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Our Staff

Deborah Wagner; Psychologist, Ph.D.

Deborah Wagner, Ph.D. is a diversely trained and experienced licensed psychologist.  She earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Yeshiva University while conducting pre- and post-doctoral research at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  The subjects of her research and doctoral dissertation were mothers and children, their bonding, development and emotional well being.  While working there for eight years, with a faculty appointment of Associate Research Scientist, she contributed to over a dozen professional publications, scientific conference presentations and presented at Grand Rounds.  As a researcher, Dr. Wagner has always had an affinity for exploring the fundamentals of a problem and digging down until she had a clear and rudimentary understanding of the issue at hand.

Following her years in research and academia, she entered into clinical work with a more diverse population.  Her training in developmental psychology prepared her for working with a wide age range of people. As a researcher and practicing psychologist, Dr. Wagner has always been committed to achieving a greater understanding of how and why people feel and behave the way they do and helping them to find ways to feel and do better. She has dedicated her career to understanding the psychological ramifications of lifespan development and its impact on human emotions and reactions.

Dr. Wagner’s clinical practice, spanning over twenty years, includes both sexes and people aged from two years to over seventy.  She has worked with individuals, couples and families. From a clinical perspective, she has written on issues of parenting and child development for a locally distributed publication.

Her professional concentration on the understanding of lifespan development and its impact over time has given her a unique perspective on how the different stages of development interact with and build upon one another. She has broadened her psychological understanding of people to include an understanding of how the physiological can often influence and impact the emotional.

In the last several years Dr. Wagner has treated a substantial number of perimenopausal women and their families, inspiring her to write The Fifth Decade. The growing number of women entering this stage of life, as the ‘baby boomer’ generation encounters perimenopause and menopause, has highlighted not only the tremendous need for sound and cogent information on the difficulties of this period, but has also made obvious the lack of clear and integrated information available to them.  Women and their families are struggling to understand how the physiological, sociological and psychological strains come together at this time of life.


Ralph Dell’aquila, Psychologist, EdD

Ralph Dell'aquila, EdD, Psychologist in Ridgewood

My philosophy is to gain an understanding and empathic sense of my patients’ issues and then to work with them to transcend their difficulties and make positive changes. Restructuring nonfunctional thoughts into more adaptive ones is one of many ways in which I partner with patients in promoting change that will help them to provide a renewed sense of meaning in life. While we can’t change life circumstances, we can come to grips with them in resilient ways. I utilize a competency model which builds upon the strengths of the individual and helps him/her to transcend life’s challenges by developing adaptive strategies.
For the past 20 years, I have worked in various facets of mental health including private practice, public sector, healthcare and academic settings. I have successfully treated individuals, couples and families facilitating positive life transitions. My approach combines humanistic and practical cognitive interventions.

Lana Grintsvayg; Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, LCSW-R

Lana Grintsvayg, LCSW-R, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wayne
I am a compassionate, experienced (more then 14 years of practice), positive therapist who will help and support you while you are dealing with problems, burdens, or fears that come your way. I work with children and adults, who experience difficulties coping with challenges of daily living, adjusting to situation change or struggling with relationship problems. My practice includes individual therapy with adults and children, couples therapy and parent counseling.
I incorporate play-therapy, Floortime modality, art, behavioral techniques and relaxation exercises into my work. Part of my practice focuses on working with parents of impulsive and oppositional children and children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, PDD, Autistic spectrum or Asperger’s Disorder. I am fluent in English and in Russian