Christine Baker, Ph.D.
Dr. Christine Baker, Ph.D is the Clinical Director of the Metro Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She served as Director of the Family Life Education Center (FLEC) and Supervising Psychologist at the Metro RDTC since 2004. With the support of a “Verizon Domestic Violence Solutions Award”, Dr. Baker’s FLEC program launched an interactive, bilingual, domestic violence awareness web-site for teenage girls. The website, www.AREASKeepGirlsSafe.com, has received more than 115,000 successful hits since 2012 with close to 20,000 unique visitors. Dr. Baker developed and directed the Community Based Adolescent Medicine rotation as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at RUTGERS-NJ Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), Newark Campus, for more than 15 years. She served many years as Visiting Specialist at Montclair State University's Center for Child Advocacy, and has been qualified as an expert witness in child maltreatment for civil and criminal cases in several NJ counties.
Dr. Baker is a former President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC NJ), and was recognized with the “President’s Honor Roll” award by national APSAC in 2003. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has made presentations at local, state, and national conferences; most recently at the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington, DC in 2012.
Dr. Baker has been honored with the “Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award” presented by the HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION of New Jersey, and the“Live Your Dream Ruby Award” by Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex. She currently serves on the Prevention Sub-Committee of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect; on the Board of Trustees for Integrity House, Inc.; and on the Essex County NJ Domestic Violence Teen Interpersonal Violence Work Group.
Donna Pincavage has spent her entire career working with and for children and families. She currently is the Administrative Director of the Metropolitian Regional Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She had been employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families/ Department of Human Services. At the Division of Child Behavior Health Services she was the State’s Children’s Mental Health Planner and was also responsible for request for proposals, public hearings, focus groups and special projects regarding system change for DCBHS’ System of Care. From 1985 to 2006 she was the Executive Director for the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She was also the Director of the New Jersey Children's Trust Fund for fourteen years. Prior to working for the Task Force/Trust Fund, she was a caseworker, assistant supervisor, casework supervisor and district office manager for the Division of Youth and Family Services. Ms. Pincavage holds a MSW and MPA from Rutgers University and a BSW from Kean University.
Karyn C. Smarz, Ph.D.
Karyn C. Smarz, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of New Jersey. She is the Supervising Psychologist and Director of the Family Life Education Center at the Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She is also the RDTC Doctoral Level Externship Coordinator in charge of training and supervising doctoral level student externs. Dr. Smarz received her Master’s Degree from New York University and her Doctorate from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She has worked in the field of child maltreatment for nine years, conducting therapy and assessments with children and adolescents with histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Dr. Smarz also has a private practice in Montclair where she treats adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. In addition, she is currently the consulting psychologist at Healthy Futures Pediatric Weight Management Program at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Smarz participates in numerous community education initiatives, and conducts quarterly workshops on child abuse and neglect for Rutgers Behavioral Research and Training Institute. She has also presented at numerous conferences such as the Montclair State University Annual Child Advocacy Conference and the NJ Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Her presentations have focused on issues such as the effects of technology and social media on child development, whether childhood obesity is a child protection issue and the psychological consequences of neglect for children in the foster care system. Additionally, Dr. Smarz was an adjunct college professor at the New Jersey City University, where she taught over 40 undergraduate psychology courses.
Dr. Craig Springer, Ph.D.
Dr. Craig Springer, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and has been employed at the Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since 2004. He has extensive experience in developing, conducting, supervising, and researching psychotherapeutic programs for a variety of childhood and adolescent problems and disorders including trauma, anxiety, ADHD, autism and sexual offending behavior. Dr. Springer has been involved in giving over 50 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored several book chapters, and he is currently contracted to coauthor a book with Springer Publishing Company. Dr. Springer developed and co-founded Game-Based Cognitive Therapy (GB-CBT), an innovative model for treating victims of trauma. He remains committed to advancing the field of child abuse and neglect through his ongoing clinical, research and training endeavors and his advocacy work as a Board Member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New Jersey Chapter (APSAC-NJ).
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