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.


Pete J. Economou Ph.D., ABPP was trained in counseling psychology and is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specializing in evidence-based psychology and working with high performers (e.g., athletes). Dr. Pete is licensed by NJ and NY to practice psychology and is also a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC-AASP). He has conducted research in several areas including: multicultural psychology, evidence-based treatments (mainly third wave CBT), Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) topics, and issues related to executive functioning. He is an active member of state and national psychology associations, has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology since 2014, and is a contributor to media outlets and social media. Lastly, as a student of Zen Buddhism, Dr. Pete has been studying at the Morning Star Zendo with Robert Kennedy, Roshi for several years, which has translated into his mindfulness practices offered through the third wave CBT theories.