Center for CBT
The Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) provides personalized, research-supported clinical services to children, adolescents, and families with wide-ranging social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
As our name implies, the Center offers treatment strategies based upon the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. We help you to understand the nature of your child’s challenges and offer specific tools to enable your child to make meaningful behavioral changes.
At the Center for CBT, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions. Rather, we offer a wide variety of treatment options tailored to your child’s specific needs. Experience has demonstrated the importance of working as a team with the individuals and families we serve. Therefore, we encourage you to share your thoughts, feelings and opinions while we work together to meet the needs of your family.
In addition to traditional office visits at our Center, we observe children in the school setting and speak with their teachers and other school personnel. We collaborate with pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and other professionals that comprise your child’s treatment team to ensure that your child’s needs are being met. We frequently provide training and consultation related to a variety of conditions because informed teams make better decisions, resulting in better outcomes for families.
Meet our Team
Dr. Meir Flancbaum
Meir Flancbaum, PsyD, a licensed psychologist, founded the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the goal of providing effective and efficient clinical care for children, adolescents, and their families. He provides therapy, school consultations, and professional development workshops focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Flancbaum’s approach to therapy utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques to treat children according to their individualized needs. He frequently collaborates with parents, school personnel, and medical providers, and performs school-based observations when appropriate. Dr. Flancbaum has a specialization in the assessment and treatment of Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking, and related conditions such as OCD, ADHD, and the range of anxiety disorders. He also has an interest in school phobia/refusal and behavioral parent training.
Dr. Flancbaum advocates for students to receive appropriate supports and trains mental health and school professionals to provide practical and effective strategies. He served as a consultant to several schools and agencies in New Jersey and New York, where he conducted functional behavioral assessments, developed behavior intervention plans, and provided ongoing staff consultation and training. Dr. Flancbaum presented workshops at several conferences, such as the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and at numerous public and private schools.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Flancbaum is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of CBT Training for the Child Psychiatry Fellows in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he received an award for Outstanding Teaching in 2016 and 2019. He served as Assistant Research Director at the Tourette Syndrome Program at Rutgers, where he conducted research, taught, and supervised doctoral students. Dr. Flancbaum served as a therapist in clinical trials for pediatric OCD and trichotillomania, and written several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He presented research at several conferences, such as the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and International Medical and Scientific Symposium on Tourette Syndrome.
Dr. Flancbaum earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University with a specialization in CBT for children and families, and completed his internship in child and adolescent psychology at the New York University Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. He also provided clinical services and received specialized training at the Child/Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Tourette Syndrome Program at Rutgers University, and the Institute for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior at the NYU Child Study Center.
Dr. Atara Hiller
Atara Hiller, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy with expertise in dialectical behavior therapy and trauma, and a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician. Dr. Hiller has extensive experience providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior, as well as complex psychosocial stressors. She is devoted to providing exceptional treatment to children, adolescents, and families, empowering them with tools to enhance their relationships and navigate life’s challenges effectively. Dr. Hiller has frequently written about and presented on DBT, borderline personality disorder, and treatment for child sexual abuse for students, mental health professionals, and school personnel.
In addition to her work at the Center for CBT, Dr. Hiller is Director of the Institute for DBT and Allied Treatment at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where she developed and coordinates the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. In that capacity, she serves as a team leader and supervises fellow clinicians and psychology interns in the practice of DBT.
Dr. Hiller received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Barnard College at Columbia University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she conducted DBT under the mentorship of Shireen Rizvi, PhD, who was a student of Marsha Linehan, PhD, the developer of DBT. She has also attended an advanced intensive training with DBT experts, Charles Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, PhD, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in DBT at Trinitas, under the supervision of Essie Larson, PhD.
Dr. Priscilla Morrison
Priscilla Morrison, PsyD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults who experience a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional challenges. Dr. Morrison has particular expertise in assessing and diagnosing concerns related to attention problems, learning difficulties, and autism.
Dr. Morrison provides a range of testing services to help understand the strengths and weaknesses of each child. Her approach includes an intake evaluation, school observations, multiple testing sessions, and collateral interviews with professionals who work with the identified child. At the completion of testing, she provides a comprehensive set of accommodations and strategies that serve as a roadmap for education and treatment planning. Dr. Morrison provides clear feedback to parents about her diagnostic impressions and suggestions for interventions, as well as developmentally appropriate feedback to each child. Her reports are often used to aid in the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) and service programs (SPs), and she welcomes the opportunity to partner with school personnel to best support the students she evaluates.
Dr. Morrison works collaboratively with families, school staff, therapists, and other professionals to facilitate positive development for each child. She embraces the challenge of gathering information from a variety of sources and piecing them together like a puzzle to create a picture of how each individual learns. While structured in her testing approach, she also maintains flexibility to properly assess and understand each child’s unique needs.
Prior to joining the Center for CBT, Dr. Morrison was a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Child Mind Institute. Following the completion of her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, Dr. Morrison completed her internship at New York University’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and her formal post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Sutter Medical Foundation. Dr. Morrison has extensive training and experience working in a range of settings, including outpatient programs, and inpatient hospitals, and the school system. The breadth of Dr. Morrison’s work in these settings enables her to effectively evaluate and advocate for youth from diverse backgrounds, with a range of medical and learning concerns.
Dr. Julia Brillante
Julia Brillante, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Coordinator of the Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program for Adolescents at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families who struggle with depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal ideation, and tic disorders. Dr. Brillante is also well-versed in treating youth and young adults with trauma, chronic medical illness, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g. hair pulling, skin picking).
Dr. Brillante is committed to using evidence-based techniques, coupled with a compassionate and collaborative approach that helps individuals and families to face challenges, identify strengths and supports, and build lives worth living. She has expertise in both DBT and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and extensive training and experience in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for those with depression, and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) to aid caregivers of children with behavioral difficulties. Dr. Brillante is passionate about working with bicultural and multiracial families, and addressing mental health disparities related to psychosocial stressors, race, and cultural identity. She is dedicated to bringing this passion and commitment to support the youth, young adults, and families with whom she works.
Dr. Brillante earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, with a concentration in children, adolescents, families, and pediatrics, and her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her specialized training in DBT at NYPH/Columbia’s Adolescent DBT program, Cognitive Behavioral Consultants (CBC), and Zucker Hillside Hospital/LIJ’s Adolescent Inpatient Unit.