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World Trade Center Health Program Faculty & Staff

Diverse faculty and staff within NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program bring a rich variety of life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and professional expertise to our patients. We have members who speak Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Other languages are available via medical interpreters.

Medical Treatment Faculty and Staff

Our medical treatment faculty and staff includes the following specialists.

Denise J. Harrison, MD
Clinical Director

Susan Richman, MD, MSc
Attending Physician

Nishay Chitkara, MD
Attending Physician

George Friedman-Jimenez, MD
Associate Medical Director

Jeanine Futterman, MPH, BSN, RN, RDH
Nurse Case Manager

Andrea Thompson, MA, RN, CCM
Nurse Case Manager

Ms. Thompson is the program administrator and case manager for the Bellevue/NYU Occupational Environmental Medicine Clinic, where she helped coordinate 9/11 and Robin Hood Foundation World Trade Center treatment grants from 2002 to 2004. She also coordinated the WTC Health Monitoring Program from 2003 to 2004. She was a first responder at the WTC disaster site and has worked with WTC patients since 2002. She received training from Mount Sinai WTC Health Program professionals to administer mental health, medical, and exposure questionnaires to this population and has 20 years of experience processing New York State Workers Compensation cases. In addition to being a registered nurse and a certified case manager, Ms. Thompson is a certified National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health approved spirometry technician.

Priscilla Asiamah, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Asiamah is a board-certified adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) whose duties at the WTC Health Program include providing medical monitoring examinations for WTC responders and completing certifications for WTC-related conditions. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her master’s degree in nursing at Stony Brook University. Ms. Asiamah completed a nursing externship on an oncology unit and worked on a neurology/neurosurgery unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has cared for patients with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders. She began her career as an AGPCNP-BC at a primary care clinic in the Bronx, where she managed care for patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. She also worked at Employee Health at Mount Sinai Hospital before assuming her role as a nurse practitioner at the WTC Health Program.

Keisha Bennett, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Bennett provides medical evaluations, treatment, and case management for WTC responders and survivors and applies her clinical informatics skills to various WTC Health Program initiatives. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in AGPCNP-BC from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has worked in telemetry and medical surgical nursing at what is now NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. She also has a background in clinical nursing informatics and is proficient in various electronic medical record systems. Her clinical practice as AGPCNP-BC began in 2016, when she volunteered at Housing Works in Brooklyn. She later worked at Park Slope Family Health Center at NYU Langone, where she assessed, diagnosed, and managed the health and of adult patients. Ms. Bennett also performed physical exams, ordered and interpreted diagnostic tests, managed acute illness and injuries, as well as chronic illness such as HIV and diabetes mellitus. Other duties included providing health promotion, disease prevention, and injury prevention.

Mental Health Faculty and Staff

Our highly qualified mental health faculty and staff members include the following.

Peter T. Haugen, PhD
Director of Mental Health

Seema Desai, MD

Trace Rosel, LCSW
Clinical and Member Services Coordinator

Ms. Rosel is a member of the clinical mental health team providing direct care and monitoring services to WTC first responders. Her professional interests include a variety of therapeutic modalities to address the treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome. She also oversees social services and is an outreach coordinator for the WTC Health Program. Ms. Rosel received an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, during which time she completed her internship at Bellevue Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic. She is also a graduate of the American Institute of Psychoanalysis and recently completed the Post-Master’s Palliative and End of Life Care Program at NYU.

Alyce Foster, PhD
Senior Psychologist

Dr. Foster received a BA in psychology from Loyola University New Orleans before completing her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. She became involved with the WTC Health Program during her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship training at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. She continued as the clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow for the program before assuming a full-time position as a psychologist. Her research interests include understanding trauma-related psychopathology throughout the life span and the relation between trauma exposure and mechanisms of emotion dysregulation.

Aditi Werth, PhD
Senior Psychologist

Dr. Werth received a BS in psychology from Indiana University and an MS and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. Her involvement in the WTC Health Program began as the clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow. She later accepted a full-time position as a psychologist. She is co-principal investigator for the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s WTC Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence psychotherapy process and treatment outcome research program and is actively involved in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate research assistants, psychology externs, and postdoctoral fellows. She is also research coordinator for a multisite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health–funded grant investigating the prognosis and determinants of asthma morbidity in WTC rescue and recovery workers.

Melissa Masterson Duva, PhD

Dr. Duva received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in health psychology from Fordham University and completed a predoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Over the course of her graduate training, Dr. Duva worked as a clinician and research affiliate at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center delivering and developing psychological interventions designed to meet the needs of patients with cancer and their families. In addition to psycho-oncology, Dr. Duva’s specialties include cognitive-behavioral and existential psychotherapy. She has worked with our mental health team to develop meaning-centered individual and group psychotherapy for WTC responders with WTC-certified cancers. This approach helps patients to find and sustain meaning and purpose in life, even in the face of limitations presented by illness. Dr. Duva also offers specialized services for the treatment of insomnia, smoking and tobacco use, and health-related anxiety and adjustment issues.

Suzanne M. Colin, PhD
Per Diem Psychologist

Emily Chassman, MA
Volunteer Research Assistant

Ms. Chassman earned a master’s in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she worked in the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Studies assessing suicide and self-injury among adolescents and young adults. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Galynker Suicide Research and Prevention Laboratory at Mount Sinai implementing a study evaluating imminent suicide risk. Her research interests include resilience, the intersection of suicide and trauma, and therapeutic alliance.

Administrative Staff

Lin Y. Luo
Assistant Director

Grace Zheng
Quality Assurance Analyst

Tricia Guarin
Outreach and Retention Associate

Susana Sanchez
Administrative Coordinator

Shirnelle Joseph
Administrative Coordinator

Jesse Martinez-Duperon
Transfer Coordination Project Assistant

Sylinda Charles
Project Assistant

Grace Vasquez
Project Assistant

Gwendolyn Hicks
Project Assistant