Specialists

Meet our specialists below, then contact us for a recommendation that suits your specific needs or to schedule an appointment.

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Gina Cosgrove, Psy.D.
Founder of Chelsea Place Psychological Services, PLLC

Dr. Cosgrove is a NYS Licensed Psychologist. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Child Development from the University of Maine and her Doctorate from the University at Albany. She specializes in conducting evaluations for children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and is a consultant for local school districts.

Dr. Cosgrove conducts trainings for educators and families regarding how to meet the educational and social needs of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She teaches a graduate course in development at the University at Albany.


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Pam Agan-Smith, Psy.D.

Dr. Agan-Smith is a NYS Licensed Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience. She specializes in conducting psychoeducational evaluations with children, adolescents, and young adults to diagnose and help address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and learning needs including those on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Agan-Smith has worked as a school psychologist and has also served as a special education administrator. She was the recipient of the 2015 National School Psychologist of the Year Award.

Dr. Agan-Smith has experience with early literacy assessment and intervention, working with adults with developmental disabilities, and providing counseling support to children and families in private practice and public school settings.


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Kelly Brock, MS

Kelly Brock is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She is also a New York State Certified Teacher and recently completed training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Mrs. Brock received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education from Sage College of Albany and her Masters of Science in Education from Canisius College. She completed her post graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education from Concordia University, Chicago. Kelly has taught in the public schools and is currently a full-time instructor at The Sage Colleges in the Esteves School of Education.

Kelly consults with various school districts and organizations. She specializes in the development of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), appropriate, evidence based, individualized behavior intervention plans (BIP), classroom management systems, data collection, and school wide implementation of behavior RtI. She provides direct training for school faculty, direct care workers and families on effective pragmatic behavior management programs. Kelly specializes in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges.


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Elizabeth K. Brown, Psy.D.

Dr. Brown is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who specializes in evaluation and behavior consultation for children with complex developmental profiles. She accepts referrals for independent educational and diagnostic evaluations, and works with school teams and families to develop comprehensive treatment planning. She also accepts CDPHP for diagnostic developmental assessments. 

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Bonaventure University and her doctoral degree from University at Albany, SUNY.  


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Gina Buswell, MS, CCC-SLP, LATS

A New York State Licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a Local Assistive Technology Specialist, Gina received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nazareth College. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), holds a license in New York in Speech-Language Pathology and possesses a Local Assistive Technology Specialist (LATS) certificate.

Gina has over 15 years working as a speech-language pathologist in the public school, county and BOCES settings and also as an assistive technology specialist in the public school setting. She has particular expertise in the development of communication systems and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those with significant expressive communication needs, social/pragmatic development and Assistive Technology (AT) supports. She is available to complete Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and speech and language evaluations with children and adults. Gina accepts CDPHP insurance.


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Dana Corbett, Ph.D.

Dana is a NYS licensed psychologist. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and she completed her clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  Dr. Corbett is also a member of the American Psychological Association, and she has been providing clinical treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults for more than a decade. Dr. Corbett has experience conducting diagnostic and cognitive assessments as well as evaluations for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Her current practice specialties include treating individuals experiencing difficulties tied to depression, anxiety disorders, acute and chronic stressors, interpersonal relationship difficulties, behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Corbett currently accepts several types of health insurance, including CDPHP, Empire Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. Arrangements can also be made for individuals who prefer out-of-pocket payments. Contact Dr. Corbett directly at 518-810-9093 or via email at dana2953@aol.com.


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Tammy Corey, Office Manager

Tammy warmly greets all patients of Chelsea Place Psychological Services and efficiently runs the workings of an active practice.

She patiently provides guidance to families to ensure that they are matched with the right specialists and services and that they are aware of other community resources. She also assists patients with scheduling appointments and helps them navigate insurance coverage.


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Kirsten Eidle-Barkman, Psy.D.

Dr. Eidle-Barkman is a NYS Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist who has been practicing in the Capital Region for over 20 years. Dr. Eidle-Barkman earned her doctorate (Psy.D.) in School Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1997, also earning a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Psychology while in attendance there. Prior to that, Dr. Eidle-Barkman attended Marist College, where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology (1993). Dr. Eidle-Barkman has been practicing as a school psychologist since 1997 and a licensed psychologist since 2004. Prior to joining Chelsea Place Psychological Services, she practiced at Campbell House Psychological Associates for 12 years.  

Dr. Eidle-Barkman specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for suspected autism spectrum disorders. She also has extensive experience in assessing for a wide range of needs, including but not limited to, ADHD, anxiety, learning/educationally based disabilities, and behavioral regulation challenges. As part of the assessment process, Dr. Eidle-Barkman works with individuals and their families on intervention development and provides education on the special education process in schools when necessary.  Dr. Eidle-Barkman accepts CDPHP insurance and private payment.


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Alberta Gates, Finance Manager

Alberta assists in supporting families in understanding insurance coverage and billing questions while also managing the school district contracts generated by our specialists.

Her role as Finance Manager is to operate the daily business expenses of our practice while also making sure we are well-fed with her home-cooked Italian goodies!


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Martha Hainey Flacke, MA CCC-SLP

Martha is a New York State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Geneseo. For over 35 years Martha has provided therapy to children, ages 0-21 years, with communication needs in a wide variety of educational and clinical settings. She specializes in the communication needs of those on the Autism Spectrum, including assistive technology and augmentative communication. In addition to therapy, she provides consultation to school districts and organizations, including classroom instructional support, professional development, and support activities for parents. Martha accepts CDPHP insurance and private payment.


Kate Howe, MS, CCC-SLP

Kate holds her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of St Rose and is a licensed, ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  For over 18 years, she has contracted with school districts, counties, and individual families across the Capital District to provide speech and language therapy to children ages 2-16 with a variety of disorders. In addition to providing therapy, she has also presented workshops on Verbal Behavior and Executive Functioning as well as implemented a class on cognitive flexibility in a mainstream classroom.

Kate is interested in executive functioning and cognitive social skills and has participated in the Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1.

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Jessica Lane, MS BCBA LBA

Jessica (Reichert) Lane is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose and her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges.

Jessica started working with children with autism over 10 years ago as an early childhood teacher and substitute speech therapist. Her work in speech therapy led her to pursue a similar path helping others build language and communicate using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Jessica has worked in public and private schools, residential placements, community settings, and in the homes of many families with children, adolescents, and adults. Although her expertise is primarily in autism, she is skilled in using a naturalistic approach to ABA in order to enhance the skill development of individuals with a wide range of needs. Jessica can conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), develop systematic, ABA treatment plans and programs, and provide training for staff and families. She can be reached directly at 518-366-9675.


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Karen Peper, Ed.D./CI, SAS, SDA

Dr. Peper has more than 25 years of experience in supporting children with challenging behaviors in the educational setting in the Capital District and the Adirondack region of New York State. She has particular expertise in curriculum/instructional practices and proactive behavioral supports for children with emotional and behavioral challenges, including those impacted by mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She provides consultation on class-wide and individual program development, including FBA and BIP’s.

Dr. Peper holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany, a master’s degree in Special Education from Safe College, advanced certificates in School Administration (SAS and SDA) from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Peper is available to support individual student needs, specific program development and school system reform, as well as IEE FBA’s. She can be reached directly at 518-817-2123.


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Britton Schnurr, Psy.D., NCSP

Dr. Schnurr is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has been practicing since 1999.  Dr. Schnurr received her B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University, her MA in School Psychology from SUNY Owsego, and her Psy.D. in School Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. Her dissertation research focused on alternatives to grade retention. She has almost two decades of experience as a school psychologist addressing the needs of children with behavioral, emotional, and learning problems, in both general education and special education settings.

Dr. Schnurr works with children and adolescents ages 5 to 21 years. She also conducts Autism Spectrum evaluations for adults.  


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Carrie Trimarchi, Psy.D.

Dr. Trimarchi is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Union College and her Psy.D. in School Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. Her dissertation research focused on providing social skills interventions to children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders. She has more than a decade of experience as a school psychologist dealing with behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, ADHD and special education issues. Dr. Trimarchi is trained in conducting psychoeducational evaluations for individuals with learning challenges and behavioral regulation difficulties, as well as specialized autism spectrum evaluations.

Dr. Trimarchi uses a cognitive-behavioral, problem-solving approach to help children, adolescents, and their families address their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors around stress, anxiety, depression, interpersonal and school-related adjustment issues. In her practice, she uses positive psychology to help people recognize their strengths and resources to cope with challenges. Dr. Trimarchi works with children and adolescents ages 5 to 21 years. She accepts the following insurances: CDPHP, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, Value Options, and Beacon Health.


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Bailey

Bailey is a 2-year-old, hypo-allergenic cockapoo who is certified through Therapy Dog International (TDI). She is loving and playful and gleefully greets our patients when she is in the office. She occasionally joins patients for sessions and loves her visits to local school districts, residential facilities, and pediatric offices. She is always ready to make new friends and comfort those in need.