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Elizabeth Wyner

Ms. Wyner has a background in project and people management, and has more than 10 years of experience working in public health and child welfare. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.  She is excited to help support the parenting center in promoting…Read More

Nora Engeldrum

Nora comes to the Parenting Center after spending four years providing administrative support in a non-profit setting, with a focus on tutoring and educational advocacy for underserved youth from across New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, CUNY. She is passionate about…Read More

Xian Zhang, PhD

Dr. Zhang is a child development researcher with special interest in culture-centered research. Dr. Zhang was educated in the U.K. and the U.S. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London. She then moved to the U.S. and received her M.A. in Applied Child Development and Ph.D.…Read More

Caroline Martinez, MD

Director of Behavior and Developmental Sciences, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine Dr. Martinez received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She completed her Pediatric residency at Mount Sinai in 2009 and…Read More

Kara Gasparrini, MA

Kara comes to the Parenting Center after spending two years as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows Program where she worked as a high school science teacher. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Master’s Degree in Education. Kara has worked…Read More

Michelle Maher, MPA

Michelle has a background in project management, media, and higher education. Prior to pursuing her career in community health, Michelle worked as a television and web editor and producer in a variety of genres, including healthcare and education. She is excited to continue to provide education to both medical professionals and the communities they serve.…Read More

Chelsea McGowen

Chelsea comes to the Parenting Center after receiving her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Cornell University where she studied Psychology and worked as a research assistant in a developmental psychology laboratory. With particular interests in outreach and development, she is passionate about the Parenting Center’s mission of increasing the accessibility of developmental research to…Read More

Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH

Director of Research, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Horace W. Goldsmith Professor in Children’s Health Research, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Dr. Wright received a Bachelor of Science in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and she obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan…Read More

Aliza W. Pressman, PhD

Co-Founding Director and Director of Clinical Programming, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Co-Founder, SeedlingsGroup Dr. Pressman is the co-founder of the SeedlingsGroup, a New York City and Los Angeles parent education group that uses evidence-based research and information to educate and guide families…Read More

Blair Hammond, MD

Co-Founding Director and Director of Medical Education, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Dr. Blair Hammond is a board certified pediatrician who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Dartmouth College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also…Read More

Carrie Quinn, MD

Executive Director, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Dr. Quinn received her undergraduate degree in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Quinn completed her residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston…Read More

Mariel Benjamin, LCSW

Director of Programs, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Ms. Benjamin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City with over 10 years of experience at Mount Sinai Medical Center working with families and children. She received her…Read More