Bio Behavioral Institute has a staff of warm and caring professionals.
Jose Yaryura Tobias

Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, M.D.

Director Emeritus

Dr. Yaryura-Tobias is a biological psychiatrist and an internist with over 40 years experience in addition to being a writer and a poet. He has pioneered research in the dopamine theory of schizophrenia and the biological theory of obsessive compulsive disorder. He is authored and co-authored many books. He has presented and-or published over 270 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Yaryura-Tobias received his medical degree at the National University of Buenos Aires. He completed internships in Argentina, Canada and the U.S., originally specializing in internal medicine and later in biological psychiatry. He is a professor of psychiatry at New York University. He is a member of numerous national and international societies, and a founding member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Argentine Society of Biological Psychiatry and the World Federation of Biological Psychiatry.

Fugen Neziroglu

Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., A.B.B.P., A.B.P.P.


Dr. Neziroglu is a board certified behavior and cognitive psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in clinical, school-community psychology from Hofstra University and completed her post-graduate work in behavior and cognitive therapy at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy from the American Board of Behavioral Psychology (ABBP) and in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a Board Member and a Fellow of ABBP's Academy. She is also a member of many national and international societies and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Dr. Neziroglu is Full Professor at Hofstra University, Department of Psychology and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University.

Dr. Neziroglu has presented and published over 100 papers in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Additionally, she is the author and co-author of fourteen books on obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders.

Dr. Neziroglu is the co-founder and clinical director of the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. At the Bio Behavioral Institute, she provides direct services, supervises all assistant psychologists and psychology interns, sponsors many doctoral dissertations, and conducts research.

Contact: neziroglu[at]

Sony Khemlani Patel

Sony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D.

Psychologist/Executive Director

Sony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and research of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. In addition to providing direct clinical care, Dr. Khemlani also supervises psychology interns and participates in various research projects. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical/School psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She has presented and published extensively on body dysmorphic disorder and also has publications on obsessive compulsive disorder and self injurious behavior. She has co-authored the books, "When Your Child Is Cutting" and"Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder."

Matthew Jacofsky

Matthew Jacofsky, Psy.D.


Matthew Jacofsky, PsyD. is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. He has presented and published on a range of topics including body dysmorphic disorder, refractory obsessive compulsive disorder, and self-injurious skin picking. He is also an assistant adjunct professor at St. John's University where he supervises and instructs students providing psychological services to various clinical populations.

Contact: jacofsky[at]

Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman, Ph.D.


Matthew Lippman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in the cognitive behavioral and exposure treatment of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders as well as mood and thought disorders. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Dr. Lippman also has vast experience in the treatment of geriatrics and the serious and persistently mentally ill, specializing in the development and implementation of contingency management programs. He also provides clinical supervision to psychology interns at the Institute.

Haley Elder

Haley Elder, Ph.D.


Haley Elder, Ph.D. is a cognitive behavior therapist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from St. John's University. Her training has been in children, adolescents and adults. She has specific training in obsessive compulsive spectrum and mood disorders, including hoarding and body dysmorphic disorder. She has worked at the Long Island Jewish Schneider Children's Hospital where she treated adolescents with eating disorders and their families using cognitive-behavioral and family-based approaches. Through the PARTNERS research program at St. John's University's Center for Psychological Services, Dr. Elder trained in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy with children exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following sexual and/or physical abuse. She also received training at the Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan where she gained expertise treating anxiety and depression in adults using a cognitive framework. Research interests include the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, body image disturbances as well as the adoption of successful weight loss practices.

Keith Woythaler

Keith Woythaler, Ph.D.


Keith Woythaler, Ph.D., is a licensed cognitive-behavioral psychologist specializing in treating children and adults suffering from anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and mood disorders. Research interests include the treatment of anxiety disorders and the role of modern technologies (i.e., Virtual Reality) in the provision and efficacy of treatment. Dr. Woythaler received his doctorate in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.

Contact: woythaler[at]

Katharine Donnelly

Katharine Donnelly, PhD.

Psychologist / Behavior Therapist

Katharine Donnelly earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University. Her areas of interest include acceptance-oriented therapies and obsessive-compulsive spectrum behaviors. She is the co-author of the book "Overcoming Depersonalization Disorder: A Mindfulness and Acceptance Guide to Conquering Feelings of Numbness and Unreality."

Susan Soll

Office Manager/Intake Coordinator

Susan Soll is Bio Behavioral's office manager and intake coordinator. She can be contacted regarding new appointments, financial questions, and insurance matters.

Contact: susan[at]

Beth Forhman, L.C.S.W., D.S.W.

Director of Marital & Family Therapy

Beth Forhman, L.C.S.W., D.S.W., is the Director of Family Therapy at Bio-Behavioral Institute. Dr. Forhman has been in private practice in Smithtown and Great Neck for 31 years. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University for twenty six years, teaching in the M.S.W. and D.S.W. Programs. Dr. Forhman received her B.S.W., M.S.W., and D.S.W. degrees from Adelphi University. She has trained with Betty Carter, A.C.S.W., at the Family Institute of Westchester, and Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at the Family Institute of Washington, D.C. She is an experienced clinician, teacher and supervisor who is well-versed in Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy and Bowen Family Systems Therapy, among other varied approaches to family and couple treatment.

Loren Packer-Hopke

Loren Packer-Hopke, Psy.D.


Loren Packer-Hopke, Psy.D. is a Cognitive-Behavior therapist specializing in the treatment of mood disorders and anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and phobias. She has specialized training and experience in the treatment of tics and Tourette's Syndrome by implementing a scientifically supported treatment called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). Dr. Packer-Hopke received her doctoral degree from Hofstra University's School and Community Psy.D. program. In addition to providing intensive out-patient therapy, Dr. Packer-Hopke is involved in numerous research projects that are taking place at Bio-Behavioral. Prior to her research at Bio-Behavioral, past studies include exploring the effects of aerobic exercise on childhood Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


Philip Ninan

Philip M. Ninan, M.D.


Philip Ninan, M.D. is a psychiatrist who has been affiliated with the Institute since 1981. After receiving his medical degree from The Christian Medical College, Vellore India University of Madras, he completed his Internship, Residency, and Fellowship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry in the U.S. He is on the Attending Staff at Winthrop University Hospital/Consultation Lisison Service, Department of Psychiatry in Mineola, NY and at North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY where he supervises 2nd year Psychiatry Residents. Dr. Ninan treats the full range of psychiatric disorders based on the biopsychosocial model. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Richard Carlton, M.D.


Richard Carlton, M.D. in an Integrated Psychiatrist with over 35 years experience using "Nutraceutical" treatment for OCD spectrum, anxiety, depression, ADHD, as well as medical conditions such as migraines, seizures, PMS, and IBS. His integrated approach incorporates holistic and nutrition therapies as an adjunct or in place of standard medications. His treatment incorporates a combination of nutritional supplements, herbs, and diet changes. This approach offers options to patients who are unable to tolerate standard medications due to side effects, for those who choose not to take medications, or for individuals who are only partially benefiting from medications. Dr. Carlton also prescribes standard psychiatric medications for those who desire or could benefit from them. He has published and made media appearances and has been a pioneer in his field.