About Our Team
Dr. Deborah De Santis-Moniaci
Clinical Psychologist & Owner
A native New Yorker, Dr. De Santis-Moniaci, known to her patients as Dr. De Santis, is proud to be working in her community. She is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist who founded Ridge Psychological in 2017. Since then, she has expanded her services to include two convenient office locations in Park Slope and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Dr. De Santis offers neuropsychological assessment services for children, teens, and young adults and therapy services.
Dr. De Santis completed her undergraduate studies at New York University where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. After gaining work experience, Dr. De Santis returned to her studies and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She attended Long Island University for her doctoral studies before going on to her clinical internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.
For more than a decade, Dr. De Santis shared time between working in NYC hospitals and offering her neuropsychological assessment and therapy services in private practice. Dr. De Santis enjoyed both the challenge of working in a fast paced hospital setting where she partnered with clients to quickly assess their needs and working with individuals one-on-one to help them achieve their goals. Since 2019, Dr. De Santis has dedicated her time to her full time private practice work.
Dr. Renata Vaysman
Dr. Vaysman is a native Brooklynite who is happy to be joining the Ridge Psychological Team. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in developmental psychology and clinical assessment. Her clinical experience is varied and includes community mental health centers, schools, medical centers, law enforcement, and forensic settings. She also has extensive training and experience in psychological and neuropsychological testing, with a specific focus on the integration of psychological and neuropsychological testing data to help inform the diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Vaysman earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and political science from Hunter College (CUNY) and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Andrus Children’s Center Outpatient Department where she was trained in evidenced based treatment approaches like trauma-informed approaches to treatment and specialty treatment approaches, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
After finishing her education, Dr. Vaysman worked as a staff psychologist for an urban law enforcement agency where she conducted psychological evaluations and provided emergency on-call services. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Vaysman held appointments as an adjunct professor and has been involved in national conference presentations and professional publications in the areas of child psychopathology, health psychology, and developmental psychology. She currently shares her time between working as a psychologist within the court system and private practice.
Olivia completed her bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Theater at Northwestern University. Olivia then returned to her home state of New York to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
She is currently in the third year of her graduate program and works as a clinical extern at Beth Israel Medical Center in addition to the time she dedicates to working with our team. Olivia has experience working with various patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Under supervision, Olivia has administered neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults and has provided individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults.
What to Expect at Ridge Psychological Services
Our team is happy to offer consultations, neuropsychological evaluations, and therapy services for children, teens, and adults. Her aim is to provide each client with compassionate, individualized care. When you call our Park Slope or Bay Ridge location, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours) to conduct a phone consultation. This short phone call allows us to explain your options and schedule you for the right service.