CENTER FOR FORENSIC AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF NEW JERSEY LLC
Rhonda Greenberg, Psy.D. Forensic Psychology Services for Immigration, Civil and Criminal Issues
Rhonda E. Greenberg, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
NJ 35SI00354500, NY 025103-01, PA PS008601L, CT 8.004288, WI 3843-57, FL TPPY1994 (Telehealth only), PSYPACT
Dr. Greenberg is a psychologist licensed to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. She is also authorized to practice telepsychology in PSYPACT participating states.
Dr. Greenberg earned her doctoral degree in psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and earned her postdoctoral certificate in forensic psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. In 2011, she completed the Mastery Certificate Program in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Program at Harvard University, and the Evaluation of Undocumented Minors with Physicians for Human Rights Program. More recently, Dr. Greenberg completed the postdoctoral Forensic Psychology Certificate Program at St. John’s University. She has also completed trainings and/or certifications in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial, Complex Trauma Certification II, Complex Trauma Certification, Levels 1 and 2, Sex Offender Treatment Certification, Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and Danger Assessment Certification. In addition, Dr. Greenberg earned a Paralegal Certificate at Stony Brook University.
From 1997 to 2019, Dr. Greenberg provided outpatient clinical psychotherapy to over 700 private clients. In 2000, she began conducting forensic psychological evaluations part time until 2016 and since then has conducted these evaluations full time. Dr. Greenberg provides comprehensive evaluations for children, adolescents, adults, individuals, and families.
Dr. Greenberg’s forensic psychology referrals include clients with issues related to the following:
criminality and immigration,
competence to stand trial,
risk assessments in criminal and sexual assault cases,
effects of sexual abuse,
effects of trauma,
mental illness diagnoses,
kidnapping and trafficking,
and other topics.
Dr. Greenberg evaluates defendants in criminal cases for the State of New Jersey, the Federal Public Defender Office, and evaluates clients represented by attorneys under the Criminal Justice Act. Independent medical evaluations can be performed for a variety of circumstances, including professional licensure issues, priest candidacy, and assessing fitness for duty. Her evaluations and reports are conducted with the highest level of integrity and meet the highest ethical standards.
Currently, Dr. Greenberg is an adjunct professor in the undergraduate psychology program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Additionally, she provides supervision and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate psychology students and provides supervision to temporary licensed psychologists. Further, Dr. Greenberg has consulted with organizations in developing countries on issues of mental health, poverty, and human rights
Nicole Colombino, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
NJ 35SI00606700, NY 024764-01, MI 6301019169, PSYPACT
Niki Colombino, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in forensic psychology. She is licensed to practice psychology in New Jersey, New York, and Michigan. She is further licensed to practice under PSYPACT. Dr. Colombino received her PhD in clinical-forensic psychology from The Graduate Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Her clinical and research experiences have exposed her to a variety of clinical and clinical-forensic settings, including prisons, psychiatric and forensic-psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers. Dr. Colombino has completed a variety of forensic mental health assessments in a range of mental health and forensic settings.
In addition to her assessment and evaluation work at the Center for Forensic and Clinical Psychology of New Jersey, Dr. Colombino supervises the forensic unit at a local county agency, which provides court-ordered psychological and psychosexual evaluations for juveniles in the criminal justice system. Within this role, she has personally completed and supervised hundreds of evaluations. Further, Dr. Colombino supervises an outpatient treatment program for youth adjudicated delinquent for engaging in illegal sexual behavior in illegal sexual behavior. In this role, she oversees and supervises a team of psychologists and licensed clinical social workers. At the county agency, Dr. Colombino supervises temporary permit psychologists (i.e., postdoctoral psychologists) for their required licensure hours. She also coordinates the doctoral externship program and personally supervises doctoral externs and masters level interns.
For over 14 years, Dr. Colombino has been engaged in research that examines sex offender perpetration patterns and evidence-based sexual violence prevention strategies. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research at national conferences. Dr. Colombino has coordinated and managed multiple nationally funded grant research projects in community and correctional settings. In addition, Dr. Colombino has held adjunct faculty positions and is regularly invited to guest lecture at local universities on forensic evaluation and juvenile justice issues. She regularly attends APA-sponsored trainings that advance her knowledge in forensic psychology, forensic assessment, and treatment with forensic populations. Dr. Colombino has also provided continuing education trainings and holds a seat as a committee member on a board that provides APA-sponsorship approval for continuing education programming for psychologists.
Forensic Psychology Support Team
Melissa Baldwin, MA
Psychology Assistant III
Director of Project Development
Director of Evaluations for Adults Charged with a Sex Offense
Melissa Baldwin obtained a bachelor of arts in psychology from Kean University and then went on to receive her master of arts in forensic psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Melissa began her job as a forensic psychology assistant at CFCPNJ in April 2018. She assists the licensed psychologists with training of clinical externs, as well as involvement with test administration, report writing, formulations of psychological phenomena, and recommendations. Additionally, she oversees project and article development at CFCPNJ.
“At CFCPNJ, I am grateful to work with a team of intelligent and compassionate individuals who share the same passion as I. We are dedicated to enacting justice through the lens of psychological principles and strive to approach each case with objectivity and grace.”
Abigail “Abby” Koller, MA
Forensic Psychology Assistant II
Director of Psychology Testing
Abby received her bachelor of science in forensic psychology, magna cum laude, from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. During her undergraduate career, she was an avid member of the forensic psychology research team, conducting research on two dedicated projects: “The Influence of Legal Knowledge on Retaliation” (awarded Psi Chi EPA Research Award in 2018) and “Let Them Eat Cake? Contextualizing Support for Religious Right to Discriminate Laws.” She then pursued her master of arts in forensic psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she graduated in December 2019.
Abby joined CFCPNJ in January 2020 as a Forensic Psychology Assistant II, assisting and coordinating psychology evaluations and overseeing various research projects in the psychology test department, all under the supervision of a licensed psychologist at CFCPNJ. She is currently pursuing a master of arts in clinical mental health counseling, with a forensic concentration, from the University of New Haven.
“A love for forensic psychology grew early on in my life, and CFCPNJ has given me the ultimate opportunity to advance my knowledge, love, and growth for the field in ways that I never imagined. Every day, I strive to fight harder and understand and convey stories more powerfully and beautifully than the day before, after being moved by the client’s emotions and heartfelt experiences. CFCPNJ has taught me to be passionate and dedicated to my work, inspiring me to work harder to be a voice for our clients.”
Yesenia Parada, MA
Forensic Psychology Assistant II
Director of Child Protection and Evaluation Department
Yesenia has a master of arts in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensics from Teachers College, Columbia University and graduated in 2021. Prior to that she earned a bachelor of arts in forensic psychology with a minor in gender studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2018 with cum laude honors. She hopes to pursue her PsyD in clinical psychology in the near future. Yesenia joined CFCPNJ in June 2018 as a Forensic Psychology Assistant II. She has since been promoted to director of the Child Protection and Evaluation Department. Some of her primary roles include conducting interviews with clients and collaterals, assisting in case formulation and report writing, training externs, conducting research, and offering translation and interpreting services, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist at CFCPNJ. Yesenia is multilingual, speaking fluent English and Spanish, and has advanced knowledge in Galician and Portuguese.
“As a forever-growing psychology student, trainee, and full-time forensic psychology assistant, I can honestly say that CFCPNJ has been my first and foremost professional love. It has added to my education and training experience so that I can help people be inspired to change at deep, profound levels and to internalize the feelings of motivation to grow and be magnificent in their lives.”
Karla S. Arevalo, MSW
Director of Operations and Finance
Karla is the director of operations and finance at CFCPNJ. She joined the center in the spring of 2018 after several years of professional advancement in the area of administration in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Karla oversees the daily administrative and financial operations of the center. She ensures that all aspects of CFCPNJ are geared toward the high satisfaction for all team members and for our clients. Her creative and sound principles and vision have supported the rapid growth of this company. She holds a bachelor of arts in communication studies from Kean University and a master of social work from Florida State University.
“Working at CFCPNJ has been a rewarding experience. It has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person. I love to see how our work and pursuit of justice positively impacts the lives of many people. We strive to serve our clients with respect and diligence, and our clients and referring attorneys see and appreciate our efforts.”
Gabriela Almeida-Altamirano, BA
Intake Coordinator and Administrative Support Assistant
Gabriela is a graduate of Montclair State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services and a minor in Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in the mental health field. As a native of Ecuador, Gabriela speaks Spanish fluently and loves utilizing her bilingual skills to assist clients at the Center during evaluations and the intake process. Her role mainly consists of reviewing consent and intake forms with every client ensuring their thorough understanding of our confidentiality practices and limitations before proceeding with their evaluation and overseeing the administration and organization of client documentation.
Gabriela has a passion for raising awareness of social justice and environmental protection and being part of the CFCPNJ makes it possible for her to contribute to the cause of social justice.