Meet the Team
Deirdre Waters, PsyD, Director, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist who has worked in the mental health field for the past twenty years and her areas of expertise include anxiety disorders, early recovery issues, substance abuse/dependency, women’s issues, and stress management. Dr Waters has supervised graduate students in various stages of training (practicum, pre doctoral interns and post doctoral fellows) and is committed to teaching third wave cognitive behavioral therapy (ACT) to her students. She is also dedicated to trying to close the treatment gap in the Bayshore area and providing empirically supported psychotherapy to its residents.
Emily Kline, MA, is a second-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University and has joined the Behavioral Health Institute of Monmouth County as a doctoral practicum student. Previously, she obtained a B.A. in Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia and an M.A. in General Psychology at Hunter College. Emily’s research has focused on internalizing disorders and suicidal behavior among diverse adolescents and young adults, as well as the impact of racial/ethnic discrimination on mental health outcomes. She is also experienced in the assessment of high-risk adolescents with suicide ideation and attempt history. As a clinician, Emily is eager to expand her clinical skills through the application of evidence-based treatments.
Emily Hendershot, B.A, is a second-year clinical student at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Since graduating from Millersville University in 2015 with her BA in Psychology, Emily has worked as a therapeutic staff support providing behavioral interventions for children with various psychological disorders in schools, facilitated research as a coordinator at Temple University in the Social Anxiety Lab, and served as a clinical research coordinator and supervisor on over 40 clinical trials for psychiatric indications. Although she is still exploring her school and career path in her doctoral program, her current interests include Geropsychology, Health Psychology, chronic health conditions, mindfulness, and psychotherapy integration. She is excited to spend time this year at BHI in her role as a doctoral practicum student.
Kristen is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Combined School and Clinical Psychology Program at Kean University. Her research examines the intersectionality between health and psychology across family systems and their implications on clinical aspects. Further, she is particularly interested in risk and protective factors of mental illness across diverse communities. Previous research has been published and presented locally, nationally and internationally. She serves on the Ethics Committee for New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), is the Chair-Elect for NJPA Graduate Students and is a student representative to the Wenzhou-Kean Board of Directors. She is excited to translate her training into meaningful practice, expand on her training as a clinician with BHI and provide mental health services to the Bayshore area.