Scott Palyo, MD

Private Practice Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Medical Director, Safe Horizon Counseling Center
Assistant Professors, New York Medical College


The Wilfred Hulse Award is
given annually to a member of the
New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for outstanding contributions to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Wilfred C. Hulse Award Lecture

"Working with Children with a History of Trauma"
Scott Palyo, MD 

Please join us on 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 
(register below)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(6:30 dinner, 7:00 presentations)
Location: NYU Langone, Smilow Seminar Room, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY  10016 
How to engage in a discussion with someone about trauma.
Why do kids with trauma remain silent?
How does a child advocacy center operate and coordinate services?
How the Crime Victims Assistance Program, sponsored via ThriveNYC, helps engage the NYPD to see situations through the lense of trauma. 


Scott Palyo, MD
Dr. Palyo is a board-certified, child and adolescent psychiatrist working in private practice and as the Medical Director at Safe Horizon Counseling Center. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College; Immediate Past President of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NYCCAP); co-chair of AACAP’s Bylaws Committee; and Executive Board Member to the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Palyo served as AACAP’s second congressional fellow from 2010-2011 working with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and was the first Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Representative to the Assembly of Regional Organizations. Dr. Palyo trained at Emory University and University of Texas and completed his psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry residencies at St. Vincent’s Hospital/New York Medical College. He is currently a psychoanalytic candidate at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Victoria Dexter, LCSW, PhD
Vice President-Clinical Services
Safe Horizon 
Dr. Dexter is the Vice President of Mental Health Treatment at Safe Horizon. She has over 12 years of direct service experience and more than 16 years of experience as a social work administrator. In her eight-year tenure at Safe Horizon, Dr. Dexter established the Safe Horizon Counseling Center, Safe Horizon’s only outpatient mental health treatment facility, as a Center of Excellence specializing in the evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment of child and adult survivors of interpersonal violence.

Sherri Papamihalis, LCSW
Clinical Director, Counseling Center
Safe Horizon
Ms. Papamihalis is the Clinical Director at Safe Horizon’s Counseling Center, providing expert, evidence-based support to children and their caregivers following traumatic experiences. “We want to believe that children don’t remember the trauma that happened to them,” she says. “Unfortunately, we’re wrong. They did see. They did remember. They were impacted by it.” 

Arisly Rodriguez, LCSW
Clinical Director, Child Trauma Response Team
Safe Horizon 

Aisha M Mabarak, MA, MHC-LP
Supervising Clinical Forensic Specialist
Safe Horizon | Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Ctr
Ms. Mabarak is a forensic interviewer, trauma therapist, and clinical supervisor at the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center. She works as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside NYPD Special Victims, ACS, prosecutors and expert medical teams in the investigation of child abuse, and has conducted over one thousand interviews exploring allegations of sexual and physical abuse, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Ms. Mabarak provides and supervises the application of a brief peri-traumatic treatment model aimed at preventing the development of PTSD in children and families impacted by violence.

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