TKC Team

The Kahane Center's team is dedicated to meaningful change. We are committed to providing innovative and comprehensive evidence-based mental health and learning services to help children, adolescents, and adults embrace their strengths and grow their emotional and social well-being. We work together as a team to integrate care. We support one another and the families we help, to create an environment that nurtures and nourishes growth.


We offer in person services at our offices in Englewood, NJ, and New York City, as well as telehealth to patients living in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Dr. Tamar Z. Kahane is the founder and clinical director of The Kahane Center, LLC an integrated mental health center providing comprehensive psychological and neuro-psychological services. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been successfully treating adults, families, adolescents and children for over 25 years.  Dr. Kahane trained at the Kennedy Center of Albert Einstein Hospital and at St. Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital after receiving her doctorate from Ferkauf School of Graduate Psychology of Yeshiva University and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. Prior to founding the Center, Dr Kahane served as the senior psychologist in a private school in Bergen County. Dr. Kahane is an expert and clinical pioneer in the field of social cognition, social skills groups, and has a sub-specialty in executive functioning. She has extensive experience  treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, ASD, as well many other disorders. Dr. Kahane supervises and trains psychologists and other mental health professionals both at the Center and in other settings. She also trains teachers to help them become increasingly more effective in the classroom. She has developed a unique SEL (Social Emotional Learning)/ Executive Functioning curriculum (The POWER Program) that is being piloted in multiple public and private schools. Dr. Kahane also lectures regularly to parent groups and is a big proponent of integrating parents into their children’s treatment and providing them with effective tools and strategies. Dr. Kahane has appeared on national television as a clinical expert in ASD and is a frequently sought after psychological thought leader in the media.
Dr. Erica Pepose is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating young children and adolescents. Dr. Pepose graduated from Pace University with a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical-School Child Psychology. Dr. Pepose’s dissertation entitled, “Parenting Stress in the Dyad: Associations Among Parenting Stress, Parent Role Perceptions, Infant Temperament, and Mother-Infant Emotional Availability” explored the relationship between mother-infant interactions and levels of parenting stress. She completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health. In addition, Dr. Pepose has completed a post-graduate certificate program in Infant-Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus. Dr. Pepose specializes in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health. She has received training in two evidence-based parenting programs, Circle of Security® and The Incredible Years®. At The Kahane Center, Dr. Pepose’s clinical work focuses on providing prevention and early intervention to families with infants, young children, and adolescents in a variety of modalities including individual play therapy, dyadic therapy, and group therapy. In addition, she provides clinical supervision to other psychologists at The Center. Dr. Pepose believes that optimal functioning and resilience occurs within the context of relationships and family.

Dr. Jonathan N. Fiskus is a licensed psychologist specializing in adolescents and adults. He graduated from Hofstra University with a Doctor of Psychology degree in School-Community Psychology.  Dr. Fiskus received clinical training at Hofstra’s PERC Clinic and further training at Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center in Brooklyn, NY as well as Great Neck’s school system. Having served as a school psychologist at Yachad (The National Jewish Council for Disabilities), he has experience working with individuals with learning, intellectual, and developmental challenges. In addition, Dr. Fiskus has also worked in private practice settings providing evidence-based psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. He has conducted full battery psychological and neuropsychological assessments for students struggling with academic emotional and behavioral challenges. He has also helped students receive accommodations on standardized testing including college students and young adults who are seeking to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Fiskus has conducted mental health and fire-risk evaluations for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in New York City as well as court-ordered evaluations for the Department of Social Services in Westchester. At The Kahane Center, Dr. Fiskus provides individual and family therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to guide each person towards overcoming challenges and achieving overall well-being. In addition to therapy, Dr. Fiskus also provides comprehensive and individualized neuropsychological assessments and provides feedback and consultation to families and schools.

Dr. Anna Spigelman is a licensed psychologist who specializes in providing neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and young adults. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and went on to earn her doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Spigelman trained at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Northwell Health. She also trained at specialized schools for students with learning, attentional, and social-emotional needs including Stephen Gaynor School and Green Chimneys Residential Treatment Center. Dr. Spigelman completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric neuropsychology and rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center. She continued her post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Promise Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. At The Kahane Center, Dr. Spigelman specializes in providing neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with learning, language, or attentional concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), concussion, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, complex medical conditions (e.g., blood disorders, pediatric cancers), and psychiatric conditions. Dr. Spigelman is devoted to providing comprehensive, culturally competent, and evidence-based assessments. She is passionate about educational advocacy, using the child’s neuropsychological evaluation data to ensure that the student receives an appropriate education tailored to his or her needs. Additionally, Dr. Spigelman provides individualized POWERS coaching to help students learn to develop and practice their executive functioning skills.

Dr. Daniel Dearson is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating adolescents and adults. He
graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Masters in Forensic Psychology and then
went on to graduate from Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Prior to completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Dearson trained at the Kings County Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Unit, Nova Southeastern University’s Student Counseling Center, as well as their outpatient program for Adult Services. As a psychology intern at Henderson Mental Health Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, Dr. Dearson provided individual/group therapy for individuals who presented with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. Additionally, he was employed at Chai Lifeline where he worked with individuals/families who had a child or sibling diagnosed with a life-threatening medical illness. Prior to joining The Kahane Center, Dr. Dearson spent seventeen years as the Sr. Psychologist at a large private high school in Brooklyn, NY. There, he closely worked with individuals who presented with a variety of emotional, social, behavioral, and academic challenges. He was also the crisis coordinator, conducted parent and teacher trainings, acted as an AP Psychology teacher, and facilitated workshops on topics including time management, stress management, mindfulness, communication skills, sports psychology, and challenges/needs of teens. At the Kahane Center, Dr. Dearson offers individual and family therapy drawing upon an eclectic approach. He is passionate about building authentic working relationships to strengthen hope, explore opportunities for personal growth, and enhance life skills.

Dr. Julia Fisher received her doctorate from Ferkauf School of Graduate Psychology of Yeshiva University and her BA in Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Fisher completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, a community mental health center serving children and adolescents. Prior to that, Julia conducted child and family therapy as well as neuropsychological assessment in a range of settings including hospital, day treatment, and outpatient settings. She trained at Montefiore’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Joan Fenichel Therapeutic Nursery, Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC, and New York City Children’s Center inpatient hospital. Her training has included a range of therapeutic approaches including play therapy, CBT, PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy), DBT, habit reversal training, and ARC (Attachment, Regulation, & Competency) trauma-focused treatment. At the Kahane Center, Dr. Fisher provides individual and family therapy, individualized assessments, and individualized, one-on-one POWERS coaching. She prioritizes collaboration with school, medical, and other providers to support children in receiving comprehensive care.

Esther Jung has worked with students for approximately 20 years, as a teacher, a tutor, and a mentor/student coach. Esther graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Education and received her M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she concentrated in international education policy and management. She is a recipient of two Fulbright scholarships teaching English to middle school students in rural South Korea and working in the Office of the Assistant Director General of Education on global education campaigns at UNESCO Headquarters in France. For the past 20+ years, Esther has tutored hundreds of K-12 students in math, reading, and writing and has also coached students through standardized tests and the college application process. She has also facilitated academic debates around current events in student group settings to enhance public speaking, critical thinking, and relationship diplomacy skills. Currently Esther is completing her second Master’s in Mental Health Counseling integrating the biopsychosocial and emotional components with her work with students which she believes is fundamental for full human development. At The Kahane Center, Esther provides learning support as well as POWERS one-on-one coaching.

Jess is the Operations Manager/Administrative Assistant at The Kahane Center. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Agricultural Resources and Managerial Economics. Earlier in her career, she worked in human resources, staffing, and project management in the marketing arena. Throughout her life, Jess has been a leader in various areas within her community including the local schools, her family church, and the Korean-American community. She's worked with youth of all different ages and has always been passionate about counseling, mentorship, and human connections. At The Kahane Center, Jess handles general operations, office management, human resources, business development, billing, staff support, and much more to keep things running smoothly for both our team and our TKC families.
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