Heather Goldman, Ph.D. – Supervising Child Psychologist

Dr. Heather Goldman, a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Columbia University, has been the Supervising Clinical Psychologist for The Quad since its inception in 2010.  She has over 10 years experience coordinating school-based mental health programs, running her own private practice and serving as a school psychologist at 2 schools, one that serves 2E children. She additionally teaches and is experienced in running clinical trials. Heather is the Program Director for The Quad's Psychosocial Internship Program and for the Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Children.  She directs all afterschool programs and provides professional insight to the ALL programs at The Quad by supervising several interns and staff members in working with our kids. She is enthusiastic with knowledge and experience.

Email: heather@thequadmanhattan.com

Ashley Riviere – Director, Summer Camp

Ashley began at the Quad in 2012 as a Core teacher and as the Summer Camp Director in 2013.  Ashley is a teacher, tutor, writer, and admirer of all things fun! Ashley graduated from The College at Brockport, SUNY with a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism and NYS Teaching Certification in English and Special Education. Ashley is currently a Special Education Teacher for New York City Department of Education. She specializes in reading and writing and has implemented two summer curricula for The Quad Manhattan including writing for the media and multi-cultural, hands-on reading with interactive field trips. Ashley has a true passion for teaching, children and their advancement in the world.

Email: ashley@thequadmanhattan.com

Mirlet Auguste – Capoeira and Dance Specialist

Mirlet Auguste has been teaching summer camps at the Quad since 2011. He is a Graduado from Grupo Capoeira Luanda NYC under the supervision of Mestre Jelon Vieira and has been training capoeira for over 8 years. Mirlet has also taught Capoeira at Kipp Amp Charter School in Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, Mirlet is also a free-style dancer and performer with a strong influence of Afro beats and House music  and a full-time Fashion Designer.

Kimberly Busi, M.D. – Founder and Director

Kim Busi is a Psychiatrist in private practice in Lower Manhattan and a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan.  She received her Medical Degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1997. After completing a year’s training in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Weill Medical Center, Dr. Busi finished her residency training in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in 2001.  At NYU, Dr. Busi has designed curriculum, and taught and supervised residents. She served on the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Director of Education for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary treatment center within the Bellevue Hospital Center. There, she developed a multilevel curriculum to teach and supervise over 100 medical students, residents and psychologists. Best of all, she is the mother of two wonderful boys, 14 and 10.

Email: kim@thequadmanhattan.com

Nicole Cavaliere- Fine Art and Photography Specialist

Nicole started at The Quad as a fine arts teacher in 2013 and has taught in The Quad After School program and summer program as a Core Teacher. She is an artist and teaching artist with a degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, where she taught in their Saturday Art School. She has also taught at Academy of the City Charter School in Queens and has worked with sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children in South America and Africa for 3 summers with the Hope For The Children Foundation.  

Jackson Kent- Improvisational Theater Specialist

Jackson started at The Quad as an intern in the summer of 2013. He returned in the summers of 2015 and 2016 as an improv teacher. He was an assistant teacher at The Quad Preparatory School from 2013 to 2014. During this time he taught two afterschool classes in improv theater and psychosocial core curriculum. He has been working with children since 2009 and has been involved with theater for his entire life. Jackson completed undergrad studies in Psychology at Oberlin College and is currently pursuing a masters of social work at Hunter College and graduates in May of 2016. 

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Jennifer Yu- Core Teacher

Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and Teach For America, Jennifer holds Master’s degree in Secondary Special Education and is currently pursuing a PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She has experience teaching co-taught and self-contained Reading to high school students and most recently worked with 2e children at the Quad Preparatory School and Quad Manhattan Afterschool Program where she has co-written curriculum for the humanities and taught after school programs.

Psychosocial Internship Class of 2020

Allie Palmeri -- Chief Interns, 2020, Psychosocial Intern Class of 2019

Email: chiefintern@thequadmanhattan.com

Abigail Fortier – Psychosocial Intern, Yale University

Abigail is in her third year studying both Evolutionary Biology and Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience at Yale University, and she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in education psychology. She volunteers part time teaching biology at an alternative school for middle/high school students with learning or social difficulties. Abigail is interested in the science of learning and teaching and loves finding creative ways to engage her students while also guiding them on how to approach intellectual and social challenges. In her free time, Abigail enjoys teaching and performing ballroom dance, painting, and spending time with friends and family.

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Lauren Getzler -- Psychosocial Intern, Muhlenberg College
Lauren is a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursing a Bachelors degree is Psychology with a certification in PreK-4 Education. Lauren has been working with students as part of her education program for the last three years and will continue her educational journey in the future.

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Tomas Greenberg -- Psychosocial Intern, Cornell University

Tomas is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Spanish with a double minor in inequality studies and psychology. He has extensive interpersonal experience, ranging from his work in the Special Olympics of NYC to his two years as a sleep-away camp counselor in Maine. In his summer camp he was a counselor both years to a cabin of thirteen year-olds but worked with children ranging from eight to sixteen years-old as the head of the basketball program. Tomas recently joined College Shortcuts last semester, a college consulting company designed to work individually with children in a collaborative process to create effective and competitive application methods for prestigious universities.

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Annie Grimley -- Psychosocial Intern, Brandeis University

Annie is a rising senior at Brandeis University earning her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is also pursuing a second major in creative writing and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Annie hopes to work in children’s mental health and currently works as a Teaching Assistant at Lemberg Children’s Center. She is also a Research Assistant at Brandeis’ Social Interaction and Motivation Lab, where she is helping with a study on the correlation between stress and depression in young adults. Outside of class and work, Annie dabbles in Jewish leadership and singing, and will be music director of her folk-pop a cappella group starting next Fall. She hopes to apply her love of the arts to her work with children in order to contribute to a fun, creative learning experience!

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Emily Lubin -- Psychosocial Intern, Colgate University

Emily is in her third year at Colgate in Hamilton, NY pursuing a major in Psychology. She was a research assistant in the Social Cognition & Intergroup Processes (SCIP) lab at Northwestern University under Dr. Sylvia Perry where she observed and analyzed parent-child interactions to better understand the development and social influence of prejudices. Emily also worked as a research assistant in Dr. Lauren Philbrook’s lab at Colgate University where she collected adolescent sleep data and data on childhood emotional regulation. On campus, Emily serves as a Colgate Link (first year orientation leader and year-long mentor). She volunteered once a week in a local elementary school as a teaching assistant in the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms, and served as Judicial Chairwoman on the Colgate Panhellenic Council. Emily spent the spring semester in Vienna, Austria studying psychology in the birthplace of Freud and Jung.

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Terese (Tess) Osborne) -- Psychosocial Intern, Rutgers University Honors College (2020)

Tess just graduated from the Rutgers University Honors College with her BA in English, and will apply to graduate programs in counseling or clinical psychology in the coming year. Tess first starting working with children when she became a babysitter at 13, and since then has taught children in the New York Botanical Garden and led children’s tours in the Zimmerli Art Museum while also caring for preschoolers in her university’s child development center. In her spare time, Tess loves to read, watch movies, and draw comics.

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Maya Schatsky – Psychosocial Intern, Boston University 

Maya is a Sophomore at Boston University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Visual Arts. Growing up in Manhattan, she has developed a love for learning about different cultures and peoples experience, and how that shapes one's identity. Maya has always had a love for working with children, and aims to be a personable, positive, and understanding role model.


Rachel Stefanowski -- Psychosocial Intern, Cornell University 

Rachel is a junior at Cornell University studying Human Development, on a premedical track. She has experience working with children in a school setting having spent her summers growing up working at the local daycare, and volunteering at children's hospitals. Rachel has a deep interest in the developing mind, which she is exploring through her involvement with the Cornell University Little Thinkers Lab. After graduation, she hopes to go to medical school, to continue her journey toward child psychiatry. 

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Yael Turk -- Psychosocial Intern, Muhlenberg College

Yael is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. She plans to continue onto graduate school for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology hopefully either in Boston or New York. She has worked with children of all ages and at Camp Yavneh, her childhood summer camp, and at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. When she is not at school, Yael loves spending time with her family, especially with her dog, Ollie.

Vera Wang--Psychosocial Intern, Hamilton College 

Vera is a rising senior at Hamilton College and is currently pursuing a BA in Neuroscience. She loves working with children, and has experience with them in clinical, counselor, research, and tutoring settings. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and drawing. Vera plans to stay involved with the twice-exceptional population clinically.