South Jersey Psychological Assocation
c/o Dakhari Psychological Services 128 Bortons Landing Road, Suite 2 Moorestown, NJ 08057


Upcoming Events

SJPA Board Meetings

March 13, 2020


Breakfast and Presentation

March 6, 2020

SJPA Board Bios

SJPA Board Member Information

Janet S. Berson, Ph.D. , President

Dr. Janet Berson earned her B.A. from University of Pittsburgh (1967) and Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania (1972). She was on the faculty of Beaver College (now Arcadia University) from 1972 to 1974 and of Douglass College at Rutgers University from 1974 to 1976. She was on the staff of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic before moving into private practice. Her area of focus is family therapy, working from a systems perspective. She has extensive experience in doing Child Custody evaluations, reunification therapy, and other matters as a Court Expert. She trained in Divorce Mediation and has worked in the area of child custody mediation.

She currently specializes in court-related matters and in working with individuals and families. Dr. Berson has supervised doctoral students from GSAPP and Yeshiva University as well as providing supervision of colleagues. She served as a member of the Ethics Committee of NJPA from 2001-2006. She has been a Member-at-Large for NJPA and serves on the Executive Board as the representative for SJPA. She is also a Board Member of the New Jersey chapter of AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and is currently President of SJPA.

J. Oni Dakhari, Psy.D., Vice President

Dr. Dakhari is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey and Delaware. She specializes in clinical as well as in pediatric psychology providing assessment and treatment for children, adoescents, and young adults. In treating this population, she addresses behavioral and social-emotional challenges, learning difficulties, developmental delays, and acute/chronic medical conditions. Dr. Dakhari received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Duke University and her Doctoral Degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed three years of pre- and post-doctoral training at the A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children/Nemours. She has participated in NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health) funded asthma research, and worked with children with a variety of chronic health-related challenges. She served as a consultant for Delaware's statewide, early intervention service program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. Dr. Dakhari has also co-authored an article published in the Head Start Bulletin: Mental Health Issue on identifying Post-Traumatic Stress in young children. She is noted on the Nemours KidsHealth Panel of Expert Reviewers, has served as an adjunct psychology professor at Camden County College, and is the owner of Dakhari Psychological Services, LLC, a private practice established in 2006 with an office currently located in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Sheryl Pipe, Ph.D., Treasurer

Sheryl Pipe, Ph.D. has been combining her career interests in psychology, education, and animal welfare since graduate school. Her grant-supported dissertation research investigated the role of a friendly dog in rapport development in initial social interactions. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Pipe went on to lead the Humane Education department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where she developed and supervised both education and animal-assisted interaction programs.

Dr. Pipe is a Licensed Psychologist at Dakhari Psychological Services, LLC, in Moorestown. She works with children, adolescents, and young adults with varying presenting issues. Dr. Pipe also teaches within the Animals and Human Health certificate program of the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Denver (online) and the Anthrozoology Master's Program of Canisius College (online).

Susan C. McGroarty, Ph.D. ABPP, Secretary

Dr. Susan McGroarty is an Associate Professor in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia) where she teaches courses and mentors students in psychotherapy, treatment of trauma, and diversity/human rights education and action. She has written articles and given numerous presentations on topics related to trauma and diversity, and she has served as co-chair, chair, and invited member for regional and national psychological organizations. An ardent advocate of human rights, Dr. McGroarty mentored the development of a Human Rights Forum in the doctoral program, which was recognized at the APA Convention in 2014. Her small, private practice (insurance accepted) is in Haddonfield, NJ. When not working, look for her to be paddle-boarding on the bays and inlets around the shore. 

N. Maria Serra, Psy.D., Member-At-Large

N. Maria Serra, Psy.D., is a licensed Psychologist in the State of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Human Development from Rutgers University- Newark. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and concentration in Family Systems. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Kent State University Counseling Center where she also started her post-doc career. She has been at the Student Health Services at Rutgers- Camden since 1989, first as a Staff Psychologist and then as the Associate Director for Psychological Services. In that position she was responsible for the delivery of psychological services to the campus community, from crisis intervention and management to policy development and implementation. During her tenure, Psychological Services has more than tripled its staff and implemented a pre-doctoral training program.

She has recently accepted the position of Director for Student Health Services at Rutgers- Camden Campus where she is responsible for the overall quality and delivery of primary health care, psychological services, substance abuse prevention/treatment, and health education efforts. She manages the business affairs for the Student Health Services on the Camden Campus and supervises medical, nursing, mental health, substance abuse, and clerical staff while also providing direct services to students and consultation to faculty and staff.


Leon M. Neubauer, Ph.D., Member-At-Large

Dr. Neubauer is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey and is co-owner and co-founder of Audubon Psychological Services, LLC, located in Cherry Hill. He graduated in 2000 with his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology (Fresno campus) with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. Prior, he completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Neubauer's pre-doctoral internship (APA-approved) was at the Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program (WCPIP) in Wichita, Kansas.

Dr. Neubauer's clinical experiences have been diverse, with respect to populations served and roles he has filled. Early in his post-doctoral career, he supervised an adult case management team that serviced the seriously mentally ill, and during that same time, he fulfilled multiple administrative responsibilities on a care management team.

At Audubon Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Neubauer sees patients through the age span with varied clinical presentations.  He has extensive experience evaluating adults and children utilizing projective and objective assessment measures. In addition to treating individuals, couples, and families, he utilizes his training in play therapy to assist parents in improving their communication and relationships with their children. Dr. Neubauer has been the practice administrator for Audubon Psychological Services, LLC since its inception in 2008.  Dr. Neubauer is an active member of both the South Jersey Psychological Association and the New Jersey Psychological Association. 

Angela Clack, Psy.D., LPC, Member-At-Large

Dr. Angela Roman Clack is a doctorally-trained mental health professional and Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in New Jersey. She earned her doctorate in 2002 with a degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. Clack completed a 12-month pre-doctoral internship with the Deveruex Foundation (Philadelphia) in 2001. She has taught, supervised, and provided training in specific areas related to children, youth, and their families. Practicing in the field of mental health for over 15 years, Dr. Clack has developed a specialty in working with youth who have emotional and behavioral disturbances and learning difficulties, and youth and adults who present with trauma history and trauma-related behaviors. She has worked extensively with youth in out-of-home placements, including residential treatment settings, secure juvenile facilities, and within the foster care system. Currently, Dr. Clack is the owner of Clack Associates, a private practice office located in Sicklerville, NJ. Her practice treats adults and children experiencing depression and anxiety disorders, grief/loss, as well as general distress and relationship/interpersonal problems. Dr. Clack is also trained and certified as an Empowerment Coach and Consultant, a book author, speaker, and trainer.

Rachel Thuer, Psy.D., Member-At-Large

Rachel Thuer, Psy.D. is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow, conducting psychological evaluations for a small practice that works primarily with children and adults involved with DCPP. Dr. Thuer earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at Chestnut Hill College and was in the first graduating class of their five-year BA/MS program. She completed her doctorate in 2013 from Immaculata University. Dr. Thuer completed a pre-doctoral internship where her time was split between two sites: Bancroft where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations as well as individual and group therapy for individuals who suffered a traumatic brain injury, and Rutgers University, Camden where she provided therapy to the students of the university. Dr. Thuer first entered the field of psychology while earning her B.A. by working as a mental health aide for a local, short-term community inpatient psychiatric facility. Dr. Thuer has also worked as a psychiatric emergency screener, a Children's Mobile Response worker, and as a Functional Family Therapist. Her work with Functional Family Therapy, an evidence-based treatment modality aimed at reducing recidivism for adolescents with legal involvement, inspired her doctoral dissertation which surveyed current juvenile probation officers to discern their level of firmness and warmth and compared those levels with various outcomes of randomly selected samples of their caseloads.


Barbara J. Leavy, Ph.D., Member-At-Large

Dr. Barbara Leavy received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University in Illinois, specialinzing in Child/Pediatric, Health Psychology/Behavioral Medical and Neuropsychology. She interned in NYC at Bellevue Hospital/New York University. For the following eight years including a post-doc, she was an Attending at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center Child Outpatient in the Bronx- teaching, treating children/adolescents and supervising Psychology Interns and Medical Residents. For 25 years, Dr. Leavy has been in private practice and consulting in New York, and more recently in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Dr. Leavy is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. In New York, she also lead a 2nd Generation Holocaust Survivors Group for 10 hyears--a part of Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation Project. For ten years, Dr. Leavy has been teaching psychology: Ethics, Clinical, Abnormal and Health at Rutgers University-Camden, as adjunct faculty. In addition, she provide supervision to a graduate psychology intern/post-doc and counsels graduate students pro-bono at the Campus Student Health Center. She also serves as a Senator in the University Senate, representing part-time faculty and is the Secretary for the AAUP-AFT Union, representing 1800 part-time faculty at Rutgers.

Dr. Leavy treats Adolescents and Adults with Anxiety and Depressive Disorders as well as Relationship issues. She also focuses on psychological issues concomitant with chronic illnes and women's issues regarding pregnancy and the post-partum period.


Nicole Paolillo, Psy.D., Member-At-Large

Dr. Paolillo is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey. Since 2006, she has conducted clinical and forensic evaluations. Dr. Paolillo's work has aided children, adolescents, and adults in the fullfillment of their need for treatment-targeted or court-related evaluations. She specializes in Forensic Mental Health Assessments (FMHA). Her professional experience includes violence risk, fire-setting, competence, immigration court assessments, and sex-offender evaluations with an emphasis on sexually abusive youth.