About Our Director
- Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert H. Phillips, founder and director of the Center for Coping,
is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice since 1975 and who
has, throughout his career, published and spoken widely on coping with
physical ailments and other psychological topics. Dr. Phillips, the published
author of more than 30 books [list of books], has presented over four hundred papers and talks
at seminars, conventions, and meetings throughout the United States and
internationally. He has served on the Board of Directors of the national Lupus
Foundation of America and the Nassau Chapter of the American Heart
Association. Dr. Phillips also serves on medical advisory boards of, and is
the psychologist for, a number of major local and national organizations.
The Center for Coping and Dr. Phillips’ work has been the focus of
many articles and stories in numerous professional journals and magazines such
as Medical Times and Prevention. The Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, and Essence
magazines have also featured his work. Coverage in national and local daily
newspapers includes the New York Times, Newsday, and the New York Post. Dr.
Phillips has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, and
currently is the host of "Coping Conversations", a weekly radio talk
show [radio show], on WLIE
(540 AM) on Long Island.
About Some of Our Professional Staff
David Ferrin, Psy.D., is a New York state licensed psychologist providing
specialized therapeutic services to individuals at the Center for Coping.
Drawing on his experience as a cardiac patient himself (having undergone two
triple bypass surgeries), and as a spouse of an organ donor recipient who
experiences other chronic health issues, Dr. Ferrin brings to the individuals
he works with a unique perspective of the impact of chronic illness on both
patient and family members. He previously served for eight years as President
of the Long Island Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. In addition to
his work at the Center for Coping, Dr. Ferrin lectures extensively to
parent and teacher groups on issues of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder, with a focus on home and school management.
- Karen Gitlin-Weiner, Psy.D.
Dr. Gitlin-Weiner is a licensed psychologist who has worked as a special
educator, consultant, and therapist for the past 25 years. She has conducted
many seminars on topics related to the treatment of children and is the author
of numerous professional articles as well as the co-editor of Play
Diagnosis and Assessment (John Wiley & Sons, 1991). Specializing in
the treatment of children and adolescents and their families, Dr. Gitlin-Weiner
currently works as a staff psychologist at the Center for Coping as
well as at the Harmony Heights Program for emotionally troubled adolescent
girls. Additionally, she maintains a private practice. A great deal of Dr.
Gitlin-Weiner’s professional work involves the use of play therapy to
address emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties in children and
Paula Goldstein, CSW, is the Center for Coping’s Groups Coordinator.
A practicing social worker, she is also the Director of Patient
Services for the Long Island/Queens chapter of the Lupus Foundation of
America. Ms. Goldstein, herself a person with lupus, specializes in working
with people with chronic medical conditions. She is a frequent guest speaker
for many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, American Diabetes
Association, national Lupus Foundation of America, and the American Lung
Association, and is also the co-author of "Coping With Breast
Cancer" (Avery Publishing Group, 1999).
Ms. Goldstein received her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi
University and is affiliated with a number of professional organizations
including the National Association of Social Workers and the New York State
Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc.
Dr. Karen S. Miller is a New York state licensed psychologist who has been
counseling individuals dealing with life's problems since 1990. She has
presented papers and workshops on coping with stress and/or physical ailments
at many corporations, universities, hospitals, and non-profit organizations
throughout the New York metropolitan area. Her research on health counseling
and coping with heart attacks has been presented at the Society of Behavioral
Medicine and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Miller is an adjunct assistant professor at Fordham University and a
career counseling consultant to various corporations. In the past she has been
affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Young Adult
Institute, and The College of Staten Island. She received her Ph.D. from
Fordham University and is a member of several major professional organizations
including the New York State Psychological Association, the American
Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the
American Counseling Association.
ToniAnn Cocchi, M.S., is a community therapist working in various school
districts throughout Long Island, New York, and is a practicing biofeedback
therapist at the Center for Coping. Her expertise as a certified biofeedback
therapist focuses on the mind-body connection, and produces great improvement in the
well-being of individuals with a variety of psychological or medical problems.
Michele White is a certified hypnotherapist and clinical counselor who brings
extensive experience in helping people with hypnotherapy to the Center for Coping.
She specializes in weight control, pain relief, anxiety reduction, and has
expertise in a number
of other areas.
- Michael S. Phillips, EMT-CC
Health specialist Michael S. Phillips, EMT-CC, is the director of the Center
for Coping Wellness Division. A certified instructor for American Red
Cross and American Heart Association programs, and an expert in safety and
wellness, he has presented programs to youth and adult groups and
organizations throughout the New York metropolitan area.