Behavior Therapy of New York

About Us

Robert Udewitz, Ph.D.

 Rob Udewitz has been helping clients for more than two decades applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and biofeedback methods. He has been integrating these approaches to treat a wide array of psychological problems and in his work with peak performance training.

He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University Teacher's College Clinical Psychology Program. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychological at Fordham University.

In his work with athletes and business professionals, Rob draws on his own research and athletic experience to help clients set and achieve goals for success. He serves as a consultant for the United States National Fencing Team and works with athletes in many sports competing at all levels. Himself a runner, Rob utilizes an integrated mind-body approach complemented by state of the art biofeedback equipment to help his clients transcend problems and reach their potential.

Rob served in the New York City public schools as a psychologist assessing and treating learning disabled and emotionally disordered children. He continues to consult with the public and private schools, applying behavioral approaches to improve the social and academic functioning of the children he treats. Rob is one of only a handful of psychologists trained in applying cognitive behavioral and biofeedback techniques in his work with children and adolescents.

Rob is a member of the American Psychological Association, The New York State Psychological Association, and The Association for Applied Biofeedback and Psychophysiology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University.


Jessica Masty, Ph.D.

 Jessica uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as mindfulness and biofeedback approaches to treat a variety of psychological problems in adults, adolescents, and children. She has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, attention and behavior disorders, and general problems with emotion regulation and relationship effectiveness. She administers behavioral parent training, stress management training, and biofeedback training.

Jessica received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a Child & Family specialization from Fordham University. She received her M.A. in clinical psychology from Fordham University and her B.S. in psychology from Ohio State University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services, where she worked in a community clinic doing individual therapy, leading dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training groups and clinician work groups, supervising psychology trainees, and teaching CBT mini-courses to other clinicians. She received specialized training in DBT, CBT for trauma and abuse, assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities, and psychoeducational testing. Jessica has also had clinical externship training on the inpatient unit at Brooklyn Children’s Center, on the ADHD service at the New York University Child Study Center, in the adult outpatient psychiatric clinic at Hillside-Zucker Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and at the Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research.

Jessica has published articles and chapters on pediatric psychopharmacology and research ethics related to pediatric oncology trials and adolescent research participation. She has also worked on family studies of schizophrenia. Jessica’s doctoral dissertation research explored the characteristics of the parent-child relationship in families with children who have been diagnosed with selective mutism.

Jessica has taught various psychology courses as an adjunct professor and teaching fellow at Fordham University. She taught graduate lab courses in personality assessment, in addition to teaching undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology, adolescent and adult development, research methods, and social psychology. She has given a variety of professional workshops on evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD.


Heidi Candell, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. 

Heidi Candell holds a Master’s degree in social work from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.  She completed her clinical internship at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in the treatment of patients with personality disorders, utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Heidi worked in the Family Mental Health Clinic of Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) in The Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse in Yonkers.  During that time, she was team leader of the WJCS DBT program and provided comprehensive, one-on-one treatment. 

In addition to DBT, Heidi uses evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), to treat clients with anxiety, depression and other disorders. Now based in Hartsdale, Heidi is Assistant Coordinator of DBT Services for the four WJCS clinic locations.

She also developed - and currently leads - the adult DBT skills group, and supervises fellow clinicians in the treatment.  She was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, LLC  (Dr. Marsha Linehan’s organization that founded the DBT protocol), and utilizes mindfulness and emotion regulation to modulate behavior and improve overall well being.





Itzik Zur, Msc.

Itzik holds a Master's degree in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology and is an advanced doctoral student in sport psychology at Bangor University in the UK. A former fighter in a Special Forces unit of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and experienced Karateka, Itzik was drawn to learn more about the human dynamics that affect performance. Since his relocation to NYC in 2010 and upon joining the BTNY team, Itzik established himself as an expert consultant for Soccer, fencing and martial arts sports professionals. In his work he implements his methods, developed as a full time sport psychologist for top Israeli soccer youth academy, judokas from the Israel national Judo team, basketball teams and other sports of various competitive levels - teaching his clients to gain a stronger focus and a quiet mindset of non-judgment to maximize potential. 

Itzik is a guest speaker in leading faculties for Physical Education in Israel and internationally acclaimed organizations. 


About BTNY

Located in midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station, Behavior Therapy of New York provides psychological tools to improve the lives of adults and children by combining cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and biofeedback approaches. Scientific research has proven these techniques effective and often as powerful as psychiatric medication. Short-term treatment approaches are individually designed to every client's needs to provide long-lasting results. Psychological assessment is offered to investigate possible learning or attention disorders.


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