physician, teacher, author, and speaker. Dr. Greenfeld has dedicated more than 30 years to advancing the treatment of people with psychiatric problems, including eating disorders.

Dr. Greenfeld is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. He served as the Head of the Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Unit at Yale, New Haven. He was awarded the prestigious Nancy C.A. Roeske Award of Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Greenfeld's numerous articles are published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a former member of the American College of Psychiatrists.


Iris Weissman MS, RD, CDN

Director of Nutrition

Iris Weissman, MS, RD, CDN has been a Registered Dietitian with the Wilkins Center for over 20 years. She specializes in the behavioral treatment of anorexia, bulimia, weight control, and binge-eating disorder. She has expertise in the use of nutrition counseling as part of a comprehensive medical treatment plan for menu planning, food service, and nutrition education.

Ms. Weissman earned her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a Certified Dietitian with the state of New York. Additionally, Ms. Weissman is a Certified Shapedown Provider. She was also the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Greenwich Hospital and adjunct lecturer in nutrition at the City University of New York.


Erica Fross LCSW-R

Erica Fross is a licensed clinical social worker who has been helping children, adolescents and adults overcome the effects of trauma and abuse since 1997. Ms. Fross combines a compassionate and highly personalized approach with several highly effective treatment methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). A graduate of New York University, Ms. Fross has served as Clinical Supervisor at The Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse. She has also worked as a therapist in school-based mental health programs, and has trained, taught and supervised other mental health professionals.